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$11.75M Wellbutrin XL Class Action Settlement Reached


This is a settlement for the Antitrust lawsuit.

New York, NY: An $11.75 million settlement has been tentatively agreed in the Wellbutrin XL antitrust class action filed against Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). If you bought Wellbutrin XL® or its Generic equivalent, the proposed class action settlement could affect you.

This matter is a lawsuit against Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Inc., formerly Biovail Corp. ("Biovail"), and SmithKline Beecham Corporation doing business as GlaxoSmithKline and GlaxoSmithKline plc (collectively "GSK") (together with Biovail, "Defendants"), the companies that manufactured and marketed the antidepressant Wellbutrin XL.

The lawsuit, entitled In re: Wellbutrin XL Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 8-cv-2433, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleges the pharmaceutical manufacturers worked together to delay the availability of less expensive, generic versions of Wellbutrin XL. Anyone who purchased Wellbutrin XL or its generic equivalent in the following states may be eligible to claim part of the settlement, if it is approved: California, Florida, Nevada, New York, Tennessee and/or Wisconsin.

For additional information regarding this lawsuit, proposed settlement, and for obtaining a Claim, visit: http://www.wxlclassaction.com/.

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Published on May-28-13


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I began using Buproprion several months ago, and in the last couple of months, My Dr. Upped the dose.. I started experiencing a high level of confusion, dizziness, not being able to put sentences together, not being able to remember what I just said, not understanding what others were talking about, and if they were asking a question, and answered , I couldn't remember what the question was. I realized all the sudden this week, that my subscription to biproprion was the only thing that had changed. I have weened myself of this, this week, and immediately started feeling better, remembering things, no dizziness, etc. I am highly upset that I was subjected to this kind of side effects, and felt I had lost my mind.
Please, put me on whatever class action lawsuit, Buproprion is involved in.. It is horrific. I don't want anyone else to experience what I had to endure.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Karen

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I have been using buPROPion HCI 309 mg for 2-3 months now. I have recently noticed clumps if my hair coming out

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I have been on Wellbutrin for a year and I am losing my hair so bad.

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I started Wellbutrin XL in April 2019. By June I had developed severe Tinnitus In both ears. I was told to stay on meds. By end of July it had started to effect my daily life. My PCP was worried and sent me to an Ear Specialist. I tested at 35% deaf, in both ears. Even the ENT said he had started seeing this more with patients on Wellbutrin. I have since been taken off, but still having chronic Tinnitus with no relief. I am a very healthy, 33 yo female, never been on any medication, no medical history, no health issues until this. Now I have lost my hearing and suffering in daily struggles to hear and cope with this issue. I return in 3 months for a follow up hearing test and will pursue more options then, hopefully.

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Wellbutrin XL generic is causing my hair to thin.

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Reconcider before taking this drug. IMO, they are going to find out that it is way too high of doses, even at the lowed doses from thier discovering that it was way too high a dose.
I never had a seizure in my life I have had over 5 since starting and stopping this drug.

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I started Wellbutrin as a mood stabilizing drug in 2007 and I started having seizures. These seizures have ruined my life to where I can't drive anymore. My memory is ruined. I can't even work anymore. At least I finished undergraduate. This drug needs to be off the market bc it is doing much more harm to many people, than good. Especially when it comes to a person who lives with seizures who depend on others for their safety.

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I have been taking wellbrutrin xl since 2009, and in 2017 i developed blood clots in my kidneys. However, I started having several other issues such as, problems with my GI, dizziness, muscle and bone pain, and other issues. I am currently seeing 5 different specialists for all of these issues. Moreover, I have been recently diagnosed with an undifferentiated connective tissue disease, an unknown autoimmune disease, Protein S deficiency, and have tested positive for many factors that leads to having Lupus. I know that I was not born with any of these problems, and this all came on suddenly after I had a vasa previa with a pregnancy. I just recently found out that i was pregnant, and yesterday at * weeks pregnant I was told that my baby didnt have a heartbeat anymore. One Dr. said it could have been because of the autoimmune disease, so of course I looked into how I could have gotten this in the first place since i have been healthy all of my life. I found out that some autoimmune diseases can be drug induced; such as (DILE). I checked to see which medications can be a factor, and found that Wellbrutrin is the main anti-depressant that is linked to drug induced autoimmune diseases. I am convinced that this is the culprit, and am looking for help in filing a lawsuit.

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I was prescribed wellbutrin for depression. I took this medication for only a few weeks. My hearing began to suffer, with Tinnitus. I stopped taking it but my hearing has not returned to normal. The noise is driving me mad.

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I had Surgery on My sphincter muscle in February of this year. The drug ate through the lining of my stomach. I was in so much pain. Then I started refluxing really bad. It was coming out my nose in the middle of the night. There were times I lost the feeling to swallow my food. This drug destroyed me in 5 months.

I just had my last follow up appt. with the doctor last week and then last night I went to eat supper and my first 2 bites were good. After that I couldn't swallow again. I go for a upper GI test next week.

I'm trying to find a Lawyer that will take my case.

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I have been taking wellbutrin for about 2 years. I have never gambled in my life, except maybe quarter slots in Vegas a few times. Between September 2017 and April 2018, I gambled away about $95,000 at a local casino in Washington state. I lost everything we had and we had to file bankruptcy and ended up homeless. We're still trying to get back on our feet. I have always been careful with money, never late paying bills, coupon clipping etc. This was so out of character for me and I'm sick everyday just thinking about it. I know this happened because of this medication after reading so many stories like mine. I want to be part of any lawsuit regarding this. This medication ruined my life and my family relationships.

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It literally ate my adrenal glands and gave me Addison's. This stuff should be off the market.

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I was recently prescribed this medication for smoking cessation, within a few days of taking it I started having very vivid nightmares to the point that it had made me paranoid of going to sleep.
I feel like I am awake but not sure if I am or not. It first started as though feeling like someone set on my bed behind me and was lightly touching me, now I just feel like there is someone in the bedroom when I go to bed, even tiny troll figures in my bed raising the cover and running under it when I wake my husband because he thinks I am just making it up....
Very confused

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cynthiaxxx@gmail.com

My husband had hallucinations 3 or 4 times a week for almost 2 years. He would get up in the middle of the night thinking someone was in the bedrooom, or snakes all over the floor, or giant bugs in the bed, or people climbing in the window, or fighting “someone” in the bathroom, or running downstairs thinking he was after an intruder.

I learned that a friend had taken Wellbutrin and suffered permanent cognitive damage such that he could no longer perform his job as an IT at GSK and had to retrain as a peer mentor making less than a fifth of what he had been earning. He still had damaging effects 8 years later.

It destroyed our marriage. He suffer paranoia and never told his psychiatrist about any of these symptoms. The paranoia was a particularly bizarre side effect. He honestly believed I was the reason for his angry outbursts AND his hallucinations at night. He said his stressful job was causing the hallucinations night too.

He became extremely violent, and choked me, entirely cutting off my airway, and later jumped out of the shower, landing on me, causing my head to slam against the bathroom counter. I suffered a contusion and painful bruises on both the front and back of my right ear that lasted for a month.

I hold GSK 100% responsible for destroying his life and our marriage. There’s so much more...it was truly a travesty.

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OMG ! After reading the extensive comments, I broke down in tears, because I have experienced ALL of the same symptoms ! I am the very bad bloating, the ringing in my ears so bad I can't sleep at night ! I have problems with my vision and I was not understanding why ! The compulsive spending is so out of control, I now live with a house full of stuff, most I don't need, but I keep buying, so much so the delivery drivers make jokes, saying I must be loaded with money, clearly I am not, I realize there is a issue when I keep spending and but not even opening the packages ! I can't stop to the point my anxiety levels are off the chart!
I went into counseling when it got to the point I started to feel so beat up and tired, I could barely get out of bed to function ! I can't just have regular portions of food anymore, I eat until there is no more. I can't eat just cereal bar anymore, I eat several until the compulsion is satisfied ! I don't recognize who I see in the mirror anymore ! I stay so bloated, my stomach rubs the steering wheel when I drive ! You should not have to get excited at the fact, you can finally go to the bathroom, but I do because my constipation is so severe. Right now life is passing me by because feel to tired and bloated to do anything. I eat fresh fruits and leafy vegetables, but not helps. I am not living right now, I am existing and miserable. Financially almost bankrupt almost, but I cannot control this compulsion for more.

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I've recently started taking this drug. I have severe tinnitus. My doctor keeps insisting it is not a side effect. How can he say that when it clearly is? I am so upset and feel totally betrayed. Today I saw the doctor. He told me same line, keep taking the meds etc. I have thrown them in the bin. I have not been taking anti depressants very long. Maybe like 2 months. Will it go away????? I thought I had issues before this, my life was amazing before this. I was just too attached to my pain to see that. Never again will I take anti depressants. Never

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I took wellbutrin xl age 12 through 18. At age 15 i gained 350+ pounds n was diagnosed with gynecomastia... I have been tring to find out what i can do to change my life.but dont have the funds to help with reestablishing my self esteem n stop being so depressed..

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I was prescribed Bupropion for a couple of months. After taking them for about two weeks, I developed a rash, swelling hand, face, and tongue. I went to the emergency room, having a hard time breathing. There they administered antihistamines, I now have Tinnitus, hearing loss, and dizziness. This has been ongoing for 8 months.

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My wife took Bupropion for less than a week, started having seizures, ended up in ICU.

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I was a perfect person, now I am in so much debt from gambling. Never cared anything about until the last 4 years. I knew something wasn't right because I have always been very careful with my money!!! I would go shopping walk around with the things I needed and put them all back because I didn't want to spend money. Any help for me. I know its the medication. Julur

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I was prescribed Bupropion about 5-6 years ago. I took first pill on a Friday come next morning I felt as if I was beaten with a bat for days. I couldn't move, my muscles were so tight and painful. To the point that I couldn't even pick up my 1.5 year old baby. On the Sunday after, I started feeling my body really hot, as if I was having a severe hot flash. Then I started getting very itching all over, went to the bathroom and saw this red enormous hives. I had them on my privates, my buttocks, everywhere. I immediately went to the ER, they said(as expected) that it had no relation to the Bupropion and gave me benadryl. Come Monday I went to see the doctor, he as well said it had no relation and gave me muscle relaxers; of course they did nothing. I stopped taking the meds even though I knew my depression was going from bad to worse. About 3-4 years ago and after finally admitting to myself that my depression was not letting me live, It was affecting me in every way. I decided to seek help, I talked to my Dr. Told her about my experience with Bupropion and made sure she understood that I would not take anything that tempered or made me gain weight. Just thinking about it it gives me anxiety and weight gain is a constant worry and battle for me as I also have a compulsive eating disorder. She prescribed wellbutrin xl 150mg and 300mg after seeing no changes with lower dose. My insurance wouldn't cover the brands $1500 cost for 30 pills(of course.) I had to talk to the insurance company to see if they would override the denial. I had to give them a very good reason why I couldn't take the generic forms, so I told them my experience with the other antidepressants. I had to speak to do many individuals and finally one(a chemist or something like that) said you have a sensitivity if not an allergy to the generic components of the medication. Remember everyone tells you generic is exactly the same thing as brand, that is BS! Companies are mandated to replicate meds 99.9% of the formulation but they have that .1% to add ????? and no one tells you this. I was approved, thank God! I have been taking it ever since. Every time I see my Dr. She asks if I feel it working but I am not sure on what to answer because I am not sure what I am supposed to feel ????????. After taking it for about two years I believe, I went on a vacation and did not take them with me because refill did not arrive on time. A couple of days after I noticed I wasn't feeling bloated, like an inflated balloon and every time I pressed on my tummy it kind of hurt. I would have to massage my tummy (counterclockwise around bellybutton, that stimulates bowel movement and/or colon) in oder to get some relief. I am not fat not have a belly, I actually had a tummy tuck years prior to taking the meds and had a flat belly, exercised regularly and ate a pretty healthy diet. And I started having my normal bowel movements. For me that was going #2 three times a day and comfortably; meaning I didn't have to push and push or be in pain because you have to defecate but can't(sorry, too much info I know.) I have never suffered from constipation or anything like that. My belly was less inflated and less pressure pain when pressing down. Even though I had experienced this for a while never related to wellbutrin. I thought maybe I was not drinking enough water or eating enough fiber. I was off the medication for about a month, when I started taking them again the bloated belly and costipation started again????. Now during all this time I had not noticed or didn't pay attention to these noises in my ears. I can't pin point when they stated but I can say it hasn't been a life long thing. I took notice or they became more noticeable within her last two years or so. It's awful to have the ringing, buzzing, vibration, humming, crickets, static white noise loud inside your head all day long. I am trying to fall asleep and all I can hear is that. I wake up exhausted, I'm irritable, edgy, anxious etc. All day and quite frankly I know is due to that. Never mentioned it to my Dr because I was afraid to be labeled as schizophrenic or something. But it has become so unbearable and affecting my life that I finally did but she didn't really say much about it. So as I usually do, I researched and researched and finally came across tinnitus. I was so happy to finally put a name to those annoying noises and to reassure myself that I wasn't making it up. I went to a clinic which specializes in tinnitus, the Dr asked a bunch of questions, did a very in depth hearing test and confirmed that I had tinnitus. She said there's really no cure for it but that there is this new treatment they are doing with very good results to minimize the noises. It's basically an ipod(kind of) they have this app or program which they can manage to mimic as close as possible to the noises you hear. They transfer that to the ipod and you listed to that at a certain level every night. She herself is a tinnitus sufferer and was on the treatment for abt 3 weeks. She said she was real happy because there were moments where she had to stop to see if she'd hear the noises. She was happy to say that she wouldn't hear them and the relief it was to not have them. Now, the price is almost $6000.00????and it is not covered by insurance! Now, to the point. It sucks and is so unfair and unethical to say the least that we look for help to cure if not at least help us cope with an illness such as depression and end up with something to me worse, like tinnitus. I say worse because tinnitus causes anxiety, depression, mood swings, lethargy or exhaustion etc. etc. Exactly the same issues we are trying to cure and for which we were prescribed Wellbutrin in the first place. What sucks even more is that no one tells you it can cause this. Not the pharmaceutical company, not your Dr, pharmacy.... NO ONE! And that you can loose your hearing from prolonged untreated tinnitus.. I hope the lawsuit is true and still going. I know no one forced us into taking the darn pill but we should know all side effects, especially when they know is not just one person saying this, it's many if us. And I sure don't have $6000.00 to spend on an ipod. They should pay for the damage done because damage can be irreversible even if we stop taking the medication. Who can we contact? It the lawsuit still active?

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I was on this over ten years, my ears ring loudly all the time, my vision is blurred, my anxiety is sky high, depression, agittiton, sweating all the time, none of this I had b4 I went on this drug. It does far more harm then good, now no one wants to help me? I live in Virginia please someone help me. Not to mention the compulsive spending that put me in debt, all while on this drug. I need help

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Was put on Welbutrin XL for life, lasted abt ten years. Had to take myself off it. Many side effects including loud ear ringing, anxiety, aggression, vision problems. Am waiting to hear about this lawsuit, submitted the info above

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my husband took this medication and now he has a hyperthyroidism and his stomach is in constant pain and his heart rate is fast then normal and lost extreme amount of weight went from 180 to 136 and found out that it caused anorexia, what do we do?

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Was never told of all the horrible side effects, constant ringing in the ears, anxiety, blurred vision, no control over spending, very compulsive behavior, suicidal thoughts. Took myself off it after 12 years, was told I needed it for life to control my depression........ Theres alot more but I am not putting it here.

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I have been on Bupropion 150 mg since 10/07/17,I have constant ear ringing and sometimes blurred vision.I told my doctor and he took me off,11/20/17
My ear ringing and blurred vision still persist.What should I do?

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I have been taking Wellbutrin for about one year. I have buzzing in both ears and ear pain. I'm getting very worried as the buzzing, is getting louder. I've been reading more about people who are experiencing the same symptoms and some losing hearing completely.
Isn't there some way to find out the truth of what this drug does?

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I contacted the FDA about things I am experiencing. I have blurred vision to where I cant see out of left eye 80% now. I have insomnia and was a mom that was proud that I could play with my grandkids because I took care of myself. I gained over 60 pds. I am dizzy off balance. I want my life back it hasn't helped depression I hate the person I see in the mirror and I keep away from people because I'm not the happy person I was...

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I came across this and wanted to find out if some of my issues are caused by this medication that I took from 1998- 2012. Suicidle attempts, not rationale thoughts. My blood work was always questioned. I have lost my memory. My liver panel is always questioned... I seem to know have nodules in my thyroid. I could go on if I could remember more...
But very interested to find out if there is anything I can do?
Danielle

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Ive been on wellbutrin about 8 yrs. It has caused me very blurred vision and severe incontinence. Can you help me

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I would really like to know why Minnesota because I've been on this medicine for about ten yrs. The Dr never listened to me about the effects it had. I even had surgery on my left ulner nerve for losing use of my fingers, hand. I haven't been able to work or function normally for yrs. My eye sight has gotten really bad, have a really hard time driving at night but I always had 20/20 vision. I even ran my car off the road. No energy, memory loss has gotten worst all the time, things that came easy to me before are like new things I haven't learned before, I feel like a complete dizzy case. Tremors I've had for awhile now, my spending put me homeless. I use to run a cleaning business that I couldn't imagine doing now & was very good at it! Please tell me why Minnesota is not in this lawsuit when it's affected my life so rapidly? I've been disabled for yrs, have had to get social services involved in my life to hello keep me in a house, not homeless. please help me also.

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Dewana Young, I feel and personally know your pain. Stop it now. Get off now. I end up homeless for two years. I went from $100K salary, workers' comp injury. 10 years of medication has cost me everything. My business, my condo. I had $250K in the bank 3 years ago. Now, I have nothing. The shopping was out of control. I couldn't stop. It WAS NOT ME. I use to manage huge financial projects, a genius with financials. Saved the City of Oakland thousands but suddenly I couldn't remember when I last used my credit card. My FICO is in the trash. I'm ruined. And the doctors could CARE LESS. If you have good one, hold on, if not, jump ship and find someone who will care whether you actually have a quality of life. If there's a class action sign me up. I'm tired of being a guinea pig. I'm still detoxing so forgive me if the sentences are flowing but the words are true.

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I have been on Wellbutrin for years. I have developed symptoms similar to Parkinson's. Been to Neuromuscular Specialist at Mayo Clinic and Houston. No genetic disease but Was told it may be my medication and Mayo was concerned about Wellbutrin. After getting off all medications for 3 weeks my tremors decreased tremendously and my cognitive issues were improving. I introduced Wellbutrin first and was in a seizure like state, tremors and neuro problems became back worse. I quit after second dose. I have neuro muscular damage affecting all parts of my body. I live on pain meds daily. I have almost lost my personal business and am trying to sell. I've. basically become disable and can't function as a business owner, wife or mother. I'm 53 and my who world has stopped. I wonder if I have a claim. I only see claims for pregnant people. I have lost so much. Depleted savings. Husband has had to pull out of his retirement to help pay expenses. All because this medicine has damaged my neuromuscular system and only doctor/facility who half way regognized Wellbutrin could be causing and have caused damage is Mayo and I can't afford to go back for several weeks like they requested. They don't know if permanent and won't know as it may take years for my body to heal itself. Any help for me?

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I took Wellbutrin for a few months and lost a great part of my eye sight. My eyes continue to get worse. This is not a medicine that needs to be on the market. Just wanted others to know.

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Please tell me more about this. I lived in, MN, ND and CO. Does that mean I can't be a part of the lawsuit?

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I have been on this medication for 8 plus years and came across an article regarding a class action suit. Just wanted more information.

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