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Reviews for Wellbutrin to treat Depression
Review by new me10 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I was deeply depressed. I slept a lot, I lost interest in work (and I am self-employed). I suffered from chronic procrastination, lost many clients and went to trouble with my bank, an awful period. I tried SSRIs like sertraline and Lexapro but it didn't help me rise up and boost my motivation. Since I have discovered after 50 years that I am also suffering from ADD. I read about Wellbutrin. I tried 150 mg with no significant change for a month, and then, switch to 300 mg. What a change! I am full of energy, focused, full of self confidence, working full hours, and enjoy writing.
24 users found this comment helpful.
I just started Wellbutrin I have a two month old and a 3yr old. Out of no where I started to feel scared all the time confused and can't concentrate at all and then I would have panic attacks and thoughts of death not kill myself just the thought of dying. I've been taking it for a week and half the first day I felt high and it scared me and I have trouble sleeping but keep in mind 2 month old to but I can say the panic attacks have stopped I'm scared anymore this is working for already they say it takes a month to really get it to work and it's already helping. I'm looking forward to see how much this medication can help me I'll keep everyone updated # feeling hopeful
Just started this medication 2 days ago - 150mg pill daily for the first week and then it will be 2 pills daily after the first week. I took the 1st pill in the evening and it gave me a serious energy jolt, lifted my mood and I also stayed awake until 2am. I couldn't get myself to sleep plus I was jittery all night. My sleep was not that great and woke up very tired. The jittery feeling subsided in the morning, so I decided to take pill 2 in the afternoon. This was much better, just little drowsy. My mood is currently calm and content.
I took Zoloft several years ago and while on that medication, I was ready to kill somebody. I stopped it immediately.
Hubby says I don't nag and yell at him as much, so I am glad for my happy pill! ;)
Review by RxQueen1230 (taken for less than 1 month):
30yr old female- Today is day 6 on Wellbutrin 75mg. Today is day 7 of cold turkey off a tramadol habit as well. Wellbutrin is certainly helping with the withdrawal of tramadol, which is effing HORRENDOUS btw. Wellbutrin has given me energy which is great, but I'm still incredibly moodie. What's the next dose up for Wellbutrin? I feel as though I could benefit from an increase for sure,
Bupropion has been the best ad for my very difficult to treat Atypical Depression. I gradually felt improvement as my doctor increased my dosage over the course of the year. It was helping a little when I first started at 150 mg's but I felt it could do far more. Its been amazing at 450 mg, my curent dose. I'm level headed, focused and not at all exhausted. I was so tired and wanted to sleep. It also helps me with my addiction to food as I'v been captive to this my entire life. I'm slowly loosing weight because I'm walking alot more and not binging. I sleep great too and I do not feel agitated or nervous. I dont want to consume alcohol like I use to either! It's a total different ball game than the SSRI'S I've tried! I'm grateful :-)
17 users found this comment helpful.
I cried all the time! I was taking it for depression, but I became so sad while taking this because when I talked to my children I cried, when I was alone or with family, it didn't matter what was going on I CRIED! Needless to say I was switched to another med! Lol!
I started taking 150mg Wellbutrin SR about a month ago to treat severe atypical depression, and it has been nothing short of miraculous for me. The first two weeks were rough. I had some heart palpitations brought on by a combination of the meds and caffeine, so I had to stop the caffeine. I also had to work through a bit of insomnia early on, but that side effect has subsided, and now I actually sleep and wake well rested. For the first time in a decade, I'm hopeful. My negative thoughts are still there, but unlike before, I have control over them. I can manage them in a non-destructive way. Words cannot express what it feels like to know that you can, for the first time in so long you can't remember, function as a normal person.
47 users found this comment helpful.
I started on 150mg for the first month and was raised to 300mg after that. I began having weird side effects such as uncontrollable jaw clenching so hard it would give awful headaches. I also would violently twitch while relaxing before going to sleep. I experienced insomnia. Last, my sense of smell was very heightened and the smells would make me feel nauseous. I had suicidal thoughts even though I didn't ever WANT to do that. I continued to feel depressed and in my opinion it intensified my anxiety.
12 users found this comment helpful.
I've been on Wellbutrin in combination with Prozac for almost a year now. When I began Wellbutrin, for the first couple of months I felt like I was on speed. I would constantly shake and my heart rate was pretty fast. For the first couple of months, I experienced very large mood swings that led to me making very irrational decisions. Despite this, I continued taking it, and after about 3 months I wasn't so shaky or moody anymore. When I began Wellbutrin I weighed about 115 pounds, and I lost 15 pounds over the course of 2 months on Wellbutrin, and have been stabilized at 100 ever since. Wellbutrin has caused me to be more energetic, happy, friendly. I definitely recommend it.
32 users found this comment helpful.
After the first week I felt more cheerful and energetic. After one month I completely lost my craving for cigarettes. (I was a social smoker, maybe would have five a week. But when I wanted one the cravings were intense). However my blood pressure was elevated 157/110. (I am on lisinopril-HCTZ for that). My sister was sure the bupropion was causing my high blood pressure. After a couple of weeks my smoking cravings came back and my blood pressure was still elevated so I went back on bupropion. Second time around I am super cranky and have a heightened sense of smell, but still crave cigarettes.
16 users found this comment helpful.
I started Wellbutrin ER a few months ago for depression. I had no energy and wanted to do nothing. It has helped so much with the depression but my hands tremor. I tried cutting back to once a day and couldn't tell much difference in the tremors. I asked my doctor to give me the XR (150mg) so that I could take it just once a day. I felt like I was going to jump out of my skin. I could even feel my lips quivering. I like that it makes me feel better but don't like the tremors. I can't find anything documented as to whether they will go away in time or continue as long as I take it. I haven't taken it today and I have no tremors.
14 users found this comment helpful.
The first time I took Wellbutrin I was in the hospital for major depression, suicidal ideation and a nervous breakdown. After trying the typical Zoloft, Paxil and others the Drs. were running out of options. A new Dr. on staff gave me Wellbrutin (I dont remember the dose) and I instantly was transported to a state I can only describe as ecstacy. Unfortunately this lasted only one day probably because of my "virgin" brain. But staying on this med. for two years helped me recover my life. I am so grateful. this was 15 years ago and although I still suffer from major depressive disorder I have been able to get a Master's degree and a new career.
56 users found this comment helpful.
Review by deelooted (taken for less than 1 month):
Taking 300mg Wellbutrin XR, and it is already working after only one week. I have good energy, and do not feel like hiding in my room anymore. It gives me a floating feeling a little bit, but absolutely tolerable compared to the horrible depression I was experiencing. I am bipolar, and have experienced no mania at all. I am grateful for this med!
57 users found this comment helpful.
I am a 25 year old woman and started taking this 6 days ago along with clonazepam for anxiety. 300 mg of Bupropion once a day (mornings) and clonazepam twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening). I have to say that...so far THIS ROCKS. I was suffering from depression, obsessive thoughts, anxiety and panic attacks for months. I stopped taking Zoloft after a year because I gained 60 lbs on it. Now with Wellbutrin, I have no side effects except loss of appetite and more energy. I feel more energetic, happy (almost "giddy") and hopeful for the future. My anxiety and depression was debilitating and this saved my life. I can't wait till the full effects kick in. 6 days in and I feel the difference.
75 users found this comment helpful.
I just took the first 100mg pill a few hours ago and I feel different. I feel almost normal. I'm not thinking about being depressed and my energy is almost back to normal. No antidepressant, antipsychotic or mood stabilizer has ever done that! If this feeling keeps up or gets better, I don't know what I'll do. I'll probably cry tears of joy. Is this what normal people feel like?
65 users found this comment helpful.
This really is a miracle. After trying SSRI's and having all of the side effects with no relief, Wellbutrin has truly helped me with no side effects except weight loss (which I'm not complaining about). I take it for both depression and ADD and it does wonders with my mood and concentration. I was also able to quit smoking without a struggle. Thanks, Wellbutrin.
56 users found this comment helpful.
I went on Wellbutrin in addition to escitalopram to combat my anxiety/depression. The escitalopram had treated my anxiety pretty well, but was not doing much for my depression. Within 2 weeks of adding this medications, I started to once again have severe panic attacks. I stuck with the medication for 5 more weeks before I just couldn't stand to be on it any longer.
28 users found this comment helpful.
Was taking 20mg of Prozac which worked pretty good. Have taken Adderall in the past for ADD and asked my doctor about it again. He suggested I take Wellbutrin. Been on it for 2 weeks and I really noticed a difference. I actually feel great! 300mg XL. Side effects are minimal. I did feel like a zombie the first and second day. The third day I had the giggles. But, things started to even out after that. It wasn't anything terrible. It is a little bit harder to go to sleep at night however, I've never been a good sleeper. And, dry mouth is kind of bad. Other than that no anxiety depression. Haven't noticed anything about my ADD yet. I'll give it a couple more weeks.
54 users found this comment helpful.
This medicine really works for me and has really improved my quality of life and perspective on things. I'm 18 and I have been on this for a little over 6 months and I would say the only bad side effect is dry mouth, but if you just drink a lot of water you'll be fine. I like it because it has helped me stop "binge" eating, I don't have cravings for food or cigarettes anymore, I completely stopped smoking. I'm never tired anymore, Wellbutrin definitely gives you energy in a good way. Sex drive is completely normal and I still have normal emotions unlike when I was on Celexa or Prozac where I felt so emotionless. I lost 20lbs but I am healthy and fit and a lot happier with myself.
110 users found this comment helpful.
This is a really interesting medication based on the wide variety of experiences people have taking it. One person here said they constantly forgot things and had thoughts of death *before* taking Wellbutrin, whereas those are the symptoms I have *after* as side effects of Wellbutrin! Also, I did have immediate success with this exact same medication dosage around 9 years ago (was on it for 3 years until it got less and less effective and I quit). This time, I've only gotten those negative side effects I mentioned. My doctor says give it 6 weeks, but it's been 4 and no benefit at all. Strange. Apparently, Wellbutrin's effectiveness can change over time even for the same person!
36 users found this comment helpful.
I am a 53 year old prostate cancer survivor (radical prostatectomy and adjuvant radiation treatment) with depression/anxiety.
I started on 150mg of Wellbutrin 6 months ago. Recently started having major depression/anxiety feelings about work. I am now taking 150mg twice a day and I feel great. I cannot believe the difference in my mood from dismal depression to optimism. I also quit smoking and drinking. I've been doing the South Beach diet with moderate exercise (30-40 minutes walking on treadmill) and have lost 20 pounds, but I was about 100 pounds overweight so I have a long way to go.
I am just a few days into the 150mg twice a day regimen, but the results with respect to mood change have been remarkable.
70 users found this comment helpful.
I have had fatigue problems with Celexa. I have been on Celexa for about 2-3 years and only recently (2-3 months ago) my doctor recommended I try Wellbutrin. I rated this drug 8 out of 10 because I was having lots of problems with motivation and energy. I can proudly say I am "Stable" because of this medicine. I even started an online course. Thanks!
60 users found this comment helpful.
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