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   Posted 5/19/2005 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Started 150 mg of Wellbutrin today.  Have searched, but cannot find how long to expect it to take effect. I have also tried effexor, zoloft, lexapro, and prozac and could not tolerate side effects, esp effexor..That one scared me bigtime.  Prozac seemed to work the best, but it left me feeling no emotions at all and just very fatiqued.  Anyone willing to share experiences wold be appreciated.  I have been depressed since Oct 04 due to returning to work after 6 years of absence and many other things happening in mylife.

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   Posted 5/19/2005 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Designs!

I have not taken Wellbutrin, but I understand that it can take from a few days to two weeks to start working and 6 weeks to really get into your system. There ARE some others here who take that and I hope they will post and give you their thoughts.

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   Posted 5/19/2005 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Wellbutrin takes about 4 to 6 weeks to get fully into your system. I had taken wellbutrin for about 4 years with success. It didn't cause me much in the way of side effects or weight gain.  If 150mgs doesn't seem to work as well you will be moved up to 300 mgs. That's the dosage that most of the people that I know who are on it takes.

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   Posted 5/20/2005 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Designs,
I have been on wellbutrin for 4 years now, and it did take about 4 to 5 wks for really obvious effects but I take 200 mg. in the morning and 100 in the afternoon, no side effects like those others...they all were bad one way or another. Give it time and make an effort to think of something positive and pro active every day. I can say that helped me ......
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   Posted 5/20/2005 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, on my second day of Wellbutrin I almos slept the entire day!! Most of what I read about it said it would increase my energy level.  I have been extrememby fatigued for months now and pray that this is not a side effect of it.  I also have sleep apnea that prevents me from resting well even with a breathing device.  Thanks for all the comments.
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