I started taking wellbutrin xl (bupropion XL) 150mg about a week ago and I haven't noticed any change in my mood other then I'm not really sleeping. I've maybe slept 20 hours in the last 7 days. I have crazy amounts of energy but I'm still depressed and my anxiety is still through the roof.
How long on average does it take to see improvements with depression?
Is it true it will help me lose the weight I gained while my depression was untreated?
Do I need to quite smoking right away? How does it help you quite smoking?
It can take 6 to 8 weeks to see an improvement in your mood, but your lack of sleep is bothersome to me, as I am sure it is to you. What time of day are you taking your medication? Always take it first thing in the am, if you don't, it will definitely affect your ability to sleep. However, after reading your description of your symptoms, I am worried that there might be more wrong with you than just plain depression. Often, some conditions are actually worsened by certain antidepressants. I suggest you call your health care provider first thing and discuss this with them. They may want you to come in for another visit and talk about it further. This medication CAN help with depression, and it can help people quit smoking, but is sounds as if you might not be able to continue to use this Rx.
HI BadWolf- I just started Wellbutrin 3 weeks ago. You have to give it time to work. It can take a while. It may help with weight but everyone is different. It can also mess with your sleep and cause your anxiety to increase. If you are bi-polar it may cause manic to mixed episodes. Like the other members said, call your doctor and report your symptoms as soon as you can. It may not be the med for you. Be well :)
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