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Did Wellbutrin cause this?

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  • Posted By: k333ly
  • March 6, 2008
  • 08:18 PM

sorry this is so long, but I'm really confused


Okay, well back in December around my break off from college, I started having incredibly bad stomach pains which I went to the hospital and numerous doctors for. They never found out what was wrong with me, and did almost every test imaginagle. I am currently taking (and have been since June 07) Wellbutrin 150 mgX2 a day, Seroquel 100 mg once a day, and Birth Control (ortho tri cyclen) I was on the generic budprion at the time, and the doctor who did my endoscopy (who found nothing) decided I was have stomach spasms. Well after being on Tramadol (ultam) for the imense pain I was having (I use to be A major speed addict but have been totally sober since June, and I have had an ongoing problem with bulimia since then) the doctor decided to put me on Bentyl. Well the first few days where going fine, and then all of the sudden on the third day I have these weird spells where my neck were spasm and my head wouldn't stop shaking. I wasn't able to focus at the time and everything felt fuzzy. These epsidoes kept happening like every 30 minutes. They gradually got worse throughout the day and to the point where my whole body would uncontrollably twitch for like 15 minutes. (it was like my leg would twitch, then my face, then both my arms, etc)
Those happened a few times, but I just shrugged them off at tremors as a side effect from the medications. Later that night I took my seroquel, because I usually take it before bed because it makes me tired. IT usually takes about 30 minutes to kick in, and I was getting tired from it. When I laid down I had this weird buzzing noise going on. I thought I left something on in my room but there wasn't anything. In a matter of a few seconds the buzzing got so loud that i thought my ears were going to bleed they hurt so bad. Then this weird feeling started in my lower spine and crawled up my back all the way to my head. Once It hit my head all I saw were flashing lights and drifted in and out of blackness, this whole time i couldn't move at all, my body seem paralyzed and after about 30 seconds it all stopped. Freaked out i went to my mom and said "I think I'm having seizures!" I was so scared (even more scared than my major car wreck last year) that i made her stay with my until I went to bed. I kept getting that weird feeling agian and everything would start getting dim, but it'd go away. Well when I finally fell asleep my mom said "my muscles and body were doing things she's never seen before" frightened I called my doctor and they said to keep taking all the medications and get an EEG and MRI. Both of those turned up nothing and the episodes stopped after I got off the bently.

Well for the last 2 weeks i have managed to quit smoking because of the wellbutrin (which recently in the last few weeks have changed it over fropm the generic). But now I keep these episodes every like 20 mins-half hour (when I have NEVER EVER had seizures auroas or a migraine ever)

They consist of
(each lasting a few seconds to a minute)

*like time speeds up incredibly fast and everything is going just...really fast
* i feel like i'm not connected to my body
*I see little flashing spots in my vision
*I have times at work or school where I just can't find the right words or can't get them out and I stutter repetivaly
*Times where I just don't feel right, my head doesn't feel right
*I smell things that are AWFUL and no one else can nothing I have ever smelt before
*This nasty taste in my mouth that's on and off
*Uncontrollably twitches in my face and shakyness in my right hand
and I could go on.
*times where I just can't think, like even reading is too much to process

so are these just side effects of getting use the wellbutrin?

Why is this happening now and never before when I have had no change in medications besides getting off bently (back in january!) and changing from the generic to wellbutrin... and I have stopped drinking besides once or twice a week (a few drinks) and stopped smoking pot and cigaretts.

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  • First of all, please list ALL meds, including the birth control that you are currently taking. DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • before everything (my stomach issue) I was onOrtho Tri CyclenWellbutrin 300 mgSeroquel 100 mgnever ever had a problemwhen the first one hit I was on..all of the above plustramadol (the max dosage i was in so much pain)bentylthat combination was okay for about 3 daysnow I'm just currently taking what I was before Ortho Tri CyclenWellbutrin 300 mgSeroquel 100 mgI also had some really weird arm pains too, like my bones were hurting, but it went away after ten minutes, that was yesterday.I also have a Prematur Atrial Valve contraction but the neurologist said it wasn't anything. It just causes my hurt to flutter really quick like I just went running, and I kinda loose my breath, but it's over in a matter of seconds. It only happens a few times a day though.
    k333ly 59 Replies Flag this Response
  • Well, glad you have stopped smoking - as this is contraindicated for birth control pills. Here is a list of side effects of your birth control pill from www.drugs.com: Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches;nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet; orsymptoms of depression (sleep problems, weakness, mood changes).As you can see you are experiencing quite a few of these side effects. Drinking several drinks a few times a week is SCARY with the drugs you are currently taking:eek:. To better understand the side effects and possible interactions with ALL the meds you are on, please visit www.drugs.com and click on their drug interactions checklist. Then input your meds and see what comes up. Also a good idea to look them up individually so you better understand the side effects. A side effect may show up many months after starting a drug, and will not necessarily go away on its own. Birth control pills can all have very horrendous side effects...due to your smoking history you are more prone to blood clots and even stroke symptoms - I don't mean to scare you but this is really a possibility. Side effects of medications are the LAST thing a doctor will look at, and it should be the FIRST thing they should rule out. I have many horror stories about this.:confused: I really feel you would do well with a detox to get your liver back on track. Please consider visiting a holistic practitioner who specializes in herbal medicine - I think this would be helpful. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Who here has taken or been on Wellbutrin/Budprion before? What side effects did you have from it and what other medications or conditions did you have? I'm really curious and would really like to know.
    k333ly 59 Replies Flag this Response
  • Here are side effects of wellbutrin listed from medfacts.com:Possible side effects of Wellbutrin :All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome: Constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; headache; increased sweating; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; restlessness; taste changes; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weight changes.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; confusion; delusions; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; hearing problems; menstrual changes; new or worsening mental or mood changes (eg, concentration problems, panic attacks, aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, impulsiveness, irritability, hostility, exaggerated feeling of well-being or inability to sit still); red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe headache or dizziness; severe or persistent joint or muscle pain; severe or persistent nervousness, restlessness, or trouble sleeping; shortness of breath; suicidal thoughts or attempts; tremor; unusual swelling; vision changes; worsening depression. I strongly believe that nearly ALL of your symptoms can be attributed to the combo of meds you are currently taking. I cannot stress enough that docs don't look at this and it is a major problem and contributes to countless deaths in the US alone. Please research this yourself and print out what you find to show to your doc. If he shrugs this off, FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR WHO WILL LISTEN! I am sorry if I am sounding harsh, I have just seen many horror stories of patients of mine who have had bad reactions to meds and no one researched it until I took the five minutes to look their meds up online. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Well I guess I don't have to worry anymore at this point. I went to go fill up my seroquel and my wellbutrin yesterday at the pharmacy, with my insurance they were $11-21 dollars before; now they're over $122!!! There is no way in heck I can afford that, so now as of yesterday I'm quitting both the seroquel and wellbutrin cold turkey, because I have no choice at this point. So far I feel no weird side effects from quitting, besides the fact I feel really wired and almost edgy..not like mad...just...edgy. If I were to feel any weird side effects I would of felt them by now wouldn't I?I still haven't smoked a cigarett yet, so hopefully I just knock all these stupid drugs and pills out of my life.
    k333ly 59 Replies Flag this Response
  • Well I guess I don't have to worry anymore at this point. I went to go fill up my seroquel and my wellbutrin yesterday at the pharmacy, with my insurance they were $11-21 dollars before; now they're over $122!!! There is no way in heck I can afford that, so now as of yesterday I'm quitting both the seroquel and wellbutrin cold turkey, because I have no choice at this point. So far I feel no weird side effects from quitting, besides the fact I feel really wired and almost edgy..not like mad...just...edgy. If I were to feel any weird side effects I would of felt them by now wouldn't I? I still haven't smoked a cigarett yet, so hopefully I just knock all these stupid drugs and pills out of my life. Well, I DON"T EVER recommend that you go cold turkey in stopping meds, especially antidepressants like wellbutrin. I am sorry if it seemed like I suggested that to you - it was not my intention other than to alert you of the side effects! PLEASE be careful...can you get to an acupuncturist who can do detox ear needling? This would help immensely, and get you back on track. Google NADA detox for more info. Please also get some supplements, especially the B vitamins and a good vit C like EmergenC...this will help as well. I recommend MethylB12 as it is a great mood stabilizer. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • At this point, I don't really have a choice. I ran out the other day and my insurance now won't cover it. I do take multi-vitamins every day and have for quite a while. And you weren't coming off as rude or anything, don't worry. I have to admit I'm not really depressed anymore, for the most reason why I got on the medication in the first place was to help with the depression I had from being a speed addict for almost 4 years (I had a $100-$300 a day habit)So after quitting speed and other drugs cold turkey and replacing them with seroquel and alcohol, I began gaining a lot of weight...so then my psychiatrist put me on wellbutrin to try and counter act the effect of the weight gain from the medication. Well then I realized it made me not really want to smoke, so I thought I'd give it a try, luckily I was able to quit smoking before my insurace stopped covering it. Another reason I became bulimic, I was so use to just doing so much dope that I never had to watch what I ate...now I actually do, and my body was in starvation mode for so long I was just PACKING on the pounds. But now I've learned that If I can stop smoking cigaretts and quit dope, then I can indroduce other healthy lifestyles into my life....so I've started excersizing and watching what I eat more. I still struggle with bulimia still, but it;s not nearly as bad as it was. I just wish I could quit that all together, but I haven't had the heart to let anybody know. It's so embarassing and hard to hide from everybody. ugh.
    k333ly 59 Replies Flag this Response
  • At this point, I don't really have a choice. I ran out the other day and my insurance now won't cover it. I do take multi-vitamins every day and have for quite a while. And you weren't coming off as rude or anything, don't worry. I have to admit I'm not really depressed anymore, for the most reason why I got on the medication in the first place was to help with the depression I had from being a speed addict for almost 4 years (I had a $100-$300 a day habit) So after quitting speed and other drugs cold turkey and replacing them with seroquel and alcohol, I began gaining a lot of weight...so then my psychiatrist put me on wellbutrin to try and counter act the effect of the weight gain from the medication. Well then I realized it made me not really want to smoke, so I thought I'd give it a try, luckily I was able to quit smoking before my insurace stopped covering it. Another reason I became bulimic, I was so use to just doing so much dope that I never had to watch what I ate...now I actually do, and my body was in starvation mode for so long I was just PACKING on the pounds. But now I've learned that If I can stop smoking cigaretts and quit dope, then I can indroduce other healthy lifestyles into my life....so I've started excersizing and watching what I eat more. I still struggle with bulimia still, but it;s not nearly as bad as it was. I just wish I could quit that all together, but I haven't had the heart to let anybody know. It's so embarassing and hard to hide from everybody. ugh. Wow, you have been through a lot, and I admire your strength and courage. :) Glad you are starting a new page of your life free from drugs and cigarettes and starting exercise - exercise is fantastic and helps you feel much better. Please don't feel embarrassed about being bulemic - it is a disease, and I feel the more people you can tell (hopefully those who are empathetic and understanding), the better you will be able to tackle this disease. I have a friend who struggled with this for over 10 years. It takes a lot of courage and a lot of patience to get this under control. I hope you find a support system, either online or perhaps locally at an overeaters anonymous. Please do this now and don't wait...the sooner you can get bulemia under control the better off you will be...my friend had signs of osteoporosis by the time she was 31 years old. I know this is hard, but I know you can do it! Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • thanks for the encouragment, but I don't even know where to start! should I mention something to the doctor, or go to the psychiatrist, or what....I feel so ashamed, I don't even know if I could tell any of my friends, or my parents. Is there a website I can go to, that would have local listings for places I could in my area? (Kansas City-Mo) I think I would rather deal with it in private first than telling some people around me...I just feel disappointed in myself. I've only been doing it for a little over a year now...sometimes it's out of hand where I'm purging everything I eat all day, despite if it's something simple like a sandwich or some oatmeal...I only have the actual binging episodes about once every week or two. Sometimes I won't puke all day, other days I'll puke 10 times or more. I'm sure is even worse on my teeth than the meth was...
    k333ly 59 Replies Flag this Response
  • Here is a site that lists different treatment options in the Kansas City area: http://www.something-fishy.org/treatmentfinder/search-all.php?submit=Search+%BB&keyword=&category=&location=Kansas+City&zip=&boolean_type=AND Also, overeaters anonymous : www.kansascityoa.org Please get the help you need - you are right bulemia is going to destroy both your teeth and your esophagus not to mention your whole body. IMO, a psychiatrist is NOT the answer as they are only trained to prescribed DRUGS...the same is true with a medical doc. I would look in the yellow pages under counseling, and also call your local university hospital. You need to find a counselor or practitioner who specializes in bulemia and substance abuse problems. When you feel strong enough, I hope you will reach out to your family and friends. But do all you can to find the help you need - it's out there. Best wishesDOM
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