Alcohol & Bupropion: never ever? Does anyone on bupropion drink without a problem?
- 21 Mar 2013 by sirensiren
- 20 Oct 2016
- depression, anxiety, bupropion, alcohol
It seems there are some horror stories of attempting to have alcohol while on bupropion- light headed and depressed for days, it hitting WAY too hard etc.
Though I am only in my 2nd week, and drinking is the last thing on my mind, I hope it's not impossible that I can enjoy a 2-3 drinks a week once I feel stable on this medication.
Does anyone find that they can drink without it being a problem? What are your experiences with alcohol and bupropion?
It is never a good idea to mix alcohol and anti-depressamts. It can cause CNS depression.
sirensiren, Hello there. Even though I agree it's not good to mix alcohol with any drug, in my opinion. And that's only because I was a chronic alcoholic and drank on meds, and always either passed out, or did weird things, not weird weird, but it did affect my mind, and wasn't good. I'm not being judgmental at all, I just noticed you started out with two to three drinks a week, to a glass of wine occasionally. I don't think a glass of wine occasionaly is harmful, but why take the chance of drinking a few drinks, and what you saw happen on the internet happen to you? I don't hink you mean downsing shots. There's a lot of people that are on antidepressants that want to drink. But it can be harmful. I know this from my own personal experience. And I'm talking only two to three drinks would start to have a weird mixed affect on me.
So I quit taking the antidepressant, and was just a chronic alcoholic for years. Not now though. I'm just advising you to be careful. You are surely not the only one who has written in, asking the very same question. And it is good that you did. Because it shows, you do want to be careful. So no harm done here. I just encourage you, out of love and concern, to please be careful. Please. Mixing alcohol and any drug, affects people in different ways. Remember that. What may not hurt one person, can have some serious side effects to another. I'm glad you wrote in. Be careful, and smart. And please, write in again, if you have questions about anything else. That's what we're here for. Many Blessings, Ruthie
This is not on the topic of drinking but Im wondering how long it takes the medication to go into affect & how are the side affects
I think it depends on why you are on the antidepressant. I started taking it after my mom passed and i was 3 months prego with 2nd baby and first was only 9 months old. I just kept crying all the time. and was angry. that was 15 months ago.
Anyway, I take the meds and still have a beer a couple nights a week after work to simmer down and relax while takin care of my babies. maybe 2x a month i have more than a beer or couple glasses of wine and have been able to take care of that issue of wanting something when you are told you cant have it, ya know. Just having a little outlet helps with the stresses. I dont smoke or anything, so the beer or glass of wine give me the little peace I seek, haha
I think that if you regularly have a few here and there prior to taking that med, then doing similar while taking med for me has been fine. It takes a few weeks for initial side affects to smooth out and then things in life seem easier to handle.
As a teenager I was perscribed this drug. I don't remember the exact dosage, and this is going to sound silly, everyone's brain chemistry is going to be a bit different. There were a few occaisions where I honestly was intoxicated from eating a lot of cheese. So my solution: instead of drinking, just order yourself a pizza. My guess is a surge of dopamine on top of whatever wellbutrin does mimics the effect. Give it a try once, it can't hurt, even though it sounds silly. Chocolate could likely do the same.
I must also note my awful experiences with the drug, I quit taking it after intense hallucinations, been fine ever since. Therapy and a better outlook on life proved much more effective than this bizarre dope.
I'm on 300mg Wellbutrin and I don't drink all the time, but I have a drink pretty regularly. I know it's not the best idea, but I've also binge-drunk a few times on Wellbutrin with no problems other than a headache the following morning (to be expected). Obviously for people with depression drinking a lot isn't advised, but I've personally never had a problem with any kind of drug interaction.
Well I being on bupropion 300xl for a year now I guess is not recommended to drink but it probably depends on your adaptation to the mess becouse I have drinks ones or twisted a week sometime beer some times cocktail and the most sied effect I ever got was sleep a little longer them the usual and feel tired... I'm not saying you should do it I'm just saying it dependeds a lot on how your sistem will adapt to the meds
I think, if you're choosing to ask whether you can do something that is specifically said NOT to do on a medication you are electing to take, then going on this board to look for what you want to hear isn't going to help your situation. No, I'm not being judgmental, I'm stating the facts. In the situation you're in, if the occasional alcoholic drink is important in your life, go to your Doctor, and say "Doc, I am taking Bupropion, but I really want to have a glass of wine sometimes. Is it safe for me to do this, or is it smarter to switch to a different antidepressant that carries less risk?" That way, if you drink on Buprupion, it's on your medical record, your doctor has given you the okedokee for it, so you can feel better about it. :0)
I have been on it for 3 weeks now, with no side effects or problems with alcohol. I have gone drinking twice now on a Friday morning after work for a 5 hour stretch on both occasions. I have not desired a cigarette yet. Easiest time I have had at quitting smoking.
I just completed a 2 day nightmare. Seeing things looking out my window hearing voices so this combination can get read)y bad. I drank a Saturday- and effects occurred through monday
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