It made me feel amazing. I stopped procrastinating and had energy for the first time in years. I felt like I had been given my life back.
After two weeks the weight gain started. I've gained 8 pounds - 5 of that in the past 48 hours. Mind you, I have barely been eating and I was exercising like a fiend.
It works, but with some side effects
After trying a long string of SSRI's to treat major depressive disorder, one of my doctors decided to prescribe me Wellbutrin XL. When I first started taking it, my appetite decreased, so I lost a decent amount of weight. I was very happy with this. I also noticed this medication had a more stimulating effect as opposed to SSRI's like Lexapro, Celexa, Zoloft - all of them had made me feel lethargic and sleepy, and I had gained weight on those quickly. For a few months I was very happy with Wellbutrin -- it made me more social, I felt more motivated in daily activities, I was doing really well at school and I was able to speak up in class. After a few months however, I started to notice a few obvious side effects, and after doing research I found I was not the only one experiencing these. The biggest thing was that Wellbutrin was making me stutter! I have never had a speech impediment but with Wellbutrin I was stumbling over my words, stuttering, and it was starting to make me feel weird. After I stopped the Wellbutrin the stuttering went away. Now I am on Pristiq and I am feeling a lot better.
This helps to put a stop to the roller coaster ride.
I've been on this medication for about 4 months now, and my outlook on life has been much better. There are no more up and down times. I'm constantly on an even level. Plus, my physician said I might only have to take it for 1 year. We have the potential of our bodies adjusting and making up for the difference on their own after stopping the medication.
Grove City, OH
Wellubutrin Is one of the Best
Basically my entire adult life I have suffered from depression. I have useTd a couple different depression medications and never got any to actually work good enough for me to keep taking them. This is the only one that allowed me to go on with my life. I am so thankful for this medication. I stopped taking this medication for a while and after I had a baby I got severe post partum depression. When I got the courage to go to the doctor I was prescribed Wellburtin XL. After a couple days I felt like I hadn't felt in months, I was laughing again, and I finally got to bond with my baby. My marriage started getting better. I felt like a new person! I am so happy I got the help I needed! I am still taking this medication to this day. This medication does not have any sexual side effects which is great, it can also help with weight loss which is a great plus. The only problem I had with this medication is I started getting anxious. Anxiety is something I was dealing with before I was on this medication so I am not going to blame Welbutrin for my anxiety. In order to help my anxiety I had to start taking another medication along with this one, but I am seriously greatful for all the benefits I have gotten for this and I would deffinately recomend it to anyone who has depression, because like I said before I have tried other medications and none compare to this one!
Mason City, IA
wellbutrin keeps my life partners diabetes in check
My life partner sufffers from diabetes type 2 and wellbutrin allows him to control his sugar levels without having to take shots everyday.This is very important to the both of us as we are busy living and don't want to be tied down with shots!!!!
Saved my Life
I have been on this medicine off and on for a couple of years. I really like it and it is a good choice for me. It does have an energizing effect which I really like. I know this medicine isn't for everyone but for me it has worked wonders. I had severe depression especially after having my daughter so my doctor out me back on this medicine because it worked so well so in the past. I personally use this with another medication but even by itself it worked wonderfully.
Dont let depression get you down
Here is a medication that literally saved my life, Wellbutrin XL. This medication is an anti-depressant, but doubles as a weight loss pill and again doubles as a smoking cessation pill. So really what can't this pill do? Mainly though, it is for depression and thank goodness. I started off taking the extended release and for a minute I switched to regular. And it sucked. There was a gap in between the pills I took and it showed really bad. It made me sick. But Wellbutrin XL is magical. It has helped me grow leaps and bounds. A friend of mine always used to tell me "Don't let depression get you down." And it was funny and amusing, but how right he was. I didn't know how to just be "okay." But this medication has given me a steady life line and makes me happier than I have ever been. I just want people to know that there is a way to get past depression and Wellbutrin XL does it fact help. Thank goodness.
Helped me with my anxiety
I started taking Wellbutrin XL about two years ago. I was having anxiety issues/attacks. Plus, working at a preschool can make anxiety even worse. My doctor suggested that I take this medication to help with the anxiety, even though it's more geared for depression (supposively it can work in different ways for different people). The doctor decided on this medication compared to other because he said weight gain was not really a side effect and neither is drowsiness (two things I did not need more of in my life). It took about one month for the medication to kick in and start working for my anxiety reasons. My life is different now since I started taking this medication. I see a happier, more out going (and calm) person in myself. This medication worked for me, but of course, it may not be the answer for everyone. Due to the high cost of this medication, my doctor suggested that I take the generic when I run out of this fill. I'm unsure of what the name of the generic medication is, but it's worth looking into if you don't have insurance since this medication is pricey!