Mixing Wellbutrin (bupropion) and alcohol can have adverse effects on one’s health. Effective treatment is available for those suffering from alcoholism or combining Wellbutrin and alcohol. Although Wellbutrin and other antidepressant drugs can be beneficial for someone battling depression or anxiety, Wellbutrin comes with potential side effects and complications that can be dangerous if mixed with alcohol. Some of these include nausea, vomiting, seizures, and cognitive and motor skill impairment.
More About Wellbutrin (Bupropion)?
Wellbutrin is a prescription medication commonly prescribed to treat depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and to help individuals quit smoking. Wellbutrin treats depression a bit differently than many other antidepressants, as it’s classified as a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI). These drugs are often prescribed for those who haven’t responded well to other antidepressant medications (e.g., SSRIs) or have suffered from related side effects, such as weight gain or sexual dysfunction.
Risks of Mixing Wellbutrin And Alcohol
Because alcohol is considered by many to be socially acceptable, some individuals forget that it’s a potentially lethal substance when abused. Some people who use Wellbutrin may be able to drink occasionally without incurring any adverse side effects. However, if an individual combines alcohol with Wellbutrin regularly or consumes excessive amounts with Wellbutrin, it can be detrimental to their health.
Some risks of using Wellbutrin with alcohol include the following:
- Alcohol poisoning
- Memory impairments
- Blurry vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Impaired judgment
- Mood swings
- Suicidal ideations
Side Effects of Using Wellbutrin
All psychoactive drugs come with some amount of risk. Still, if you have been prescribed Wellbutrin, your health provider has decided the benefits of using medication should outweigh any potential side effects. Some people taking Wellbutrin may experience little or no side effects, whereas others may find it challenging to adjust to its use.
Wellbutrin, when used independently, has been associated with the following side effects:
- Excitement or anxiety
- Sleep disturbances
- Dry mouth
- Upset stomach and vomiting
- Fluctuations in weight
- Frequent urination
- Sore throat
- Profuse sweating
Rarely, Wellbutrin can cause severe and potentially lethal side effects. If you or someone you know begins exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms, seek medical attention immediately:
- Joint pain
- Irregular heartbeat
Long-Term Effects Combing Wellbutrin and Alcohol
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and should be used responsibly, and this is especially true for those who struggle with depression or other mental health disorders. Mixing alcohol with an antidepressant medication increases both drugs’ side effects and heightens the chances of developing a chemical dependence or full-blown alcohol addiction.
Combining Wellbutrin and alcohol can have long-term effects on one’s health, such as the following:
- Reduced effectiveness of Wellbutrin
- Increased risk of alcohol abuse, dependence, and addicted
- Increased risk of overdose
If you are on a course of Wellbutrin and are concerned about how alcohol may interfere with its use, make sure to ask your health provider and be honest about the amount you drink.
Medical Detox for Alcohol Dependence
Alcohol is often used to numb or self-medicate symptoms of depression, but combining alcohol with an antidepressant such as Wellbutrin can be dangerous. As it stands, more than 20 million Americans reportedly struggle with substance abuse, and nearly half also experience a co-existing mental health issue, such as depression, bipolar disorder, or PTSD. If you or someone you know is drinking alcohol while using Wellbutrin or displaying signs of alcohol addiction, know that you are not alone and that help is available.
When a person drinks alcohol in excess, their body can become dependent on it, meaning that the body begins to require exposure to the substance to function normally. If the body is no longer receiving the substance, they will begin to experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms, such as the following:
- Shakiness and tremors
- Mood swings
- Reduced appetite
- Hallucinations and delusions
Due to some of these symptoms’ serious nature, alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous and should always be performed under the direction of a licensed health provider. A medically supervised detox program allows the person being treated to pass through the withdrawal stage and begin their treatment in safety and relative comfort. Medical detox services will likely include emotional support, medication-assisted treatment, and the design of a potentially effective treatment plan.
Treatment For Alcohol Abuse And Addiction
Just Believe Detox and Just Believe Recovery centers offer integrated programs in both partial hospitalization and resident format. We are equipped to treat co-occurring mental issues, such as depression, in addition to substance abuse. Treatment methodologies and activities we offer include, but are not limited to, psychotherapy, individual and family counseling, peer group support, relapse prevention, health and wellness education, art and music therapy, mindfulness therapy, and aftercare planning.