Saturday November 22nd 2014

Can you get high on Wellbutrin?

Probably not.

Wellbutrin is classified as “non-abusable” by the Federal government, despite the fact that it has some stimulant effects. In fact, you probably can’t get high off of Wellbutrin without overdosing on the medication. Wellbutrin has stimulant effects, but more on par with ingesting a cup of coffee than taking amphetamines. Although Wellbutrin can cause hallucinations, that’s a symptom that you’ve overdosed and need to go to the ER right away.

More on using Wellbutrin below.

Wellbutrin chemistry and use

Wellbutrin contains bupropion, an antidepressant of the aminoketone class, whichis chemically unrelated to tricyclic, tetracyclic, selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRIs), or other known antidepressant agents.. Bupropion is used to help relieve anxiety and seasonal affective disorder. Bupropion is also marketed under the brand name Zyban as an drug to help cigarette smokers quit in treatment for nicotine withdrawal syndrome. Wellbutrin comes in sustained and extended-release formulas.

How does Wellbutrin work

Wellbutrin increases certain types of brain activity – but exactly how it works isn’t presently clear. At higher doses in lab animals, Wellbutrin does produce stimulant effects – but it also causes seizures. However it works in humans, Wellbutrin has been clearly linked to seizures at a rate higher than other antidepressants.

Abuse of Wellbutrin

The U.S. government classifies Wellbutrin as a “non-abusable” drug. There have been a handful of documented cases of people attempting to get high off of Wellbutrin by crushing and snorting the pills, but usually these cases resulted in very serious side effects.

Dangers of Wellbutrin

Wellbutrin should never be taken except under the supervision of a doctor. In fact, Wellbutrin can cause very serious side effects. For these reasons, Wellbutrin is not a drug you should be using casually. If you’re taking Wellbutrin for a mood disorder and experience any of the following symptoms, talk to your doctor right away about changing your medication. Adverse and potentially serious symptoms of taking Wellbutrin include:

  • depression
  • delusions
  • hallucinations
  • hostility and aggressive behavior
  • homicidal thoughts
  • psychosis
  • paranoia
  • seizures
  • suicidal thoughts or attempts

Can you I get addicted to Wellbutrin?

No, you can’t get addicted to Wellbutrin. Wellbutrin is not habit-forming and Wellbutrin users do not exhibit the drug-seeking behavior one would expect to arise from an addiction. There have been a few reports of Wellbutrin abuse, where the drug was taken crushed and inhaled nasally. However, these patients suffered seizures and had to be admitted to the emergency room.

Questions about Wellbutrin use

Please leave your questions about Wellbutrin use here. We will be happy to try to answer your questions personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: DailyMed Drug Label: Wellbutrin
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists drug information on Bupropion
PubMed Central: A case report of seizure induced by bupropion nasal insufflation

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12 Responses to “Can you get high on Wellbutrin?
Brad
7:39 pm November 18th, 2012

I was put on 150mg XL a yer or two ago. I stopped taking it about 3 months ago, my choice. I just started taking it again last week, however since going off it my doctor has prescribed 20mg adderall once a day for adult ADHD. Does adderall add to any of the effects of wellbutrin?

12:12 pm November 19th, 2012

Hello Brad. This question would be best fielded by a pharmacist about the interaction between bupropion and amphetamine salts. But I did find this article that may help you in your search for information called, “Effects of bupropion, nomifensine and dexamphetamine on performance, subjective feelings, autonomic variables and electroencephalogram”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1427785/

Please let me know if this helps, or not.

Maria
10:41 am March 1st, 2013

This drug can be abused and it can be addictive. My husband was prescribed it and he crushes it and snorts it up his nose. When this becomes to irritating he smokes it. He lies to doctors, saying that he lost it so he can get more. He agreed with me that it was causing him problems and told me to throw it into the garbage. He later went through the garbage to get the pills back. He has a serious problem with this drug that the medical community gives him without any limitation. Any suggestions for treatment are welcome.

10:45 am March 1st, 2013

Hello Maria. Thanks for sharing more about Wellbutrin’s addictive potential. You can call 1-800-662-HELP for advice on treatment (it’s a government run hotline). Or 1-800-662-2873 to reach Recovery Options, another hotline. Reach out and you will find help.

Chris
9:10 pm April 28th, 2013

Bupropion’s primary action is through norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibition. It binds selectively to the dopamine transporter; although its behavioural effects are more so a result of its inhibition of norepinephrine reuptake. Therefore it’s a mild psychostimulant (very mild in comparison to amphetamines). To state that it has absolutely no potential for addiction is false. Any drug that increases concentrations of dopamine has the ability to create euphoria, and subjectively a “high”. Lastly, the implication that the very few who had abused it, experienced seizures and were admitted to the hospital is ridiculous. Although many seizures have of course been recorded, there are many people who insuffalate the drug, experience a stimulant-like high, and do not experience a seizure.

Lisa
11:14 pm November 25th, 2013

Thank you, Chris. That was really helpful. I’ve been snorting Ritalin for years, and I’m trying to ease off of it. I was prescribed Wellbutrin and I was hoping I could snort that just to get me off the Ritalin. So it’s helpful to see that some people do that.

Ismail
5:00 pm May 28th, 2014

Lol this is bs wellbutrin is actually very abusable and in canada people are shooting it and snorting it and I can tell you myself that wellbutrin creates a stimulated euphoric feeling when snorted or shot.

Ninja Tune
10:24 pm June 1st, 2014

I am very much addicted to snorting wellbutrin. This is not a joke reply. I have a ritual of getting home from work, stripping down to nothing. Shaving the bupropion, cutting it and smashing it. Snorting as much as I can in my left nostril so it burns, and then I literally masturbate for HOURS. Not one or two, I’m talking 6 to 7 hour long masturbation sessions. And I don’t ejaculate multiple times. This is all to lead to one immense glorious orgasm that can’t be met by any other means. I’ve tried multiple times to stop abusing it. But my doctor(who I’ve asked personally to stop prescribing it to me) constantly refills it when I send in the request to refill along with getting my emergency supply. If my insurance doesn’t cover it, I end up paying out of pocket for it, and let me tell you it is outrageously expensive. I want people to know that this drug is very much abusable, and I wanted to share my experience in case someone else is in the same boat, because I felt like I was the only person in the world doing what I’m doing.

jim
5:33 pm August 2nd, 2014

Ninja Tune, same boat. Exactly… Same boat.

Jeod jaz
7:38 pm August 18th, 2014

You are being facetious right? Of COURSE it will give you a nasty high AND is VERY addicting if you are a Moron ( me) and insuffulate ( snort ) this crap it will absolutely mess with your quality of life. It is a humiliating and nasty addiction in MY opinion and although I am sure the people at this website mean well in MY opinion they are dead wrong. Seizures are awful sure but if you have ANY proclivity to speed like drugs and snort these you will. be chasin this ugly gross seizure awaiting dragon. Be good. or be good at it. Cheers

Ninjatune
5:18 pm August 19th, 2014

Hey Jim, I’m sorry to hear that man, because if you are a quarter as uncomfortable as I am because of this garbage, then you’re not a happy man at all. Jeod(and everyone, really), I’ve been reading a lot of comments saying they CAN induce seizures. While I’m in no way trying to make anyone feel that’s not something to worry about, I think you might actually have to have some level of a genetic predisposition to seizures for it to be a real concern. And I only base that on the amount that I’ve done. Because there have glimmers of hope where I’d get myself to stop taking them for a month or so, only to ultimately fail…..

Tony
6:59 am August 20th, 2014

I went to the doc to get help quiting smoking and he prescribed me bupropion didn’t work for the smoking but my wife told me I should stay on it cause I communicate with her more I didn’t notice any change when I first got on the meds but my wife said it was like flipping on a switch and for the life of me I couldn’t see how anyone could od on this stuff to get high

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