Posted by Mildred on February 24, 2005, at 12:41:14
In reply to what is wellbutrin used for, posted by nicki on February 24, 2005, at 12:12:15
> Any experiences with wellbutrin? what's it used for? any side effects?
Hi Nicki -
Wellbutrin is used for depression - it is also used as an aid to smoking cessation.
I am currently on Wellbutrin for depression, but I have never been on it alone - only in conjunction with Lexapro and Clonapin, so I'm not sure if the side effects I have noted were due to the Wellbutrin or to an attempt to discontinue Lexapro. Let me clarify that. I actually was on Wellbutrin alone for 4 weeks after I had discontinued Lexapro (from which I had weaned very slowly). During that time, I experienced nausea, dizziness, headaches - an inability to function. It is true that when I restarted the Lexapro, those symptoms disappeared. But before restarting the Lexapro, I had increased the Welllbutrin from 300 mg to 450. Then a few days after I resumed the Lexapro, I started to experience those same horrible feelings again. At that point, it was just 2 weeks since I had increased the Wellbutrin - which led me to believe that the effects may have come from the Wellbutrin and not the discontinuation of the Lexapro as I had originally thought.
But I am not sure. And I also think I may be quite atypical (although, what is typical . . . ?)
I experienced no side effects when starting the Wellbutrin. I was on Lexapro at the time, had been for about a year.
As far as its effectiveness - at this level, it is ok. I am not in depression, although I am not functioning at an optimal level, either. I am amotivated and a bit aimless. I have a friend who tried it to help him quit smoking and found it totally ineffective.
Hope that helps some - sorry I rambled a bit.