You should not take Wellbutrin if you experience seizures or have an eating disorder, or if you have suddenly quit using alcohol, anti-seizure medications, or sedative medications. Wellbutrin may cause seizures when accompanied by certain pre-existing conditions or certain medications. Ask your doctor about any possible drug reactions, as there are over 800 known drug interactions with Wellbutrin, ranging from mild to severe.
Use of nicotine with on Wellbutrin can increase your blood pressure, which can sometimes result in shortness of breath, dizziness, uneven heartbeats, or chest pain. Use of alcohol while taking Wellbutrin can sometimes result in an increased risk of experiencing abnormal side effects such as some of the following: hallucinations, delusions, mood and behavioral changes, seizures, delusions, depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, or panic attacks. If you use alcohol regularly, or have a tendency to frequently use alcohol excessively, you should talk to your doctor before starting Wellbutrin as suddenly discontinuing alcohol use can increase the risk of experiencing seizures.
If you have been prescribed Wellbutrin, you should not take Zyban at the same time to help you quit smoking. If you have taken an MAO inhibiter in the past 14 days, you should not take Wellbutrin as a dangerous drug reaction may occur. MAO inhibiters include, but are not limited to, the following examples: linezolid, selegiline, tranylcypromine, methylene blue injection, rasagiline, and isocarboxazid.
Wellbutrin may affect your thinking and reaction process. Whilst using Wellbutrin, you should be cautious while driving, operating heavy machinery, or anything else requiring you to be alert.
Overdosing on Wellbutrin can be fatal. Overdose symptoms may include some of the following: hallucinations, fast or uneven heartbeat, muscle stiffness, shallow breathing, or fainting. If you think that you may be experiencing an allergic reaction, you should also seek emergency medical help. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include some of the following: difficulty breathing, hives, and swelling of the facial area, mouth, or throat area.
Be sure to report any worsening or new symptoms to your physician. Examples of what you should report to your doctor are changes in symptoms such as: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, general mood or behavior, impulsivity, irritability, agitation, hostility, aggressive tendencies, restlessness, hyperactivity (both mentally and physically), suicidal thoughts, or self harming thoughts.