Re: Wellbutrin in kids

Re: Wellbutrin in kids

Posted by Chris Maloney on 06/05/03 at 02:22 PM

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Dear Angela,

My 2002 Nurse’s Drug Reference does not contain a standardized dosing of Wellbutrin (bupropion) for children, only adult and geriatric dosages.

Wellbutrin alters brain chemistry, and side effects include headache, confusion, seizures, delusions, insomnia, tremors, heart arrhythmias, nausea, constipation, and rash.

Under precautions, the reference states that precautions should be taken prior to prescribing this medication to children less than 18. The precautions also include not going off the medication suddenly, as it can cause all the side effects as withdrawal symptoms. Your sister should have been informed of all these side effects prior to receiving the prescription, as well as a discussion of other antidepressants and other alternatives available to children with depression.

(I am certain she wasn’t informed about what NDs do for depression, but even within standard prescriptions there are a number of options now for antidepressants).

Good luck!

Chris Maloney, Naturopathic Doctor, Portland Maine

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