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Sara14
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   Posted 8/9/2011 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone been on wellbutrin? Did it help, and how long did it take to feel effects?
 
I'm on day 6 and so far no effects bad or good except I felt spaced out the first day. I'm on 150 mg once a day.
 
Previously, I tried zoloft for a few days, but didn't like the sexual side effects so i stopped taking it. Other than that I have never taken any psych meds, but have probably had depression for the past 15 years or so.

Post Edited (Sara14) : 8/9/2011 11:39:38 AM (GMT-6)


It's Genetic
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   Posted 8/9/2011 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Sara, and welcome to the Depression Forum,

I have never taken Wellbutrin, but there are others here and on the
Bipolar Forum who, I feel, are probably very familiar with its function
and uses for depression. They will post to you in all likelihood as soon as they see your thread.

Our moderator, Karen, is away from her computer for personal reasons this afternoon, but will give you her views probably when she
is able to get back to the forum. In the meantime, you might consider redirecting your post to the Bipolar Forum. There may be someone
online who has taken Wellbutrin and will help you with your request.

I understand that it's one of the better medications for depression.
Have you been online, too, to check out wellbutrin.com?

Hope you feel better soon.

It's Genetic

Sara14
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   Posted 8/9/2011 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, It's Genetic. I usually post on the UC forum but occassionally browse posts here. Yes, I've looked at wellbutrin.com and some other sites. Thank you for your response!
27 years old; diagnosed March 2007

Asacol, 6 tabs, 2xday; Rowasa every other night; Ortho Tri-Cyclen; Wellbutrin started 8/4

It's Genetic
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   Posted 8/9/2011 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
You're very welcome, Sara, join us again sometime.

I.G.

Sara14
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   Posted 8/9/2011 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. Thanks for the response. :) The chance for seizure is only .4% for those taking 300 mg/day according to the medication insert for Wellbutrin SR (what I'm on). I'm only taking 150 mg/day so that seems like a pretty low risk. And I don't have any other risk factors for seizures.

My GP prescribed this and she didn't mention anything about increasing to 300 mg even though everything I've read said that is the normal course for this med. I made an appt. with a psychiatric nurse practitioner who should know a little more about these meds and hopefully can help me.
27 years old; diagnosed March 2007

Asacol, 6 tabs, 2xday; Rowasa every other night; Ortho Tri-Cyclen; Wellbutrin started 8/4

It's Genetic
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   Posted 8/9/2011 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, Sara, I think you're probably secure with the dosage your physician has prescribed, and if it turns out that you develop bipolar
illness in later years avoid taking lithium if you can, although it is still
the preferred medication for bipolar illness. Lithium can cause closure of the tiny arteries in the kidneys and there's nothing doctors can do about that. A good choice might be Lamictal or Abilify, although Abilify is very expensive.

I would also recommend to you, Sara, that you stop using anything
containing caffeine or alcohol. (My psychiatrist asked me to avoid them because they both make depression worse.) There is a post
today on the bipolar forum to Mike in Maine about the caffeine problem. Being an advocate of changes in diet, I usually write about that, but it is also very conspicuous as part of the Anxiety and Panic Forum, as well.

You might be interested in reading an article called ruthwhalen.com She has written more extensively about this than anyone else I know, and her work is still being recognized as significant.
I have spoken to her about this, and she has suggested that we try
to communicate the message to everyone with depression or bipolar illness to stop the use of caffeine. (The psychiatrist recommended to
stop the use of alcohol.) The choice, of course, is always personal and
depends on what you want to accomplish.

I noticed today that Skitt, on the Anxiety Forum, has posted an excellent thread on the diet. It's on today's posts if you're interested.

Hope you're feeling better very soon.

Best wishes,

It's Genetic

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 8/9/2011 4:12:49 PM (GMT-6)


getting by
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   Posted 8/9/2011 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Wellbutrin can take six to eight weeks to reach it's full potential. Though I started feeling better before that. It doesn't cause weight gain in most people. It gives you kind of an energetic feeling. You can think really clear. Though it may not work that way for many people, but it did for me. I quit taking it because after a few months everything started to taste wierd. It is the same as zyban which was used to quit smoking.

I hope that it works for you. I noticed with too high of a dose I couldn't sleep well so I had to have it lowered. But I took it for awhile and I liked it until the funny taste. Let us know how you get along with it.

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Sara14
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   Posted 8/9/2011 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
No, I'm not bipolar. I was confused why it kept being mentioned too. I appreciate al the replies!
27 years old; diagnosed March 2007

Asacol, 6 tabs, 2xday; Rowasa every other night; Ortho Tri-Cyclen; Wellbutrin started 8/4

Kaleighah82
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   Posted 8/13/2011 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Sara14;
I took Welbutrin for years for depression. I was often on it at 150mg 2x/day. Years was probably about 6 or 7. I have since come off it and am on something else; the only reason for that being that I wanted to try and go off all my anti-depressants. It does take awhile to start working-as in a couple weeks. I never had any problems with it. I think the only thing I noticed was slight hand tremors; but it didn't really affect me and the improvement it made in my mood was well worth a little hand shake! There is the slight increase in the seizure risk as a couple o you mentioned. And with alcohol; since it tends to be a depressant it shouldn't be used in any form by those struggling with depression. As for alcohol and welbutrin specifically; drinking can increase the seizure risk. I do not know the specific numbers of it; but I remember speaking to my psychiatrist about it.
I hope this is somewhat helpful for you.

Sara14
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   Posted 8/18/2011 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Still hoping this works for me. It's been two weeks and no effects so far. Trying to be patient. Thanks for all your input.
27 years old; diagnosed March 2007

Asacol, 6 tabs, 2xday; Rowasa every other night; Ortho Tri-Cyclen; Wellbutrin started 8/4

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   Posted 8/18/2011 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Give it time, it can take up to six to eight weeks. I hope that it works for you.

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Sara14
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   Posted 8/29/2011 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Karen. I'm still waiting (somewhat) patiently for it to have any effect. Been almost a month. It's hard to be patient when all you want is to feel better.

always hoping
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   Posted 8/29/2011 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everybody. I'm a newbie.
I'm on Wellbutrin and Prozac and they work for me like no others have. There's nothing wrong about getting back to your doc to say you don't feel any effects yet.

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   Posted 8/29/2011 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Always Hoping,

I just wanted to welcome you to the forum. And I wanted to say feel free to start your own thread so we can gte to know you better,

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Sara14
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   Posted 9/6/2011 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
It's been 5 weeks with no noticeable effect so my doctor upped me to 300 mg of Wellbutrin XL. I don't know why she switched me from SR to XL but I guess they're pretty much the same and I'm all for one less pill I have to take each day! Taking all my UC pills gets tedious sometimes.
27 years old; diagnosed March 2007

Asacol, 6 tabs, 2xday; Rowasa every other night; Ortho Tri-Cyclen; Wellbutrin started 8/4

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   Posted 9/8/2011 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am new to healing well. I have been reading the posts on welbutrin. I have major depressive disorder for about 30 years. I am on welbutrin 400mg, 200mg twice a day. also take prestiq 100 mg daily. I have been having really bad headaches like pressure in my head and aching in front and top of my head. I get really stressed when the headaches are bad and afraid i will have a seizure or worse. headaches are also more often and not less like i thought they would be after taking the medication for a few months. I have been on welbutrin for over 6 months. I do find it good for depression symtoms but the headache side affect is worrisome. I also have a major sweating issue as well. Just wondering if anyone has any solutions to this or suggestions, is it normal for the headaches go get worse? also if anyone has had to come off welburtin, what other meds have they tried. thanks very much

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   Posted 9/8/2011 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to Healing Well jakelady.

First off may I suggest you start a new post and introduce yourself a bit so we can get to know our new friend some. This is by no means a requirement, it is just something we invite people to do.

The only experience I ever had with Wellbutrin was years ago when I was given it as a stop smoking aid and I was only on it for about a month at the lowest dose it came in so unfortunately I can not really comment on the side effects, etc of this medication.

What I can say though is that with most medications the side effects should lessen or go away within a month or so though they may return or get a bit worse for a short time whenever there is an increase, but things should calm down within a few weeks of the increase.

Anytime side effects become really bothersome or increase over time you should consult the prescribing doctor about this.

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   Posted 9/8/2011 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I take pristiq, though I have taken wellbutrin before. I couldn't tolerate a high dose that I needed to be free of depressioon. For me it was not being able to sleep at night and also a bad taste in my mouth. I hope that the meds work for you and that you find something to combat the headaches. Keep posting and know we all care about you.

And yes, you are welcome to start a new thread about yourself. But like as was posted above, it isn't a requirement. We would just all like to get to know you more.

Take care,

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Sara14
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   Posted 9/23/2011 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on Wellbutrin 7 weeks now and still not seeing any noticeable improvement. I've only been on the normal dose (300 mg) for about two weeks though. First five weeks I was only taking 150 mg which I think is pretty low. Last week I was out of town and missed 4 days of my medicine. I didn't notice any difference with missing it. I was really hoping this would work. I'm still hoping maybe it will work if I give it a few more weeks at the higher dosage. I'm seeing a psychiatrist next week to talk about meds. Originally I just got this from my family doctor.

Sara14
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   Posted 9/23/2011 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Karen - what kind of bad taste did you get from wellbutrin? I think I may have something similar but I don't know if it's just lingering side effect of metallic taste from two rounds of Flagyl I had to take a couple weeks ago. I'm guessing it's the flagyl but i still have a metallic taste in my mouth sometimes even though that was two weeks ago I took it.
27 years old; diagnosed March 2007

Asacol, 6 tabs, 2xday; Rowasa every other night; Ortho Tri-Cyclen; Wellbutrin started 8/4

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   Posted 9/24/2011 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
to me the pills smelled like sulfer and that was kind of the taset that I had when I ate food. Nothing tasted like it was suppose to. Have you ever noticed the smell of them. These were the old ones too. The purple ones that looked just like zyban. But the second time I tried them, I didn't get that taste. But I didn't stay on them long. They were added because of my fibromyalgia to hellp with pain. But they didn't help. I stopped them. And went with effexor. I am now on prisiq. Works good.

I hope that it works for you.

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Sara14
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   Posted 9/24/2011 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh ok. I have the generic and they don't smell at all. I think my weird taste must be lingering from the Flagyl. Thanks.
27 years old; diagnosed March 2007

Asacol, 6 tabs, 2xday; Rowasa every other night; Ortho Tri-Cyclen; Wellbutrin started 8/4

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   Posted 9/24/2011 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope that is all it is. Flagyl always made me nausious. But it works good for whatever. I had pelvic inflamatory disease after a tubligation. They punctured my uterus when I got it done. They put me on antibiotics for the inflamtation, and the doc put me on flagyl so I wouldn't get a yeast infection from the antibiotics. Wow... But I have used it in a cream form years ago for female problems.

I hope that you are having a good weekend Sara. Take care, keep posting.

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bayoub2
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   Posted 9/25/2011 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sara, I've been on webutrin 300xl for 6 years. I've had varying success. For me, it is a good base anti-d, but I require additional meds...I believe (and I don't want to get harpooned here-lol)I aam medication or treatment resistent. Have done 18 ect, 3 lock down hospitalizations and literally over 100 meds. I'm still residing in my bed(my lair) haha

give it 2 m,ore weeks and re-think it. Life is too short to spend it waiting for meds to kick in

Maggie

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   Posted 9/25/2011 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sara ,I took wellbutrin afew years ago,its also used to stop smoking ,whiched caused nausea when I smoked ,it gives you energy and worked okay for me except when I decided to get off it faster then drs ordered,I had very hard time ,so follow drs orders !I hope it works well for you!If you notice strange side effects call your dr asap. take care
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