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Old 02-20-2012, 10:01 AM   #1
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Sinus Issues with Adderall/Wellbutrin?

Hi everyone,
I have a health issue which I can't seem to figure out. .....

For the last 8 months or so, I have been getting sinus "infections" every other month. And by infection I mean severe ear popping, horrible sinus headaches, some sore throat and fatigue. I never have any mucous or drainage that I am aware of. It sucks.
When this happens, I try to drink more water, use my nettie pot, saline spray, vaporizer etc. It doesn't improve so I go to the Dr for an antibiotic. Usually the antibiotic helps some, but not all, and the "infection" returns again in a few weeks.
I have been to an ENT and had scans, he just said my nasal passages are inflammed, but he is not sure why. That is when he prescribed the nasal spray.
In between the infections, I have seasonal allergies and take Claritin, sometimes Claritin D. I have also been given a nasal spray. They help some, but I take inbuprofen most days to help the headaches.

Also, I am taking Adderall, regular, for about 11 months. I take 20 mg in the Am and 10 in the afternoon. It works fine, although I am surprised by the fatigue I still have. ( I have always been a person who needs a good amount of sleep and I have two small kiddos, age 2 and 4. ) I also was recently prescribed Wellbutrin 300 mg and I take several supplements (whole food vitamin, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Calcium, Fish Oil) I have excellent eating habits, I juice, do yoga, excercise. I am 30 years old, 5'8'' and weight 135lbs.

One other thing worth mentioning is I took Vyvanse for a few months and had severe headaches on it so I stopped. Prior to this past year of Adderall, I took it about 6 years ago in college for about a year with zero issues.

So, my question is, could the adderall and wellbutrin be a cause of these sinus headaches? Am I taking just too much? It just seems strange to me that I never have any drainage and the "infections" keep coming back....

I would like to decrease both medications, but seem to depend on the them to combat my fatigue- It's a vicious cycle right now.

Has anyone heard of anything similar?

This was a long one, thanks so much for reading. I feel like I am nuts most days!

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Old 02-20-2012, 10:25 PM   #2
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Re: Sinus Issues with Adderall/Wellbutrin?

Amphetamines and Wellbutrin can lead to headaches, but I'm not familiar with any nasal side effects. While it's not impossible, it seems unlikely that either of those is responsible for your respiratory issues.

Given your combination of fatigue, allergic and respiratory problems, I wonder about environmental and air quality possibilities. Does anyone around you have similar problems?

Old 02-21-2012, 06:39 AM   #3
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Re: Sinus Issues with Adderall/Wellbutrin?

I too am on the same dose of wellbutrin, we are the same neighbor. And weight, I'm 29 with ac2yr old. I have constant ear popping and headaches!! I'm relieved to hear you have the same. I am diagnosed with migraines but it seems like I'm having a ton of dull headaches. I too workout and lead a healthy lifestyle. Have u brought this to the attention if your doctor?

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Re: Sinus Issues with Adderall/Wellbutrin?

That is supposed to say height not neighbor

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