Loss of appetite and cannot gain any weight? This all makes me anxious and the whole reason I went on it was for depression and anxiety! Anyone out there have any similiar symptoms or have an educated reason why I am having these side effects? Help!
I also had a bad experience with Wellbutrin, terrible anxiety attacks and insomnia. My doc told me it is not good for anyone that is suffering from panic attacks or anxiety.
You might want to ask about one of the older trycyclics, such as Pamelor or Tofranil. I had great success with Pamelor. Was not on it long, but it worked quite well.
You will get lots of answers to your question, so hang in there! It will get better once you switch to something else.
Best wishes to you,
What you describe are severe side effects of Wellbutrin, as you already know. The rapid heart beat and anxiety in particular needs to be reported to the prescribing doctor. You may need to have a dose adjustment or a change in medication.
There are many good antidepressants that control anxiety as well. Your doctor can discuss the options with you. Sweetlemon mentioned the tricyclic antidepressants and there are the serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's) as well as the serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI's). My point being there are many options to choose from.
Please give your doctor a call as soon as possible. If you haven't been on the Wellbutrin for very long, some of these side effects may subside, but I still think you need to let the doctor know everything you are experiencing.
Please keep in touch and best wishes,
Missedi: When I was put on Wellbutrin also, I had to taken off right away because of the same things you are going through!! I had no appetite, was losing weight real fast, felt like I was looking through a fog, rapid heart beat, racing thoughts & couldn't sleep a full night for the whole time I was on it! I was also put on it for anxiety & depression like you, but it caused even more anxiety than ever! So then they switched me to Paxil, then another one that I forget the name, but the same things happened until they put me on Cymbalta along with clonazepam! That finally did the trick! Best of luck to you & God Bless P.S. also if you have any ?s please feel free to ask, as I have been on so many different meds for over 20 years of battling with depression & anxiety
Muscle back pain? Did you find out if Wellbutrin was causing this? I have never had back pain before and went on Wellbutrin, the back pain started. I took it for a month and went off, back pain went away. I just tried it again and same thing, back pain. Please let me know if you decided Wellbutrin cused your back pain, Thanks!
Had same experience. Try something else.
No matter what the reasons are for having these symptoms your body is telling you not to take it! I tried Welbutrin and I have hypertention and it elevated my blood pressure so I quit using it. I had just been on it less than a week so I didn't have any problems gettin off of it. Always listen to you body and learn what you can about your medicaions. And of course tell your doctor about it. Take Care.
i had muscles from depression. i had insomnia with wellbutrin. make sure you get your sleep cuz i had a seizure on wellbutrin b/c only slept 4 hrs in 2 days
I took Wellbutrin SR for a couple months in 2010 and also experienced "heart fluttering" many times--approx one or two times a week for several weeks.. it scared me so I stopped taking.. I even went to a cardiologist and he ran several tests but they all came back fine. I've never had any history of heart problems and was only 39 years at the time.. I stopped taking it and in the last 2 years have only had one or two episodes of fluttering since. I would get it rarely (fluttering) but it really picked up when I started Wellbutrin. My psych didn't think it had anything to do with the Wellbutrin initially but I stopped taking it anyway. Besides the fluttering it worked great:(
I suffer from anxiety & panic disorder also & was put on wellbutrin never again although it is NOT a ssri it has its own class ! But it causes more energy which causes more anxiety & yes it causes heart racing & jitters ! Have you tryed celexa it does a great job for anxiety but also lamictol for depression I'm also on xaxax XR which is not as addicting gud luck
Yes. My heart is racing terribly. My blood pressure is elevated and I always had low blood pressure. I am going to stop taking this and handle the depression some other way.
Realize this is a few months old, but just wanted to add my experience that, although I've been on Wellbutrin for over 3 years now, I'm about to wean myself off of it because it gives me palpitations. I didn't really make the connection between the two things for a long time. I don't know for 100% that it's the Wellbutrin doing it, but I sure hope it is!
I have been on SSRI for 5yrs or so, on and off (off during 2 pregnancies). I have the worst post pardom after #1 so ask for immediate mess after #2. I was given zoloft, previously on prozac, no issues on either. My youngest is 15mo and I have gained some lbs, so I asked my doc for suggestions, she thought zoloft may be helping me gain some weight. Long story short, she put me on GENERIC Wellbutrien. I started it last Sunday and instantly stopped zoloft (after double checking with my doctor multiple times). I've cried 3 out of the last 7 days. I am dizzy and my heart is flutter at least once and hour. I feel awful and depressed. I stopped taking the generic Wellbutrin after only 4 days and I am still trying to recover from it effects 3 days later. To all, don't take generic wellbutrien if you can avoid it.
I woke up this morning with the SAME EXACT symptoms of rapid heart rate, upper back muscle pain, and also heartburn. I've also been experiencing insomnia for the past few nights since increasing my dose to 300mg 6 days ago. I had no issues when I was on 150mg so will decrease starting now & call my doctor. Good luck.
I know this is a lot later than you asked but I have been looking for this information so I wanted to share my experience. I've been taking Bupropion XL 150 mg for 7 weeks (made by Par-Anchen) and about three weeks in I had an episode of heart palpitations and anxiety that lasted a day and then went away. I had surgery two weeks ago (unrelated to the Rx) and the day of surgery my blood pressure was 170/114, my heart was racing out of control. I have never been more nervous and upset in my life. Then this past week I have had several anxiety-ridden days with my heart racing, then slowing over and over. Finally, 2 days ago I pulled out a stethoscope and listened and my heart rate was completely irregular. Every 5th beat it sounded like I was skipping a beat, there was a pause and then it started up again.
I went to the ER at the urging of my family, and the heart monitor showed I was having PVCs (pre-ventricular contractions) mostly every 5th beat, but ranging from every 3rd-every 10th. I'm at a loss as to whether I can try a different dose (maybe SR once a day instead of twice?) because I *really* want this medication to work! It has been a life changer for me in so many positive ways.
Wellbutrin well have that effect during its ealy stages, but once your body gets use to it your side effects should disappear. The weight loss side of the medication won't disappear as Wellbutrin has been known for that. Weightloss/ horn drug. It takes 30 days for our body to adjust to something new, I would suggest drinking alot of water which helps.
- Wellbutrin Information for Consumers
- Wellbutrin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Wellbutrin (detailed)
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