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Wellbutrin (buproprion HCl)

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WellbutrinŽ

Generic Name: Bupropion HCL byoo-PROP-ee-on

Drug Class: Withdrawal Agents

 

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Description
This medicine is classified as an antidepressant used to treat depression. Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for other conditions such as quitting smoking.

Wellbutrin is used to treat major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder. At least one brand of bupropion (Zyban) is used to help people stop smoking by reducing cravings and other withdrawal effects.

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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
Follow the directions given to you by your doctor. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew before swallowing. This medicine is taken orally and may be taken with food if stomach upset occurs. Take this medicine regularly at the same time every day.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Storage
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • headache
    • restlessness, agitation
    • dizziness, drowsiness
    • A rare side effect causing a sustained painful erection in males (priaprism) has occurred. If you experience this, talk to your doctor immediately.
    • If you experience other bothersome side effects, contact your health care provider.
    • drowsiness or lightheadedness
    • weight gain
    • dry mouth
    • constipation
    • nervousness
    • trouble sleeping
    • nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
    • changes in sexual function
    • dry mouth
    • constipation
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Warnings/Precautions
    • Do not take bupropion (Zyban) within 14 days of taking an MAO inhibitor.
    • Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
    • Be cautious when driving or performing other hazardous activities. This medicine can impair judgment.
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Overdose
Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
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Drug Interactions
    • Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all other medicines that you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products.

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Pregnancy/Nursing
For women: Adequate studies of pregnant women are not available. If you plan on becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor about the benefits versus the risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. For nursing mothers, this medicine is excreted in breast milk in small amounts. Check with your doctor if you plan to nurse your baby.
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More Information

For more information about this medicine, talk to your healthcare provider.
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littlelori
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Registered: December 2008
Posts: 13
Wed December 10, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $35.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: more energy and motivation to get things done ,better libido,no more compulsive behavior, I'm able to think before I act now.
CONS: trembling and twiching

I started out on generic called budeprion sr, at first I was very anxious, it was embarrassing and I was constipated. The whole time I was taking it I had headaches and I would go through major mood swings. I almost started crying at the grocery store because I was so overwhelmed with the people around me. I asked my dr for name brand sr 150 mg because I read some negative things about the generic version. It is like night and day, I feel great. Im goofing around with my kids and laughing, my pms is non existant and I just feel overall a sence of well being I havn't felt in a really long time. No more headaches or meltdowns.My anxiety is under control and I no longer struggle with depression. This drug helps me get my life together. I'm very greatfull.

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lashaine
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Registered: August 2008
Location: Missouri
Posts: 29
Thu August 28, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS:
CONS:

This drug did nothing for me.

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serenityK
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Registered: August 2008
Mon August 25, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: increased focus/awareness, decreased anxiety, no change in sexual desires, no fatigue
CONS: dizziness

I've been taking buproprion for almost three months (morning and night). I haven't experienced any insomnia or change in sexual desires. It definitely decreased my anxiety and enabled me to focus on life, not on anxiety. I get dizziness about 20 minutes after I take each does, but it usually lasts only 10 minutes or so.

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skittleburst14
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Registered: August 2008
Thu August 14, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: unclear
CONS: headaches, random anger surges, personality felt markedly altered

I would recommend this product because I think it could work very well for the people who need it. It definitely did not work for me. I tried it for about 8 weeks at 200mg, and I kept hoping that I was seeing improvement, but by the 7th week I had to admit that not only was my depression not improving, I was definitely feeling more angry about absolutely nothing, like having near constant PMS. If you truly need this medication, I think you'll see at least some improvement in the first month. If not, you probably need something else.

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trixie459
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Registered: August 2008
Tue August 5, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $4.00| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: helped somewhat with depression and anxiety
CONS: racing thoughts and jittery body when trying to sleep,

I tried wellbutrin for about 2 weeks before the jitters and insomnia forced me to stop taking it. I really had high hopes for it being a good med for me as I've read so many good reviews and my daughter loves it. Alas it wasn't meant to be!

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lotusblss
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Registered: July 2008
Sat July 19, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: immediately lifted my depression, lots of energy and enthusiasm, felt just wonderful
CONS: insomnia, complete loss of appetite, only felt great for a couple of weeks

I was suicidal, and started taking Wellbutrin. Two days later, I felt *wonderful*--happy, joyous, huge amounts of energy. Later, I realized I must have been hypomanic. It was great, though!Wellbutrin caused me to be absolutely unable to sleep, and took away my appetite. I had to force down food and I lost too much weight. Also, after a couple of weeks, I had big mood swings--two great days, followed by two or three days of sobbing--probably because I wasn't sleeping.The doctor added Zoloft and they're great in combination. I haven't lost my sex drive from Zoloft, which I credit WB with. If you are already thin, or have insomnia problems, I wouldn't recommend Wellbutrin alone. If you lack energy, want to lose weight, and are lethargic, it might be great for you. Otherwise I think it's better in combination with an SSRI.

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Is4110
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Registered: May 2008
Location: SW Arkansas
Posts: 5
Fri July 18, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Relieved depression, stayed calmed and focused
CONS: Side effects.

I wish I could have stayed on this. It was the ONLY thing I ever tried that actually CUT my food cravings! I mean this stuff really does it. I didn't want sweets! Had I stayed on it, I could have lost the 15 pounds I gained and still have. But I was allergic to it! No joke...I kept breaking out with hives, those long, puffy, mosquito bite looking things all over me, especially on my stomach. And they really itched, bad! When I told my doctor, he really didn't think it was the Welbutrin causing the hives. He thought it was stress. But when I discontinued Welbutrin, the hives and itching stopped completely and have never returned. In additon, this drug made me have extreme shortness of breath like I couldn't get a complete breath of oxygen in my lungs. That was a real trip..but I still wish I could have stayed on it.

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DoubleJ
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Registered: July 2008
Posts: 9
Mon July 14, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: elevated mood, decreased appetite, more positive outlook, increased energy/motivation, increased sex drive, clearer thought process
CONS: difficulty sleeping, increased anxiety

This medication has been a godsend for me. It clears up some of the sexual side effects and sedating qualities of SSRIs (I am also on Paxil) and seems to have made me more focused and goal-oriented. However, I do have episodes of increased anxiety and have a history of sleep problems, which have only gotten worse. Overall though, the trade off is very much worth it for me

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dicmorrison
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Registered: July 2008
Location: U.A.E
Wed July 9, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $75.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: reduced anxiousness, made it a lot easier to stay sober and not want to pop a lot of pills at the same time
CONS: None in the long term

Taking Wellbutrin was my new year resolution, today is July 9th so I've been taking it for over 7 months, when I first took this drug I noticed some changes, mostly positive, Positive:1) I feel that I could sit down and not move for more than 5 minutes, something I could almost never do before; every time I went somewhere I would think about leaving right away, that has all changed :-)2)I started thinking about sex more, I was setting up dates and being more socially active in the female department, 3)I felt that my mind was less "blurry" that I was more focused, I was doing a lot less ranting and felt more " settled down" and more composed.4)I would say the drug made me more alert but in a good way, I could say I felt less lazy and more likely to get up and do something or go somewhere 5)I would always pop too many non-prescription pills at the same time ( over 6 sometimes 10 or even 20), I couldn't stop myself from doing that even though I was constantly worried about overdosing or causing irreversible Kidney or liver damage, now I no longer feel like popping any pills, I'm very pleased with that :-)6)I didn't feel that the drug made me want to eat more, my weight remained the same and that's something I am very happy withNegative:1) Dry mouth is annoying at first but then you get used to drinking more liquids2) its harder to fall asleep at first but i adjusted both doses to be earlier in the day (150mg when I wake up at 7:30, the next dose at 5 or 6pm at the most)3) I don't feel that I have improved socially, I am still withdrawn and spend most of my time alone, however I feel its not fair not to blame myself more for thatOverall to me the positives out way the Negatives, I have had a good experience with the drug :-)

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neuroplasticity
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Registered: June 2008
Thu June 26, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $30.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: increased energy, positive outlook
CONS: anxiety, headaches

Unfortunately, people with poor experiences are more prone to post here, so the outlook for this medication is probably much better than it appears. I understand how the side effects can be overwhelming- especially in the first few days. I had a short temper, insomnia and I still get headaches. Once my body adjusted to the 300 mg/day (after first being gradually elevated to that level for a week) I felt much better. Having taken Wellbutrin XL for a few months, however, I still didn't feel 100%. I was recently increased to 450 mg/day. It was a struggle to get used to again, but I feel I am now benefiting from it. I'm lucky, it's hard to diagnose which treatment is best for which person and I am grateful I didn't have to go through a spectrum of drugs before I found the right one. There are definitely some bad things about bupropion medications, but overall the positives have outweighed the negatives substantially. If you want to quit smoking, then taking this for depression is an added bonus and I haven't smoked in the 6 months I have been taking it. Caution: alcohol WILL NOT be enjoyable with Wellbutrin. It lowers your seizure threshold and it made me immensely paranoid and fearful. My main concern is the fact that my psychiatrist wants to keep me on it for another year. Isn't that a little too long?

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Hermetic
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Registered: June 2008
Sun June 22, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: None
CONS: Anxiety, Nausea, Depression, Suicidal thoughts, Insomnia

I suffer from a major depressive disorder and anxiety. My psych perscribed wellbutrin in order to "motivate" me, hoping that it would take away my lethargy and depression. I have to say that this is the worst med that I have been on. It made me extremely depressed and emotional. It also increased my anxiety ten fold. I am also a smoker, but I didn't find it at all usefull for qitting.

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Seraph
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Registered: April 2007
Location: Gainesville, FL
Posts: 70
Sun February 17, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Increased energy, mitigated depression
CONS: Tremors, upped heart rate by 10 bpm

It helps my depression, but I am still a bit dysphoric and depressed. It did give me the energy to make it through the day, but I have to keep a pill bottle next to my bed because it's too hard to get up until it's in my system. It allows me to function. It does occasionally make me hyper, but that's not terribly abnormal. I was addicted to caffeine before I started Bupropion because I could not function without it. I stopped taking caffeine cold turkey once I started. It was unnecessary. Plus, Bupropion gave me a more stable boost. (No caffeine withdrawls at 4 pm)As for the depression, it does help. It's certainly not an end-all cure.

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Savvi
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Registered: February 2008
Wed February 6, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $25.00| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: Loss of appetite
CONS: Irritability

I went on this as zoloft took away my libido. This definitely brought back the libido, but made me sooo irritable and did nothing for my depression. I'm seeing my doc again next week and will ask to go off it. I'm tired of yelling at everyone.

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Anonymous
Fri January 25, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $8.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Lessened MDD
CONS: wears off after a while, extremely expensive, I have no insurance.

This is a good one for me, but after now being on it for about 8 months and being on 300mg a day, I feel like I am slipping back steadily into a major depression. I take this in conjunction with lexapro and I don't feel like things are working so well any longer. Also, this is EXTREMELY expensive. A month's worth costs about $130 for me and that's way too much for me to afford. I'm running out of samples and may have to quit just because of the cost.

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DJChicago
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Registered: January 2008
Tue January 15, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: libido back better than ever, energy up, motivated to DO THINGS!
CONS: more or less constant anxiety

I've been on SSRIs (Zoloft) that deprived me of any spectrum of emotion. Sure, I was feeling better, but that was it. Like being on botox for the soul. This, however, allows me ups and downs, and best of all, allows me to feel sexual. My last relationship of 18 months petered out because my libido was so dampened on Zoloft. Too late, I switched to Wellbutrin and am now very disappointed about being single! Which is a drastic change to my "not irritated with you but still don't want to have sex" attitude on Zoloft. On the other hand, I wake up anxious. I've done more crafty, creative things in the last 3 months on Wellbutrin than in the last 3 years. Started volunteering. Working better and harder at all aspects of life. Reconnecting with friends. In the spectrum of side-effects, I'd rather trade in my former miserable apathy for my current constant low-level anxiety if it means that I want sex and am experiencing creative productivity!!!! All said, this has freed me from a decade or more of self-castigation and misery, and heightened my awareness of my own body. Hallelujah and amen!

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Amandla
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Registered: December 2007
Wed December 19, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Initiative
CONS: Shakes, weird sex stuff?

I'm so glad this is in generic now...I take it together with Lexapro and it helps a lot with motivation--I actually wake up in the morning and feel like I want to get out of bed and do things. However, it also seems to contribute to monthly anxiety attacks. Also, when I started taking it, it caused a serious increase in my interest in sex (like from wanting it twice a week to wanting it more than once a day) but that seems to have leveled off. (Plus, now it's winter, and the SAD ensures that I would rather read a book than get it on...)

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102riley
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Southeast Alabama
Posts: 3
Mon October 22, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: I started feeling a little better
CONS: I had a very serious side effect. I had some form of a seziure disorder, which mimiced parkinsons. I ended up in the hospital. It took a full week for the symptoms to subside

My brother has done really well on welbutrin. He and I both have bi-polar II. I think it could have helped me had I not had the "rare, but serious side effect."

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Sultrysorrow
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 77
Thu October 4, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: I never took it long enough to notice any change in mental status
CONS: I had symptoms of the (not very well documented) "brain zaps" or "brain shocks"

I tried taking this medicine because Zoloft was giving me the old sexual side effects bit. So I tapered off the Zoloft and gradually worked to a regular starter dose of Bupropion. It didn't take long for me to feel like my brain was shorting out. I literally felt like electrical impulses were cross-firing to the wrong nerves and sending pulses down my neck arms and even all the way down to my feet. After about two weeks of feeling like a spark plug I was taken off this drug and put on Paxil.

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nuttyb
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Registered: September 2007
Thu September 27, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS:
CONS:

HELP! i know exactly what is wrong with me. i have ADD. i have every single symptom of it. i hadn't seen a doctor since 2001 (i haven't had insurance, but i've finally decided to pay out of pocket because i can't keep living like this). i was on effexor for a year because i was depressed/struggling with an eating disorder. i'm done with my adolescent body image troubles, and i now realize that my blues just stems directly from my inability to succeed in work/school/relationships/life. i have a textbook case of ADD. throughout my childhood to now, i have exhibited all symptoms of it... i finally went to a psychiatrist for the first time in years the other day and he put me on wellbutrin. it's not working. nothing. i've taken my roommates adderall a few times and it's like night and day. i love the person i am on adderall. i don't drink/do drugs, and i didn't want to suggest to the doctor that he put me on adderall because i know it is abused my a lot of people, but i truly believe that this is what i need. i feel utterly helpless. i did not mention to him that i had tried adderall and it made me feel normal for the first time in my life, but what is he going to do when i tell him the wellbutrin doesn't work? effexor didn't work, wellbutrin doesn't work... im paying a lot of money to see this douchebag. is it hard to get a doctor to prescribe adderall? thought? opinions? feelings?

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bat7777
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Registered: September 2007
Fri September 21, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: few side effects, increase in libido, makes smoking less desirable, not as depressed
CONS:

for depression have before tried lexapro, zoloft, effexor, & paxil. all had a slew of side effects and none seemed to lighten my depression. 300mg wellbutrin seems to work for me and i wish i had tried this med first

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Melissa123086
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Registered: September 2007
Tue September 11, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS: Feeling happier, loss of appetite
CONS: Dry mouth, insomnia, and tremor

I have only been on 150mg Wellbutrin for 5 days now but it's mostly so far so good. The dry mouth and insomina really suck but not so unbearable that I am not willing to stick out the couple of weeks until they subside. I have a very strange taste in my mouth and hand tremors as well, but again they really aren't that bad. In these few days I really have been feeling a lot happier. Im not really sure if its more of a placebo effect at the moment because I was really optimistic about taking this drug and I don't think change normally happens this quick.Another plus side effect is the decreased appetite and loss of interest in food. I am not overweight but was slightly obsessed with food and my eating habits prior to taking this medication.

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scratt
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Registered: August 2007
Posts: 7
Sun September 9, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: none
CONS: sent my anxiety through the roof

My doc prescribed Wellbutrin in combination with Ritalin. DUH I have anxiety, ADD(?), and post tramatic stress issues. Needless to say this did not work. Sent me into a manic type anxiety episode after he told me to dicontinue meds cold turkey. Last pdoc for me. Have been using family doc since. I give it a 2 because I do not know which was the most damaging: combination or pdoc's cold turkey suggestion.

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xp1155
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Registered: August 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 150
Sun August 26, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: tolerable side effects, minus the racing heart
CONS: racing heart, dry mouth

I tolerated this drug well until my heart started racing one night while I was watching TV. I guess that side effect is pretty rare, but you have to stop taking the drug if you experience your heart race. I would recommend it because I know my side effect was rare and, like I said, I tolerated it well up until that point.

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xd42
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Registered: August 2007
Posts: 2
Sun August 26, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: no sexual sideeffects, no weight gain
CONS: bad stomach/intestine pain, diarrha, didn't help depression/anxiety

Unfortunately I didn't have a good experience with this drug. I had transitioned off Paxil six months prior to starting wb xl. I wanted to give life a shot without drugs for a while. I started having trouble with anxiety/depression and Dr. suggested I try WB. Started at 150mg (name brand-xl) for two weeks and things were tolerable. At 300mg (generic-xl) for next two-three weeks, I started to have bad gut pain and diarrhea. No anger or aggression problems as other have experienced though. No libido impact but neither anxiety nor depression were getting better. Between the side effects and the fact that anxiety/depression was getting out of hand, I decided to stop the WB. I was disappointed as the med got good reviews here but everyone's system is different. I've always had bad anxiety and others have mentioned WB can exacerbate that so it was probably not the best choice. Paxil seems to work better for me.

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eccentricmind76
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Registered: August 2007
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 21
Tue August 21, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Doesn't upset my stomach, loss of appetite
CONS: Slight headaches

I just started taking this med recently. Hopefully it will do much better than the Lexapro they had me on last time. I'll revisit this review if things change.

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Treading_Water
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Registered: August 2007
Fri August 3, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Perks you up, weight loss, libido, some lifting of mood
CONS: A rough start -- irritable, strange dreams, dry mouth and headache

Overall, I had a good experience with this drug, though I am beginning to think it has run its course with me (don't you just HATE that? A great drug just stops working!!!). Was definitely at 3-4 week adjustment period that you have to work through -- yes, as the others have said, this strange aggressive feeling. I wanted to rip heads off! And the dreams were freaky. Oh, and dry mouth and sweating (if you are a sissy about working through initial side effects, move on). Then it settled in and was real nice -- nicely horny a lot, and sex was good -- and without even trying I dropped from 213 to about 192. VERY nice -- that alone will lift your mood. Fitting into those fave jeans from 5 years back... anywho. Worth a try -- be brave, give it at least 4 weeks, it may indeed be THE ONE. There are many SSRIs, there is only one Wellbutrin.

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stockboy
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Registered: July 2007
Fri July 27, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: energy, focus, elevated mood, libedo boost,
CONS: none

I have been in a funk for the last six months and didn't realize it. I was content to sit in front of the tv and watch commercials (I have ADD too). No motivation to do any of the honey-do's my wife was desperately asking me to complete. It got pretty bad when, after a another sleepless night of dark ruminating, I really started thinking about suicide. After some serious urging from a couple of good friends, not to mention my wife, I sought professional help. After just a couple of days taking it, I was becoming a new energized happier person (like my old self). My mental fog cleared; thinking became more clearer and more focused. Unfortunately, my new pdoc switched me out for effexor, (the jury is still out on its effectiveness) as she said it would interact with concerta.uhm... I did notice the sweating as well, but it also helped with IBS (so that's a wash)

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leighc
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Registered: June 2007
Wed June 13, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.03| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: no appetite, no longer compelled to sleep all day
CONS: sweating like crazy (sensitive to heat)

I was feeling so bad when I started on Wellbutrin XL that I didn't really care what side effects it had. Now that I'm feeling better, I'm debating whether to stay on it due to the sweating, which I just started to notice. I hate to sweat. While standing in the checkout line at a store I had to leave because I suddenly felt like I was being roasted over hot coals and sweat started to pour off of me. By the time I got in the car, my hair was wet. While doing light housework today I sweat right through my tee shirt. All I want to do is stand in front of the AC or open freezer. With summer coming, I don't think I can handle this. I have a whole new respect for menopausal women suffering from hot flashes!

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ab1018
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Registered: May 2007
Location: Ohio
Posts: 92
Sat May 26, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Weight loss, sexual desire back, no heavy sweating,
CONS: Severe diarrhea, some anxiety and agitation

I switched to Wellbutrin from Cymbalta because the Cymbalta was giving me severe night sweats and heavy overall sweating. I must say, after starting on the Wellbutrin, I feel like I have more energy than I ever did on other drugs. My appetite has decreased (which is good - I have gained 100 lbs. over a 5 year period on other meds). I also have motivation back to accomplish things. Sexual desire is also back. Negative - some anxiety/agitation - losing my temper over small stuff. The worst - it gives me severe diarrhea. I had hoped I had a virus or something, but it's been two weeks now. My doc and I decided that the benefits of the med were worth seeing if that side effect would go away, but it hasn't. Looks like I'll have to go back to the others, which make me zombie-like.

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Registered: June 2006
Posts: 321
Mon May 21, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: lifted mood and sex drive better
CONS: made my heart race, had panic attack and anxiety

Made my heart race - felt way too keyed up on it!

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jimmyjetta
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Registered: May 2007
Sun May 13, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: it works
CONS: none

It's funny, years ago the original Wellbutrin had next to no effect on me, either therapeutic or with regards to side effects (although it did make for some real euphoric-type dreams). But I gave it another try recently, this time with Wellbutrin XL: by and large, it works! The therapeutic effects don't feel quite as "complete", for lack of a better term, when compared to the SSRI's I have taken but I don't have any sexual side effects from it either.I have heard other people say that it amps them up too much (i.e. nervousness and anxiety) but I haven't had any appreciable problems with it.

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statgrrl
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Registered: May 2007
Fri May 11, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.67| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: No sexual dysfunction, no drymouth, no headaches
CONS: Mucho expensivo!

I've been on antidepressants for approx. 13 years now and have tried (all with little/no success): Prozac, Zoloft, and Celexa. Prozac=NO SEX, Zoloft=DRYMOUTH, Celexa=HORRID HEADACHES. I am treated for a combination of clinical depression and ADHD, so I finally got a good doctor who decided to put me on Wellbutrin 300mg XL which has been like a gift from the heavens. I now have my life back and in control and can function as a productive member of society once again. WARNING: My stupid pharmacy/insurance co. refilled my RX with generic Buprion and I just started taking it thinking nothing of it until all my symptoms returned within a few days. It was like night and day - the Buprion is supposed to be the exact same formulation, but I was so severely dysfucntional and depressed that my relationship with my husband crashed and burned, nearly ruining my marriage, since we both had no idea what the hell was going on. I have since made the plea to my doctor to explicitly request the pure and not generic form. I have been back on the good stuff now for a little over a month and things are completely normal again. Good news: Wellbutrin really does work! Bad news: I'll likely be on it for life.

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deborah42
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Registered: May 2007
Posts: 27
Mon May 7, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: no weight gain,loss of appetite
CONS: insomnia ,anger.

ive been on this med for 3 weeks almost.im not really sure what to say.i guessi feel it makes me very angry to the point where dont look at me that way or ill punch u out.sleep doesnt happen much.eating has slowed down big timebut thats not a big thing [y]

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DePressMe
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Indiana
Posts: 3897
Fri April 27, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.25| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: No weight gain or other side effects
CONS: I take the XL, so it is expensive

Wellbutrin is a good medicine for me. It helps with my depression and I have not noticed any side effects.

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chellebelle
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Registered: April 2007
Wed April 25, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Even moods, feelings of happiness, more energy, loss of appetite
CONS: Seems like negative emotions are more obvious

I have been taking this medication for one week. I have noticed some obvious side affects, which have been mostly positive. I am sleeping great, probably because I don't go to bed all amped up because my brain has been going a mile a minute all day. I have only had one negative side effect. Yesterday, I had a mini anxiety attack, which concerned me enough that I called my doctor. She recommended giving it another week before deciding if I was taking enough. I would definately recommend this to other people. Loss of appetite is a side effect, but in my case that just fine with me!

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terry
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Registered: April 2007
Posts: 5
Tue April 24, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $1.00| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: None
CONS: anxiety, insomnia

It may be great for some people, but for me it did absolutely nothing.

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prime23
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Registered: April 2007
Location: California
Posts: 5
Tue April 17, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Got rid of my depression. No sexual side effects (except good ones).
CONS: Made me manic

Wellbutrin got rid of my depression twice. It worked well, too well. It was like meth. I wound up in the hospital with psychotic mania both times. I think this is a good drug for major depressives, but bipolars need to be careful, especially if they have a history of major manic episodes.

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lunakit
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Registered: April 2007
Thu April 12, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: eliiminated panic attacks
CONS: mania, agitation, aggressiveness, outbursts of temper, sleeplessness

I'm bipolar with a tendency toward dysphoric mania. I took this for a few months several years ago, along with 4mg/day of xanax. At first I felt pleasantly energized ~ my manias are usually dysphoric so I enjoyed feeling over-the-moon happy for a while instead of paranoid and angry. And I didn't get any panic attacks while I was on this med. But after a month or so I started becoming more and more angry-manic, pissed off all the time and picking fights with everyone. And sleep? Forget it. It didn't work for me at all in long term so I got off it. Beware of Wellbutrin if your bipolar disorder scews towards mania. It might work well for depressives but my pdoc gets a 1 for prescribing this for a mostly-manic patient!

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DoubtingThomasina
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Registered: April 2007
Location: North Dakota, ASA
Posts: 13
Wed April 11, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $12.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Lifts you out of major depression
CONS: leaves you feeling unlike yourself

After my horrifying experience with Lexapro (especially the sexual dysfunction), I was put on Wellbutrin. It helped slightly with my depression but made me feel like I was in someone else's body. I eventually flushed them all down the toilet.

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Dru1981
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Registered: April 2007
Location: Texas
Posts: 4
Tue April 10, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $2.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: lost weight, helped me quit smoking and drinking, elevated mood
CONS: horrible anxiety, memory problems

I believe that if I didn't have underlying anxiety problems then I would have a higher opinion of this medication. If you have anxiety issues I wouldn't recommend wellbutrin as it caused me almost unbearable panic attacks at times. It worked wonders on my depression, and helped me free myself from alcohol, nicotine, and pain killer addiction. As the panic attacks tended to happen after my second dose of the day, I managed them by taking the second dose just before falling asleep. This tended to cause problems if I couldn't get myself to quickly fall asleep as Wellbutrin caused insomnia.

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tricia
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Registered: June 2004
Sun March 11, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $40.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: works well for me
CONS: none

I have only been taking wellbutrin for a few months and so far it has been working for me.

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Juliana
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 887
Sat March 3, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: no physical side effects for me
CONS: made me extremely depressed, confused, suicidal

I took Wellbutrin for about 5 weeks to help with mild depression. It threw me into a black hole. I became extremely depressed and had suicidal thoughts (something I had never experienced before). I was too confused and depressed to realize the Wellbutrin was the cause of this deep depression and suicidal thoughts. I became convinced that the SSRIs I had taken in the past had permanently damaged my brain and I would never be myself again so life wasn't worth living. Fortunately, I had a scheduled doctor's appointment. My doctor saw the horrible state I was in and told me to stop taking Wellbutrin immediately. I was on a very low dose, so she said there was no way to wean myself off it; I just needed to stop taking it. Within a few weeks, I was back to the mild depression I had started with... a huge improvement over how I felt on Wellbutrin!I took Wellbutrin's close relative, Zyban, about 10 years ago to try to quit smoking. I didn't have any depression or anxiety before I started taking it, but I was a mess while I was on it. I was angry, surly and argumentative in the mornings, then I would be in a great mood in the afternoon, and by 6 PM I would be in tears and would spend my evenings feeling miserable. I also developed a phobia of escalators. I was on one while taking Zyban and the stairs started getting narrower and then wider (zooming in and out) and I freaked and didn't want to get on an escalator again. That phobia stayed with me after I stopped taking Zyban. It also didn't help me quit smoking. Cigarettes tasted nasty, but I kept smoking. I just felt miserable while I was smoking. I lasted about 4 weeks on Zyban. I noticed there's no place to review Zyban on the Zyban page. That's why I'm mentioning it here. My friend was on it at the same time as me. She became nasty and paranoid while on it. She didn't quit smoking either.

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MrsDocW
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Registered: January 2007
Sat January 20, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $2.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Seems to really help without a lot of side effects
CONS: If I take it too late in the day, it can interfere with my sleep

I found Wellbutrin to be very effective with little or no side effects. Unlike other meds, if I missed a dose, I suffered no immediate ill effects.

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Direction
Magnate

Registered: December 2006
Location: Midwest, USA
Posts: 2704
Fri January 12, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: It works with little sexual side affects
CONS: None so far

For me it was an improvement over Lexapro

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sallyoop
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Registered: December 2006
Wed December 20, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $3.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: no weight gain, lots of energy
CONS: increases anxiety and expensive

I startedtaking Wellbutrin because I had gained 30 pounds on Zoloft. The good news is that I have actually lost 5 pounds on Wellbutrin, and I haven't even really been trying. If you have anxiety, this is probably not the drug for you because it really seems like it exacerbates the problem. I might have to d/c use because my anxiety is through the roof..(I can't breathe, I feel like I am choking even if everything in my life is fine). Interestingly, I sleep much better on this than I did on Zoloft. I could never achieve a deep, restful sleep on Zoloft, but I can with Wellbutrin, if I can just make myself relax enough to fall asleep. The bad dreams I had on Zoloft are not present on Wellbutrin, but I feel kinda wired all of the time. I think my depression is better while taking Wellbutrin than it would be without, but I don't really feel peace or joy. I just feel more levelled off, or rather, not depressed. Also, Zoloft numbed my emotions, Wellbutrin allows me to feel everything more. And sex is better than its ever been.

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Amerikasend
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Registered: December 2006
Location: Merryland
Posts: 22
Tue December 5, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: ???none
CONS: Just made life even worse

This stuff didn't work for me at all. It made my life turn to crap very quickly (although it was already crap, but not as bad as when on wellbutrin) It made me very hostile towards everyone. I got super depressed.I talked to some of my buddies that have took it and they all suggested to stop taking it as soon as possible and to yell at my pdoc for prescribing such a worthless med

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Eleora
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Registered: May 2006
Location: Southern Ontario
Posts: 264
Sat November 25, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Increased energy, less depression
CONS: Anxiety, insomnia, restlessness

Found the medication works very well against my depression. I'm at 300mg with the intention of going to 450mg, and I have never had an overly hard time with the side effects. Didn't give me the headaches or stomach aches SSRI's did. Only thing that has been a minor problem was anxiety, but once I got accustomed to the medication it was nonexistent.

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SerenitysWave
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Registered: December 2005
Location: Vermont
Posts: 1529
Sun October 22, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: did experience relief from depression, anxiety, panic and SI..plus I lots weight and quit smoking
CONS: none

I would consider taking it again. It worked well while it lasted. I took this medication in comjunction with Lexapro. The combintaion worked well for me for about a year and a half.

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AlteredState01
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Registered: October 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 1061
Tue October 10, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: ?
CONS: No response to this med.

This medication had no effect whatsoever on me, even when dosage increased. Had to give up trying this med because depression returning quickly.Didn't do a damn thing for my smoking either!

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Sher
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Registered: May 2006
Posts: 34
Thu September 28, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: gives me a bit of an energy boost, have experienced no side effects
CONS:

has been a great tratment for my depression. no side effects and no wieght gain

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