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Positive stories about Wellbutrin

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Posted by: Bettina01 on Mar. 25 2004,19:12

Hi everyone,

I've been taking Wellbutrin XL 150 mg per day for 24 days now. Occasionally I take two of them in one day (300 mg total), and then return to taking the 150 mg per day. I'm also taking .5 mg of Klonopin (an anti-anxiety med) at night. So far I'm very happy with the results. I have virtually no side effects other than the good ones: losing weight and having more energy and motivation. On this antidepressant I feel more emotional than before. I laugh more and cry more, but don't feel depressed. It's a welcome difference from the medication I was taking previously, Prozac, which dulled my emotions. I'm very glad this forum was here to help me choose this medication. Hopefully the positive effects will continue and I will be able to post on this "positive stories" thread again sometime in the future.

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Nobody has responded here in a while, so here goes.  After reading all of the bad side effects (especially anger), I guess I feel lucky I just have some bloating, appetite loss and insomnia.  No anger and my energy is up.  I used to get angry or upset a lot and did for a little bit yesterday, but nothing big.  Though I have insomnia and wake up a lot, I am not as sleepy during the day.  I can focus a little better now and haven't cried once.  I'm excited to see in a couple more weeks what will happen.  So far I've lost 8lbs, but that's been b/c my sugar cravings have diminished.  I hope I'm not the only one who isn't suffering.  I do feel for those who are, but my psychiatrist said Wellbutrin aggravates anxiety really badly.  I rarely get anxious, so I was a good candidate for it.  Good luck to you all!:hearts:

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we2angels,

How wonderful that your start-up has gone so smoothly, and that you're already feeling better. Thanks for sharing your positive experience.

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I've been taking Wellbutrin SR 150 2x day(3 weeks) in addition to 1500mg of Depakote and I haven't had any side effects at all. I'm Bipolar II so it's been difficult trying to find the right combo of anti-dep and mood stabilizer.  :hearts:

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HI, I have been on Wellbutrin for 5 days now and feel more levelled. I have ringing in the ears only. I have increased to 300mg. today. i'm trying to stick with it.

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I have to add my positive story here.  I've tried a lot of meds, been on some for several years.  I have to say that with Wellbutrin the balance between positive effects and side effects is by far the best out of all the meds I've tried.

The only side effects I've really noticed are occasional flare-ups of Dermatitis (an existing condition I have).  I have probably the least severe form of dermatitis - if something scratches me (even lightly) the area gets very red and very itchy.  I use anti-histamines to help with this and the effect seems to be wearing off.

Overall, though, I find my mood is better all-round and my energy level is up.  I actually feel rested after getting 7-8hours of sleep.  

I started Wellbutrin about 8 weeks ago, I'm on 300mg/day now.  I'm also taking 75mg/day of effexor.  Prior to getting on Wb, I was taking 375mg/day of effexor.  Had been for close to year.  Then I crashed big-time.  Things are looking better, though...

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Welcome to DF, alida!

It's great that you're starting to feel some positive effects so quickly, and I hope things keep getting better for you each day. Hang in there! And please keep us updated on how you're doing...

Ingenieur,

I'm so glad to hear of your overall improvement since going on the WB. It's always encouraging to know that we CAN feel better!

TriPolar Troy,

I hope you're feeling some positive effects from the WB now, also.

Thanks for sharing, everyone! Wishing all of you the best...

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I'm only on my second day of Wellbutrin and I like reading the success stories here. I don't know if it's just wishful thinking or what, but I really feel better even after two days.

I am very hopeful about this, which is unusual for me to be hopeful.  :D

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I just wanted to share my positive experience now that i have been on WB for a month.  100mg SR.  I have more energy, I feel better, less numb, i dont obsess as much, i have lots of libido, and I feel more like myself before all the ssRi's i used to take.

The only problem is sleep but i am sure an anti anxiety will help with that in the evening.  A lil anxiety but heck who doesnt'

I just love my little blue pill.   :hearts: :cool1:

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(((((Mel)))))

I'm so glad you're doing well on the WB!

Wishing you pleasant dreams - a nice, long night's sleep of them :hearts:

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It's so nice to see some good stories, reading about all of the side effects scared me away for a week after I got a scrip for wb.  But, I got so desparate I finally started it 3 days ago and I know it's not supposed to work right away, but I swear it did.  The energy burst the first afternoon was crazy, especially since I had been in bed for a week.  It seems to all be levelling off a little more each day though.  I feel so much better than I did last week at this time.  I'm a little nervous about ramping up on Sunday like I'm supposed to, but I'm going to go for it since it is going so well.  Hopefully this with a good psychologist will get me on track!

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Hey all!

I've been really impressed with Wellbutrin as well.  I didn't notice much in the way of side effects -- headaches for a bit, a mild wound-up kind of feeling at first.  I also found that it actually helped alleviate some of the side effects of the Paxil I've been taking for anxiety (with poor results, I might add).

I've lost 20 pounds, which I've been trying to do forever.  I did notice that I got the "zaps" more often than with some other meds, but nothing too bad otherwise.  I didn't notice any aggravation of my anxiety either.

Yay Wellbutrin!

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Mel,

The Paxil is more likely to give you the 'zaps' than the Wellbutrin.

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You know, it really is true - the long-term users of a med never hang around!!

Hi, everyone, I started WB 4 years ago [i was moderator of this room for a long time] but I never come in here any more, so I suddenly felt conscience struck and thought I ought to add my 2 cents worth.

Wellbutrin has been good to me (those are my pdoc's words but it is true).  It is true that it is no longer as effective as it once was, but in combination with Celexa I am pretty stable and have survived the most horrendous year.

At one stage I dropped to 150mg SR per day (mainly because I kept forgetting the second pill!) - the deterioration was slow as far as mood stability is concerned (no withdrawal symptoms at all though) - but I sure noticed the improvement when I started taking the two pills a day again! (And I can't afford to buy name brand 300mg XL)

It is a good drug but like all ads it doesn't help everyone.  I hope some of you find the same success with it that I have.

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Hey all!

I've been really impressed with Wellbutrin as well. I didn't notice much in the way of side effects -- headaches for a bit, a mild wound-up kind of feeling at first.

I've lost 20 pounds, which I've been trying to do forever.

Yay Wellbutrin!

I so hope that happens to me, too! I was prescribed Wellbutrin XL for management of pain (I have endometriosis) and so far it's working well. I have only been on the 150's for a week, and step up my dosage tomorrow. I haven't had many side effects yet..

One of my problems is that, for most of my life I've been very thin (5'5", 104lbs) but my pain has gotten so bad that I can no longer go to the gym, or really do much of anything but lay in bed or on my couch. Pain meds just make me more lethargic (or worse, sick to my stomach) and they don't even effectively manage the pain, to boot! Add to that the complete inactivity has made me gain 30 pounds (!) :bump: So, enter the Wellbutrin.

May I ask how long it took to lose the weight? I am already experiencing slight appetite supressant, so I hope that when I go to 300's the weight loss will really take off. I already feel a bit of an energy boost.. not quite a 'speedy' feeling, but I am getting out, off the couch.. I even went for a walk yesterday with my husband! I am hoping I will be able to get back to the gym soon and resume some sort of (normal) life.

Nice to meet you all :hearts:

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For me, the weight loss started almost immediately. The energy boost the WB gave me really helped, and it sounds like you're already experiencing that.

Good luck!

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this sounds so positive!

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Thank you to all for posting these positives about Wellbutrin :hearts:

I signed up here not for myself but for my hubby who begins Wellbutrin tommorrow for depression. He will be taking 100 mg 2 x day to begin with. Gonna have to go the generic route until ins. kicks in on the 11th of this month.Im really worried about how this will affect him. I would hate for him to be worse off after starting meds. We're hoping for some GOOD side effects such as a little weight loss and maybe even something in the libido dept. would be great! I started scouring the internet for info and much of it seems to be negative and frankly quite terrifying so it was refreshing to find these uplifting posts!

I hope to visit here often and get much needed inspiration and information :bump:

Thank You all.....Jaimie

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Here's a link I found on another web site on the side effects of Wellbutrin. Apparently this woman added Wellbutrin to her Zoloft because she had a loss of sex drive, and well... read it. Pretty hard for me to believe, but maybe it's true?

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/25/health/2...;partner=rssnyt

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Here's a link I found on another web site on the side effects of Wellbutrin. Apparently this woman added Wellbutrin to her Zoloft because she had a loss of sex drive, and well... read it. Pretty hard for me to believe, but maybe it's true?

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/25/health/2...;partner=rssnyt

That IS hard to believe but if it IS true then YAYYY!!! for her! :hearts:

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Here's a link I found on another web site on the side effects of Wellbutrin. Apparently this woman added Wellbutrin to her Zoloft because she had a loss of sex drive, and well... read it. Pretty hard for me to believe, but maybe it's true?

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/25/health/2...;partner=rssnyt

That IS hard to believe but if it IS true then YAYYY!!! for her! :hearts:

Hi, l was wondering if l should take wellbutrin along with my Paxil. I do get anxiety though, does

it make the anxiety worse on Wellbutrin. I really need something to help my sex drive, paxil has killed it.

Any thoughts?

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I was put on Wellbutrin XL 300, Seroquel 50 mg and Luvox 50 mg about 2 years ago for a dx of Mild Bipolar, Depression, Social Anxiety Disorder and OCD. I thought that it was a good combination, but the seroquel made me too sedated so I eliminated that completely. And then I stopped getting my Luvox refilled because it was contributing to my weight gain. That was a year and a half ago. Then, I ran out of my Wellbutrin , I had missed an appointment with my doc and had to pay money I didn't have to see him again. Needless to say, I stopped everything (didn't have a choice, no doc, no insurance) and I have sense gained about 45-50 lbs. I finally was able to get insurance again a few months ago. I went to see the doctor and he told me I was borderline diabetic (runs in the family), so now I have to take meds for that. He also gave me the meds I was on before (he didn't initially dx me) so that I could at least feel stable again. The only difference was that instead of XL (my insurance wouldn't pay for it) he put me on Wellbutrin SR. I now have an appt with my psych in a couple of weeks to see if there is any modification that needs to happen.

Wellbutrin by itself is wonderful. It has helped me with my mood swings some and has made me feel like a new person when I was in a dark pit. The biggest thing is that it has also helped me significantly with my smoking. I used to smoke half a pack a day and now I only smoke maybe 3-5 cigs a day. My doc said I only need to lose about 40 lbs. I have already lost 9 lbs on the current meds, but I also suffer from binge eating (picked up over the last year). I can go without eating all day, but then I will have bouts where I have to eat everything in front of me. It has ceased alot, but I think my meds may not be helping with the bingeing. I have been on my meds fpr about 3 weeks now.

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I was put on Wellbutrin XL 300, Seroquel 50 mg and Luvox 50 mg about 2 years ago for a dx of Mild Bipolar, Depression, Social Anxiety Disorder and OCD. I thought that it was a good combination, but the seroquel made me too sedated so I eliminated that completely. And then I stopped getting my Luvox refilled because it was contributing to my weight gain. That was a year and a half ago. Then, I ran out of my Wellbutrin , I had missed an appointment with my doc and had to pay money I didn't have to see him again. Needless to say, I stopped everything (didn't have a choice, no doc, no insurance) and I have sense gained about 45-50 lbs. I finally was able to get insurance again a few months ago. I went to see the doctor and he told me I was borderline diabetic (runs in the family), so now I have to take meds for that. He also gave me the meds I was on before (he didn't initially dx me) so that I could at least feel stable again. The only difference was that instead of XL (my insurance wouldn't pay for it) he put me on Wellbutrin SR. I now have an appt with my psych in a couple of weeks to see if there is any modification that needs to happen.

Wellbutrin by itself is wonderful. It has helped me with my mood swings some and has made me feel like a new person when I was in a dark pit. The biggest thing is that it has also helped me significantly with my smoking. I used to smoke half a pack a day and now I only smoke maybe 3-5 cigs a day. My doc said I only need to lose about 40 lbs. I have already lost 9 lbs on the current meds, but I also suffer from binge eating (picked up over the last year). I can go without eating all day, but then I will have bouts where I have to eat everything in front of me. It has ceased alot, but I think my meds may not be helping with the bingeing. I have been on my meds fpr about 3 weeks now.

Hey everybody I started taking WEllbutrin xl 2 weeks ago and I already feel a difference! it is amazing and I can't say enough good things about it! I have not cried myself to sleep since I've started taking it, I haven't had anymore suicidal thoughts, I've had tons I means tons more energy, Ha I've cleaned my room:) , and I've actually been able to stick to a diet plan. I took 150mg for four days and then moved onto 300mgs I'm so happy i found this stuff!

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Need2:

I am so happy that WB is working wonders for you. :hearts: Many, like you and I, have found great success in taking WB. In addition to contributing to my recovery, I have found that the side effects with WB are few.

Keep us posted on how you're doing.

-Bean

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Need2:

I am so happy that WB is working wonders for you. :hearts: Many, like you and I, have found great success in taking WB. In addition to contributing to my recovery, I have found that the side effects with WB are few.

Keep us posted on how you're doing.

-Bean

Hey everyone,

More good news! I cleaned my car... I" mean my trunk and all. I haven't done that in like two years. I know disgusting! Also, I thought I would mention that I have only binged once the whole time I've been on WB! I used to 3-4 times a week! I feel like I have a hold on my ed and am in more control. I just feel so much better about life. I feel like I can conquor things now! ...I've decided to stay in school! which made my parents extremely happy. I feel like I can do it now! Anyways hope everyone is doing good!

abby

PS i also took up my job again that I had quit b/c of social anxiety and my depression(its a very customer oriented job) I had hated the job(along with many other things then) and now none of that stuff is in my way and I am actually good at it!

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