It's been a while since I have been on. I apologize for not responding sooner. A lot has happened. My brother-in-law passed away suddenly on Remembrance Day (Canada), which was a shock to my family. And a few weeks later, I fell at work, and suffered a concussion, so I have been dealing with that. However, I will let you know what's been going on with my meds.
I am taking Wellbutrin 300mg, and switched to Pristiq 50mg. Prior to this, I was taking Cipralex 5mg with Wellbutrin 300mg for about
a year but gained over 20lbs. My doctor wanted to put me on Prozac but I detested. I did some research, and decided on Pristiq as it wasn't an SSRI. I figured that it would help me to lose the weight that I gained but I haven't been successful. Pristiq has curbed some of my appetite, and cravings but I still get them from time to time but nothing compared to Cipralex. I craved a lot of sugars, and simple carbohydrates while on Cipralex, and know that this contributed to my weight gain.
It's frustrating because I was doing so well when I had the mindset to get healthy, and take better care of myself. I was feeling great, and receiving a lot of compliments, which made me feel better. Now I find that the extra weight makes me feel depressed, and very self conscious. My clothes are tight, or don't fit; I have a lot of weight gain around the middle area, which I read many do when on certain anti-depressants. Has anyone else been on this combo or Pristiq on it's own? I know that Wellbutrin helped suppress my appetite, and cravings, which I believed helped me to lose weight but when I got off the Cipralex, and onto Pristiq, I found that my weight did not budge. Instead, I have stayed the same. I haven't been 100% with my diet because there are days when I wake up late (10:30-11:00am) due to having insomnia or feeling tired from the concussion so I end up eating breakfast when it's almost close to eating lunch. Lunch then is around 3pm, which is when I would normally have a snack, and dinner is at 7:00pm or later. I think this hasn't helped as it throws off my body, and most likely, my metabolism. I haven't been very active due to the side effects from the concussion so I am not making any progress. I feel like I'm going in circles.
Any advice or suggestions? I know both meds are good, from what I have read but wondering if they are not working well together for me? My doctor wants to eventually up the Pristiq but due to everything that I am experiencing with my concussion, she wants to wait. I just know that I am so tired of this, and wish that I could get off of them, and just be but I can't. I don't want to go through another year of feeling this way, and being overweight. I'm tired of this too.
For those of you who are on this combination, or understand how these two medications work together, should I potentially be able to lose weight while on Wellbutrin, and Pristiq? Since I was on Cipralex prior to taking Pristiq, would this have made it more difficult to lose weight? I know that Cipralex would be out of my system by now but would the effects endure?
Post Edited (Isabella36) : 1/4/2017 10:22:55 PM (GMT-7)