Wellbutrin or Zyban is a commonly used antidepressant that also may help smokers stop and people with ADHD focus. While a useful medication, it does have its fair share of issues.
Around 30% of people stop taking Wellbutrin because of side effects, and about half experience some within 2 weeks. After using it for 3 months, however, much less people report side effects, probably because they either stop using it or their bodies get used to it.
One of the main issues is that Wellbutrin can cause very serious anxiety. We’re talking about horrible anxiety. Additionally, as it is converted into amphetamines eventually by the body, it may have similar side effects, including possibly weight loss.
As follows are some of the side effects of Wellbutrin. We’ve reported some of the rarest ones, so make sure not to get spooked and remember and that the benefits of Wellbutrin should be weighed against its bad side effects.
Anxiety, depression, dry mouth, insomnia, sweating, rash
Seizures, psoriasis, gastrointestinal upset, nausea, dizziness, tremor, serious constipation, chest pain, abnormal dreams
Antidepressants, including Wellbutrin, can trigger mania or hypomania, and possibly cause suicidal thinking
This medication may increase your heart rate or cause tachycardia.
Confusion, hallucinations or other psychosis
Rhabdomyolosis, a condition where your body attacks its own muscles
Serum sickness, a condition where your body attacks itself and causes fever and pain
Falling backwards in elderly patients
Stevens Johnson syndrome
Possibly seizures in babies breast-feeding from someone taking Wellbutrin
Neck and shoulder pain
Impairment of sensory nerves
Note: Some of these are so rare that they’ve only been shown to be caused by Wellbutrin a few times.
Wellbutrin digestion is through the CP 450 system and is influenced by SSRIs or antipsychotics, so make sure your drug interactions are OK.
Do you have your own Wellbutrin experience?