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Have any of you had experience with the drug Wellbutrin?

Asked by Facade (22902points) July 23rd, 2009

What was it like?

I’ve read it doesn’t cause weight gain and sexual side effects like most other anti-depressants. I don’t really want to be on any type of medication, but I feel as though I should.

So, share you stories :)

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Darwin's avatar

I’m afraid that is one no one in our household has taken. We have experience with Zoloft (weight loss), Lexapro (weight gain), and Paxil (neither).

According to Drugs.com both change in weight (loss or gain) and sexual side effects are possible with Wellbutrin, so I don’t know where what you read comes from.

Good luck with it. Most of these meds take several weeks to work.

Facade's avatar

I forget where I read it. It was some review site with hundreds of reviews from different people. But if what you’re saying is true, I won’t be trying it just waiting for things to pass

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I have never taken Wellbutrin but I know that Lexapro, for me, didn’t result in any side effects, especially sexual ones or weight gain. I did, however, have those side effects and worse with Paxil

Facade's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir I haven’t researched anything about Lexapro, but I think I will. Thanks for the info

Darwin's avatar

I think it really depends on your own physical make-up. If you need an anti-depressant, then take one. You will know fairly quickly whether it is helping you or not. If it isn’t, then try another one.

There are some comments on Wellbutrin on this older question that seem to show that how you react to various drugs depends on your individual needs.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Facade I’ve heard that it is, of all the options, one of the mildest. I take it in very small doses as I’m very sensitive to anti depressants and it’s been helpful…prevented postpartum depression the second time around…the world of anti-depressants and the life on them is a roller coaster and may sometimes be worse than you imagine..I urge you to be cautious and above all go to a seasoned professional that are not just a therapist but also a physician…

Facade's avatar

@Darwin That’s part of the problem. I’m not sure what I need. And neither are any of the doctors I’ve seen in the past. I’m also unwilling to chance the possible side effects. Normally when I take meds, they don’t work but the side effects stick with me. With Prisitq, I could not orgasm anddd I’m not having that happen again (yes, it is that serious)

Facade's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir I was thinking of seeing a psychiatrist, but I really want to see if I can get a hold on this on my own since it isn’t that bad, but bad enough to create issues.

Darwin's avatar

Try seeing a psychologist or a counselor first. They can offer behavioral tools to help you pull yourself out of whatever it is, and they can also help you decide whether you should try meds.

These days, a psychiatrist is mostly a person who prescribes medications, not a therapist.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Facade Again, I would say DO NOT go into the world of anti depressants without seeing a psychiatrist…I wish you all the luck in the world, truly, to battle what you’re going through on your own..

Facade's avatar

@Darwin Good to know
@Simone_De_Beauvoir I’ve made that mistake many times before. Never again lol

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir I took Paxil once, and the side effects were worse than the problem it was prescribed to fix. I’m on Prozac now, a much better mood regulating drug, and no side effects.

Likeradar's avatar

I tried it for a while.
It has very minor effects on my depression. I’m not sure how to describe it, but it didn’t make me feel like me. Prozac makes me feel like a better version of myself, but Welbutrin didn’t. It made me feel like a muted version of myself. I can’t think of a better way to describe it…

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra glad to hear it
i hate Paxil
i wrote a very long paper on it for my Drugs course in college

knitfroggy's avatar

I tried Wellbutrin once when I was trying to quit smoking. My doctor prescribed it for me. I’d heard of a few people using it to quit smoking and the doctor said he’d be happy for me to try it. It didn’t curb my smoking in the least, but I was happier than hell. I liked it for a few days, but after a while it felt really fake, so I quit taking the Wellbutrin and kept smoking.

dutchoventom's avatar

Wellbutrin (Buproprion) is used for a variety of things including major depressive disorder, smoking cessation,ADHD, Depression associated with bipolar disorder, Panic disorder, and Bulemia nervosa. If you start on it you need to be gradually dose-increased to prevent seizure risk. Wellbutrin is not approved for use as single drug therapy (monotherapy) for Bipolar disorder. If you have any history of seizure disorder do not take it. Weight loss is a side effect. Agitation, insomnia, and anxiety have been reported as side effects. (as with most all drugs in this class). There are bunch of drug-drug interactions listed. Check them out before starting Wellbutrin. The mechanism of action of Wellbutrin is somewhat different from other antidepressants such as SSRIs (Prozac, Lexapro) and appears to utilize noradrenalin and dopamine pathways. My experience with patients on this med have been fairly good but start with caution and do a complete medication check if you are already on existing meds.

gailcalled's avatar

I tried Wellbutrin for several weeks for mild depression; nothing happened and I switched to Zolft, which I like (a low dose.)

Judi's avatar

@Facade; My son took it because the doctor said it was a better anti-depressant to take than the one he was taking (I can’t remember which one that was, effexor maybe?) When he tried to quit smoking. He went wacko when he tried to quit the first time.
I just read your follow-up posts and I should tell you that although I don’t know (or want to know) any details, my son DID get his mojo back when he switched. The girls are crazy about him again.

hearkat's avatar

I took Wellbutrin for several months during the worst time in my life, and I didn’t feel like it made any difference (like Zoloft and Prozac before it). I later tried Effexor, and didn’t even finish the 2-week starter pack because of the vivid, bizarre dreams I was having.

My feeling on anti-depressants is similar to other medications—what works for one person may not work for another. We all have subtle variations in our body chemistry that seems to have a major impact on our sensitivity to different substances.

If you and your Psychiatrist feel that Wellbutrin is a good option for you then try it. Be sure to take it like clockwork, and return to your Doctor for monitoring.

Zendo's avatar

Is Wellbutrin the one they give guys who have an erection lasting more than 4 hours?

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