I was on Citalopram 40mg for 2 years and gained a total of 40 lbs. My doctor switched me to wellbutrin xl 150 mg but I saw no difference in my weight so she just upped my dose to 300mg. It has worked wonders with my anxiety though, as did the citalopram, but the weight gain and uncontrolled hunger was making me depressed. Please help :-(
I'd like to call your attention to recent FDA news. If the link doesn't work you'll find this article and more in the search engine for this site and others. I personally did not lose or gain significant weight during the years I took Wellbutrin. My weight was a bit high, but pretty stable. Hope you find the answers you need:
FDA Update: Buproprion XL 300 mg Not Therapeutically Equivalent to Wellbutrin XL 300 mg
How is it going for you? I am a big fan of Wellbutrin, and I take 300mg every morning. My doctor prescribed it to me to balance out the sexual side effects and weight gain of Zoloft. It worked. I was off the meds for about a year. When I went back on, initially it was just Wellbutrin. My appetite was gone and my sex drive increased tremendously!! I am taking it with Viibryd now. Appetite normal, normal sex drive. I wish I didn't need the anti-anxiety meds because I LOVE Wellbutrin's side effects. However, it "plays well" with those drugs since it counteracts the bad side effects (no weight gain!), at least for me. I love that my psychiatrist cares about treating all of me, not just the anxiety. Many doctors just want patients to deal with the side effects on their own. Hope this was helpful, and I'd love to hear how the drug is affecting you.
Hi Linda: Your comment-"Take Bupropion XL 300MG
I have gained 20 lbs" ???
I think the original question (even though it is a very old post) was showing that the person asked, what she was saying - she did not want to gain weight with Wellbutrin after gaining weight with Citalopram. She doesn't want to take Wellbutrin if others are gaining weight on it! That is how I perceive what she is asking. You are telling her that you gained 20 pounds and you think she should take Bupropion XL 300mg? I don't think that is what she wants, more weight gain?
I realize this post is slightly old but I wanted to respond for anyone who is checking online to see if generic Wellbutrin can cause weight gain. The answer for me was YES!! I took it to quit smoking and was slowly putting on weight. I wanted to eat all of the time and I was also having mood swings and break outs. After I realized that it might be the medication, I started to research online. I had been told it was not a weight gaining medication so I hadn't even considered it. I called my doctor and asked to switch to name brand Wellbutrin. I didn't want to quit altogether because I had quit smoking and was managing that aspect. She agreed to prescribe but then there was the cost; $1200 every three months, with insurance. More research... you can order name brand medication from Canada for a fraction of the price! I got three months worth for $230.
The difference between the generic and name brand is night and day for me. Immediately I stopped feeling the urge to binge eat. Two weeks in to the new medication and I've dropped 2 of the 10 pounds I gained, my acne cleared up and I feel like myself again! Most importantly, I'm five months smoke free!!
The Wellbutrin website has a coupon you can print from their website to help with or without insurance. I have heard it can cost as low as nothing or $5 with the coupon and insurance. I haven't tried using it yet, but I will. I have been on generic 150mg XL for 3 weeks, and appetite is slightly less but barely noticeable. I'm going to switch to 300mg XL, but want to use the brand due to all the negative comments I've read on the Web about generic.
I have been taking generic bupropion xl since about last August, it is now December and I've gone from 190 pounds to 164 pounds without any change in lifestyle except the fact I'm not as hungry so I eat smaller portions... it is working great for me and I have 4 girlfriends taking the same thing that have all lost alot of weight too... everybody is different...
I started taking Wellbutrin XL 150 mg in September of 2015 and in January of 2017 it was increased to 300 mg. Since I have started taking it, I have lost 80 pounds. However; I gained 5 pounds back over Christmas break. Three pounds of it will come back and go away. I was wondering if I have plateaued out on this? I'm not sure if there is a dosage higher than 300 mg. It has made a huge impact for me mentally and physically. I previously took Lexapro for 3 years, which I suspect is why I gained so much weight to begin with.
Just want to let you know that wellbutrin XL @300mg or more generally will cause weight loss. As with anything else, you must be consistent with it... do not skip doses. Wellbutrin also improves your energy levels and lessens your appetite in general. However, please note that no two people have the same response. Good Luck!
Been on Wellbutrin since July 2017. Started at 159mg then to 300mf January. So then, I guess it works different for everyone bc I’ve lost lots of weight and can’t get it back and yet I pig out at times too! (good food for the most part) I have to tell myself to eat most of the time bc it takes away my appetite. Then sometimes when I am a little hungry I take advantage and eat lots and I think “ok I’ll be up a couple pounds tomorow bc I ate so much today” but I’m not I’m the same. It’s crazy I’m trying to gain weight this time around than lose it? I can’t stand to lose anymore weight bc I’m 5’5” and down to 120 lbs. I like myself at 125-130 but can’t seem to achieve that - I’m trying to build some muscle now to put on a couple pounds.
Does anybody know what componite is in this Wellbutrin that is causing weight loss??
Also it gives me anxiety and twitches when I’m nervous or at rest or thinking... mostly on my left side.
I take it for deep depression and it did the trick for that but not good for anxiety at all.
I know this is not an SSRI so apparently that’s why I’m not gaining weight on it - but really I don’t know the difference between the 2? Can anyone also tell me the difference please?
Hope this helps.
I was on Celexa for 2 years 20 msg twice a day. My Dr switched me to Bupropion XL 150 in the Am and the Celexa 20 at night. Since my change in the middle of January 2018, I have gained 12 pounds! I am not happy! I had Gastric Bypass in 2000, this is very devastating to me. It has helped me with my depression, but I will go right back into a different type if I continue to be so hungry, and watch the scale go up. I don't want to go back to making myself vomit like I did once before. So needless to say when I see my Dr. In June we will be changing to something else!
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