Fletcher, OK"I'm not ashamed to tell my story about Wellbutrin and my suicide attempts," says Anita. "I just hope I can help someone else, because this terrible drug didn't just affect me. What's even worse is that this drug is still given to teenagers—it should be taken off the market."
About eight years ago Anita attempted suicide twice, and to this day her 16-year-old granddaughter still won't talk to her. "It's terrible that people have to suffer and put their families through hell," says Anita. "I was already gray when my granddaughter found me and called 911. She thinks I tried to commit suicide on purpose to get attention, but I was sick. She doesn't understand that Wellbutrin did something to my mind that made me not want to be here anymore."
"My granddaughter thinks I tried to commit suicide on purpose to get attention, but I was sick. She doesn't understand that Wellbutrin did something to my mind that made me not want to be here anymore"
Anita's doctor prescribed Wellbutrin as a "nerve tonic" so she could claim it on her insurance, but the real reason he told her to take the antidepressant drug was to quit smoking. Wellbutrin is similar to smoking cessation drug Chantix in its side effects—that is, suicidal thoughts and attempts.
"Wellbutrin worked. It helped me quit smoking by stopping that habitual part of the brain," says Anita. "But any time you take something that causes an action, there is a reaction. I became so depressed, and I found out later, in the psych ward, that I was chemically imbalanced."
Anita was diagnosed as clinically depressed before she was prescribed Wellbutrin—she was a walking time bomb. Wellbutrin was supposed to help her quit smoking and replace the other antidepressants she was taking. Instead, Anita kept her other meds and overdosed. "I was taking Wellbutrin three times a day, seven days a week—no wonder I was chemically imbalanced," she says.
"I wound up in the psych ward for 45 days, and then I went back home and started life over again. At that time, I was off Wellbutrin, but when I saw my primary physician he put me back on it. Of course he didn't realize that this drug had anything to do with my suicide attempt; he really wanted me to quit smoking. I knew something wasn't right but when I started back on it and got back into my routine, the same suicidal feelings came back.
"So one year later, I attempted suicide again, the same way. And I was back in the psych ward again. After this second attempt I quit taking all my meds except what was given to me in the psych ward for chemical imbalance. That's when I put two and two together: it had to be the Wellbutrin. If it can make you quit smoking, it can make you do other things. I just didn't want to live anymore.
"I never took Wellbutrin since coming home from hospital the second time, and I have never had any more suicidal attempts.
"I feel great now and I am happy. Even though I didn't quit smoking, I'm alive. I'm going to try to quit again but definitely not with drugs; it will have to be cold turkey because I am really drug-shy. Now I just need to get my granddaughter back."
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Posted by Bill King
I think Welbutrin works great and I hope they don't take it off the market. The only thing I would advise is, switch to decaf coffee. If you take in much caffeine while using Welbutrin, it will get you wound up and nervous. But otherwise, I love it.
Posted by Joanne
Help me please! I was put on Wellbutrin XL 150 about 3 weeks ago. I woke up 2 weeks after taking it with the worst anxiety I have felt since I was in my 20's. (Now52) My doctor stopped it abruptly and prescribed up to 4mg of Klonopin with Ativan for extreme attacks. I've been off of it for 6 days now and I'm completely hopeless, cannot see any future and the medication does not touch the anxiety. The suicidal intrusive thoughts are becoming stronger every day and I'm scared to death that I will act on them very soon. I'm saddened for my husband and my 17 yr old son because they'll never understand why I did it. I'm also saddened that this drug took away my ability to watch my son start college, and for my husband and I to grow old together. It's not casual feelings of suicide. They're haunting and tormenting with me feeling like I'm losing the battle. Can anyone tell me that these feelings will end? Please?
Posted by autumn
I've been on wellbutrin 150 MG for almost a month. For almost 3 weeks solid I've found myself extremely depressed. I cry daily, hours at a time, I'm constantly fighting with my family, my husband has now asked for a divorce because I have turned into a monster. I've always had severe anxiety but never really had depression. I'm generally a happy person despite my stress, I told my doctor I need help with controlling my anxiety and this is what he gave me. I'm so scared because I am constantly having crazy thoughts about suicide. I have a wonderful husband and 4 children and a great job etc. No reason to be this way. And after reading all of these posts I know it's this terrible drug making me crazy! The suicidal thoughts I have are like what others have explained. ... very casual and real. Which is what makes it even more terrifying. And although the small part of my logical brain tells me to stop the med school and call the doctor asap, the irrational part is screaming to take the meds, never tell the doctor and just end everything. ... I need help.
Posted by Stacey
My boyfriend started Wellbutrin on Oct 31 2008 and he committed suicide (hanging) on Nov 8 2008. He was 23 at the time and trying different meds for his depression and anxiety. He was also an alcoholic and I was thought it was not a good idea to drink excessively with anti-depressants, but he did anyway. He was sensitive about weight gain caused by other meds he tried and that is probably why he switched to this one. At the time all I knew was that he was trying a different medication, I didn't know it could potentially make his suicidal thoughts worse. His behaviour started to change within a couple of days.. I thought he was acting weird but I didn't know to watch for these warning signs and then it was too late. It all happened so fast. He told me about a previous attempt but his roommate found before it was too late. He told me how thankful he was that his roommate came home and how happy he was that he didn't die that day. I knew he was struggling, but I don't think suicide was on his mind until he started this drug.
After he died I researched the drug and I just wish I was aware that it could do this. I would have paid more attention and maybe I could have saved him. Many signs point to his suicide being an "apathetic" one, like poster Joebob buckley mentioned. I think this drug played a big part in my boyfriends death and I think it could have been prevented. I know this drug helps a lot of people but I think Doctor's need to be more careful in prescribing it and monitoring their patients. It is clearly very dangerous!!! Whenever I hear of someone taking this drug, it worries me that the same thing will happen to them.
Posted by Joebob buckley
It is strange what this drug does to you. I used to feel suicidal out of some kind of overwheliming depression now with this drug it's like I'm apathetic and want to end it simply cause I don't want to be bothered with having to live my life and deal with mundance challenges like cleaning my apartment or worrying about finances, almost like it's something casual like taking the pot off the burner when the water boils, about as much feeling. Hard to describe.
Posted by Tom S
I've been on Wellbutrin for 4 weeks after taking Adderall for 7 years. I've had numerous thoughts of suicide, I feel worthless and the scary part is I just don't care. I'm married with 2 kids, I have a fantastic job that pays extremely well so I have nothing to be depressed about, but I just don't care about anything anymore. I'm scared I'm going to feel this way forever even if I stop taking the Wellbutrin. I see the doctor tomorrow so hopefully I can get this figured out!
Posted by Ryan Hendricks
I have been on wellbutrin for 18 days n8w and woke up few hours ago with the feeling of worthlessness, depression, and just over all anger. This is not me at all, i have never been depressed or thought about suicide until now! My dr who i went to first about my feelings of being overwhelmed, couldnt concentrate well basically symptoms of adhd that i had as a child but never took meds bc it wasnt to bad well now it is effecting my life big time. Well long story short he did nothing so went to another dr. And he gave me this crap drug, and ya as I have just read from other people i do want to just take the rest of the bottle but i wont. I now rwally dont understand why he would give me wellbutrin for my symptoms makes little sense to me. So dont take this drug it only brings about negative effects!!
Posted by Sorry
I've been on Wellbutrin for about 7 years now. I'm hypersensitive so I only take a very tiny amount per day. I'm normally depressed since a young age (46 now) and since I increased my dose slightly 4 months ago I've been feeling great. I'm sorry some people have had big problems with this drug and I hope you remember that it can be a life saver for some other people.
I think there's 2 big problems here. Every substance, including chicken soup will elicit a bad reaction in some people. This drug is not right for everyone and is obviously more dangerous than chicken soup. But people are dying from peanuts, so go figure.
But I believe the bigger problem is dosing. This is a powerful medicine that only comes in a few strengths. People should find their dose working up slowly from a very low amount. Unfortunately, it is not dispensed this way.
Posted by D Warren
My husband committed suicide on July 4th. He had been on a generic bruproprion for about 4 months. The VA did not test him for blood levels nor did they give him mental health support. We came home from a party, climbed in bed, he hugged me and rolled over and picked up a .45 from the bedside table and shot himself in the head. No one believes it because he was such a happy person. This drug was prescribed for adult onset ADD. I am very angry and want to do something so no one else ever has to suffer through this again.
Posted by chris
I was a relatively normal guy who only had tendencies for depression. When a tragic event occurred in my life which drove me to clinical depression, I saw a psychiatrist. He first prescribed me Lexapro which did not do anything bad, but did not help with my depression either. He then switched me to wellbutrin.
Wellbutrin has "activated" all of the bad sides of my life - while I had a tendency to drink too much, alcohol was never a huge matter in my life. Well, Wellbutrin turned me into a full-fledged alcoholic.
The only positive Wellbutrin has for me was that it gives a burst of energy, so no more desire to sleep around the house 24/7. The negatives are far worse - I feel worthless on a regular basis, drink alcohol heavily, and suicide is a very tempting and viable option for me.
Posted by Taylor
I have Been taking welbutrin since October,150 mg to stop smoking since October. I went to the doctor in November and told him I was feeling depressed so he increased my welbutrin to 300 mg. Since November, I have threatened suicide to a point I have been to ER 4 Times, I just went Friday. I was also put on lexabro. They said to take them both. I am on FMLA for work since February for this depression. All day today, I have been thinking about suicide but I'm not really going to do it. Also, for some odd reason, I started drinking wine with the meds so much so, now I need to go to AA or a rehab. I am a mess. My family is so worried about me.
Posted by Melissa
I think if you are suicidal, then you are suicidal.
I am a happy person, though I attempted suicide 13 years ago, when it was discovered I had ADHD.
Now and for the past couple of years I have and am very satisfied with my life and have absolutely no thoughts of suicide. I started wellbutrin last week as an alternative for adderall (which I have been off of for a couple years).
It seems to work great. I don't have high levels of anxiety anymore. My sex drive has hightened and the little things that use to set me off, don't anymore. Granted it takes about 30 days for it to get truly in your system. Seeing as this is week two for me. I don't quite know if these "side effects" claimed on here are true or not.
Right now I feel like people are just looking for someone to blame.
If in the next few weeks, I begin thinking of suicide and nothing significant has changed in my life however, I will be back on this forum to report it and take myself off this medication.
Posted by NotSheep
That is the real catch 22 about antidepressants and SSRI's. People take them to try and feel better, but then they coat the serotonin receptors and you no longer have the ability to make concious moral decisions, they quite literally take away your ability to perceive right from wrong, or caring from uncaring. Then to top it all off the LEOs can open season on you without any consequence because "you were obviously unstable because you were on medications", WTF!
A few years ago I tried Champix to stop smoking, it made me completely insane in a just a couple weeks, if I did not have caring people around me I think I would have done something very uncharacteristic to my morals and nature. I immediately stopped taking Champix, went and talked to my doctor who said "oh yeah, they (champix mix) like all SSRIs have a small chance to drive you insane, to suicide, or homicidal tendencies". I was floored, I couldn't believe that my doctor had suggested this for me, and voiced my concerns politely, his response was "Ya I think quite a few of my patients that were depressed but NOT suicidal, killed themselves after taking one or more of these antipsychotics". I was notably concerned at this point and asked flat out, with a little less respect "Well then why the fuck are you prescribing this to otherwise healthy people that are maybe just a bit down or depressed"? His response was to shrug and say "Well that is the normal practice now". Just so you understand, he basically said that it was normal to prescribe these powerful drugs and then watch patients melt down, and it is ok because everyone is doing it. I spent the next 6 months researching fluoride based antidepressants, SSRIs' and the connections to murder, suicide, and violent behaviour, what I found was more frightening than I could imagine. I recommend everyone start looking closely at the actual data, and what families say about loved ones lost to these powerful drugs, or the fact that women on wellbutrin almost always hang themselves (uncharacteristic death), or that most of the mass murders over the past 20 years have been committed by individuals on one or more of these drugs, or that the country with the highest mass murder rate is also the one with the highest saturation of antidepressants or SSRIs'. Time to start asking the right questions, and stop falling for that " well they were on antidepressants so they were crazy", as opposed to the question "did the drugs make make them insane"?
Posted by Shiloh
Wellbutrin has contributed to the commission and attempt of suicide in quite a few cases. GSK paid last year $3 billion in criminal fines for fraud and unlawful promotion of certain prescription drugs. It marketed Wellbutrin as a drug approved for various conditions for which it was NOT approved - it was only approved for Major Depressive Disorder. The false marketing practice was intended to produce more profits for GSK. Victims of Wellbutrin and their families may be entitled to financial compensation from GSK for their loss. Look for my open Facebook group named WELLBUTRIN. Best regards, Shiloh.
Posted by maryybeth
STARTING TAKING BUPROPION ON NOV 17 2011 AND DEC 07 2011 HE WAS DIED .I KNOW THIS DRUG CAUSED HIM TO HAVE HEART ATTACK ALL MY HUSBAND COULD SEE IS THAT IT WAS HELPING HIM TO STOP SMOKING HE DID HAVE SIDE EFFECT LIKE RACING HEART CHILLS SLEEPLESS . IF I ONLY NEW UPPER BACK PAIN WAS CHEST PAIN DO TO HIS HEART BUT ONLY IN BACK . WE HAVE A DAUGHT 15 AT THE TIME NO LAWYER WILL TAKE CASE BECAUSE WE LIVE IN MI AND CAN'T SUE DRUG COMPANY WHICH IS B.S THEY NEED TO BE TAKEN OFF MARKET .RIP LEON MISS YOU :(
Posted by Angie
I felt so alone in what I went through because of Wellbutrin. June 6th of 2012, I tried to take my life by overdosing on all my meds. Over 200 pills. I was in ICU, and my family was told I wouldn't make it. I hate how this hurt my family, and friends. It all stated with being put on Cymbalta for fibromyalgia. My kids started saying things like,"I just want my mom back." I would replay with,"I'm right here, what are you talking about?" My Dr put me on Wellbutrin, and after 4 days I stopped taking it, because it made me feel angry and tense. About two years later, he wanted me to take it again. I told him no, and how it made me feel the first time he put me on it. He said that 4 days was not enough time to know how the med would affects me. He talked me into a low does to start, then raise it. I started taking it as directed. I don't remember much after the first week. I was told that me behavior was not normal for me. I was fighting with everyone. This is so unlike me. I don't remember much from that day, but I'll tell you as much as I can. I was fighting with everyone, and apparently was very upset. I guess I was feeling like the whole world was against me. I went to my mom, and told her I needed to get away. I then went to Walmart, got my oil changed, and food for a few days. I had already put all my clothes in the car, including my dirty ones. I drive to my home town 300 miles away, to camp out, and enjoy the beach. I don't remember the trip. When I got there,I went into the back of my car to get my blanket to lay on the beach. My pills were just filled the day before. " All of them!" So I guess I had been on Wellbutrin long enough to get my first refill. My pills were in a bag on top of a basket of clothes. I guess they fell, and I was do to take my morning meds. Well I just took all of them, then called my brother and told him what I did. Because of my brother I'm here today. They found me on the beach. The Dr's told my brother I wouldn't survive, and if I did, I would not be able to walk, or communicate. I woke up in ICU, and told who ever was in there with me, that God said,"it not my time!" I have been restored to health. I have no ill affects from this horrible experience. But I do feel that this drug should be pulled, in hopes that this doesn't happen to anyone else.
Posted by Jeff
I've had suicide on my mind off and on for most of my adult life, but I've been struggling with depression for as long as I remember, and those sort of things just kinda' go with the territory, you know? Anyway, after going through a particularly rough patch in life, I decided to get on some antidepressants (once again) in an effort to get my miserable life back on track. I figured Wellbutrin would be a good choice since I also wanted to lose weight and quit smoking. Three birds, one stone and all that. I was doing OK on Wellbutrin for about a week before I started having SEVERE thoughts about suicide. These were'nt the typical "woe is me" thoughts, either. This was the real deal. I found myself actually weighing the pros and cons, thinking what methods would be less painfull, etc. But the scariest part about the Wellbutrin suicidal thoughts were just how darn casual these thoughts were. No internal struggle. No weeping. Just nice, casual "who cares" suicidal thoughts. After about two weeks of this, I actually started planning it out and running through scenarios in my head. It was at this point I figures it may be in my best interest to quit the wellbutrin. Not sure if I'd be here to type this if I hadn't stopped those pills cold turkey.
Posted by Sandy
My husband committed suicide 10 days ago and I don't know why. I came home to find him, I will never forget that day. He had been on Bupropion SR 150 mg since mid December 2012. He was due to see the Dr. this week. I don't understand this whole mess, I am wondering now after reading about this drug if it was the cause of this tradegy. He was always smiling, but did deal with anxiety for years. He was given Xanax for that but hardly ever took it. We still have the bottle from about 10 years ago. He had quiet times and that was not unusual. We have been married 31 years so I know this man well. I am so sad right now because I didn't see this coming. I actually thought he felt better on it. He did not take his life with the pills, he died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Does anyone have any feedback?
Posted by mike
I have been in a state of severe depression for a few yes. I lost my mom sister and father within 3 yrs at 55 I feel like throwing in the towel as well, I am on welbutrin as well as pain pills for medical conditions , I been up most of the night thinking about suicide, feel like I should call for help, I am at a loss as to what I can do,, as I sit here dazed and confused
Posted by DIANNE
MY HUSBAND WAS PRESCRIBER WLLBUTRIN XL TO HELP HIM STOP SMOKING WE WERE GOING THROUGH SOME ROUGH TIMES HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN UPBEAT ABOUT EVERYTHING BEEN MARRIES OVER 30 YRS NEVER SEEN HIM CLOSE TO DEPRESSED EVER ..BUT HE CHANGED WASNT HIMSELF BUT LIKE I SAID WE WERE GOING THROUGH SOMETHINGS SO I DIDNT THINK MUCH ABOUT TILL ONE DAY HE CALLED ME AND SAID HE TOO THE WHOLE BOTTLE I RUSHED HOME GOT HIM TO ER THE TOLD ME THEY WERE NOT SURE IF HE WOUD MAKE IT ABOUT 3 AM HE HAD A TERRIBLE SEIZER I ABOUT LOST IT ..IT WAS THE WORST THING I HAD EVER SEEN ...THEY SAID HE COULD HAVE BRAIN DAMAGE WE WOULD HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE THANKFULLY HE DIDNT BUT HES NEVER BEEN THE SAME MAN SENSE WELLBUTRIN MADE HIM VERY DEPRESSED!!! CRIED ALL THE TIME LIKE I SAID BEEN MARRIED OVER 30 YRS HE ONLY CRIED WHEN HIS PARENTS DIED AND OUR CHILDREN WERE BORN THIS DRUG SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF THE MARKET
Posted by Motzy
I have been on Wellbutrin for a couple of months now for my depression and anxiety. I was wondering if the feeling of wanting to take the whole bottle and cutting is because of the meds or is it that im that messed up? The feelings have gotten worse since the medication. I just don't feel theres meaning anymore. Is this anythnig like what you went through?
Posted by Julie
I attempted suicide several times when on wellbutin. Not knowing this drug could have been my problem the whole time. The last time was very horrible. I took so many that the drs at the hospital told my husband that two more and that would have been it. My drs have put me on chantix to quit smoking, have not started them yet. Think I will throw them out with the trash tomorrow. I learned a lot in the phsyc ward this time. Grew up a lot. Learned to love myself, no matter what others may think or say. I do believe that my last attempt did something to me, neurologly. My occipitual nerve stays inflamed. The neurologist says it's chronic migraines. And is talking about botox injections. But I would love to know, but can not find it anywhere, if the feelings I am having in my scalp is from my suicide attempt. Would anyone happen to know? I have been put out of work on disability. And not sure how long my employer will let me continue to be out.
Posted by Leah Prince
My husband committed suicide 7 years ago. He took Wellbutrin for a year prior and it appeared to help his depression at first, but then he went deeper then ever. There is no reason he would have done such a terrible thing to his wife and children unless he didn't know what he was doing. My heart goes out to Cathy Tan and many others that have had this happen. It is very hard to figure out, but now after many years I can see how Wellbutrin played a key part in his death.
Posted by CJ
My sister also committed suicide after taking Wellbutrin for 11 days to help her quit smoking. She was 32 when she overdosed on the Wellbutrin. Be sure to report any adverse reactions (including suicides) to the FDA's Med Watch program online. Anny, Cathy Tan, and Connie Rose, I am so sorry for your losses.
Posted by anny
My sister committed suicide as well on Wellbutrin. First she had this seizure and she was seeing things that weren't there. It was awful. Then a few months later she took a lot of Wellbutrin pills and ended her life.
Posted by Cathy Tan
My husband's behavior became bizarre after taking welbutrin. After a month I was able to get him to the Doctor and they rushed him to the hospital his heart rate was off the charts. Within two weeks he committed suicide leaving myself and 4 children behind. This is the first drug of this type he was ever prescribed. I am very sad that this drug is still on the market. My husband was not the type to take his own life, but due to this drug and it's serious side effects he almost died in the doctors office and then took his own life. GSK really needs to get this drug off the market. My heart goes out to all that have suffered this type of loss due to the use of this drug.
Posted by connie rose
Well my sister succeeded in sucide just to let you know no story to tell except she took like 27 well butrin
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