WELLBUTRIN and HEADACHES!

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KatieN326
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   Posted 5/24/2005 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone had this experience?  I'm suffering from some really bad headaches....anywhere from sharp pains in my head (and then I think I'm about to have an aneurysm and then I get freaked out and have a panic attack...fun, i know!) OR just all day pain headaches...like a bad hangover headache that won't go away.  I wake up with them in the morning and they last all day. 
 
I've been taking Advil for it but hasn't really been doing that much.  It could be from dehydration, especially because Wellbutrin makes you a little speedy!  However, I've been trying to drink at least 8 glasses of water, if not more.
 
Has anyone else had this?  How did you fix it?  Will it go away the more my body becomes acclimated to the drug?  Only been on Wellbutrin for about 10 days or so.
 
Thanks!
 
KATE

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   Posted 5/25/2005 3:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Kate,
Wellbutrin can initially give you a headache. I see you just started taking it recently. A friend of mine had the headaches with it too and they went away after about 2 or 3 weeks. He has done very well on Wellbutrin.

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   Posted 5/27/2005 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I had terrible headaches with zoloft and effexor, but none with Wellbutrin.  Started two weeks ago and so far, no side effects that I have noticed.  I so hope this one is the right one...on my 5th try so far.  On 150 mg of wellbutrin.  Good luck

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   Posted 5/27/2005 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I had headaches when I started taking it, but they got better after a few weeks. Today my psych. nurse switched me to the Sustained Release (I think that's what it's called) version. I'll be taking it just once a day instead of 2, which I have been doing. I'll let you guys know if there any weird side effects...

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   Posted 5/28/2005 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Katie,

I used to get headaches from Zoloft and I know it is not much fun.  I was going to go on Wellbutrin about two years ago, because my friend was doing well on it..but then I heard it can cause seizures, and that was a side effect I didn't really want...so I didn't try it.  I am on SAM-e now for depression, have you ever heard of it?  It is natural and works just as well as chemical antidepressants without all the side effects and can be purchased in the supplement/vitamin isle in grocery or drug stores. It is an animo acid that our bodies produce naturally, but declines as we age. It is well respected and very safe. It is in medical journals, and has been used since the 1970's for depression.  If you go to the SAM-e website you can read more about it, and they have something you can print out and take to your doctor, if she'he has not heard about SAM-e.  I did this with my Doctor.  Anyway, hope you are feeling better soon..

 

 

 


missyn
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   Posted 5/29/2005 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Kate: I could have asked this question myself. I have been on Wellbutrin for 10 days - (today is 5/29). I have had a severe headache with pain in the back of my neck and upper back.

I just switched from Paxil (10mg) to Wellbutrin and I didn't know which was causing me to feel so bad.

Are you feeling any better yet?

I can relate to the worrying. I keep wondering if I have a tumor!!!

Hope your feeling better (for both of us). Let me know how your doing...

Thanks.

Melissia

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   Posted 5/29/2005 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Rianna for the info. I believe what you said last is the most important!! Make sure you discuss anything you decide to start taking over the counter when you are already on medications. Sometimes even the most innocent herb or supplement, can cause an interaction with another med. you are taking. Better safe than sorry, always check first before taking something like this when you have a serious disorder!
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Kate and Melissia, here's a link to Wellbutrin and severe headaches should be reported to your Dr.'s!!

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   Posted 5/25/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I have been on welbutrin for about two weeks to help quit smoking and I have this awful headache with vomiting etc dont think i will be continuing this medication.

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   Posted 5/25/2009 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kmarine,

I am sorry that you are having that trouble with the welbutrin, it sounds like migraines. I hope that you feel better soon.

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Katie L.
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   Posted 6/17/2010 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I see this post is from a few years ago, but I recently started wellbutrin and have the exact same thing! I'm having trouble sleeping because I am worried I'm going to have an aneurysm, exactly like you said. I was just wondering if this went away for you after a couple of weeks, or you always had it? I was fine on 150 SR but it wasn't helping, so I went up to 225 a little over a week ago, and then the headaches started.


KatieN326 said...
Has anyone had this experience? I'm suffering from some really bad headaches....anywhere from sharp pains in my head (and then I think I'm about to have an aneurysm and then I get freaked out and have a panic attack...fun, i know!) OR just all day pain headaches...like a bad hangover headache that won't go away. I wake up with them in the morning and they last all day.


I've been taking Advil for it but hasn't really been doing that much. It could be from dehydration, especially because Wellbutrin makes you a little speedy! However, I've been trying to drink at least 8 glasses of water, if not more.



Has anyone else had this? How did you fix it? Will it go away the more my body becomes acclimated to the drug? Only been on Wellbutrin for about 10 days or so.



Thanks!



KATE

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   Posted 6/17/2010 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Katie,

Welcome to the depression forum. By the sound of it, most of the people's headaches went away in a couple of weeks. If yours don't go away, then maybe you will have to have the doctor decrease the dose, or switch your medication. I would try to wait and see what happens. But if they get unbearable, do call your doctor.

I am glad that you have joined us and I hope that you continue to post.

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neverbetter
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   Posted 6/17/2010 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
When I initially went on Wellbutrin I had the exact same thing. Sometimes the headache is a really quick sharp pain, and for a couple moments you feel like you're completely wacked out (and yeah, I had the panic attack afterward too! :( ) and other times the headaches are long lived. Like the above post said, wait and see what happens. The pain should go away in 2 to 3 weeks, so don't get discouraged!

I also know how you feel with the dehydration thing! Wellbutrin initially gave me a super dry mouth!! Just suck on ice or hard candy until the side effect subsides, if that's possible for you!

Good luck!!

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   Posted 6/17/2010 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
If you're really worried & you're not the kind who is always worrying about horrible things, maybe give your psych a call. Wellbutrin can make it hard to sleep anyways & sleep deprivation can contribute to headaches.
If you can stand to just wait a couple of weeks, there's a good chance it may go away or at least get better, but if not maybe they can give you something to help you sleep (not sleeping pills because I think they say they're not safe with Wellbutrin, but maybe some kind of mild anxiety pills).

But maybe try doing relaxation exercises or acupuncture or something first.

That said, you would know if you were having a stroke. One side of your face would be droopy. You would have a hard time lifting up one of your arms. And on top of that your speech would usually be slurred. If you can smile and it doesn't look horribly crazy crooked, if you can speak & not sound like you are falling down drunk & if you can lift both arms to shoulder height & hold them there for 3 seconds, then you can put your mind to rest about having a stroke.

But headaches do suck & if they're too horrible to sleep, then maybe you just need something short term to help you sleep.

feel better,
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JrzT
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   Posted 8/8/2010 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I too have been on this for a littleover a week now and I too seem to be having mild headaches in the evening... hoping these go away...

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   Posted 8/9/2010 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi JrzT,

Welcome to the HealingWell Depression Forum. I am glad that you have joined us. Welburtin can make you a little tense. Perhaps this could have something to do with the headaches. Try massaging your shoulder and neck muscles and see if that helps. I have what is called a bed buddy, for my fibromyalgia. I heat it in a microwave and put it around my neck. This relaxes the muscles and prevents the headaches. So you might want to try that. You can get them at walmarts. In the pharmacy area.

Best wishes to you.

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   Posted 10/15/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
i started on wellbutrin about 2 weeks ago.  the last couple of days, i've had a pressure in my head.  it's not really a headache.  if i were to try to really describe it, it feels like all the blood is in my head and can't get out to flow around the rest of my body.  it doesn't hurt, but it's fairly uncomfortable.  and it lasts most of the day.  is the a wellbutrin issue??

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   Posted 11/22/2010 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone. I recently started Wellbutrin and believe I may be experiencing some side effects. I have pains in my back and neck like tight muscles. The back of my head hurts and along my jaw is uncomfortable as well. I do hope this goes away soon. I too am also always thirsty!! shocked

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   Posted 11/23/2010 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Wellbutrin is a stimulant type drug. It could be making you tense. I would talk to the doctor about that and learn some relaxation techniques. This may go away as you get use to it. Try to relax them snoulders and your neck. You can do this by visualizing each muscle and really focus on relaxing it. But the best bet is to talk to your doctor. I took wellbutrin many years ago and when I got on a high dose it made me nervous and I couldn't sleep. So this might not be the right drug for you.

Oh, and welcome to the forum.

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   Posted 11/23/2010 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I never had a problem with wellbutrition, but everyone is different. zoloft is the medicine i had nightmares with! ugh! talk to your doctor about switiching your medicine if it keeps getting worse.

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   Posted 1/6/2011 4:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone
I've been taking Wellbutrin 300mg XL for almost a year now. My headaches have become worse and worse. I didn't realise it up until a few weeks ago that the Wellbutrin is the culprit. I was a person who had a headache every 6 weeks if that! Over the past year I have had a headache almost everyday, and from about the middle of 2010 it has been every day. I had a record headache free two weeks in November becasuse I went to the physio twice a week for tension release. The headaches don't go away with painkillers either. Somedays it feels as if my head will burst open with the pressure. I wake up with a head during the night and morning. The drug has made me clench my jaw till it aches during the night, and my teeth are probably being worn down too. The "usual" side effects of the drug only lasted a few days - a week, and then I was ok. The depression improved and I lost 15kg! I feel much better, and situationally things have also improved. Wonderful. I had a hectic year studying and working, and so I came to believe the headaches were from tension and stress, spending many hours at my desk and computer. But that all ended a month ago, and I've been on a long holiday, relaxing etc. I have a great new job to look forward and everything is great. But the headaches are still getting worse, and are making me tearful and frustrated. I can't think straigh and my mood is very low from the pain. My husband has been very patient, but he too feels helpless. I am going to see my Pysch mid-Jan when he comes back from holiday to start weaning me off the drug completely and to take nothing else. I cant bear it anymore and seriously feel like I am loosing my mind. The pain is in my neck, shoulders, jaw, above my eyes, on top of my head and at the back - all day everyday.
I don't know if this helps anyone, but wanted to share this with anyone who is still experiencing headaches after the initial two week "usual" side-effects period.
Take Care
Lee

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   Posted 1/6/2011 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I wonder Lee, if taking a muscle relaxer at night would help with that, or something to relax you. I couldn't take welbutrin in high doses either, it made me nervous and I couldn't sleep. Plus everything started tasting wierd. I hope you get some answers.

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LittleLee
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   Posted 1/7/2011 1:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Karen. I have tried those and do take them every now and then - trying not to take too many medications.
Take care,
Lee

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   Posted 1/7/2011 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I know how you feel about taking meds. I do a lot of meditation, it helps to relax. If you ever want to know about it, just ask or email me. I would be happy to teach you.

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Trust356
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   Posted 1/9/2011 12:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Lee,

I was on Wellbutrin SR and then my Dr. changed me to Wellbutrin XL so that I'd only have to take a single dose. 300 mg daily. XL caused terrible headaches and insomnia. I was on Wellbutrin for a good 7 months or so and I felt back to normal, myself again. I slowly weaned myself off against my Dr's orders and I was good for a few months.... recently I started feeling the depressions symptoms again - I"ve regressed _DARN IT!! He put me on Wellburtin again and forgetting the last episode I took XL for a bout 2 weeks.....same result. I have had pounding headaches and insomnia again.... I am now back on the SR version and I have to take it twice daily 150 mg... There is definitely a difference in the versions - before coming off, you may want to try SR... and definitely follow Dr's orders or get a second opinion.... I really thought I was good to go but as it turns out I still need some healing. My depression was on set by job stress, lots of oversees travel, it was considered acute major depressive disorder. Also, doing excercise could help your symptoms! I hope that hits works out well for you.

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   Posted 1/9/2011 5:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Good post Trust356,

Welcome to the HealingWell Depression forum.

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