Wellbutrin? need some help please.

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mainegirl
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   Posted 8/28/2010 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
[ Hi I am wondering if anyone has lost weight on wellbutrin? I need to know desperatly cause I can't lose anymore weight than I have. I want to be aware so I can keep tabs on it.

Thank_You mainegirl/marlene Prayers for you all depression is so LONELY!!!!! cry

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   Posted 8/28/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marlene,
 
I didn't lose weight on wellbutrin, but I didn't gain any.  Most people do lose about five to ten pounds when taking it.  So if you don't want to lose weight, it might not be the drug for you.  I would talk it over with your doctor though before going off of it.  If you do. 
 
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mainegirl
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   Posted 8/28/2010 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
HI kAREN,

Thanks for input are u taking generic form?

God Bless marlene

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   Posted 8/28/2010 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
When I took it, there wasn't a generic for it. I didn't stay on it because eventually it made me nervous and I couldn't sleep. I took it again at a lower dose, but then went off of it again. I am taking pristiq right now. I took effexor for years too. It was just that I had to take such a high dose of effexor and wanted to get off of some of the pills I am on. I was taking five 75mg capsules of effexor. I take one pill of pristiq. But I take abilify with it, which really helps my moods. Pristiq isn't suppose to cause weight gain as far as they know. But it hasn't been out long enough to tell yet, that was the last that I heard. It could have changed by now. But I haven't gained any weight on it, or on the abilify. Prozac was bad for weight gain. I understand that zoloft is though it wasn't with me. I wasn't on it long though. Maybe about three months. I wish you luck with finding what is right for you. There are many to chose from. Good luck. Keep posting.

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Tirzah
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   Posted 8/28/2010 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I didn't want to lose weight on it, but I did -- a lot.

If you're that underweight, have you had your thyroid checked? That turned out to be a major contributor to my weight loss & depression. Getting it treated helped quite a bit.

mainegirl
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   Posted 8/29/2010 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Frances,

Yes I have had hypothyroidism since 2000. I do see a endocrinoligist once a year for that but keep on top of thyoid blood results. were u on generic wellbutrin or a the real thing.

I was presrcibed the generic xl some people say generic doesn't work as well?

it never really helped with my depression.

mainegirl/marlene

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   Posted 8/29/2010 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Maine,
I was on the name brand & the generic (they just refused to give up).

I always got worse on anti-depressant meds, though. The Wellbutrin, once we got up to the maximum dose allowed by law, caused me to develop Serotonin Syndrome.

Currently, I'm not on any anti-depressants. My PCP & endo say that hypothyroidism and newer antidepressants don't mix well. Antidepressants do cause the thyroid to slow down even more (which in turn causes lower energy, more mental confusion & vitamin deficiencies that create their own set of issues). So we just do the Levoxyl and run regular tests for TSH & free T4. Oddly enough, every time I've felt really awful it's turned out that my TSH was running high again (apparently it's supposed to be under 2 if you're on thyroid meds -- my last PCP didn't know that).

Have you tried any of the old tricyclic antidepressants? They aren't as effective, but I was able to take them without the horrible side effects. I avoid them now only b/c I'm mostly okay and the withdrawals whenever I would stop them were brutal, and I kept needing more and more of them to feel okay. Meds are just so tough, but if you can find the right one it's worth it.

feel better,
frances

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   Posted 8/29/2010 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
NO, I didn't lose weight on wellbutrin. I took mostly the generic but didn't lose weight when I took the real stuff either.

I had heard once before that thyroid meds do not work well with antidepressants and have felt that myself. I have gained 50 pounds since being diagnosed with low thyroid and I have coincidentally been on antidepressants. I can't seem to lose it even if I starve myself or when I am sick and don't eat anything. I have colitis right now and even with it, I can't lose the weight. There have been times when my TSH was low and I was hyper, that I couldn't lose weight!!! I eat about 1400 calories a day and weigh 205 at 5'3". I hate it!!!!!!!!! I've felt so tired with the colitis and arthritis, all I can do is swim (when it isn't raining here in south georgia.)

Re: wellbutrin, I felt pretty good on it, even the generic. I am wanting to go back on it. I've had the worse problem with anti depressants in the past few years due to side effects. I can't take cymbalta, pexeva, lexapro. I am also in menopause and have nasty moods so I need something. I may talk to my doc about going back on hormones b/c I sweat something awful all the time.

Thanks for this topic.
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   Posted 8/29/2010 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jeanneac,

Thanks for posting. Your name looks familiar, but not sure if I know you from posting here or on the fibro forum. I moderate over there also. Plus have fibromyalgia.

I hope that when you go bakc on welbutrin that it works well for you. Keep posting and let us know how you are doing.

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o0KaliMist0o
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   Posted 8/30/2010 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I just started taking Wellbutrin and have been on it about a week. I was wondering if anyone can give me any positive feedback on their experience with it. I am hoping so much that its going to make me better and save my relationship....I know that this isn't about the current post but I hope someone has some positive feedback.

Thanks

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   Posted 8/31/2010 4:56 AM (GMT -7)   
HI Kalimist,

I hope that you don't mind I shortened your name some in this post. Your name does sound familiar to me.

It does take four to six weeks before you reach the full effect of the medication. Though you might see some improvement beforehand. Like clearer thinking and energy. Wellburtin is a stimulating type of antidepressant. People usually lose weight on it. I hope that it is right for you. Keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
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