Sunday 3 June 2018

Wellbutrin Rash Pictures

Wellbutrin Rash Pictures

Wellbutrin is a prescription medication intended for the treatment of depression, seasonal affective disorder (depression that takes place during winter and fall), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, and helps people quit smoking.

However, just like any other types of prescription drugs, wellbutrin causes side effects such as agitation, drying of the mouth, migraine-like headache, nausea with or without vomiting, constipation, dizziness, tremors, difficulty sleeping, blurring of vision, increased heart rate, excessive sweating, and itchy hive-like rashes. (1, 2, 3, and 4)

picture 1: Rashes appear nine days after taking wellbutrin.
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picture 2: Red rashes on the patient's arm as side effect of wellbutrin.
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An image of wellbutrin XL pics
picture 3: An image of wellbutrin XL.
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picture 4: Skin lesions secondary to wellbutrin use.
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picture 5: Wellbutrin causes mild to severe rashes.
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Wellbutrin side effects rash

One of the common side effects of wellbutrin is the hive-like rash. To some people, it is not mainly a side effect, but more like an allergic reaction to wellbutrin. The type and severity of rash vary from one people to another. Some have mild rashes while others have severe rashes all over the body. Some notice mild redness on the skin while others complain of itchy, tiny bumps and peeling.  Those who have severe rashes such as hive-like symptoms may also have runny nose, watery eyes, wheezing, and low blood pressure. (4, 5)

How long does it take before the rashes appear? To some people, the rash appears a few minutes after taking the drugs. Others have delayed reaction to the drugs. The rashes appear a few hour or even days or weeks. Any types of rashes related to taking wellbutrin should not be taken lightly. Wellbutrin may cause anaphylactic shock, which is an extremely fatal condition. If not dealt with right away could lead to death. If you have severe rashes, peeling, blistering, fever, chills, swelling of the face, and difficulty breathing, you need to go to the hospital the soonest time possible. (4, 5, 6, and 7)

Wellbutrin rash treatment

If you developed rashes while on wellbutrin, the first approach is to inform your doctor right away. Do not abruptly stop taking the drug unless your doctor told you so. Wellbutrin when stopped abruptly may affect the body in a negative way. What doctors usually do is they taper down the dose until such time that the drug is totally stopped.

When stopped abruptly, it could lead to anxiety, dizziness, agitation, shaking, restlessness, and inability to sleep soundly at night. The only reason the drug is forced to stop abruptly is when it causes severe itching, swelling, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. If the condition does not improve after stopping the medication, an antihistamine and epinephrine injection are needed. (7, 8, and 9)

A corticosteroid cream helps relieve itching and discomfort
picture 6: A corticosteroid cream helps relieve itching and discomfort.
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Antihistamine relieves itching and discomfort
picture 7: Antihistamine relieves itching and discomfort.
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Epineprine injection is given to the patient in case of severe allergic reaction
picture 8: Epineprine injection is given to the patient in case of severe allergic reaction.
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For mild rashes, treatment and management include the following:

  • The patient should be given antihistamine to relieve itching and discomfort.
  • A corticosteroid cream should be applied to help alleviate itching and discomfort. It also improves the integrity of the skin.
  • Essential oils like tea tree oil and jojoba oil can retain the moisture of the skin and prevent scarring. (2, 6, and 10)