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   Posted 11/4/2006 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, My mom has been on Wellbutrin XL 150mg now for about 2 weeks and was wondering how long it takes before it starts to take effect? I know everone is different but just wanted some info. Also, I've been reading that it can cause weight loss? Is that true? She can't afford to lose anymore weight and I was considering having her go to 300mg.
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   Posted 11/4/2006 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dee,

I take Wellbutrin 150mg and it took only a couple weeks to start helping. Is your Mom being prescribed by a psychiatrist? They like to have you check in every couple of weeks until you find the right dosage/combination. I also take Lexapro (10mg) and I think it counteracts any weight loss because Lexapro causes weight gain. I wonder why they have her on Wellbutrin instead of an SSRI since she can't afford to lose the weight. I would make an appt. w/ the doc asap.
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   Posted 11/4/2006 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
She is prescribed the Wellbutrin by her regular GP. She has tried Zoloft, Paxil, was on Elavil which caused severe drying of the mouth and the last one was Lexapro which made her really sick. She never wanted to see a psychiatrist or even a psychologist up until now so in the meantime I guess we felt we had to try something. The Wellbutrin seems to be the only one that she says she can tolerate. Now I'm scared that this will make her loose even more weight. I'm at a loss.

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   Posted 11/5/2006 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Weight loss is a side effect of Wellbutrin...this in no way shape or form means that she will have this side effect from taking this medication.  It only means that during testing a certian number of patients reported weight loss.  There is also an indication or side effect of weight gain with Wellbutrin.  It is very important to fully read all the information on a medication.  In my opinion, if she is being treated by a psychiatrist now and he/she feels that the Wellbutrin is an appropriate form of treatment for your mother then I would just keep an eye on her weight and report changes to the doctor. 
Here is Wellbutrin's prescribing information in PDF format.

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   Posted 11/5/2006 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
The reason that weight loss is listed as a side-effect of Wellbutrin is that it is an "activating" medication.  It tends to give the user a "boost" in mood, which can take the form of increased activity.  Depressed people can be very low energy, which can cause low appetite and weight loss.  Due to the increased energy that Wellbutrin can give, the extra boost can cause the user to increase their activity, even to the point of forgetting to eat.  Wellbutrin users sometimes have to be reminded to eat, because they are not use to this new level of activity.  Wellbutrin is also used by some people to quit smoking, so it does have a component that reduces what you might call an "oral" component.  I am by no means an expert on Wellbutrin, just passing along my experience.  Oh, by the way.  The side effects can be very temporary.  I was a smoker who slowed down when I started on Wellbutrin, but it didn't last very long.
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