I will be celebrating my 21st birthday in about 4 months and was put on bupropion about a month ago. I am very aware of the risk of seizing when mixing alcohol and bupropion. I have found the new medication to be extremely helpful in improving my mental health but I also don't want to miss out on celebrating my 21st birthday with alcohol. My doctor was unwilling to work with me so I am wondering if I should seek out a second opinion? Or is the seizing when consuming alcohol a scare tactic?
It is not advisable to drink while on Bupropion. I have taken it and had a glass of wine occasionally but no one in my family has seizures. It is a risk. It is rare that alcohol and taking Bupropion causes seizures.It may have to do with the dose you are taking and how much alcohol is consumed. It comes down to, do you want to risk being one of the rare cases that has a seizure?? It is a personal call if you are going to go against doctors orders.
You could get a second medical opinion.
Happy Early 21st be safe and well !!
It is one of the few ADs that is labeled DO Not drink alcohol. Most ADs are labeled to use caution with alcohol.
You should not drink alcohol with Wellbutrin. It dose have a low seizure risk overall, but is higher than the other newer antidepressants, and alcohol, or alcohol withdrawal can increase the risk (especially after large binges or regular drinking). I understand wanting to celebrate your 21st with alcohol. In general, it is not advised to drink alcohol if you are depressed or being treated for depression, as it can worsen the condition or interfere with medications working. Your doctor may have other reasons for not giving you the go-ahead. There are many factors to consider. Nobody wants to feel bad because they told you to just have one celebratory drink and then you have a complication. So, seeking a second opinion by a qualified practioner who actually knows your medical history, current status, and other factors would be wise.
However, your treating physician knows you best. If you don't like the opinion or trust your physician, ask questions. Good luck. Have a safe and happy birthday.
I care about you not being hurt. I just ask that you look at your own words and think about what you would say to your best friend if he or she said them.
"I am very aware of the risk of seizing when mixing alcohol and bupropion... but I also don't want to miss out on celebrating my 21st birthday with alcohol."
- Bupropion Information for Consumers
- Bupropion Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Bupropion (detailed)
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