I just started on lamictal . I am on a small dose but I also am very petitie. I also take wellbutrin xl 150 1x day. I am very worried about gaining weight on this medicine. Has anyone else been on this combination of medications and what have they noticed in general but also with their weight and appetite.|?
Lamictal & Wellbutrin - anyone else taken this combination and what happened with your weight ?
Question posted by r7551 on 21 July 2012
Last updated on 28 March 2022 by Miss_C_DarkAngel
Hi! I am currently taking Lamictal 50mg a day and Wellbutrin XL 150mg each morning. Both medications have decreased my appetite, so I’ve lost a few pounds. Neither medication is known to cause weight gain. I’ve had more energy and less of an appetite.
I’ve noticed that my mood has more or less stabilized, and I don’t have obsessive negative thoughts nor do I spiral with depression.
I’m hoping it helps improve my ADD symptoms too. (I was diagnosed with depression, bi-polar 2, and ADD). The side effects have been mild-some spotting in between periods (I’m also taking birth control pills), and when I added Wellbutrin, I had very vivid dreams for a couple nights. I noticed some increase in hair loss, but not a tremendous amount.
Has anyone else had irregular periods and hair loss while taking this medication combo?
I've been on Lamictal twice. 5 years ago and just recently. Both times gained 15-20 lbs. I'm not sure about the wellbutrin.
My husband has been on lamictal and Wellbutrin for 2 years and has LOST significant weight. Like a lot. He just has very low appetite since he's been on it. In two years he went from like 290 to 220.
I lost weight, felt more active and my boobs got bigger. On 200mg of lamictal and 10 mg of bupropion. Like almost two cups bigger...
I've been taking effexor, 150 mg. twice daily, and lamictal 200 mg., for about two years. My problem with lamictal is that I feel like I'm on 'pause'! I never want to get off the couch, and I used to keep my house spotless. Now? Forget it! I am not bipolar, but rather in deep depression. I was also diagnosed with ADHD about 15 years ago and have taken adderall, 60 mg., since then. I'm changing psychiatrists soon, and I'm hoping he'll help.
You will not gain weight on these meds! I just started taking Wellbutrin and Lamictal combo about a month ago. I'm taking 100mg of each per day. Some days if I feel I need more, my psychiatrist told me I can take another lamictal and/or another Wellbutrin. I took celexa 40mg per day for 3 years and I think I developed an immunity to it. After my dad passed on November 15th, I needed something better. Celexa made me want to nap all day and was so depressed I couldn't pull myself out of bed. I haven't taken a single nap since I started Wellbutrin and the best part... I've lost 9 pounds in the past month since I started taking it!!! It gives me an energy boost (not a jittery one) and I am so much more productive and I never get hungry until 2 in the afternoon. I take it first thing in the morning and it doesn't even make me sick on an empty stomach. Wellbutrin is a gift from God! Best ever. Hope it works for you as well as it has for me!!!
I know this is an old post but I have a question. I have been on lamictal 200 mg for about 4 yrs. it has helped my mood swings so much. but I have had a horrible time with my memory and cognitive issues like spelling. I am a 54yr old female. I have weaned down from that to 25 mg. not been an easy task but done it over a 2 or 3 month period. (can't remember when I started... lol) anyway I have went back on wellbutrin xl, because it suppose to help Adult ADD and depression. I have taken it several times before and it helped so much. but this time I am having a horrible time with heart slamming in chest and jitters. I thought it was from taking ultram too which u are not suppose to take with wellbutrin. but even when I don't take one this still happens with the wellbutrin. please help... I have fibromyalgia and lots of pain from arthritis from 2 neck surgeries. I am like u guys its so hard to work because of the anxiety and I am so paranoid. ugh!!
I am on 200mg of Lamictal, was on 400, it has been an amazing med for me. I was also on wellbutrin at the same time, but no longer on it, due to change in meds, but both together were working well. I am med resistance, therefore, my meds are changed frequently. I wouldn't worry about the weight gain with either or (I too am self conscious of my weight), in fact Wellbutrin (if anything) you could lose weight.
Good luck with your new mix..
Please keep us posted as to how you are doing with the combo.
I take 100mg Seroquel 50 Lamictul 450 mg Wellbutrin. Bipolar treatment began 7 years ago.
As far as the question about gaining weight with wellbutrin I can tell you I lost most of my appetite and lost 15 pounds the first month of beginning the drug. I have since gotten my appetite back but only eat half as much as I used to.
12/2014: I'm just adding Wellbutin to 400 mg Lemectil. Hoping for energy and motivation. So thrilled to find this forum. I've been fighting rollicoaster since late 1960s and finally found a great dr this yr. cautiously hopeful.
I am a 22 year old woman who has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety and mood instability. For the past couple months I've been on the same pill regimen- 25 ml of lamictal, 25 ml of zoloft, and 100mg of wellbutrin. I'm a smaller person-5'7"130lbs and I'm sensitive to medicine so this is strong enough for me. Adding the lamictal to everything else has been great! With the wellbutrin and zoloft I felt more normal and upbeat and calm. But when adding the lamictal it helped to keep me at that level nearly everyday. Whereas before I started taking lamictal I would get randomly irritable, moody and spiteful for no reason. I feel like I can finally move on in my life ad finish my degree and hold down a job:) fingers crossed
I suspect I've had depression and anxiety most of my adult life (I am a 56 year old female) and have self medicated with alcohol. I believe I am an alcoholic and for me it's a family disease. I have been in and out of AA for about 5 years but do feel I need medication along with a 12 step program. I have a very stressful job working in healthcare administration with oncology patients. I recently started Lamotrigine which was prescribed for mood swings but now feel somewhat depressed and anxious. My depressive symptoms include hopelessness, low self-esteem, and crying. Anxiety symptoms include worrying feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness. Originally had been on EffexorXR 150mg at night for 12 years but felt it wasn't working any longer and wanted to switch to a different medication. My psychiatrist suggested weaning me the off the Effexor with a low dose of Prozac 20mg and eliminating the Effexor has been successful.
But, the Prozac made me very angry and caused terrible mood swings including emotional outbursts. I also felt irritable, unfocused and somewhat paranoid. My doctor and I discussed adding an antidepressent once the therapuetic dose of Lamotrigine is reached. I'm currently on Lamotorgine 100mg and will increase to therapuetic dose of 200mg within two weeks. I do not want to take another SSRI or SNRI so I'm considering Wellbutrin. Thoughts??
Ever since I switched to Lamotrigine from Carbazepine, I've gone straight to hell. I have had a tai for 22 years and after a divorce I lost insurance and now go to the VA. I picked the Lamottigine out since the Cabazepine makes your bones brittle. Major depression, anxiety, irritable and have temper. I feel like death.
I am on the same combination of meds and have been for many years. I am the same size now as I was before I started the medications. 5'2" tall and about 118 lbs. I was on Wellbutrin for a couple years along with Zoloft for depression and Depakote for my mood stabilizer. when I switched from Depakote to Lamictal I felt like my life began!! What a wonderful medication for Bipolar! I have heard the only good reports from many other Bipolars. I hope you will find it to be as helpful as I have. I am no longer on the Zoloft. I chose to give my body and mind a break from all my medications a few years ago because my situation had changed so drastically in many ways and I wanted to cleanse and be reassessed to see where I was at. Before the break I was on Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Lamictal. Gabapentin, and two others I can't recall at the moment for eight years and on high doses. I am very happy and balanced on Lamictal and Wellbutrin and have been for about a year now.
I'd like to pass on a wonderful web site I found very helpful when I was trying to figure out what it meant to be Bipolar. It's called "Bipolar Happens".com. Julie Fast is unable to take med's so she has come up with some very interesting alternative ways to manage her BP. She's written some great books as well both for the BP and for those who love one. I hope this helps. God Bless and Good Health!
I took welbutrin went from size 22 to 8 . It wore off and started to take paxil then that wore off. Now on lamictal havent gained 25 mg 2xpday celexa an adivan. Im experiencing joint pain and lechen planus since i started this month. Im small framed too been going thur this bipolar One since1999 been on meds since. Your gonna stay small i went from 2 to 12 on six months from respirdol know how u feel.
Hey I take lamictal 100mg twice a day and and Wellbutrin xl 350mg once a day I either don't have an appetite for a couple a days or have an appetite and still don't gain weight I think it has something in your metabolism
I am on 200 mg Lamictal before bed and 200 mg Wellbutrin twice daily. I have actually had a decrease in weight on this combo. I had been on combination of Serequal, Ativan and Wellbutrin and had significant weight gain. I have lost all of that weight, and then some, since making the switch. The combination works well for me also.
Quick question... do you think the Ativan made you gain the weight? I am on Wellbutrin, Lamictal and Ativan (but only 0.5mg).
As you can tell, I'm very paranoid about the weight gain thing too.
Is anyone experiencing hair loss? I am on Wellbutrin 150mg in the morning and 100mg of lamicatal at bedtime. I got off effexor which was terrible for me. I had so many side affects and weight gain. I don't know if this new combination is working yet for me. I do stiill have impulsivity moments and outrages. I am not sure what's going to help me. I feel like I am not getting anywhere with the few meds I have tried.
Wow, it never occurred to me that maybe my psych meds were to blame for my hair loss. I do lose a lot of hair, but haven't really been too concerned since I have so much hair to begin with.
So yeah, maybe there is a connection. I am on 200 mg of lamictal and 300mg of wellbutrin. I think if it continues and you are concerned about losing too much hair I would mention it to your pdoc. Good luck and I too think lamictal and wellbutrin is not a weight gaining combination. I'm not sure about the Ativan, but it's not negotiable... I need my Ativan to go to work and function in social situations.
Hang in there.
Since I started on lamotrigine last summer, I've lost about 20 lbs. It's probably because the drug has given me energy I haven't had for over 30 years (and eliminated depression). Instead of sitting in the recliner most of the day, I'm always up doing something.
Thank you for your feedback. Are you also on Wellbutrin sr?
no, too expensive
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