Anyone have experience taking Bupropion ?

Posted by fate @fate, Nov 17, 2021

Starting a new medication for MDD and GAD is something I swore not to try again. Over time, I venture to say I have tried it all. I only got better by going off meds. Yet here again out of desperation I consented to give Bupropion (Wellbrutin) a try. Research tells me it effects dopamine reuptake as well as norepinephrine. Any advice or experience appreciated.

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Hello fate, I took Bupropion for about 6 years and found it was a tremendous help. Towards the end, I didn't feel like I needed it so with the advice in Glenmullen's book, and my doctor, I tapered off. I need smaller doses so I did involve my doctor who was
helpful and supportive.
I also took Zoloft and I can tell you that was a royal monster to taper off, giving me anxiety so that I could not sit down -pacing it was terrible. I would never take an SSRI again! But I persisted and succeeded.
The Bupropion wasn't bad to taper, I just went slowly. No digestive issues, no anxiety problem. It's been over 2 years now. Now I take a small dose of Buspar for GAD and it works like a charm. I have some Lorazepam for "emergencies" but rarely need it.
I loved the Bupropion and it got me through without weight gain. My circumstances changed, no depression, so I got off of it.
It was good when I needed it and easy to leave when I didn't.

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I have also recently been prescribed Wellbutrin for anxiety and depression. I have been taking antidepressants for years and adding to see if it helps with motivation, mood etc. Hopefully, I can back off some of my other meds. Good luck to you and keep in touch with your progress.

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I am currently on Wellbutrin & have been on it the past. Neither time was a problem going off & getting back on.

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@marionwilhelm

I am currently on Wellbutrin & have been on it the past. Neither time was a problem going off & getting back on.

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Good to know! Thank you very much.

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@suz55

I have also recently been prescribed Wellbutrin for anxiety and depression. I have been taking antidepressants for years and adding to see if it helps with motivation, mood etc. Hopefully, I can back off some of my other meds. Good luck to you and keep in touch with your progress.

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Keeping fingers crossed for both of us. Keep in touch!

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I've been taking Wellbutrin for many years starting when my husband had cancer. I had to increase the dose after he died, then reduced the dose years later only to have to increase again after other traumatic events – 2 sons have died, home fire with complete loss, more losses than is helpful to go into just to say that the depression following all of it just persisted. I did wean off it this past year after it had been 3 years since the last son died only to find out just how low I felt and how lost I felt and displaced without the life I used to have. I have remarried and have a very nice life but I still have a broken heart. I haven't been willing to do SSRIs because I know just how hard they are to get off and the side effects aren't worth it. The Wellbutrin works well for me. To me it's about the quality of life. I want to have some quality as best I can. I do still have a daughter and 3 grandchildren, a wonderful husband and surprisingly, my health.

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Firstly, very sorry to read about your losses. I have been on buproprian on and off for 20 years. I too, get depressed when experiencing loss. I used to resort to alcohol but that doesn't work!! Buproprion works very well for me. I even experienced a small weight loss taking it while I dealt with my sorrow and grief, never to put weight back on after I quit taking it. It is cheap also. I had no side effects. I have had a life filled with sorrow and loss, too. My entire family is gone and 6 months ago my house burned down and I lost my 'fur buddy.' 100% loss. All I had was the clothes on my back. I am starting over and started on the bupropion again. It takes a while to work, but it is worth the wait.

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@suz55

I have also recently been prescribed Wellbutrin for anxiety and depression. I have been taking antidepressants for years and adding to see if it helps with motivation, mood etc. Hopefully, I can back off some of my other meds. Good luck to you and keep in touch with your progress.

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That was my experience, too. It was added to my GAD plan & has worked both times. I doubt if I will ever go off my current regimen of Wellbutrin & Duloxitine. Together with small nibble of cannabis brownie at night & my life is good. I am a 68 yo female & have anxiety since I was 8 or 9. I am so grateful for for my original MD that first recognised my problem.

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I too take Wellbutrin and Cymbalta, I don’t do well with Wellbutrin by itself, makes me too anxious/agitated.

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@lindasmith1222

Firstly, very sorry to read about your losses. I have been on buproprian on and off for 20 years. I too, get depressed when experiencing loss. I used to resort to alcohol but that doesn't work!! Buproprion works very well for me. I even experienced a small weight loss taking it while I dealt with my sorrow and grief, never to put weight back on after I quit taking it. It is cheap also. I had no side effects. I have had a life filled with sorrow and loss, too. My entire family is gone and 6 months ago my house burned down and I lost my 'fur buddy.' 100% loss. All I had was the clothes on my back. I am starting over and started on the bupropion again. It takes a while to work, but it is worth the wait.

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My heart aches for you. Take care.

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@donnacarp

I've been taking Wellbutrin for many years starting when my husband had cancer. I had to increase the dose after he died, then reduced the dose years later only to have to increase again after other traumatic events – 2 sons have died, home fire with complete loss, more losses than is helpful to go into just to say that the depression following all of it just persisted. I did wean off it this past year after it had been 3 years since the last son died only to find out just how low I felt and how lost I felt and displaced without the life I used to have. I have remarried and have a very nice life but I still have a broken heart. I haven't been willing to do SSRIs because I know just how hard they are to get off and the side effects aren't worth it. The Wellbutrin works well for me. To me it's about the quality of life. I want to have some quality as best I can. I do still have a daughter and 3 grandchildren, a wonderful husband and surprisingly, my health.

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I am sad for all you’ve been through.

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First I’m so sorry to hear about everything that you are going through. I tried antidepressants off and on for years. One I tried had suicidal ideation and one put 60 pounds on being a person that has a eating disorder the weight gain threw me in to an even more dark place.
I was give a prescription for Wellbutrin so many years ago and it’s been the first and only antidepressant that has worked for me. 30 or so years with it and a anxiety med has helped me through many deaths in my family and breakdown of marriage of 40 years. I would hate to think I had to stop this med it’s been great my weight has been good no eating disorder no other bad side effects it’s good to me. Give it a try I think it will help you a lot . Again I’m so sorry for the loss and trauma in your life God bless you

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