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Why can't u take wellbutrin (bupropion) if u have had eating disorders or have them?

Why can't u take wellbutrin (bupropion) if u have had eating disorders or have them?

Seizure risk: It's because buproprion (wellbutrin) can lower one's 'seizure threshold, ' which means an increase risk of seizures. Eating disorders, especially bulimia nervosa are also associated with an increased risk of having a seizure stemming from loss of electrolytes and ph imbalanced due to vomiting. Taking too much buproprion can cause seizures as well. That's the reason. ...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


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I read that ppl who have had eating disorders should not take wellbutrin (bupropion).I was anorexic but hv maintained healthy body weight for 6 years.Is it safe?

I read that ppl who have had eating disorders should not take wellbutrin (bupropion).I was anorexic but hv maintained healthy body weight for 6 years.Is it safe?

Wellbutrin (bupropion) ; Safety: There may be an increased risk of seizures in patients with certain eating disorders. If one has recovered from their eating disorder and maintains an appropriate weight, i will usually go ahead and prescribe wellbutrin, (bupropion) if it is clinically indicated. You should see a board certified psychiatrist for this. Good luck. ...Read more

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On www.Drugs.Com it says not to take wellbutrin (bupropion) if you have an eating disorder. Why?

On www.Drugs.Com it says not to take wellbutrin (bupropion) if you have an eating disorder. Why?

Wellbutrin (bupropion) & Eating : In eating disorders there is electrolyte imbalance & such can lower seizure threshold if wellbutrin (bupropion) at high dose is used, hence more chance of having seizures, although not very common. ...Read more

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Can you please explain how and why with eating disorders take laxatives?

Can you please explain how and why with eating disorders take laxatives?

To lose more weight: By increasing the amount defecated an individual temporarily loses additional weight, which is the goal of many people with eating disorders. ...Read more

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How does it take for docs to diagnose eating disorders?

Eating DO: Thorough ssessment, medical and psychological, and good history taking ...Read more

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Which vitamins should people with eating disorders take?

Which vitamins should people with eating disorders take?

Tailored 2 Ur Needs?: Anyone struggling 2overcome or recover from an ed is best served by having as part of her/his treatment team a nutritionist who has expertise in treating ppl w/eds. Eds often lead 2nutritional deficiencies/malnutrition. Supplements can only go so far - & it's possible that supplement types & amounts taken may not be ideal (ineffective or toxic). Malnutrition can lead 2 other health probs. ...Read more

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I take Effexor (venlafaxine) and wellbutrin for panic disorder. What other treatments are best besides medications?

Talk therapy: Even with medication, i think it is a very goo idea to do some cbt talk therapy. That can help you feel more skilled (less helpless) in moderating or avoiding attacks. You may not need the meds if you are successful. Also meditation and certain exercise programs can be a good support for correcting this disorder. I'm impressed by your interest in self-management. I bet you'll do well. ...Read more

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Have bad head cold&seems like I cant take anything for it cuz everything interacts w my wellbutrin.Im also on topamax, (topiramate)klon,trileptal,neurontin.Help!

Have bad head cold&seems like I cant take anything for it cuz everything interacts w my wellbutrin.Im also on topamax, (topiramate)klon,trileptal,neurontin.Help!

Cold Tips: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take wellbutrin (bupropion) for bipolar disorder? Does the manic episodes get worse?

Is it safe to take wellbutrin (bupropion) for bipolar disorder? Does the manic episodes get worse?

It can be.: As indicated, any antidepressant can induce cycling. As a result we often attempt to avoid antidepressants if possible in bipolar disorder. I noticed that you are on the mood stabilizer lamictal, which should decrease this likelihood. Tell your doc immediately if you have any symptoms of mania or a mixed state, this is where you feel depressed/irritable and hyper at the same time. ...Read more

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Can men have eating disorders?

Can men have eating disorders?

Certainly can: While more common in women, men certainly can suffer eatng disorders. They may be more uncomfortable about seeking treatment or talking to their doctor. Nonetheless they can suffer the same serious health consequences and can benefit from treatment. See: http://cpancf.Com/eatingdisorders.Asp. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for eating disorders?

Who is at risk for eating disorders?

Adolescents : Both men and women are at risk for eating disorders, particularly in adolescence. If you think you have an eating disorder, please discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a common age for eating disorders?

No.: Although many people associate eating disorders with teenage girls, the reality is that people of all ages, ethnicities and genders can develop eating disorders. In my practice I treat several men in their 60s who suffered for decades and didn't seek help, thinking they had a "girl's" problem. Many eating disorders start in the teenage years or in young adulthood, but not all. ...Read more

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What are early symptoms of eating disorders?

Preoccupation: Eating disorders share a preoccupation with food, either consuming, restricting or purging it. ...Read more

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Are there tests to diagnose eating disorders?

Are there tests to diagnose eating disorders?

See U PCP: And he or she will be able to tell u if u. R or refer u to someone else. ...Read more

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What kinds of people get an eating disorders?

What kinds of people get an eating disorders?

Anyone: Anorexia nervosa, bulemia, & other eating disorders are potentially life-threatening diseases best treated by providers who have substantial clinical experience in dealing, on both an outpatient and inpatient basis, with the conditions. There are centers of excellence at many tertiary institutions that combine the expertise of many specialists--find one near you please and get help soon. ...Read more

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Are eating disorders due to hereditary reasons?

EDs ; Genetics : Research has found a genetic link to eating disorders. This link has a nice overview that's also available in audio. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/anorexia-nervosa/features/anorexia-bulimia-genetic-code. ...Read more

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What are general categories of eating disorders?

Bulimia and anorexia: The main subtypes of eating disorders are bulimia (usually periods of overeating followed by periods of restricting or vomiting to avoid weight gain, generally associated with normal or slightly increased weight) and anorexia (excessive exercise, and food restriction in order to avoid weight gain, often despite plenty of evidence that the person is in fact underweight). ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Eating Disorder (Definition)

A psychiatric condition characterized by abnormal eating habits and dysfunctional relationship with food. Examples of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia ...Read more


Wellbutrin (Definition)

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