Paragraph one reads: "Fletcher, OK: "I'm not ashamed to tell my story about Wellbutrin and my suicide attempts," says Anita. "I just hope I can help someone else, because this terrible drug didn't just affect me. What's even worse is that this drug is still given to teenagersit should be taken off the market.' "
- Fletcher, OK: "I'm not ashamed to tell my story about Wellbutrin and my suicide attempts," says Anita. "I just hope I can help someone else, because this terrible drug didn't just affect me. What's even worse is that this drug is still given to teenagersit should be taken off the market."
- About eight years ago Anita attempted suicide twice, and to this day her 16-year-old granddaughter still won't talk to her. "It's terrible that people have to suffer and put their families through hell," says Anita. "I was already gray when my granddaughter found me and called 911. She thinks I tried to commit suicide on purpose to get attention, but I was sick. She doesn't understand that Wellbutrin did something to my mind that made me not want to be here anymore."
- "My granddaughter thinks I tried to commit suicide on purpose to get attention, but I was sick. She doesn't understand that Wellbutrin did something to my mind that made me not want to be here anymore"
- Anita's doctor prescribed Wellbutrin as a "nerve tonic" so she could claim it on her insurance, but the real reason he told her to take the antidepressant drug was to quit smoking. Wellbutrin is similar to smoking cessation drug Chantix in its side effectsthat is, suicidal thoughts and attempts.
- "Wellbutrin worked. It helped me quit smoking by stopping that habitual part of the brain," says Anita. "But any time you take something that causes an action, there is a reaction. I became so depressed, and I found out later, in the psych ward, that I was chemically imbalanced."
- Anita was diagnosed as clinically depressed before she was prescribed Wellbutrinshe was a walking time bomb. Wellbutrin was supposed to help her quit smoking and replace the other antidepressants she was taking. Instead, Anita kept her other meds and overdosed. "I was taking Wellbutrin three times a day, seven days a weekno wonder I was chemically imbalanced," she says.
- "I wound up in the psych ward for 45 days, and then I went back home and started life over again. At that time, I was off Wellbutrin, but when I saw my primary physician he put me back on it. Of course he didn't realize that this drug had anything to do with my suicide attempt; he really wanted me to quit smoking. I knew something wasn't right but when I started back on it and got back into my routine, the same suicidal feelings came back.
- "So one year later, I attempted suicide again, the same way. And I was back in the psych ward again. After this second attempt I quit taking all my meds except what was given to me in the psych ward for chemical imbalance. That's when I put two and two together: it had to be the Wellbutrin. If it can make you quit smoking, it can make you do other things. I just didn't want to live anymore.
- "I never took Wellbutrin since coming home from hospital the second time, and I have never had any more suicidal attempts.
- "I feel great now and I am happy. Even though I didn't quit smoking, I'm alive. I'm going to try to quit again but definitely not with drugs; it will have to be cold turkey because I am really drug-shy. Now I just need to get my granddaughter back."