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Bupropion Withdrawal Symptoms
Is it possible to reduce withdrawal symptoms of bupropion with another AD (like escitalopram)? I need switch from bupropion to escitalopram.
I have not seen: patients experience a discontinuation syndrome with bupropion. This occurs more with SSRI/SNRI drugs like citalopram, paroxetine, venlafaxine etc. However, it is reported, and I would recommend tapering the bupropion (i.e, if you are on 150 mg a day, go to 100 mg a day for a week and 50 mg a day for a week) while starting and building up the other medication. Your doctor/pharmacist can advise u ...Read more
Wellbutrin (buproprion hydrochloride) is an antidepressant/anxiolytic that works by inhibiting neuronal uptake of norepinephrine and Dopamine (aminoketone). It is also used for impulsivity as seen in adhd and smoking. Common side effects include xerostomia (dry mouth), headache, agitation, nausea, dizziness, constipation, tremor, diaphoresis, abnormal ...Read more
Can you stop bupropion/zyban/wellbutrin cold turkey? What are some of the withdrawal symptoms? Is it dangerous to stop suddenly? Thanks :)
Withdrawal sxs: Please d/w your prescribing provider. It is recommended that dose be decreased by 50mg every 4 days - but in reality - dose is often v'ed much faster. Wellbutrin withdrawal symptoms can include fatigue, migraine or other types of headaches, zapped or tingling sensation, indigestion, abdominal cramping, loose bowel movements, worsening depressive sxs, anxiety, hostility, paranoia, & crying spells. ...Read more
I stopped taking Wellbutrin abruptly a few weeks ago, could I present withdrawal symptoms now? Should I start again? I also take Lexapro 5 mg/day.
Antidepressants: It is dangerous to abruptly stop medications. You need to speak to your physician as you can significant side effects. ...Read more
Usually about 3 wks: Nicotine withdrawal symptoms can be diminished by using nicotine replacement drugs (gum, patch, inhaler, nasal spray) and/or other pills (bupropion, varenicline). Talk to your doctor, get a date on the calendar, alert your friends & family that you need their support, and do yourself the biggest favor of your life and quit (if you have not already). Good luck. ...Read more
Many things: A formal support program helps reduce anxiety and alleviates withdrawal just by taking your mind off it, and focusing on other things. Exercise and other healthful activities can do the same. If moderate to severe, nicotine replacement (patches, gum, lozenges etc.) help, as do the prescription medications bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix). Acupuncture&hypnosis help some people. ...Read more
Within 24 hours: and may even be sooner if you are very anxious about quitting, which most people are. These symptoms can be significantly reduced through many means - a smoking cessation program with good support, relaxation techniques, hypnosis and acupuncture, or nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum etc), bupropion (Zyban) or varenicline (Chantix). ...Read more
Multiple symptoms: (not all are seen in every person) of anxiety, panic, trembling, shaking, muscle twitches/jerks, elevated blood pressure and pulse, dizziness, tingling, sensitivity to light and/or sound, feeling disconnected, sweating, insomnia, irritability, trouble concentrating, nausea/vomiting, confusion, hallucinations, seizures. Etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Caffeine withdrawal: I recommend that people who are using excessive caffeine (whether coffee, tea or cola or other soft drinks) cut back by about 25% of the dose every 3-4 days until they get down to 1-2 servings per day, which is generally safe. If you are drinking sugared pepsi, there is also the sugar issue to deal with, so use of diet drinks temporarily may help. If 8 drinks/day, go down 2 drinks every 3-4 days. ...Read more
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