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What can I do for anxiety being caused by wellbutrin? Never had until started the medication last year

What can I do for anxiety being caused by wellbutrin? Never had until started the medication last year

Wellbutrin Anxiety: Desist taking it and talk to your doctor. Remind yourself that it is the likely reason for the anxiety. Breathing is vastly underestimated as a good answer in situations like this. Try to sit and breath deeply and make and keep your breath slow and methodical in and out for five minutes. Stop anytime you need to. Even when I am under a lot of stress I will stop frequently to do so if nec. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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On wellbutrin for 5 weeks for anxiety. It has improved some but not 100%. Still having some ups and downs everyday. Do I need to change med or wait?

On wellbutrin for 5 weeks for anxiety.  It has improved some but not 100%. Still having some ups and downs everyday. Do I need to change med or wait?

Possibly: Sometimes an increase in the dose is all that's needed. Another strategy is to add a low dose of a tricyclic antidepressant to your current treatment. Are you seeing a therapist? If not, I strongly suggest you do so. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), for example, is a helpful adjunct to medication treatment. Best wishes! Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Can wellbutrin (bupropion) make my anxiety worse?

Can wellbutrin (bupropion) make my anxiety worse?

Yes: Wellbutrin (bupropion) is not a good antianxiety medication, it can also "speed" you up. You need an ssri or an snri. I never use wellbutrin (bupropion) for anxiety in my patients. ...Read more

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How effective is wellbutrin (bupropion) for anxiety?

How effective is wellbutrin (bupropion) for anxiety?

Only if depressed: Wellbutrin (bupropion) is an antidepressant, and is also used to help people stop smoking (reduces craving). It has no direct effect on anxiety. However, anxiety is a common symptom of depression. If a person takes Wellbutrin for depression, their anxiety may decrease along with other depressive symptoms. ...Read more

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Will wellbutrin (bupropion) sr cause more anxiety than xr?

Will wellbutrin (bupropion) sr cause more anxiety than xr?

Buproprion forms: Buproprion comes in different formulations: immediate release or regular, sr or slow release, and xl or extra long release. They are exactly similar in effect but not in delivery, what makes them to last longer in certain people. The most common side effect is insomnia (which depends on the formulation and time of dosing) and the gastrointestinal effects, which depends in taking it with meals. ...Read more

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Having rebound anxiety because i quit wellbutrin (bupropion). Any tips for me?

Having rebound anxiety because i quit wellbutrin (bupropion). Any tips for me?

1 simple tip: If you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly & deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. ...Read more

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Can just one tablet of wellbutrin (bupropion) XL 150mg cause an increase in anxiety and an out of it feeling for two or more days?

Can just one tablet of wellbutrin (bupropion) XL 150mg cause an increase in anxiety and an out of it feeling for two or more days?

Yes: The half-life of wellbutrin (bupropion) xl is about 24 hours, so it would still be in your system for 5 times that. Wellbutrin (bupropion) may exacerbate anxiety. Please contact your physician and let him/her know what you're experiencing. ...Read more

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There seems to be a lot of conflicting information regarding the effectiveness of Wellbutrin (bupropion) on anxiety. What's the real story?

There seems to be a lot of conflicting information regarding the effectiveness of Wellbutrin (bupropion) on anxiety. What's the real story?

Not 1st choice....: Wellbutrin (bupropion) is a good antidepressant, but in general is not effective for the anxiety disorders ( such as OCD, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder). For someone without an actual anxiety disorder, it will often take care of the anxiety that can accompany a Major Depression. If someone is on an antidepressant that is treating their anxiety disorder, Wellbutrin (bupropion) can be added to help their de ...Read more

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I've been taking Wellbutrin for 9 days now and have been taking Cerenity (an herbal suppliment) for over a month. I'm still having bad anxiety problem?

Med change: You need to talk to your doctor about a medication change. Wellbutrin is for depression but not for anxiety. It can even make anxiety worse. If you have both anxiety and depression, there are medications like SSRIs that work for both, but wellbutrin does not. ...Read more

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Third day on Wellbutrin (bupropion) XL. I am having horrible consuming anxiety and I want to snap at everyone. Is this a get worse before u get better thing?

Third day on Wellbutrin (bupropion) XL. I am having horrible consuming anxiety and I want to snap at everyone. Is this a get worse before u get better thing?

How much: caffeine are you consuming? I always have patients who ingest a lot of caffeine do a taper before they start wellbutrin (bupropion). I usually increase dose by 50 mg increments. Hopefully the anxiety will calm down as you adjust to this medication. Take care. ...Read more

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Using Wellbutrin (bupropion) for 2 weeks. Not sure if it's increasing my anxiety cause it was already there. Is stopping for a few days to see okay? 150/XL/day.

Wellbutrin (bupropion): Wellbutrin (bupropion) is a medication to treat Depression. It can activate hypomania See your Psychiatrist if prior to starting Wellbutrin (bupropion), your mood was very happy or irritable lasting throughout for at least 4 days, you were more talkative, were easily distractible, had less sleep,; and if these symptoms have increased after taking Wellbutrin (bupropion) Discuss diagnosis, medication needed, dosage and Therapy . ...Read more

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Wellbutrin (bupropion) for anxiety and pms?

No: Wellbutrin (bupropion) can be helpful for major depression, particularly melancholic, down in the dumps depression. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is stimulating, and at best doesn't affect anxiety, but can exacerbate anxiety. For premenstrual dysporic disorder (pdd), ssris, like zoloft, celexa, and Prozac that work through serotonin can alleviate symptoms, but wellbutrin (bupropion) and works through Dopamine and doesn't help with pdd. ...Read more

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Will wellbutrin (bupropion) worsen someones health anxiety?

Will wellbutrin (bupropion) worsen someones health anxiety?

Sometimes: Some patients report feeling jittery or more anxious in general when started on wellbutrin (bupropion). But anxiety might have many different causes. Consult with your dr and report all symptoms, it s not always so easy to distinguish a disorder s symptoms from a side effect. Whatever the case, therapy may also help. ...Read more

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I take wellbutrin (bupropion) 150mg sr morning & 150 mg afternoon. Still have anxiety. Can i take ashwaganda in the morning?

I take wellbutrin (bupropion) 150mg sr morning & 150 mg afternoon. Still have anxiety. Can i take ashwaganda  in the morning?

Ask your doctor: There are no known interactions with wellbutrin (bupropion) but this has not been studied well. There are other potential side effects and drug interactions so you ned to review this with your doctor before taking this or other over the counter agents. Remember these are not regulated by the fda but they do have both good and potentially harmful effects in the body. D not take in pregnancy! ...Read more

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Is there any medication I could take daily to battle anxiety that will not counteract the energy boosting properties of Wellbutrin (bupropion)?

Anxiety: A side effect of many medications for anxiety is sedation, but different people respond differently to different medications. SSRI medications are good for anxiety and can be given with bupropion (Wellbutrin). Sertraline (Zoloft) is approved for anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, and 85% to 98% do not report sedation with it. Exercise, deep breathing exercises, & CBT are VERY helpful also ...Read more

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Does wellbutrin (bupropion) cause less anxiety than ritalin?

Usually: Although both are stimulants, wellbutrin (bupropion) is a weaker stimulant than Ritalin and has a smoother course of action, so it is less apt to cause anxiety; but, it still can happen, especially at high doses. Often, people with adhd who need stimulants but get anxious on them take a second medication to help reduce the anxiety; alternatively, several nonstimulants for adhd don't cause anxiety. ...Read more

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What medication can be combined with wellbutrin (bupropion) to treat ocd and anxiety?

Quite a few: There are quite a few medicines across multiple classes (SSRI, SNRI, TCA, etc.) that can be added however Rx choice really depends on what symptoms need the "extra help." The goal is to reduce the risk of side effects as much as possible and a lot is dependent on your history/response and prescriber preference. Also, combining psychotherapy + meds helps ensure a better outcome. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I am taking wellbutrin (bupropion) for an anxiety problem and drank and had horrible anxiety and was shaking alot. Is that normal?

I am taking wellbutrin (bupropion) for an anxiety problem and drank and had horrible anxiety and was shaking alot. Is that normal?

Wellbutrin/Alcohol: Medication combined with alcohol can lead to a number known side effects, as well as individual effects for any given individual. We do not recommend any alcohol use with antidepressants because of their opposite effects. I you drank a lot, and did not eat, low blood sugar may be the reaction that you had. Otherwise this is an individual reaction. ...Read more

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Tried celexa, made anxiety worse, sister tried it, same reaction. She had success w/ wellbutrin (bupropion) said it works differently, could this help me?

Tried celexa, made anxiety worse, sister tried it, same reaction. She had success w/ wellbutrin (bupropion) said it works differently, could this help me?

NO: Usually people with anxiety D/O's are more sensitive to side effects. Antidepressants that modulate anxiety (Wellbutrin (bupropion) is not one of them) need to be started and up titration at much smaller dosages. I.e. Citalopram 50mg and in some people 2mg, then gradually medicine is tolerated better. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bupropion (Definition)

Also called wellbutrin (bupropion) or zyban or aplenzin, is an atypical antidepressant & smoking cessation aid, which has mild psychostimulant action. It is a norepinephrine/dopamine reuptake inhibitor. It can lower seizure threshold at high doses, ...Read more


Wellbutrin (Definition)

Bupropion is an addiction reducing agent and an antidepressant which are both a ...Read more