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User Reviews for Bupropion to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Also known as: Wellbutrin XL, Wellbutrin SR, Aplenzin, Budeprion Forfivo XL Budeprion SR

Bupropion has an average rating of 8.7 out of 10 from a total of 23 ratings for the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder. 91% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 9% reported a negative effect.

Bupropion Rating Summary

8.7/10 average rating

23 ratings from 23 user reviews.

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Reviews for Bupropion

Widner r · Taken for 2 to 5 years March 6, 2015

Wellbutrin XL (bupropion): “I have been taking Wellbutrin XL for several years for Seasonal Affective Disorder, taking 150 mg once a day to 300 mg once a day, depending on the level of my depression. Every year, it has helped me. In the fall, I feel a sadness coming over me, and find myself sleeping more, getting out and doing less. When I start taking the Wellbutrin, within a week, I am back to my normal self.”

10 / 10
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Valley Lover · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 10, 2013

Wellbutrin XL (bupropion): “I started taking Wellbutrin because of a Vitamin D deficiency and Seasonal Affective Disorder. It was like night and day. It took about 2-3 weeks but I was no longer having crying sessions or getting angry over nothing. A Vitamin D supplement had side effects so I had to quit taking it. I now take a multiple vitamin.”

10 / 10
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miaeliz January 26, 2017

Wellbutrin XL (bupropion): “Seasonal Affective Disorder really hit me hard once I turned 20. I spent 2 winters completely and utterly miserable. I was extremely lethargic, depressed, gaining weight from inactivity, and just all around hopeless. After the second winter going through that hell, I said no more. I began treatment for SAD in the fall, and it has already helped immensely (along with consistent therapy). I have more energy, much less depression and hopelessness, and have not gained any weight at all (which is a big deal for me this time of year). One thing I will say is that an interesting side effect for me has been apathy. I feel a bit numb to emotions. But not depressed - just not as emotional. It has been kind of nice actually.”

9 / 10
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Alex 19 October 27, 2014

“I have had seasonal affective disorder since I was 19. I will be 59 next month. A new doctor added Wellbutin XL to Prozac, and within ten days I felt like a different person. I feel happy really happy for the first time since I was a teen. My carbo cravings have calmed down, my anxiety level has improved ten fold. My energy level has gone up. This has never happened to me before. I'm hopeful it will continue. Even extra light did not work this well ever. This is the closest I've felt normal in 40 years. Really I should be dead. Thank God I'm alive!”

9 / 10
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No more SAD · Taken for 6 months to 1 year February 12, 2014

“I have been affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder since I was in high school. For the last 10 years the winter would literally cause me to become a different person. Finally I got the courage to talk to my doctor and was put on Wellbutrin XL in July, well before the winter months. It has truly been a lifesaver. This is the first winter in 10 years where my mood has not changed at all from how I was in the summer months. I would give this medicine 100 stars if I could.”

10 / 10
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Daniii D August 18, 2015

“My real advice is don't hesitate to see a doc and start medication. I regret not seeking help earlier. Im not the person to take meds-no antibiotics or AdviI. I struggled from the age of 15. I was never motivated to do normal daily things, I couldn't keep up in school, I had panic attacks, I was always more sad and emotional then my friends. I was unmotivated and insecure. I couldn't control my thoughts- sad or paranoid. I consulted with a doc and took Lexapro, I gained weight & the sadness went away, but so did the happiness. I was numb. My doc leaned me off &put me on BupropionXL150mg. Ive been on it since for 3 years straight. Since then I have graduated college, got a full time job, living on my on my own. Beyond grateful for this pill.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous February 19, 2020

Wellbutrin XL (bupropion): “I started taking Wellbutrin XL on 150 mg and 3 nights ago, I started to severely itch all over my body, starting with the back of my neck. I took a very hot bath to try to relieve the itch but nothing helped at all. The next morning, I tried to think of anything that would have caused this terrible itch. The only medications that I am on are birth control and (was) on Wellbutrin. I decided to look up the side effects of Wellbutrin and one of them was itching. The itching continued throughout the day. The next morning, I broke out in hives ALL OVER my body, mostly on my arms and chest. I had to schedule an emergency appointment with my doctor and had to take a cortisone shot, along with benadryl 6 times a day, put on hydrocortisone 3 times a day, Claritin in the morning, and double dose of Pepcid. This is my second day off of Wellbutrin and Im finally not scratching my skin off. If you know that you are sensitive to medication, I would stay away from this medication.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 14, 2012

Budeprion XL (bupropion): “I was originally prescribed this for seasonal affective disorder. I took this for about two years. I then went off. I have notice that seasonal issues slowly begin to reappear. I also noticed that my self diagnosed ADD issues were really beginning to get the best of me, especially the thoughts running wild when I should be sleeping. I noticed an immediate change but going back onto Bupropion XL 150 mg. This has helped to keep me focused and has given me a regular sleep ability again even though I am a 2nd shifter. I am glad to have my life back.”

8 / 10
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axo · Taken for less than 1 month July 26, 2020

“This is my first time trying this bupropion for seasonal affective disorder and I'm on the 5th day and have never felt better! I tried lexapro before which made me suicidal (have never felt that way even while being depressed). I would say 9/10!”

9 / 10
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LDR83749 December 21, 2016

“Female, age 27, taking Bupropion XL 150 mg/day Started feeling the effects of this medication within a few days (been on it for a month now); I definitely don't feel depressed anymore, which is great! Here's what it's been like for me: -Depression gone (feeling very neutral) -Obsessive thoughts gone (usually related to my body/desire to lose weight) -MASSIVE increase in sex drive -MASSIVE reduction of appetite -Vivid dreams -Irritable at times/very little patience -Benign muscle twitches (usually at night in my extremities) Doctor wants to up the dosage to 300mg, but I'm happy where I am.”

8 / 10
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YankeeFanatic · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 17, 2017

“Beyond grateful for this. Since about 19 years old I've always become horribly depressed in the fall and winter. Work performance? Down the toilet. Relationships? Down the toilet. Taking this with regular therapy & anti anxiety Rx ( have anxiety too....what fun). It works FANTASTIC. Work performance is so much better as well my relationships with other people”

10 / 10
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Maxxywax · Taken for 1 to 2 years November 27, 2014

“I loved it. No sexual side effects and it worked great for about 6 months then I started noticing that I would get very irritable after taking it. I went off for a bit and now back on for winter and seems to be fine now.”

8 / 10
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Billspal · Taken for 10 years or more May 16, 2016

“It cured my seasonal depression which had lasted from age 21 to age 49. But it will not work for people who take too low a dosage. Everyone should work with their doctor to find a dosage level that works and it takes a few weeks at a dosage to determine if that level is or is not effective. I take 400 per day.”

10 / 10
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SAD Sufferer · Taken for less than 1 month November 16, 2020

“Dreaded the gloomy midwest winters not for the cold or snow but for the lack of sunlight. Impacting me starting 20's and progressively became worse, only remedy was travel. Just miserable. Googled this drug, went to my doctor, she quickly agreed this might work for me. I'm on day 20 and, wow this stuff bupropion really works for seasonal affective disorder. I am only taking 100mg and it seems good enough, it started to work on day 2.”

9 / 10
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UniqueNY · Taken for 2 to 5 years November 15, 2014

“Completely cured my yearly depression caused by Seasonal Affective Disorder with minimal side effects. Previously on Effexor, which helped only partially. Would recommend for anybody suffering from SAD.”

10 / 10
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cew · Taken for less than 1 month January 19, 2020

“Works well I have GAD, and ADHD. I also seem to be having Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I have taken Bupropion on, and off. I think I will stick with it this time Adderall is too bad for the heart. I feel more energetic the second day I started 150mg 2x daily. I also have less pacing starts and can multitask without freaking out.”

9 / 10
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donska · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 8, 2019

“I've had SAD since my teens and have tried to escape to the sun every winter which has been really expensive and impractical now that I'm a mum of teens in my early 50s. I found out about this drug on an SAD website - it's not licensed in the UK but my doctor prescribed it anyway. it's been brilliant. I have mild side effects (mainly the constipation) but I feel so much happier than I have in the past.”

10 / 10
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odd · Taken for less than 1 month January 13, 2021

“The first time I took 150 mg XL bupropion, it felt like I had sat in the sun on a windless day for an afternoon. No joke, I felt totally blissed out! It's been about a month and I feel really lucky, after trying probably 4 other antidepressants to help with my SAD, this is the only one I've been on that doesn't feel like it wipes away a part of me or keeps me vibrating; I've never been on one that I didn't think I'd chuck before summer until now. I have ADHD too, but at the rate this has been working for me I'm considering asking for a lower dose of my stimulants because since I've been on this I feel like I might be able to train my brain to focus for the first time in my life. I have a quit day in mind for my vaping too, and am excited to see the difference between 24 hours of withdrawals on vs off this medication. There's no such thing as a miracle drug, but in combination with therapy this has been the closest thing I've ever found to one and I'm incredibly grateful.”

10 / 10
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B.RED · Taken for less than 1 month April 17, 2020

“Been taking 150 mg bupropion less than a month and like the other lady hornier than ever. Started within couple days aggressive erections during the night than they would last longer and longer with out stimulation. Has anyone heard of taking just before sex. Already taking buspirone for anxiety Thanks”

8 / 10
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James K. January 6, 2020

Budeprion XL (bupropion): “I had used bupropion XL three years ago for SAD (seasonal affective disorder)and it helped. I started again this end of November 2019. After 4 weeks it started to work. I would recommend starting take the first week that Daylight saving time ends. November 1 or even before. It might be best to start taking when you notice that the days are getting shorter and it bother you. I intent to taper down the first week of March 8 as long as I feeling well. I can not say it help with ADD. I am taking 150mg extend release.”

8 / 10
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lin · Taken for less than 1 month February 11, 2021

“Worst experience of my life. Everyone has different experiences, but I literally had the worst experience when I was on this pill. An article said the side effects would go away after 3 weeks, so I tried to push myself to get past the symptoms, but it was just so terrible that I stopped after two weeks. My insomnia got worse, I would hear loud ringing sounds so I would have the worst headache when I would try to fall asleep...and I usually don't have headaches. I was very nauseous and lost my appetite to the point I lost 4 pounds in two weeks. I was even more miserable than I already was and super sensitive. I don't know how many times I cried those two weeks I was on the pill. I did not want to see anyone and just wanted to lay in bed all the time.”

1 / 10
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Anonymous April 2, 2008

Budeprion XL (bupropion): “I live in Northern New England. This medication has been a life saver for my S A D .”

10 / 10
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Anonymous November 7, 2011

“I had previously tried Paxil and Celexa and did not feel they helped me at all. This medication is more for my problem (Seasonal Depressive Disorder).”

10 / 10
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