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Can antidepressants cause adult onset seizures?

Yes, there is a possibility that an antidepressant can cause seizures. Some of the older antidepressants include amitriptyline, bupropion, doxepin, maprotiline, mianserin, nomifensine, nortriptyline. The newer antidepressants are less likely to cause seizures but still have a risk of causing seizures. 

While antidepressant can cause seizures, they do not cause epilepsy or seizure disorders. Antidepressants make seizures more likely to occur if a person already has a disorder. This is known as "lowering the seizure threshold" and occurs with virtually all antidepressants. In some cases a seizure may be caused by these medicines alone, but do not occur again if the medicine is discontinued. One drug in particular, Buproprion, has been seen to cause seizures. It is marketed as Zyban (an aid to quit smoking) and Wellbutrin.

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