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Reviews for Wellbutrin XL to treat Depression
Review by anniecat:
I was OK with Prozac for years until I hit "Prozac-poop-out". I then took Wellbutrin for several years and it was great... Until my insurance switched to the generic in June 2009, and it suddenly quit working. I had no idea of the switch until I started researching for something else that might actually work again and discovered the generic issue. I asked to be put back on the real thing, but the most my insurance was willing to do was to switch to a different generic manufacturer = marginally better. The insurance co. is throwing away money on generics that don't work! I am going to try again to get back on real Wellbutrin XL even though it will cost me quite a bit more -- it will be worth every penny!
41 users found this comment helpful.
Only antidepressant that doesn't cause weight gain. Been on it for 7 years. Still have some lows, but nothing compared to without it. Did not cause me to lose weight, and did not prevent migraines for me. Side effects are more energy. I have been off this medicine and had no withdrawal like other antidepressants. Best one out there for someone who has depression with too much sleeping. I love it. And there is no risk in trying it, because there are no withdrawals. You can stop this medicine whenever you like and feel fine.
40 users found this comment helpful.
I love Wellbutrin. I'm currently on 300mg once a day. I am dealing with postpartum depression still even though my baby is 9 months. I tried Zoloft which made me sleep all the time. Now I have been on Wellbutrin for 1 month and its changed my life. I look forward to starting the day now and have an increase in sexual desire. No side effects so far.
29 users found this comment helpful.
I lost a family member, was on last semester of college, working part-time and the mild depression I had became a severe problem. I had dark thoughts and did not wanted to associate with anyone. Quit my job and had to apply for public assistance when my depression became a serious problem. I am now taking Wellbutrin XL 150 mg a day since May 11 and at first I had dry mouth but it only lasted a month. I have not lost weight and my appetite is good. I am feeling much better but I think that one pill is not enough. Psychotherapy is also another help that goes hand by hand. Also I stop smoking a month ago. I also had to improve my life style doing exercise a few times a week, meditation, aromatherapy and eating habits.
35 users found this comment helpful.
I'm 50 years old and got started on Wellbutrin XL (generic) about 14 days ago. Side effects are severe dry mouth and headache. I do feel somewhat better but am holding off still on giving rave reviews. Dry mouth is stronger during the night and then the headache comes in the morning. My morning suicidal thoughts have lessened and I've noticed that I am whistling more so I feel better but I still have some lethargy.
20 users found this comment helpful.
I'm a 19 year old female prescribed 100mg of Wellbutrin XL.
The Good: Positive feelings about future/self (initial), appetite loss/weight loss, increase in energy, clarity in thought (fluctuates), general feelings of optimism/excitement, increase in sex, increase in desire to be productive, makes depressive episodes manageable, stopped smoking, less desire to drink.
The Bad: Insomnia, minor tremors/twitching, irritability, increased anxiety, frequent mood swings, periodic feelings of hopelessness and apathy throughout the day (but are more manageable than they had been before), decrease in desire to socially interact, loss of concentration.
I've only been taking it for 3 weeks so I'm staying optimistic. I really want this medication to work.
41 users found this comment helpful.
Depression, and I would not be surprised to be told I have ADD. ADD was something never thought of in my day. Anyway Wellbutrin XL 300 in one month has moved me out of a 3 year funk of sleeping all day if I could. Getting nothing done and things piling up, getting up to go all day and living off of 6, 7, 8 hours of sleep in a day, reduced eating in a good way and I could go on about any number of positives.
Funny how I could be this lucky to find the drug that works for me. An inhibitor of dopamine re-uptake rather than ever being involved with taking various SSRIs as a first line of attack. So far I have nothing negative to say about this medicine except I wish I found this earlier for me.
61 users found this comment helpful.
Have been on this for 7 months now and have noticed an improvement with my depression symptoms. I started at 150mg and worked my way up to 450mg. I don't feel as hopeless and sad as I was. Side effects were minimal, but my periods have become very irregular since starting the Wellbutrin XL even though I'm on Yaz. I have been on Yaz for 3 years and never had a problem until I started taking the Wellbutrin XL, so I am going to discontinue use. If it weren't for that, I would definitely continue taking it.
I use Wellbutrin XL and it helps my bipolar disorder and adult ADD!! It gives me
better focus, eases anxiety, keeps me from becoming enraged for no reason and helps me from getting depressed! I no longer scream at my family (very important) and I don't sit and cry for no reason anymore! This is a miracle medicine for me.
104 users found this comment helpful.
I've only been taking Wellbutrin XL for about a month, but it works better than the other drugs I've tried. I'm still not 100% maybe like 70% back to my old self. The side effects I have are dry mouth, ringing ears, and headaches. I haven't lost any weight like other people have said they have. I'm not that concerned with that part. I'm petite. I take 150 MG and I'm 18.
12 users found this comment helpful.
So far, my rating for Wellbutrin is 8 out of 10. I was very depressed in the fall and I'm not in the clear yet, but since starting Wellbutrin two and a half months ago I have improved greatly. To lessen side effects, my psychiatrist started me with 150 mg before raising the dose to 300 mg after two weeks. Three weeks after that, my mood took a bit of a downturn, but nothing like before I went on the medication. Yesterday, therefore, my doctor prescribed the highest possible dose of 450 mg. I am also trying to sleep and eat well and exercise regularly to help my depression. I’m not 100% yet but I’m trying to have some faith in this process. If this doesn't do the trick she'll add another medication in conjunction with Wellbutrin.
15 users found this comment helpful.
Wellbutrin 150mg was a MAJOR IMPROVEMENT. Been on this low dose for 3 years. Quietens thoughts of inadequacy and darkness without muffling my personality or life's "natural" highs and lows. (Initially tried Prozac for depression related to mid-life anxiety, but after first good week, it masked all my emotions - no highs, no lows.)
47 users found this comment helpful.
I was prescribed Wellbutrin XR 300 mg over two years ago. Prior to that, I had tried at least seven other anti-depressants. None of the other drugs helped my depression. I am so grateful for Wellbutrin.
31 users found this comment helpful.
Taking these pills was the best move I've ever made. Before I was on edge. Had horrible thoughts and was moody. I was anti-social. Wanted to stay home, and not associate with anybody. Now I go out, and have a normal 22 yr old life!!
73 users found this comment helpful.
Wellbutrin XL helped my depression tremendously. I wish I had started taking it sooner when my husband became ill. It also helped me to lose about 40lbs. I contributed to the weight loss though by changing my eating habits and working out. I started out at 150 mg, then a couple years later went to 300 mg, then just recently my husband passed away and the dose was upped to 450 mg which is the maximum. I haven't started the higher dose yet, and am a little scared after reading all the side effects. However, I never had any negative side effects with the other doses. Time will tell. I will get back to you all about the results.
54 users found this comment helpful.
This is the only medicine that worked for me in the last 12 years but after 3 months of feeling normal again it stopped working. The side effects that bothered me most were dry mouth and headaches. Tried it a second time and had severe headaches that nothing would relieve.
25 users found this comment helpful.
*Do not take the generic* I am back on the real Wellbrutin XL and feel better than I have in years. I want my money back for the years I took the generic. Not to mention the other drugs added to the generic to help my serious depression. No side effects except I no longer want to overeat.
60 users found this comment helpful.
Wellbutrin XL was a fabulous medication for depression, but I experienced two side effects - muscle and joint pain and significant swelling in my legs. If it weren't for these things, I would stay on this medicine as it has been wonderful for depression.
26 users found this comment helpful.
I had problems with motivation and just getting myself out of bed. Wellbutrin has helped significantly with this. It has made me more happy in general, in everyday situations. I am not as mopey and sad. This medicine has changed my life.
53 users found this comment helpful.
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