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Tuesday, March 10, 2009 karen, Community Member, asks

Q: can wellbutrin cause nightmares?

Can Wellbutrin cause night terrors and nightmares, including yelling and screaming during sleep? What about hallucinations?

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Merely Me, Health Guide
3/11/09 5:23pm

Oh my...I am sorry this is happening to you.  I would definitely suggest a first step of discussing this with your doctor. 


In researching your question I did find that nightmares can be a rare side effect as noted by this web site


"Rare: Acne, blurred vision, chest pain, chills, coordination problems, confusion, decrease in white blood cell count, fainting, fever, gum irritation, hair color changes, hair loss, hallucinations, hives, indigestion, itching, liver toxicity, loss of movement, nightmares, racing heartbeat / palpitations, seizure, skin rash, sexual problems, suicidal thoughts, tinnitus ( ringing in the ears ), excessive thirst, toothaches, tremors, urinary problems, or weight gain / loss."


And judging by some of the depression forums it seems that you are not alone with having this possible side effect.  Read this forum to see what other people have said about dealing with this issue.


Some people have talked about changing what time of day they take their medication to help but do check with your doctor to see what he or she suggests first!


I hope your nightmares end soon.  Thank you for your question.



psychoward1, Community Member
3/11/09 6:49am

Wow!, This is a tough one to answer. I was on st johns wort for a while and I didnt realize that I wasnt supposed to take claritin-d at the same time. Boy did I have some really strange dreams. I would recomend that you get a hold of your doctor and let him/her know about the dreams and that you are concerned about them. Maybe they can see if you are having a conflict of meds or anything else. Maybe wellbutrin isnt right for you. Usually welbutrin takes a good 2 months to have any affect. Are you beyond that point?


Hope this helps out,



ThereIsASolution, Community Member
4/15/09 9:51pm

I take my wellbutrin in the morning and about 2pm, then buspar at night (for anxiety). I got very anxious when I was just on wellbutrin, but a little buspar at night does the trick. Sometimes I take 1/3 of a buspar in the afternoon, because I start feeling anxious, but not very often. I've had more vivid dreams lately, but nothing terrifying. Side effects can vary a lot, though, so research on the web to see. Also make sure you research what other meds you can and cannot take with wellbutrin. For instance I found out that cimitide (for heartburn) is bad with wellbutrin, but Zantac is ok.

Robear, Community Member
6/16/09 8:21pm

I have been taking Wellbutrin for over a month now and having the most horrible nightmares every single night. I have never had such horrible nightmares in my entire life. I need to quit this drug.

cwc, Community Member
10/ 9/09 8:04am

I have been on Wellbutrin for three years and occasionally when I forget to take my pill that morning i will have a really weird night mare that night. I also yeall and talk really out of my head. My wife wakes me and i feel very tired, chest is tight, and i am stressed.

survivingme, Community Member
4/17/10 5:47pm

YES!  I thought I was the only one and wasn't sure if it was Wellbutrin causing this problem.  When I CAN get to sleep, I have the most horrific nightmares exactly as you have described in your post.  Since I have been on Wellbutrin, I started yelling, screaming, and talking in my sleep, which ALWAYS wakes my husband and I up.  The only problem is that I have been on Wellbutrin for nearly 5 months and am getting some relief from my depression and am not sure I want to switch. if you want to talk further, Karen

DennisT, Community Member
11/22/10 1:56pm

I am relieved to know I am not the only one experiencing these effects from Wellbutrin. I have been taking Wellbutrin for 4 days and the past 3 nights have had the most vivid, gory, terrifying dreams I have ever had in my life. I will not take this drug another day and plan on trying something else.

seashell207, Community Member
1/27/11 1:17am

Hi karen.. I realize you wrote quite along time ago but Im helpness right now.  ive started wellbutrin 150 mg once/ day in the a.m... 6 days ago.. Since then ive had the most horrific nightmares.. reading your post.. we sound so much alike yelling, kicking, screaming, crying, sobbing... which also wakes me and my boyfriend up.. They r getting worse and worse.. My depression is slowing improving from this med.. I dont want to switch.. Im just wondering what you have done about this issue.. Please get back to me at at your earliest convience..



simply_less, Community Member
6/16/10 10:43am

 Ive started taken the welbutrin again after running out for a week and a half. Same dosage, just havent taken my sleep meds at night. I'm having nightmares like i used to as a child. I am starting to be afraid to sleep at night. I fell back asleep this morning after I took my pills. And had the worst one yet. I woke myself up screaming. Its affecting everything in my life now. Ive all but stopped eating durring the day, I can't concentrate, I am un motivated and still feel depressed.

rmcfarlan183, Community Member
5/23/12 6:02pm

My son havingo nightmares also. Love the idiots who post from the medical community that it happens in rare cases when I hear all these stories and mine. Where is the hotline to report to the FDA. Oh forgot drug companies don't want that out there. I faded my son off gradually and recommend to all. He had 75% of those so called rare side effects.

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By karen, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/17/14, First Published: 03/10/09