on wellbutrin XL and want to drink..

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   Posted 3/17/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I started taking Wellbutrin about 11 days ago. I've noticed a difference. I have more energy and not as sad. However, I like drinking about two or three times a month. And when I do drink, I usually have 4 or 5 drinks. I read that drinking while on Wellbutrin XL can lead to seizures. I went out for dinner a few nights ago with a friend and just drank 1 beer because I was scared. Is drinking 4 or 5 drinks a few times a month going to cause seizures? I'm just wondering for any of you who have taken Wellbutrin before. Thank you!

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   Posted 3/17/2008 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
As with any anti depressant it is not good to drink while you are on them.
I would call your doctor and run it by them to see what they say ...

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   Posted 3/17/2008 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Confused,

I have to agree with Shy.  You should not drink while taking anti depressants.  Not only could you have seizures, but, you are taking anti depressants to fight depression and alcohol causes depression.  So you are defeating the cause of the anti deressant. 

Also alcohol causes people to lose their inhabitions.  You have been struggling with that also.  So in my opinion you would be defeating two causes if you drink.

But also as Shy says, contact your doctor and get his/her opinion.  Though I am sure that they will most likely advise against it.

I hope that you can understand our concern for you, you have come a long way since you first come on the forum and we don't want to see you destroy that with alcohol.

Luv and hugs, Karen

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   Posted 3/18/2008 3:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I am going to make this three as I agree with both Shy and Karen.
You should ALWAYS check with your doctor when mixing alcohol and medications together. When mixing alcohol and anti-depressants, you risk a serious downer. Alcohol is a depressant drug (I.e. it is the opposite of Wellbutrin) and can cancel out any positive effect you get from it. Also, since your liver is working overtime during drinking, the metabolism of the Wellbutrin may be slower which means there is less med in your system. All this sets you up for a crash the morning after or even during your night out.
Please check with your doctor
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   Posted 3/18/2008 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Confused,

It sounds like you just want to go out and get drunk.  Since, having 4 or 5 drinks is a lot in one sitting.  I've been on Wellbutrin before and made sure to talk with my doctor about whether or not I could drink on it.  She told me it was fine to have a glass of wine with dinner, but to make sure I was with a group of friends that I knew and trusted so I could find out how it would effect me before I drank.  I was specifically told not to have more than one drink a night. 

Perhaps, you might find it useful to think about why you want to drink.  For me at least, when I wanted to drink to get drunk, I knew enough that I shouldn't.  Since, the main reason I wanted to was to avoid dealing with something that was stressing me out.  Fortunately, I've found other ways to effectively deal with stress without resorting to drinking copious amounts of alcohol.

Best of luck!



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   Posted 3/18/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Sadsong said...

Perhaps, you might find it useful to think about why you want to drink.

i second this thought. personally, i was curious about this same question and asked my psychiatrist prior to making any decisions. for me, i just wanted a drink because i really love a glass of wine with dinner. one drink on occasion has been fine, however, the only time i've been (only just slightly) drunk while taking wellbutrin resulted in the worst emotional relapse i had experienced on the medication. i was terrified and miserable and it was certainly not worth it in the least.

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   Posted 3/18/2008 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Cake is so right on...I too took Wellbutrin,and after my divorce made the wrong decision to start "partying like no tomorrow"
I had alot of black outs,and it seemed it took only a couple of beers to make me loopy.

Not worth it at all.

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Post Edited (ShynSassy) : 3/18/2008 5:30:40 PM (GMT-6)

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