I've always had a little bit of restlessness, but because of my BPD and OCD I tend to be less hyperactive than even a normal person. I rarely want to do anything or go anywhere. I've been prescribed bupropion for a while, and I took it for a couple of months with the only side affects I picked up on being weird dreams and possibly hyperactivity. I quit taking it for a while and now I am taking it again and experiencing that same feeling of "I need to do something, go somewhere!" I feel restless and when I get bored I get sad. does the hyperactivity mean the medicine is working? I'm not noticing much change in my mental state other than this newfound restlessness.
Wellbutrin (in fact, any antidepressant) has been known to push Bipolar individuals into hypomania if they're not on another med to help stabilize. It didn't push me into hypomania but it did wonders getting me out of a long term low grade depression. I did have some insomnia and a headache for the first couple weeks on the XR.
I'm not sure how BPD behaves entirely, have an acquaintance with it and I know she deals with varying degrees of depression on a semi-regular basis but haven't seen her hypomanic or even hyperactive.
I took Wellbutrin SR successfully for years. In recent years, I have developed more of a problem with anxiety. Wellbutrin SR started to exacerbate my anxiety, more than it was helping with depression. So I had to quit taking it. I needed an antidepressant that would treat anxiety/depression without causing me more anxiety. I liked the energy and motivation it was giving me, but the increased anxiety was not something I could overcome.
Hello! Bupropion was prescribed for me in addition to my other Bipolar ll medications because I tend to have frequent depressive episodes and it's known to be very energizing because it's an atypical antidepressant that affects dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. Reported side effects include restlessness, agitation, abnormal dreams, etc. in some users but because it is an atypical it isn't thought to provoke mania/hypomania.
How long have you been taking it and at what dosage? As far as effectiveness, it can take 4-6 weeks or longer to feel the full benefit of the drug. If you've been taking it for longer than that a dosage adjustment might in order. You might want to consult with your doctor for her/his professional advice.
Best regards and I hope you're feeling better soon. Wild Cat
I have tried both Wellbutrin SR and now I take Wellbutrin XL.
I did not get the hyperactivity feeling but switched from SR to XL due to only needing to take 1x a day. My psychiatrist told me the SR can be more like a mild stimulant to some. I really like the XL, maybe you might consider switching it up if it continues. Good luck because Wellbutrin has changed my life and helps my depression tremendously.
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