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Re: wellbutrin and weight gain

Posted by pat2237 on October 21, 2001, at 8:11:43

In reply to Re: wellbutrin and weight gain pat2237, posted by Kaysey on October 20, 2001, at 13:18:42

> > I have gained about 30 pounds in the last 4 years. I am usually 110lbs. Wellbutrin is the last of many drugs I've ben on. From zoloft, paxil, effexor, celexa and now wellbutrin. I can't stop eating and craving sweets. I am so depressed now because I am so heavy. I'm only 5'1". When will this stop and what meds do I take now? I feel like I've been on all of them. I lost a lot of weight four years ago when I went on my first antidepressant zoloft. I've never gotten that feel good about life feeling again. The weight all came back in about a year. Do these meds wear off and then it's on to another one and new side effetcts? I guess I am very confused. But wellbutrin has caused a huge increase in appetie for me. Thanks.
> Hi!
> At this point I can't offer you anything but empathy; however, maybe we can draw out some information from the babble crowd that might help.
> I have the same problem with Wellbutrin (which I have combined with Effexor). My original successful combo was Prozac, Ativan, and Lopressor. These meds served me well for a long time with very little side effects, and no change in appetite whatsoever. As with many combos, they 'pooped out' after a while and I began Effexor (carb cravings and all)--have been on it six months, while it has helped depression and anxiety greatly, he has made me very drowsy all day. Enter Wellbutrin to the mix (virtually every post I read talks about the loss of appetite, etc.), and yes it has provided some necessary stimulation, but it also appears to amplify the sugar craving.
> I have posted about this before, and there doesn't seem to be any plausible answers. It is extremely frustrating. I am 5'10" tall, and my weight can fluctuate without too much problem, BUT the cravings are still extremely annoying. I spend a great deal of time at a computer, and it is difficult to focus when all you can think about are sweets.
> It is ironic that many people report 'having to remind themselves to eat' when taking Wellbutrin (often the same is said of Effexor). I wouldn't mind putting up with it if it didn't interfere with my daily activities so much.
> I am considering going back and trying Prozac again. I want to give the Wellbutrin a decent chance--have almost been on it a month. How long have you been taking this?
> Let me know how things go for you. I welcome imput from anyone else, as well.
> Thanks.
> Kaysey

Thanks for your response. I have been on wellbutrin for about 9 months. After reading many of the various postings, I'm noticing that the weight gain is after being on meds for many years. The weight loss seems tohappen the first time you experience the meds. I have to look into it more.




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