The FDA considers Wellbutrin to be a “non-abusable” drug. You will not get a “Wellbutrin high” unless it is taken in large doses. Still, this drug has stimulant effects similar to that of caffeine intake (for example drinking coffee or tea).

Here are some other things you need to know about Wellbutrin.


What is Wellbutrin Used For?

Wellbutrin and other drugs of its kind (generically known as bupropion), fall under the antidepressant medicine category. It is commonly used to treat depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). In addition, bupropion is taken by people trying to quit smoking, and to treat patients with bipolar disorder and ADHD.

Bupropion, including Wellbutrin, was approved back in 1985 by the FDA as a depression treatment. It often comes in tablet form with a 2 – 3 times a daily recommended dosage.

As previously mentioned, aside from being an antidepressant and anti-anxiety drug, Wellbutrin is used to aid those who are undergoing a smoking cessation program. It helps the patient by lessening withdrawal symptoms. These include excessive sweating, nicotine craving, abdominal discomfort, and headaches.

This drug is considered an antidepressant with a different mode of action as compared with more commonly used options such as Prozac and Zoloft. This is largely due to its low potential for abuse. While Wellbutrin is considered a non-abusable drug, some people still try to achieve that “Wellbutrin high” by crushing tablets and then snorting the dust like cocaine. As expected, such actions are not recommended when taking Wellbutrin. This results in dangerous side effects, like those explored below.

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Effects of Wellbutrin

As it is a stimulant, Wellbutrin enables certain types of brain activity. While it does help stimulate the brain the way caffeine does, it is also linked to the occurrence of seizures. Thus, Wellbutrin should only be taken as per a doctor’s recommendation.

You should consult your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms following your prescribed Wellbutrin intake:

  • Drowsiness

  • Dry mouth

  • Dizziness and headache

  • Nausea

  • Stomach pains

  • Appetite loss

  • Frequent urination

  • Sore throat

There can be serious and even life-threatening side effects if this drug is taken without prescription. Severe symptoms associated with Wellbutrin overdose include:

  • Hallucinations

  • Aggressive behavior

  • Depression

  • Paranoia

  • Seizures

  • Irregular heartbeat

  • Muscle and joint pain

  • Suicidal tendencies

Before taking Wellbutrin, it is important to have a doctor’s prescription. Likewise, talking to your doctor about its side effects and the right dosage should be considered as well. Medical professionals who prescribe Wellbutrin to their patients, must emphasize the danger of abusing the drug to avoid addiction. For patients, if in doubt about the dosage or proper intake, always consult with your doctor.

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Seeking Help for Wellbutrin Drug Addiction

If you think you are suffering from the above symptoms, you may want to consider stopping its usage. Before doing so, it is better to consult your doctor first to prevent side effects due to sudden withdrawal. Most probably you will be advised to take the medication in lesser dosages until you are no longer dependent.

Wellbutrin withdrawal symptoms that can be expected include:

  • Irritability

  • Aggressive tendencies

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Sleep pattern changes

  • Cramps

  • Coordination problems

To completely help you wean off Wellbutrin use, you can enter addiction rehab facilities. At Chapters Capistrano we help you get free from the grasp of Wellbutrin, and other drug addictions.

Chapters Capistrano offers a luxury drug and alcohol addiction treatment center that can make your journey to recovery worthwhile. There are several programs that can be followed to help you get your life back and become addiction free. Feel free to call 949-276-2886 and one of our addiction specialists will help get the information and help you need.

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