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#1 Due2Aphrodite

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Posted 02 November 2011 - 11:38 PM

I've been on Wellbutrin XL three separate times in my life (once for 3 months, then off for 2 months, then back on for 1 month, then off for 9 months, now back on for 3 months now)

It's been 2 months now that I've been on 300mg, and I've started noticing flushed/red/warm cheeks lately. Just when I'm doing normal things like reading blogs online, or watching a movie... it'll just happen.

Has anyone else ever had this side effect before? I saw on Wedmd.com and drugs.com that this is a side effect of Wellbutrin XL but I've never heard anyone talk about it before.
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#2 maria219

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:39 PM

I hate to bring this up—for your sake and for my own. Because I've never gotten the antidepressant effect from any other drug—and I'm an old lady, I've tried them all—that I got from Wellutrin. It was new on the market at the time, it got me out of bed after 9 years, in, like, ten days—and continued to work until I developed a strange "rash" ... broke out in ig itchy red blotches around my mid-section and butt .. and I mean big. Some dermo had to look it up and said, Fixed Drug Reaction ... and I went off it, onto something else, not knowing how hard the next decades would be.

But here's the thing: it turns out I have Hereditary Coproporphyria ... and when my porphyrin level rises, like if I don't eat enough, I have flushing on front of chest, neck and cheeks. Often only one cheek.

I'm kinda hoping to try Wellbutrin (or the generic?) again ... so I hope there is no connection. But should you have this very rare genetic disorder, best to know.

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#3 LovelyThoughts

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:55 PM

Do you feel warm with the cheek flush? I get what i call hot flashes from Wellbutrin..not peri menopause...had that tested...i will be fine sitting there & all of a sudden I will get really hot for a few seconds/minutes.
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Posted 03 January 2012 - 11:09 PM

Maybe from the effect it has on dopamine, it's slightly stimulating. That could cause some flushing.

Have you checked your blood pressure when you're flushed? Or another cause? Did it happen the other times you were taking it?
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 01:03 PM

i've been on wellbutrin 150mg for a month now, i get the hot flashes and flushed face once in a while too.. and i'm 25 so it's definitely not a menopause thing... it doesn't bother me much but once someone noticed and asked why i'm blushing.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 03:44 PM

I constantly feel it. Well, not all day every day, but certainly often every day. Chest, neck, and face/cheeks. I don't think I blush visibly, but it is very warm, sometimes incredibly warm and makes my armpits sweat :mad:

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:41 AM

I want to say I am experiencing this as well. New to Wellbutrin SR, and about an hour after I take it I get a flushing effect. It started in my feet and then onto my fingers and hands, but now seems to effect my entire body. It slowly dissipates about 2 hours after it starts. I'm hoping this will go away soon?? Becoming very uncomfortable, but I reeeealy want the Wellbutrin to work.
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 03:03 PM

I didn't get flushing, but I did get hot and sweaty. It went away in under two weeks, along with almost every other side effect. Are you and your pdoc planning to raise the dose or is 100mg your target? I might ask him not to raise it until the side effects settle down.
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 07:44 PM

She actually suggested I cut the pills in half, so 50mg 2x a day, but I don't think I going to, the pills aren't even scored, and I think I can hack it for now.
We don't have a "target," just what makes me feel better. I imagine I'm going to go higher though. Perhaps I'll switch to XL at some point?
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:05 AM

Started Welbutrin 150mg yesterday, and felt a little flushed, today second dose, and 1 hour later my face is slightly red, as well as my neck, and shoulders, down my back a littlee feels hot too. Called the Doc's waiting for a call back. I like to give this a try, btu have a hard time tolerating meds. They say its because I'm IGA Deficiant, but who knows, could be the water...lol Any suggestions?


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:49 PM

Started Welbutrin 150mg yesterday, and felt a little flushed, today second dose, and 1 hour later my face is slightly red, as well as my neck, and shoulders, down my back a littlee feels hot too. Called the Doc's waiting for a call back. I like to give this a try, btu have a hard time tolerating meds. They say its because I'm IGA Deficiant, but who knows, could be the water...lol Any suggestions?

 

Doc said to stop welbutrin, take benidryl.


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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:43 PM

Clonidine is often used off label to help flushing. May well be worth a shot as it is available as a cheap generic.


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Posted 12 March 2013 - 04:53 PM

I just got generic wellbutrin SR added to my combo a couple weeks ago, and I have also been having the 'hot flash' side effect (24, so also def not menopause) except in my case it is accompanied by very, very intense 'flash' of nausea as well. Very sick feeling for brief amount of time, basically. I was curious how common a side effect that was/whether it goes away. Seems that it generally doesn't?


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