Wellbutrin XL Overdose
Some possible effects of a Wellbutrin XL overdose include hallucinations, seizures, and problems with breathing. However, the specific effects will vary, depending on several factors, such as how much of the medication was taken and whether it was taken with any other medicines. Administering certain medications can help treat a recent Wellbutrin XL overdose.
Wellbutrin XL® (bupropion XL) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression). It is also used to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD). As with all medicines, it is possible to take too much Wellbutrin XL. The effects of a Wellbutrin XL overdose will vary, depending on a number of factors, including how much Wellbutrin XL was taken and whether it was taken with any other medicines or alcohol.
If a person overdoses on Wellbutrin XL, the symptoms can also vary. The most common Wellbutrin XL overdose symptoms include:
- A rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmia)
- Muscle tension, pain, and damage
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Breathing problems
- Loss of life.
About one-third of all Wellbutrin XL overdoses cause seizures. Loss of life is more likely to occur if Wellbutrin XL is taken in very large doses.
The treatment for a Wellbutrin XL overdose will vary. If the overdose was recent, the healthcare provider may give activated charcoal treatment to help prevent the medication from being absorbed from the digestive tract. Treatment may also involve supportive care. This type of care consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. For example, supportive treatment options for a Wellbutrin XL overdose may include:
- Fluids through an intravenous line (IV)
- Medicines to control an irregular heart rhythm or control seizures
- Closely monitoring the heart and lungs
- A breathing tube to help with breathing
- Other treatments based on complications that occur.
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you may have overdosed on Wellbutrin XL.