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Forum Name: Antidepressants

Question: wellbutrin....cause this?

 mattsbabygirl - Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:03 am

Hi. I'm 36F and husband is 40M. I have been on a desperate mission to get answers for my hubby..brief history...He is disabled and has not worked in a few years..He is an admitted alcoholic who has asked docs to put him on something to help him stop,but they never do. I did research on alcoholism and found he has severe syptoms such as even the jaundice color. They had him on anti-depressents because of the chronic pain..but now we don't believe he had depression...but that one was no bother to him accept the sexual side affects. so, a new doc put him on wellbutrin...and I don't know how they missed the obvious alcoholism...but any way when he started them he was drinking vodka everyday...about the second or third night he got very mean....talking weird like saying something and changing it a min later and not remembering...cried.....and....even cut him self twice.....that was followed everyday by mood swings small....but after about 7 to 10 days of being on it....he quit...just stopped it....but kept drinking all day....about 7 days later, and he wasnt drinking much that day.....he REALLY got crazy....MEAN....saying things so mean he had NEVER said before....and when I didnt argue made it worse....his rage was to the extreme scarey. I want to much as he has EVER drank in his life...he has NEVER acted like those ways and YES...we are VERY VERY much inlove and get along TERRIFIC!! could the sudden stop of wellbutrin and alcohol have caused this and drinking when he first started? Please let me know ASAP.....Thank you..
 DeLWolcott - Mon Feb 06, 2006 12:13 am

Wellbutrin should never be combined with alcohol. Antidepressants in general should not, along with most medications.

Discuss the history of alcoholism with the physician again, and let be sure to let the physician know of the outbursts. Some people just cannot metabolize these medications correctly and I would be concerned especially since his liver is already compromised by alcoholism.

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