User Reviews for Bupropion to treat Borderline Personality Disorder
Brand names: Wellbutrin XL, Wellbutrin SR, Aplenzin, Forfivo XL Budeprion SR Budeprion
Bupropion has an average rating of 7.5 out of 10 from a total of 8 reviews for the off-label treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. 75% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 25% reported a negative experience.
"Such a massive pain to actually start getting prescribed this in the UK. But I noticed the effects really quickly, I had none of the bad side effects I had had from other Anti-depressants. It got my energy back and my mind felt sharper."
"I’ve been on Wellbutrin for over a year now, I stopped taking it at first because of the side affects (I was on 200mg) and I had gone through a pretty big life changing period, I left my dead end job and left my deadbeat boyfriend. I started to get very unstable again going through very self destructive bouts of depression and anger. I started again on 200mg, I basically became a zoned out blob and went back down to 100mg SL. For the first week I didn’t eat, I had migraines, I was very irritable and twitchy. I was nauseous, constipated, restless and had constant heart palpitations and dizziness. The bad side affects go away I promise, it’s so worth it. After a few weeks one by one the side affects went away, I can now keep a regular sleeping schedule, my previous fear of food contamination is no more and I can eat, I feel hopeful, I got myself a full time job, I got into university, I feel I finally have a future. Unfortunately though I am super underweight and it is not helping."
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"End of Life experience with Borderline Personality mother, with narcissistic tendencies. She developed dementia heavily colored by her BPD. Her reasoning and logic abilities diminished greatly along with certain memory issues. But her powers of communication and manipulation remained Oscar worthy, even tho she’d forget what lies she told to whom. If her inconsistency was pointed out she’d rage. She truly loved being as cruel as possible to people when angry. Anger was frequent, tantrums embarrassing & infantile but terrifying. Then diagnosed with terminal cancer. The meds to calm elderly agitated patients made her more agitated. Several meds tried. Her mood swings so frequent & extreme was like having 4 different patients. Finally requested Wellbutrin/Bupropion out of desperation. It made a big difference, helped other meds to work better bringing relief to her anxiety, anger, tantrums and sanity back to us. Her swings were less dramatic & frequent."
"Wellbutrin saved my life. I have borderline personality disorder, Wellbutrin makes it easier for me to not let every tiny thing affect me and to not dwell as much on one bad topic as I used to before. My mood definitely improved. Shaking like crazy for the first two weeks, no bad symptoms after; except going to the toilet. I am even more constipated than I used to be damn."
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"I only have been taking bupropion for a month but it has helped tremendously. It’s not a magic pill I still struggle to want to wake up but feel ok and that’s so much better then I was so I am thankful."
"I have taken Wellbutrin probably three different times over the last 12 years. Initially it always lifts my mood and I feel great after getting past the initial side effects. However, after 6 months to a year, I find myself suffering from increased anxiety, panic attacks, and an uncontrollable worsening of my PTSD symptoms. When I discontinue the medication, the spiral ends."
"I was having a very bad experience with venlafaxine previously to bupropion, meaning extremely irritable, suicidal ideation and self harm compulsions etc. so I tapered off it and switched to zyban 150mg. I have been through a lot of antidepressants and a lot of subsequent activation syndromes but this is definitely the worst. About 6 days in I felt extremely ill, drenching night sweats, low blood pressure manifesting as constant dizziness and the inability to regulate my body temperature. I had a lot of nausea which could only be offset by lying down in a dark room all day. I just wanted to sleep to prevent these side effects. As for mood, just extremely tearful (mainly about the ongoing 3 months of bad experiences with medication and then why now I felt like what I can only imagine chemo side effects to feel like and I am not saying that lightly. Fast forward to day 11, I am still getting bad dizziness and fatigue etc with little change to mood. My appetite has also increased."
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"1st week = mini heart attacks, increase anxiety, heavy breathing, low sex drive, sweating, BO increased (body odor). overthinking, negative, honestly was going to give up. So many side effects 2nd week= fewer heartaches, lower anxiety, normal breathing, sex drive up, low hunger, lost like 5 lbs in those 2 weeks, sweating palms, sweating armpits. more confident due to less thinking. 3rd week = Sweating palms, little no anxiety, body odor still smells, metabolism is on fire, always craving snacks, no sadness, but easily irritated, seems like if you have anger issues, this will be a big problem since you don't feel sad anymore. 4th week= I'm still in the process :) Overall, give it a few weeks, it work for my depression, anxiety, bipolar, ptsd, and abuse. Former Marine and Survivor of parent abuse. Good luck people! It's time to get our lives back!"