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Drugs That You Never Want To Mix Together: Wellbutrin and Alcohol

November 19, 2021

Wellbutrin is a type of antidepressant medication that impacts the brain. The drug is also used for treating smoking habits. Overall, this drug has many uses, including treating major depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder, and other mood disorders.

However, Wellbutrin doesn’t mix well with alcohol at all. If you’re on this antidepressant, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t drink alcohol.  There are many rare and serious side-effects that can occur, so it’s best to avoid drinking or only drink sparingly. 

Many medicines don’t mix well with alcohol, but antidepressants are one of the worst. Your antidepressants likely have a warning on the label somewhere, saying that you shouldn’t take them with alcohol. If you did, you’ll want to seek medical attention for any side-effects that pop up, especially if the side-effects are severe or intense. 

This article focuses on why you don’t want to mix these two drugs together and what types of treatment are available to you. It’s important that you understand the risks associated with mixing these substances so that you can prevent a serious, even fatal, consequence from occurring. That being said, if you are reading this article and experiencing any of the side-effects, please seek immediate medical assistance.  

Risks of Using Wellbutrin and Alcohol

If you drink excessive amounts of alcohol, you don’t want to use Wellbutrin. The depressant can cause seizures as a side-effect when taken with alcohol. The level of risk is different for everyone, but it’s best to avoid drinking.

There is only one case where you would want to continue your drinking habits. That’s if you were drinking heavily before starting the medication, then continued drinking while on it. Quitting out of the blue could actually cause seizures instead. You’ll want a professional to treat you and monitor how you react. Abrupt stopping alcohol consumption could lead to symptoms of withdrawal. When not monitored by experts, the symptoms can threaten your life.

The side-effects of drinking alcohol while taking this medicine include: 

  • Tremors or intense shaking
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Confusion or feeling disoriented

However, you can lower the amount of risk involved with treatment. Make sure to let your doctor prescribing the Wellbutrin know how much you drink and what you drink. This information will help them determine what the best treatment method is for you. There are many risks to using this drug alongside alcohol, so you’ll need an expert to plan your recovery for you.

Side-Effects of Using Wellbutrin and Alcohol Together

There are also many different side-effects of taking these two drugs together. Remember, alcohol is a depressant. That means, drinking slows down your mind and can make you feel disoriented or intoxicated. 

The most reported symptoms of using Wellbutrin and Alcohol together include the following:

  • Confusion
  • Feeling dizziness
  • Uncoordinated movements
  • Feeling restless or agitated

Additionally, drinking while taking Wellbutrin can enhance the side-effects of that drug. For instance, the drug can make you feel confused, but while drinking, you’ll feel even more confused. On top of all that, drinking while taking the drug can reduce or eliminate the benefits the drug was supposed to give you. It also increases the likelihood of depression and suicidal thoughts occurring. In short, these side-effects are very dangerous. You’ll want to avoid them if you can by not drinking when taking this medication.

What if you forgot you weren’t supposed to drink? It’s important to stay calm. While there are many side-effects of combining alcohol and this antidepressant, that doesn’t mean you’ll experience them. The risk is increased for certain problems, so you’ll want to watch out for worsening depression or sudden confusion.

It’s best that you reach out for help right away in these cases. You’ll especially want to contact an expert if you notice you’re shaking a lot. This symptom can be a sign of an approaching seizure, which is something you’ll want to avoid.

Overall, the side-effects can be very intense. You’ll want to ensure you aren’t drinking while taking this medication. If you enjoy drinking, it can be a very hard habit to break. Today, there are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages on the market that look and taste similar to the actual alcoholic drink. For instance, you could make the switch to non-alcoholic beer, if you’re drinking for fun with your friends. Although, if you do happen to have an alcohol addiction, it’s best that you seek professional help instead.

Treatment Options if Addicted to Using Wellbutrin and Alcohol

There are many medically supervised programs that you can participate in. With alcohol, you would take part in an alcohol abuse program. The substance is usually used by those who want to self medicate their depression. But, taking it alongside antidepressants tends to make the situation much worse.

There is help available for you! Make sure to reach out to a premier drug and alcohol detox facility that has all the experience, resources, and skills required to treat this form of addiction. If you’re dependent on alcohol, it could have a negative impact on many different areas of your life. It’s best to seek treatment right away, instead of waiting, as the risks associated with an untreated addiction are many.

The most common, and necessary, step towards life-long sobriety is to participate in a medically-supervised detox, oftentimes in a premier treatment facility that can offer 24/7 supervision in case a medical need arises. Although it may be commonsense to most, it bears repeating that the only way to ensure one gets on the right foot with recovery is to first detox the abused substance/substances out of the body first. 

It’s important that you take the first step in contacting a professional in your area who can assist you with the first steps of recovery. Overall, it’s essential that you don’t try to treat your substance abuse on your own. Doing so could lead to serious health risks.

If you have any questions or want help managing your addiction and beginning the recovery process, make sure to reach out to our professionals. At Ascendant, we offer detox services as well as inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs in New York. We want to help you get through this addiction. Plus, we’re very experienced when it comes to helping those antidepressants deal with alcohol.  You can trust our team to take care of you, so don’t hesitate to call us!

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