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axelsmom
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   Posted 10/1/2010 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
confused  have been struggling with depression in the winter (I live in MN), plus several years' worth of binge eating and compulsive shopping. I go to a therapist and she has agreed that some medication may help as the binge eating is affecting my IBS and the shopping is affecting my finances! Considering Wellbutrin and wondering if anyone else out there has taken it for any of these symptoms.
 
Also has anyone experienced constipation while taking it and if so, how did you deal with that?
 
Weight gain, loss, or neutral?
 
Thanks for providing your feedback - I appreciate it.

Trying to Understand
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   Posted 10/1/2010 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Have used it, not for those reasons. Did easily quit smoking a pack a day because I did not do my usual, habitual, thing of going out to the porch when I was bored or at a loss of what to do next. Was a compulsive shopper, a binge eater, and maybe outgrew the shopping, smartened up about the binge eating.
Constipated, some, started taking stool softeners OTC, 2 in the evening with lots of water. Cut back if I am eating a lot of fruit, like watermelon.
Not supposed to be a weight gaining med.
Conquered my binge eating by not having those things in the house. Was eating quarts of yogurt in one sitting, same with cottage cheese, cartons of ice cream. Stopped buying them altogether. It was hard going to the fridge and my friends were not there waiting for me. So, began binging on fresh fruit, limited myself to one banana, nectarine, plum, etc. per day. If I overate those, I ran out right away, although they were lower in calories and healthier.
Vegetables are your friend. You can binge on them to your heart's content, but no dip. Balsamic vinegar sprinkled on is good. Its quick to cut up a whole cucumber, chop the ends off, slice it, half the slices, put all in a bowl and "pig out". Nice to have in the fridge ready to go ahead of time, fix 2. Raw carrots, just take the bag out and cut the ends off so they're ready. Eating the skins slows you down. Good roughage for the constipation. Tomatoes, fantastic, eat like an apple, or get cherry or grape tomatoes. Celery, whack off the root end, chop in 3 (as a whole bunch), place in a plastic container in water, uncovered. Hated peeling and preparing. Can do it quick now. Use a big knife.
Found that I am never hungry, just want something, and if my friends are there, thats what I'll hit. Since implementing this plan, am really NEVER hungry, just don't ever feel full, which is not a necessity as I never reach full, no matter how much I eat, its so delicious I want more.
Lost 20#, 1#/wk, then it stopped. Problem? No exercise, don't go out of the house in my current state of depression. Joined Curves, free if you have Medicare Secure Horizons, called Silver Sneakers, ha ha. That's my next goal. They offer a free wk. to anyone. Claim you burn 500 cal/wkout. Impressive.
My friend states that she eats a litttle dry fruit every day for IBS, advice from her doctor. Don't know.
Hope these suggestions and my experience helps you. I have at least 50# to go. I am confident that it can happen when I next begin to exercise. It has been recommended to start walking 5 min. 3x/day, for a wk, increase to 10, then 15. Better than nothing.
Sandy

Trying to Understand
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   Posted 10/1/2010 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
After ALL that forgot to say I quit guzzling my diet gingerale, no juice, high calories, and drink ice cold water from the fridge, sometimes with lemon.
Have a cool "Biggest Loser" food scale from Bed Bath and Beyond. Saw something silmilar on Amazon for less $. Weigh meat before cooking it, 5 oz svg, yes it is amazingly small. Ground turkey meat is crap, 15% fat as well. Get 7% ground beef at Walmart, frozen turkey breast with bones, stick it in the oven, its easy too, then slice for sandwiches. Lunch meat is crap as well, even from the deli. Also roast chicken. Put in a closed plastic container. Keeps well. Use whole wheat bread, its more filling, and reduced cal mayo. Have a huge bag of frozen carrots, broc, cauli I micro with the meat at super. Fish is great. Salmon, although expensive, can be divided into 5 oz svgs and frozen individually in ziploc. Thaws fast. Low fat. Omega oils for depression. I have 2 pcs of wh wh bread with 2 cage free eggs most every day as French toast, using Pam " butter"to cook, and Mrs. Butterworth sugar free syrup. Thinking of just putting maple flavoring in with the egg. I'm practically licking the plate trying to get a sugar fix, ha ha. Not real tasty but it works.
Fast food, OMG. Used to have my husband bring me the small cheeseburger, sm fries, med shake. Looked up nutrition info for Burger King on the internet. Almost 1000 calories! And I thought I was being so good, ha ha ha. All restaurant food is very high in calories, Google the nutrition and you will be floored. Even half portions, even what you think is being good.
Might sound difficult, but if you have as much as I do to lose, find the easy way to cut down to basics and avoid the Big Binge.
With no cigs, no diet drinks, or my binge buddies, I figure I am saving about $75/wk.

Crystal388
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   Posted 10/4/2010 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there! I am a 22 year old Wellbutrin user. I have been on Wellbutrin since April 2008.
I have been extremely happy with it, and could not imagine myself without it.
I have not experienced constipation while on it...I experienced slight weight loss when I first started it (10 lbs or so)...I have only been without it for a two month period when I lost my insurance...over that two months I did not ween myself off of it, instead just stopped taking it when I ran out. I did experience weight gain when I went off of it, about 10-15 lbs...but that came off as soon as I got back on the medication. If there is anything else that I can answer for you, please just let me know. :)

axelsmom
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   Posted 10/5/2010 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I am also wondering about side effects when first starting it - I 've been on Prozac and Paxil in the past and got very foggy-headed, extremely tired and sick to my stomach for weeks with those. I can deal with the nausea better than I can the sleepiness and head fog as I have a long commute to work every day.
One more question - I have heard to insist upon the name brand and not the generic - any truth to this?
Thanks for your replies.

stkitt
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   Posted 10/5/2010 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Wondering if you experienced increase anxiety and jittery feeling on this medication as I did and had to stop taking it.  I would have like to kept on with it as it can give you more energy to do the things you like to do.
 
 
I did not feel sleepy but none of the ADs have caused me to feel sleepy.  I also have a high tolerance to any of the benzos that other's experience drowsiness from  so that could just be me.
 
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Kitt
 
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Crystal388
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   Posted 10/5/2010 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
axelsmom- The only side effect that I can recall from when I started Wellbutrin is nausea. It was not that bad...as I am not a fan of that feeling at all...and the only time it increased was about a month after starting when I upped my dosage....the nausea came back but I got over it fast. Aside from that...I cannot remember any other side effects....
I take the generic...have had a few different ones over the years, but never ever any problems with them. :) hope this helps.

stkitt- I did not experience increased anxiety or jittery feeling while on Wellbutrin...I think I have been really fortunate because the only side effect that I have had is nausea..well, and weight loss..but who can complain about that ;)

2BeJoyful
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   Posted 10/7/2010 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken Wellbutrin off and on for the past few years and I really like it. I tend to have lethargic depression, so the energizing effect of Wellbutrin is great for me. I can often get by on what's considered a sub-therapeutic dose of 150 mg, but I'm upping it now to 300 b/c I'm not feeling 100% and I'm adding a low dose of Lexapro. We'll see how it goes.

Anyway, here are the side effects I get from Wellbutrin:
constipation (relieved with 2 OTC stool softeners per day)
difficulty falling asleep (relieved with one Benadryl taken before bedtime)
sweaty palms and feet, which only lasts for the first few weeks
a slight ringing in the ears when I'm in a completely silent room
some loss of appetite and a little weight loss

Overall, I find the side effects to be much more tolerable than the ones I had with Zoloft, which robbed me of my emotions, appetite and libido.

treexie
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   Posted 10/7/2010 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
I've used it about 5 years ago for anxiety/depression, but stopped after 3 months because my main side effect was crazy sweating and it never went away until I changed meds.  My psychiatrist had prescribed it to me because I have troubles staying awake in class and while studying.
 
Hope it's going to wok for you.

myjoy
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   Posted 10/9/2010 5:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I was very jittery on Wellbutrin and felt like I was going to crawl right out of my own skin. I had to stop it after one month. I've heard it work for some people though.
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Trying to Understand
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   Posted 10/9/2010 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Its different for everyone. My pdoc said it was a motivator, get me out of bed in the morning. Well, sort of. Wasn't nervous.
But did stop smoking, which was why the GPs were prescribing it when it first came out, tho it isn't considered a stop smoking med anymore. It did the trick with no problems on the smoking. It was 300 mg, XR.
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