User Reviews for Bupropion
Also known as: Aplenzin, Budeprion, Budeprion SR, Budeprion XL, Buproban, Forfivo XL, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL, Zyban
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Reviews for Bupropion to treat Anxiety
"I usually don't comment on these websites and my experience may not be the same as yours, but it may be helpful. If you're suffering from anxiety, stay far away from Wellbutrin. Within the third day of taking this medication, I was crazy depressed, happy full blown anxiety attacks everyday. Dwelling on the negative and life just seemed hopeless. Basically the depression and anxiety got worse and my traumas felt even scarrring! have never felt this horrible-- had to take clonazepam everyday. Wellbutrin increases your energy if you're depressed, so you can already tell what happens when you suffer from anxiety! Anxiety + a big boost in energy = hell."
Ikhan November 21, 2017
2 users found this comment helpful.
"Anxiety had gotten so bad I couldn't even breathe normally when I focused on it. It's all gone on buproprion. I can hardly remember what it felt like to involuntarily stifle my own breath."
bringmeashrubbery (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 24, 2017
4 users found this comment helpful.
"I started two weeks ago on 150mg. I noticed a difference within the first 3 days. I wake up feeling refreshed, sometimes I have a manageable headache but within 2 hrs its gone. I have a huge increase in energy & motivation. I used to take a nap every day for up to 3 hours, I haven't taken one since about the 3rd day in. My sex drive has come back slightly & the weight loss is very slow, about 1lb a week but that's also watching what and how much I eat. The medication has helped with reducing my appetite but not by much. I take it at night because it makes me tired. The only negative side effect is that my skin always feels like I have bugs crawling on it. I hope that goes away with time."
Chelley8301 (taken for less than 1 month) October 21, 2017
7 users found this comment helpful.
"I started this last week because doctor recommended it, they recommend it cuz I've had horrid anxiety and panic attacks. This has helped me & has calmed down my nerves so much and I'm on the lowest dose. To best honest I'm gonna stay on the lowest dose because this medication makes you feel really floaty and like stuff kinda goes in slow motion, is the only way I can explain it. Hopefully this helped someone."
Bupropion (taken for less than 1 month) October 8, 2017
9 users found this comment helpful.
"This has been the absolute worst anti depressant I have been on. I will NEVER go back to that drug ever again the first few days of being off Celexa and being on Wellbutin was OK. But about a week and a half later I was a absolute mess. My depression got worse and my anxiety, well was out of this world! I constantly had this paralyzing fear of the world ending or stepping foot outside. I was crying and felt so sick to my stomach all day everyday! I could smack the quack who put me on this horrible stuff! I'm going back to Celexa. I know some say it will make you gain weight or hard to lose it, but it didn't fit me at all. Plus I much rather be fat the have all this sang stress, pressure and anxiety I'm done"
Horrible September 21, 2017
5 users found this comment helpful.
"I used to wake up every day feeling miserable and irritable. I found it hard to think clearly, concentrate & just live a somewhat normal day. I was first put on Sertraline and that didn't go so well.. I had really bad side effects (fatigue, depression, sporadic emotions) Took myself off that after about 2 months or so. I was then put on this medication! I saw results almost right away with 150ml daily for about 1.5 months with some side effects including dizziness & dry mouth/always thirsty (which I can deal with!) Then because I & my doctor felt there was room for additional improvement I went to the 300ml dose.. it's only been about 1-2 weeks on the higher dose but so far so good. No complaints! I can actually be free + feel normal again!"
Bail August 28, 2017
15 users found this comment helpful.
"when taken twice daily this helped me with anxiety and keeping moods intact but also kept me awake for days...hard to sleep at normal times"
Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 22, 2017
6 users found this comment helpful.
"I took this for the first time last July, it gave me a lot more energy. I did not consider myself as "depressed" at the time, but when I look back on it, I've realized that it made me a lot happier and more positive than when I was not on it. I liked the energizing aspect, but I can't say it really helped with the anxiety. So if your sole purpose for going on this medication is for depression & fatigue, I recommend it. Also lost about 15 pounds on this med"
Anonymous2157 August 4, 2017
15 users found this comment helpful.
"Just started this at 300MG a day 2 days ago and I literally feel a big and positive difference in my anxiety. I have PTSD from a violent event and have had pretty severe panic attacks for the past 3 years. I haven't been on any anti-depressants before but drink wine every night to relax and sometimes feel very agoraphobic. I know it's only day 2, but I just feel lighter, whenever I think of things that normally trigger me the thought comes and then just fades away. Honestly, I've never been a big believer in medication for mental issues but am really rethinking it now. Also vivid dreams, but they were good. Decreased appetite, a little more energy. Good luck everyone!"
organic mom July 8, 2017
31 users found this comment helpful.
"I have severe anxiety and I would get anxiety attacks everyday. My doctor first put me on Fluoxetine on the highest dosage. After a couple of months my body got use to the medication and it was helping a lot with the anxiety. But I continued still getting the anxiety attacks just not everyday. So then he put me on bupropion 300mg with the fluoxetine and after awhile my panic attacks slowly went away. Now it has been over a year since I have been on the bupropion and my dosage is reduced to 150mg and my fluoxetine dosage is lowered to 20mg. I am happy to say that I have not had a panic attack for 2 years now. This bupropion is a really good medication and I find with using the combination of the fluoxetine it has helped me amazingly. "
CaroM March 4, 2017
53 users found this comment helpful.
"Just finished my first week on the generic form of Wellbutrin (bupropion 150 XL) and have to say the first few days were tough: dizziness, anxiety, and muscle pains. But now those symptoms have mostly gone away. I do feel amazingly clear headed and have lots of energy. My appetite is gone so I hope to lose about 20 lb if possible. I don't feel the need to drink at all (used to love my wine every night!) The strange part is most people talk about insomnia and vivid dreams. I suffered from those before I started this medication! And now, I sleep a full 7 hours, have no trouble falling asleep and don't remember any dreams when I wake up! I really like this stuff!!"
Samnthaa01 January 17, 2017
64 users found this comment helpful.
"I took this medication for anxiety, bc it was recommended by my doctor and therapist. I also read some reviews of how well it did for others. However, I didnt have a good experience at all. I only took the medicine for 3 days, and my anxiety increased exponentially. The 1st day I experienced migraines, dizziness, increased heartrate, ringing in ears, and nearly all other side effects. The second day I felt frantic and wanted to crawl on the walls. I also woke from panic and fear in the middle of the night. On day 3, I woke up angry like the Hulk, violent like. The side effects continued to get worse through the morning- flashes of heat, dizziness, further increased heart rate, panicked feelings, on & on. I DO NOT suggest this for those w/ anxiety"
R0x4nn3 January 13, 2017
43 users found this comment helpful.
"I have been taking wellbutrin 300 mg for about three years. I was taking Zoloft for anxiety before that and absolutely hated it. The first couple years on wellbutrin was great. I wasn't having anxiety attacks and stress was normal. However, I think my body got too used to it and now the effects are minimal. I can feel some difference, but my anxiety has been an all time high this past year. Since there's nothing higher than 300 mg, I'm planning to try something different. I did like wellbutrin, no side effects. Just doesn't work well for me anymore."
Kristine marie January 13, 2017
28 users found this comment helpful.
"I freaking LOVE buproprion! Sertraline and Fluoxetine would kill my sex drive and also make it impossible to achieve the big O. Now, I'm back! Not only is my anxiety and depression under control, and I was able to quit smoking, and I lost some weight... Having my sex drive back is awesome! I want to kiss the folks who invented this stuff!"
Sherry Goodman January 9, 2017
97 users found this comment helpful.
"Kinda late getting in the loop here, but I started on wellbutrin sr 150mg for major depression then was increased to 300mg after finding the 150 was minimally helping. Was having some generalized anxiety but evidently wasn't bad enough during the assessment period while in outpatient treatment to warrant a diagnosis for it. After OP treatment the 300mg was helping some for the depression, but not as much as would like so I was increased to 450mg. Up until that point the anxiety bit was pretty manageable, but after about a week or so on 450mg my anxiety started to skyrocket. I didn't feel much more help on the depression side at 450mg though. However, with the heightened anxiety I went back to 300mg. Talked to my primary doc who seemed to think that the Wellbutrin shouldnt have much effect on anxiety (despite conflicting evidence to the contrary I've read online on multiple sites) so he put me on celexa 10mg as well recently for the anxiety and notified my therapist as well. Not been on the celexa long enough yet to see how much it helps, but it has made me somewhat queezy as was communicated as a side effect of celexa. So the short of it is my anxiety didn't get real bad until going from 300mg to 450mg of wellbutrin and the depression has only had limited help going from 150mg to 300mg to even 450mg. I guess we'll see how well both celexa 10mg and wellbutrin Sr 300mg work for me for the anxiety and depression."
Lonewolf75 (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 3, 2016
12 users found this comment helpful.
"I started taking Bupropion 1 1/2 years ago. At first I thought I had found the best meds for my condition but about 8 months in, I stopped feeling the effects and starts having anxiety attacks almost daily. My doctor upped my dosage from 100mg to 200mg. Fast forward to present day and I completely went crazy (irrational, irritability, memory loss, loss of sex drive, and so many more things that I am embarrassed to even say even though this is anonymous! My wife and I looked up some of the side effects of this drug (after long term use) and saw that I was displaying just about all of them. I have since began to taper myself off the drug and for the past week, while my anxiety is still there, the other "issue" I was having are gone."
MstrR November 28, 2016
20 users found this comment helpful.
"I've been taking bupropion xl 150 mg daily for 5 days now, for anxiety. I have noticed an increase in energy. I also don't binge eat as much. I'm a stay at home mom, so i was always back and forth to the kitchen. No anxiety issues yet. I also take 0.50 mg of Xanax at night to help me sleep. I've been battling sleep problems for a while, so it helps."
Hopeihelped October 5, 2016
42 users found this comment helpful.
"Only been taking the generic Wellbutrin Sr 150mg for a few days. And only once a day. I'm also taking Buspar 2 times a day, and have been for a month. It started to lose its effectiveness so along with increasing the daily dose of it, I was given Wellbutrin SR. It's 330am and I'm wide awake. Didn't have much energy today but even with melatonin, I woke up at 130 And can't fall back asleep. I've been craving water all day. Smoking less cigarettes. Appetite was less today than usual....Thank God. So far I really like the Wellbutrin Sr. .minus the insane heartburn it's giving me. So long as it doesn't cause my hair to fall out like Zoloft did, I should be able to tolerate the others."
BeautifulWreck (taken for less than 1 month) September 18, 2016
26 users found this comment helpful.
"I was on the generic form of Prozac 20mg for anxiety/headaches for about 6 months. During the first few months I worked out at least 3 times a week & didn't notice a difference in my weight loss I became frustrated with it. I also felt like I needed more help, well Once my dr increased my dose I maybe worked out once a week & the weight piled on. I was always sleeping and didn't feel like doing anything. I went and saw my dr & told her to take me off this bc it wasn't working and the weight gain was awful 20 pounds in 2-3 months. I started Budeprion XL 150 mg once a day. today is my third day and I already feel that im not as hungry, I have way more energy, last night I felt like I was drifting in & out sleep, may need meds to help sleep"
cj3216 September 10, 2016
14 users found this comment helpful.
"I started bupropion 150 once/day 2 months ago, after suffering increasing issues with anxiety and inability to think rationally. I found myself unable to cope with normal day to day issues. This medication has helped, but be careful. As many others have indicated, it's tough adjusting to it - for me it's insomnia and irrational thoughts. And even though I "feel" better, my anxiety has not dissipated, just have fewer episodes. However, be aware...as I did crash hard a few weeks back, and it was WORSE than ever. I came through but left me little worried, as I went to a very dark place. I feel great now, so maybe it's just finally kicking in? This battle with anxiety has opened my eyes, and I'm scared of what future holds for me"
Grant M August 29, 2016
36 users found this comment helpful.
"I was having really bad panic attacks,anxiety had me feeling like I was going crazy ! I went to my doctor he put me on bupropion 75 mg 2x a day I started taking this medication 5 days ago and I feel that I can finally get my life back ! I had a lilttle anxiety for about 3 days nothing major but I'm feeling so good I sleep well,I can think without answering myself, I have energy I'm so happy my doctor put me on this. I pray to whoever going through this I hope that you will find comfort as I did."
MrsB. (taken for less than 1 month) August 21, 2016
83 users found this comment helpful.
"I started taking Wellbutrin 2 months ago. I do not suffer from depression, I have generalized anxiety and panic disorder. It is definitely very helpful for the generalized anxiety as I am not feeling anxious 24/7. But the longer I take it, the more I experience unpleasant side effects. Out of any antidepressant I have tried, it is the only one that does not effect my sex drive, which is a plus. But I have a very difficult time falling asleep, even with the addition of sleep medication, I get constipated frequently, it makes me nauseous and dizzy, my muscles ache even though I work out regularly, I am itchy all the time, my appetite is irregular, I'm moody, and I still have panic attacks."
Samm R August 21, 2016
30 users found this comment helpful.
"Was on it for 4 months, thought it was a miracle drug util I found out what it did to my body, caused blood clots, fat clots, which led to fat embolisms, gave me high cholesterol which led to cholesterol plaque in my heart which traveled throughout my my body. I have been off of it for TWO MONTHS and I'm still trying to recover. ALL TOGETHER HIGHLY NOT RECOMMENDED. DO NOT TAKE."
Kelly-jean Marsh July 22, 2016
28 users found this comment helpful.
"After taking 150 mlg or 75 ir morning and 75 ir afternoon I feel better, my anxiety has dropped and my depression is better, not 100% but I'm happy with the results. At first my anxiety felt like it increased at times and the VA would not put me on benzo's so I toughed it out and feel better in between the anxiety spikes, but I do like the med it works for me. Good luck"
John In Arizona (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 21, 2016
28 users found this comment helpful.
"Well I've been on this medication now for almost 6 weeks, and I love it . There were very few side effects. It does suppress the appetite, well it did when I first started on it but now my appetite is great and I'm still losing weight, And my sex drive and life is totally AMAZING!!! My husband is overjoyed!!! And to think I never wanted to take medication, I simply refused to, I always tried anything natural and it would work for a minute then I was trying something else. I'm so glad that I got on this medication because it has really changed my life. I still have very small amounts of anxiety every now and again but it's no where near the way it was ,which was constant."
Because I'm Happy (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 20, 2016
90 users found this comment helpful.
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