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Trembling Hands

trembling handsAbout a month ago my psychiatrist prescribed for me Wellbutrin. Wellbutrin is an antidepressant. I needed a little “umph.” I had just been hit hard by the devastating blow of a break-up of a long-term, serious relationship…I needed help.

I already take Prozac, mainly for the purpose of helping me out with my anxiety and OCD, but it no doubt helps with bipolar depression. Anyway, we added the Wellbutrin. I was told to watch out for mania (as with all antidepressants when treating bipolar disorder).

I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t noticed much of a difference from the medication, but there is one nagging side effect – trembling hands. Palsy it’s called. It is SO annoying. Try putting on eyeliner or mascara while your hands are shaking. Try writing neatly inside a greeting card. Try signing your name at the pharmacy. It is ridiculous.

I see my psychiatrist next week and will bring this up to him. Sometimes it just takes time for your body to get use to a new medication. I know someone who takes this medication with no shakes. I know someone who was once on this medication who experienced the trembling hands. Proof that side effects are selective.


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Trembling Hands

Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2015). Trembling Hands. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 14, 2020, from


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