Wellbutrin and Alcohol
It is possible that Wellbutrin may increase the effects of alcohol, whether by increasing the symptoms of depression or affecting motor skills. Therefore, many healthcare providers recommend that people taking Wellbutrin drink only light-to-moderate amounts of alcohol. Also, if a person chooses to drink while on Wellbutrin, he or she should drink only after he or she understands the effects Wellbutrin has on his or her body. Make sure to talk with your healthcare provider about Wellbutrin and alcohol.
Sometimes people are warned to avoid alcohol while taking Wellbutrin® (bupropion hydrochloride). This is because alcohol and medicines like Wellbutrin act upon similar chemicals in the brain. So the concern is that Wellbutrin will increase the effects of alcohol -- whether this is increasing symptoms of depression or affecting motor skills.
Practically, when many healthcare providers are asked whether or not it is okay to drink alcohol while taking Wellbutrin, they recommend that if a person chooses to drink, he or she should drink only light-to-moderate amounts of alcohol. In addition, a person who drinks while taking Wellbutrin should drink only after he or she understands the effects Wellbutrin and other medicines have on his or her body.
When healthcare providers recommend moderate alcohol drinking, they mean one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. Because the alcohol content in drinks varies, what counts as one drink also varies. Each of the following drinks is an example of one alcoholic drink:
- 12 ounces of beer
- 5 ounces of wine
- 1½ ounces of 80-proof whiskey or 1 ounce of 100-proof spirits.