Wellbutrin and extreme weight loss

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   Posted 10/9/2006 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on 300 mg of Wellbutrin XL since March.  It was prescribed because I had severe anxiety/depression.  My anxiety has gotten better but I still feel depressed.  I have lost 15 pounds since March and I don't know if it is the Wellbutrin causing the weight loss or if the Wellbutrin is not working and I losing weight because I am depressed.  I am very skinny and skeletol, the weight loss is becoming an issue- all my co workers and family are mentioning it to me.  Does anyone have any experience with this med.  I tried a few SSRI's but they just made me really tired.

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   Posted 10/9/2006 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi aquarias, Sorry this has been so bad for you, im on wellbutrin and have been for months, but i havent had any trouble with it. I hope someone else can come along with better news. I couldnt take the ssri's either though. Ya never know, what works for some, really give others big issues. What does your doc say about the weight loss? I would talk to him/her soon. I wish you the best, keep us posted and keep ya head up
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   Posted 10/11/2006 3:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I have the same problem. I'm on Lexepro and Ativan. I went to the doc and weighed in at 111 pounds like a month ago, went back two weeks ago and weighed 108 pounds. (I'm nearly 5'7" mind you so I'm extremely thin and hate it)

Because of all the "effects" of a/p (ie; diarrhea, loss of appetite, nervous energy, etc) I seem to have been losing weight and people are noticing too.

But the anxiety disorder is hard on people. It's been hard on me, and I'm trying to gain the weight back but I get physically sick when I get anxious/panicy.

Apparently Lexepro's side effect is weight gain, so we'll see, and hopefully I can pick up an extra 10 pounds.

Try eating lots of Italian food and breads and lots of carbs and load your diet with calories. That's what I'm doing and I'm starting to gain some of the weight back. (like a pound lol but I'm trying!)

If the Wellbutrin isn't helping, maybe you could ask your doc about Lexepro to gain weight? I mean, Lexepro is for A/P as well as depression too.

Just a thought.

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   Posted 10/11/2006 3:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes you need to eat and eat plenty of carbs and starches to help with the weight
Also those "boost" drinks make fantastic milkshakes I use to drink 5 or 6 a day when I was at 88 lbs
I had to be tube fed at that time
Twigy is right on about why A/P ers will and can lose weight with her good input ......
Maybe talk to your doc perhaps this is not the med for you
Please do keep us posted whatever the outcome okay
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