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Review: could Wellbutrin cause Short-term memory loss?

Summary: Short-term memory loss could be caused by Wellbutrin, especially for people who are female, 40-49 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Wellbutrin xl, and have Depression.

We study 48,927 people who have side effects while taking Wellbutrin from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,676 have Short-term memory loss. Find out below who they are, when they have Short-term memory loss and more.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 48,777 people reported to have side effects when taking Wellbutrin. Among them, 1,676 people (3.44%) have Short-term Memory Loss. They amount to 0.36% of all the 460,707 people who have Short-term Memory Loss on eHealthMe.

Trend of Short-term memory loss in Wellbutrin reports

Time on Wellbutrin when people have Short-term memory loss * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Short-term memory loss25.57%24.43%8.33%9.77%20.11%6.90%4.89%

Age of people who have Short-term memory loss when taking Wellbutrin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Short-term memory loss0.07%0.21%3.61%9.16%14.50%29.42%27.48%15.54%

Severity of Short-term memory loss when taking Wellbutrin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Short-term memory loss9.90%55.45%32.67%1.98%

How people recovered from Short-term memory loss ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Short-term memory loss4.08%2.04%93.88%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (647 people, 38.60%)
  2. Insomnia (148 people, 8.83%)
  3. Pain (144 people, 8.59%)
  4. Anxiety (134 people, 8.00%)
  5. Bipolar disorder (108 people, 6.44%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Wellbutrin xl (401 people, 23.93%)
  2. Wellbutrin sr (311 people, 18.56%)
  3. Ambien (281 people, 16.77%)
  4. Paxil (243 people, 14.50%)
  5. Lexapro (239 people, 14.26%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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