Side Effects of Wellbutrin| Seizures, Sex and Wellbutrin

Side effects of wellbutrin are lesser than those of other antidepressants. Wellbutrin contains bupropion which is a second line agent used for the treatment of depression.

Before getting on to the side effects of wellbutrin, I would like to say one thing. Often the list of side effects is very long. It looks as if every system of the body is involved by every medicine on the earth. But you need to understand that only some of these adverse effects occur in one individual and the list is prepared after combining the experiences of a vast majority of individuals.

Therefore you may have few or none of the side effects mentioned. It is not a must to have side effects. The lists are often long and virtually include everything if you look in the medical literature or drug guides. I am not giving those here, I do not want to harass you. I have only brought forward the common and concerning side effects.

I think I have made my point clear, that side effect can involve different systems but the percentage of the appearance of those side effects vary.

The common side effects of wellbutrin are :

  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Tremor
  • Insomnia (It can be avoided if the dose in not taken before bed time) and
  • Nausea.

Besides these there are some other side effects as well. Wellbutrin should be avoided if you are suffering from panic disorder or anxiety( severe form) why? Because it can cause restlessness and agitation as adverse effects and complicate your condition.

Wellbutrin alters the functions of dopamine ( chemical in the brain) in the brain and this can cause side effects like delusions and hallucination even catatonia ( trance like condition)and delirium(state of mental disturbance and confusion).

In small number of people memory impairment can occur as one of the side effects of wellbutrin.

How is wellbutrin different in side effect profile from other anti depressants?

It does not cause weight gain, drowsiness in the day, orthostatic hypotension (fall in blood pressure when standing upright) and anticholinergic effects (like increase in heart beat).

Some persons can have hypertension as a side effect.

Can you have wellbutrin seizure?

This point has caused great concerns evens in the physician community, wellbutrin seizure causing tendency. It can cause seizures but this does not mean that wellbutrin will cause seizures in every person at every dose. Research has shown that the risk of wellbutrin causing seizure at a dose of 300 mg per day and less is about 0.05%. This is the same risk factor which lies with other anti depressants as well.

The other important thing is the dose and the risk factors. If you use higher doses for example 400mg per day , the risk of having seizure increases to 0.1%. If you are at risk of developing seizure and are also using a high dose then the chances of having a seizure increase.

Are You at risk of having wellbutrin seizure?

If you have any of the following conditions, you have the risk factor of getting the seizure :

  • If you already had seizure before using wellbutrin meaning that you are having a seizure history.
  • If you take alcohol, this puts you at increased risk.
  • If you have some intrinsic brain disease. Increased chances of having a seizure.
  • If you have history of trauma to your head. Again, increased risk.
  • If you have benzodiazepine withdrawal.
  • If you are simultaneously using other medicines that lower the seizure threshold ( drugs like anti malarial, antipsychotics, theophylline and steroids) and
  • If you have abnormal EEG (electroencephalogram) pattern. EEG pattern resembling that in epilepsy, this puts you at increased risk of having the seizure.

Wellbutrin Sexual Side Effects

Wellbutrin has significantly less sexual side effects than the other antidepressants. This means that the impairment caused in sexual functions by wellbutrin is less as compared to the impairment caused by the other antidepressants.

Owing to this reason, it is also combined with other antidepressants to decrease the sexual side effects and increase the compliance to the treatment.

On thing interesting which has come up is that wellbutrin improves anti depressant induced sexual dysfunctions more in males than in females.

It also improvers the sexual impairment in depressed diabetics. Diabetes itself causes problems in sexual functioning. Wellbutrin effectively improves the sexual functions in persons suffering from diabetes as well.

Does Wellbutrin Cause Weight Gain?

No, it does not cause weight gain. It rather causes weight loss.

This is another point which makes it different from the other antidepressants is that, it causes weight loss.

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