I have been taking brand name wellbutrin for @ 20 years( generic didn't work for me at all) and have had painful muscle aches for @ 10 years, and now also have severe joint pain, all my joints! It is a mystery to my doctor, we have done test after test, x-rays, specialists now, and have not found anything. She labled it fibromyalgia @ 10 years ago or so and has continued the lable since. But now its also my joints. I also get excrutiating headaches while I sleep and dull headaches all day. I am in pain every day. Just read side effects of wellbutrin and have many of the side effects listed. Never occurred to me to put the 2 together. Any others out there?
Your doctor ay well be right about the fibromyalgia, but I have copeid some text from the site on wellbutrin:
Allergic Reactions :
Anaphylactoid/anaphylactic reactions characterized by symptoms such as pruritus, urticaria, angioedema, and dyspnea requiring medical treatment have been reported in clinical trials with bupropion. In addition, there have been rare spontaneous postmarketing reports of erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and anaphylactic shock associated with bupropion. A patient should stop taking Wellbutrin XL and consult a doctor if experiencing allergic or anaphylactoid/anaphylactic reactions (e.g., skin rash, pruritus, hives, chest pain, edema, and shortness of breath) during treatment.
Arthralgia, myalgia, and fever with rash and other symptoms suggestive of delayed hypersensitivity have been reported in association with bupropion. These symptoms may resemble serum sickness.~~~~~~~
Now I believe you couldn't be on it 10 0r 12 years if you are allergic to it & just now be having the side effect listed, so saying that I would have to concur with your doctor that it is probably fibromyalgi or something totally different...
Hi rltrjen! Welcome to Drugs.com!
I don't use wellbutrin but I know pledge does. I'm hoping that he'll see your question & post an answer for you to read.
Have you been tested for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) or visited a rheumatologist for FibroMyalgia (FM) testing? Sometimes people with FM also suffer from RA.
rltrjen, I'm also in a similar situation with different testing but without getting any satisfaction of a concrete diagnosis. I take Cymbalta for my chronic pain but just started tapering off of it. I'm still unsure what replacement will be used. I went to a new specialist 3 weeks ago & she seemed very thorough & interested in my well-being. So, we'll see. Time will tell.
Good luck to you! I wish you well, rltrjen!
from Wendy :)
I have been in generic Bupropion for about five years. I have had pain flexing both knees, from time to time, but until recently I assumed that it was due to lack of exercise. Recently, however, the pain in my left knee became so severe that just turning over in bed and lifting my leg into my car became traumatic experiences. I can walk on it just fine, but flexion is a huge issue - very painful just to raise my leg when getting dressed.
It got so bad that I made an appointment with a sports medicine group at my local teaching hospital. But with that appointment still three weeks away, and with needing to travel in the interim, I decided to do some research on my own. I have begun to suspect that the cause is bupropion. After yesterday's dose, I decided to stop taking it, and already my knee feels better. I'll try to post an update here after a couple of more days.
I have been having joint pain and increased ringing in my ears with Wellbutrin SR. I have been off of it for 2 weeks, and I feel much better since I quit taking it. I don't think that the generic medications are all that they are cracked up to be - at least that has been my experience. For years, I have been an advocate for the positive effects of wellbutrin - but NO MORE.
I was on Wellbutrin for over one year and started having severe elbow and knee pains May of 2016. I did not make the connection due to I had been boating a lot and thought that was causing it. In July, I ended up getting cortisone shots (for the first time ever) in both a knee and an elbow due to the extreme pain especially at night. The doctor determined it was probably arthritis. The pain continued and due to needing to take a licensing exam I decided the Wellbutrin could also cause me to stay awake at night so I took myself off the medication late October. Two days later I had an appointment to see the doctor for knee pain again and walked in and had absolutely no pain and actually slept for the first time the night before. Again I just thought I was having a good moment but the pain never resurfaced. I tried Wellbutrin again three weeks later and the pain resurfaced after taking it one day. So yes I had severe joint pain and to me it was linked to the Wellbutrin.
- Wellbutrin Information for Consumers
- Wellbutrin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Wellbutrin (detailed)
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