Note: I know this thread is basically a trip report, however I would just like to hear from others about their experiences with this pharm.
Hey guys, I was just wondering if anyone else was curious (stupid may be a better word) like me, and tried using Wellbutrin (bupropion) for a recreational purpose. I took approximately 3,000 mg (which is a bad idea) and began to have vivid hallucinations all throughout the night and even the next day. In my bedroom, I saw tons of spiders and scorpions crawling all along my ceiling and eventually dropping down on me. Spiders were literally everywhere, and when they were falling on me, I would physically feel the touch of their legs on my skin (it was very odd).
I also witnessed what appeared to be an older man (it was so convincing) that would sit at the end of my bed and laugh at me, but obviously he was just a part of the hallucinations. At one point I remember seeing myself lying on my bedroom floor covered with the spiders and what looked to be a weird type of centipede. I cannot describe how scared I was at first, but after a while I realized that it was all in my head and things eventually got better. Every object in my room would just constantly sway back and forth and it was very interesting to watch. Eventually, I somehow managed to fall asleep through all the chaos, and unfortunately, I do not remember much else from this experience.
It was all such a mind-fuck for me and I will certainly never touch Wellbutrin again. Even now, the day after the experience, I am still experiencing mild hallucinations. Although all the creatures and images were quite frightening, I do not necessarily regret doing it.
tl;dr - I was just curious if anyone else has ever had a series of hallucinations while on Bupropion.
If you believe this thread needs to be moved, please do so as I am a new member here and haven't quite gotten used to things.
Peace guys ,
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- Jul 2009
I've taken wellbutrin before, my doctor prescribed me some a couple years ago when I was trying to stop smoke cigarettes. He said it would help me with the cravings. Instead it gave the worst vivid nightmares I've ever had in my whole life and made my feel like a space cadet during the day. I will never take wellbutrin ever again. Taking it in a normal prescribed dose sucked ass so I can only imagine what a shity time you had. Definitely stay away from that crap, I wouldn't even give those pills to my worst enemy.
I EXPIERIENCED LOSS OF LIBIDO, IF THAT COUNTS....THOUGH...THIS LOSS OF LIBIDO OCCURED IN REALITY. So I guess it doesn't. Nope, I stopped after 5 days.
Im not surprised that taking 3g of bupropion would cause hallucinations. Its a DRI.
Why would you even think about taking that much?
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- Dec 2007
- United States
That is an insane amount of wellbutrin. I hope you are still alive and you have not boxed your liver, had a heart attack or stroked out. Wellbutrin raises adrenaline levels and dopamine levels. So if you take ten times a regular dose (3000mg!) than norepinephrine levels skyrocket which not only helps focus and gives you energy, but it also activates your amygdala which triggers your natural fear system. Just like when coke heads peer out the blinds every 10min waiting to be busted by the cops, the adrenaline in your brain created by the massive dose of wellbutrin creates an unrealistic fear or super awareness and it results in an abstractive hallucination.
Also, because of the dopamine/noradrenaline imbalance created by taking so much wellbutrin, its possible that your brain released a bunch of serotonin as well to balance out the neurotransmission and this triggered hallucinations.
I think its purely a reaction by the dopamine system. Kind of like how people get amphetamine psychosis...
that was a bad idea. seizure waiting to happen
...but since you already did it (or did you?), good post
I've experienced almost identical symptoms after abusing mdxx substances while i was on ssri treatment...i would see army men, old men, glowing spiders, everything would spin and make noises etc...
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- Nov 2008
- I wished with all my heart that we could just...leave this world behind. Rise like two angels in the night and magically...disappear.
It's not a good idea to abuse Wellbutrin in this manner like the OP has; I wish no one else would try such a thing.
It is common to experience hallucinations while on a large dose of Wellbutrin; but this is not a positive experience for most. The vast majority of people find it very negative.
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- Aug 2008
- Metrowest, MA
using wellbutrin above 450mg increases chance of seizure times 10. seems like you probably don't have any type of gaba drug habit (benzos, g, alcohol) or were on one of those or you had a damn good chance of having a seizure.
also, why take a non-recreational drug at a huge dose? if it won't get you high it won't get you high.
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- Sep 2009
My ex experienced some nasty perception changes while taking her Wellbutrin at the prescribed dosage. She said she felt like she was living in a bubble. All of her senses were being filtered, she said, through this wall around her head and that everything was toned down to the point of absurdity and made her begin to question the reality of her surroundings.
She's fucking crazy though, so...
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- Apr 2010
Well I was prescribed Wellbutrin for my severe depression about a year ago. Late last yearI had found that at times my daily dosage of 300mg a day would not work, so I'd take an extra one if I felt it necessary. I also have pretty severe anxiety problems, and I noticed when taking more Wellbutrin, my anxiety would fade away. So I started just taking three a day normally. And then, for some reason I thought it was a good idea, I tried taking four. And I found the more I took, the easier life was. All my anxiety cleared out and it was a kind of peace and content I had never felt before. Over time, my body naturally adjusted to the higher dosage and in the end it was to where I was either taking four five pills a day, depending.
Back then I used to smoke quite a bit of weed [no longer do, because of its effect to ironically enduce anxiety now] and so what happened was when I got high one night after having a day full of welbutrin, I noticed that when I closed my eyes, and I thought about it, the initial light blotches that you see when first close your eyes, would turn into almost a psychedelic pattern. Very cleary. At first I was excited by this. [I had various accounts of fun with psychedelics] but then it started to happen that I would see what was a spinning pattern, like going through a tunnel, not only when I closed my eyes, but projected on the real world. And then one day after five Wellbutrin and an excessive amount of marijuana, I was at the bus stop and stared at the ground and saw the pattern begin to manifest. And I was loooking at the spot long enough that all of a sudden, in the middle of the spiral, there was an eye. This freaked me out initially. Over the past couple days I got used to the visions, but one specific night. I was cleaning my room. And I thought I saw what looked like a bug on my carpet and I jumped, but upon closer examination, it was justa little pine needle. Like what i drag in with my shoes. And I soon started to notice that all of the little dirt spots on my carpet from whatever I spilt or dragged in, etc, started to look EXACTLY like bugs. Bugs that were wiggling and everything. Sooo realistic. Until you got closes enough. So I started to freak out. And you know how with hallucinations, the more you get upset and anxious about it, the more prevellent they become. Well that was what was happening.
Until reading some things online, I never really made the connection to it maybe being a "bad trip," but the title makes sense.
So I layed down and tried to sleep to make it stop. And the worst forme was, well with anything that I saw it was always projected onto something. Never a 3D materialized vision. But I started to see the outline of what looked like long legged spiders standing on my knee.. This was one of the scariest nights I have ever had.
I have a lot psychological issues and reality issues, so when things get too far away from it, I can't handle it.
Needless to say, from then on I stopped taking my pills for a couple of days and then started back on my regular dosage, because the medication does really help me a lot.
But then a couple weeks later, another incident happened. Me and my friend had purchased some e, and it wasn't really working, so we ended up taking three each. they were shitty drugs, but after my friend left, and I was home alone, I started to see 'the eye' [after that first night that eye has been a reoccuring vision] but it got crazy. I was seeing it EVERYWHERE. my body, paper, walls, clothes, my window, toilet paper!
This just goes to show that these hallucinations are most likely caused byirregular dopamine levels. In studies of scizophrenia that's one thing that they seemed to have determined. Irregular dopamine.
That last night was so bad, because it wasn't just a visual mind fuck, but a complete mental breakdown. It was so bad I had to call into work. Even after I stopped see things, my brain was just way out of wack. One of the only people who call in for a "mental health day" but actually mean it.
since all this shit. i don't fuck with my dosage. And have strayed from psychedelics [even though I never actually hallucinated on them] for obvious reasons.
Still to this day, I notice if I start to see a little something, patterns imprinted on things etc, it's only when I start to freak out about it [anxiety] does it get worse.
So everytime it starts I have to try and clam myself down.
My biggest fear is turning scizophrenic. And that's basically what I did to myself. Well... just barely. But enough to freak me out. Once you've seen things when you don't want to see things... you just never want to see things period.
Sorry this post is so long. I can be abit wordy. but just wanted to let you know that it's not just when you take an excessive [and man.. 3g is EXCESSIVE] amount when hallucinations can occur.
It's scary shit. Don't mess with it.
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- Apr 2010
- Southeastern USA
Good thread and I love the lengthy posts describing the effects of Wellbutrin, especially when taking more than prescribed dosage. My doc prescribed this med for me a month ago. I'm on 300mg a day. I'm still sort of waiting for it to "kick in".
One thing I've noticed is that my vision is quite blurry and I will often have tunnel vision, but that's very probably due to the stims I've been insufflating lately.
(I just want to state that I have no plans to use more Wellbutrin than is prescribed for me because I don't want to run out of them before my refill date. I just really find this all very interesting about the hallucinations on higher dosages).
Last edited by curmudgeoness; 13-04-2010 at 10:25. Reason: Statement at the end
Yep. I was very depressed one night and took 1,000 Mg. All of a sudden I started seeing like little specks that we're merging together and moving around! It was a swarm of little specks. Now get this, I touched the swarm because it wasn't coming after me and they started moving on my hand like ants! I'm NOT making this up. I then was curious and entertained rather than afraid because when I controlled my vision and was AWARE of them, they went away. Now I'm like "What else can I make happen with this Wellbutrin in me." I used to be very interested in Psychedelics, like, 10 years ago. I took any Psychedelic. Bad, I know. Anyway's, I decided to go down stairs into the family room which is right by the kitchen. I could'nt speak right (slurring really bad) and sat on the couch, turned on the T.V and chilled. Everything was moving! i didn't even have to stare at it long enough for it to progress it's form. went back to watching T.V and i started hearing voices! Like actual words! Nobody was home and sounded very close. I'm tripping out hard but retain a positive mental state. I go back to the T.V and not long after, I see, out of the corner of my, a girl sitting at the kitch table. She was in color and i just kept staring ( without looking somewhere else because the hallucination would go away. She Started then vanished. WTF right? I look around and here the voices again. i was freaked out by it so badly but still didn't let fear settle in. I can't recall what the words were but the voices i just talked about was a CONVERSATION WITH A MAN. once again sounding like they we're in the kitchen sounding so close to me. Honestly? I don't remember the rest. :/ but the event I had lasted a whole other 24 hours! That's another story though. Anyway, there you go. If you take enough Wellbutrin this happens. You can definetly hylucinate or however you spell it. Done. Stupidist thing I've ever done. I was acting like a schizophrenic. Peace, and DON't DO THIS. I'm lucky I did'nt have a seizure or worse.
nope never. i advise to stop taking wellbutrin if they are giving you these effects. i only take 150-200 mgs a day though
why the FUCK did you take 3000mgs. no fucking duh you will experience hallucinations on that dose. im supprised you didn't experience a grand-mal seizure and/or have a heart attack. wellbutrin isnt even a fun drug abuse. i find it has no recreational value whatsoever
damn man, please do all of us other druggies a favor and stop taking ANY and ALL mind altering substances (drugs)
not even fucking tylenol or caffeine. you seem you can't handle any drug. i advise getting some help and getting sober before you kill yourself@!!!!!
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- Nov 2005
yeah taking that much welbutrin is idiotic...id expect to see heaven and hell and everything else on it at that dosage, its silly..
im currently taking welbutrin for anhedonia and motivation problems...at the beginning it worked great, more energy, higher sex drive, more social but that faded and now im basically getting some anxiety from it..im def more alert but i get the spacey head and blurred vision..another thing that sucks is it has killed my sex drive and ability..wtf, welbutrin was supposed to help this area..i doubt i will stay on it much longer..
dude chill out..he had a bad trip and made a stupid mistake, we all have at one time or another
Don't abuse antidepressant. You will mess up your seritonin levels, noreperniphrine receptors, dopamine receptors, and throw off your whole brain chemistry. I'm very surprised you did not have seizures or anything worst. Count your self lucky.
Please don't try this again or anyone. This is very dangerous. Bad things can happen.
I ended up having a seizure after abusing 1,000mg a month or so ago. I was extremely depressed and had no knowledge of Anti-Depressants. Vicodin and stuff like that I'm used to taking more. Wow, my naivety and lack of doing freeken research! almost killed me. Can you say a 10 minute Grand Mal Seizure. Scariest and Worst experience of my life. Not to mention my brother overdosed on heroin 2 February's ago.....my poor mom was the only one home and thank God she was right by me watching tv. Having to watch me convulse and have a horrible seizure and I'm all she's got left as a child? Fuck messing with Anti-Depressants. I really hope you're alright DoomeDXM. 3,000 mg! Man, I'm 190 and fit/play hockey/healthy...I can't imagine that amount in my system and the hell that came along...All I can end with is this...you have someone watching out for you...big time. Be safe homie
I've experienced DXM on wellbutrin and it was fuckin weird. I highly suggest staying away from it. I believe wellbutrin affects some sort of enzyme that makes DXM come on slowly and last for a long ass time. additionally, its much more stimulating than usual. stay away from that combo
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- Jul 2009
Why the hell did I ever even consider doing this? It's very sobering reading about some of the dumb things I've done in the past, but I'm glad I found this post again (semi recent bump). Was very lucky not to have had a seizure or worse, considering some of you in this thread have at lower doses. Rufio, thanks man, I believe you'd be right.