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Old 05-21-2004, 08:20 AM   #1
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Wellbutrin cause loss of appetite???

I started Wellbutrin xl 150mg last Thursday. I began taking it in the afternoon because I wanted to take it as soon as I got home from the dr. I am also on 150mg of Effexor xr. I didn't notice any change in appetite until yesterday. I began taking both of the meds in the morning yesterday. I didn't realize until I was in bed last night that I hadn't eaten anything ALL day yesterday. (it was a very busy, hectic day) This morning I've taken the meds again and still have no appetite at all. This is VERY unlike me. I'm usually a stress eater and am overweight so this would be a great side effect for me to have. Hoping it helps with the depression/energy too. I already have been a little more take charge of my life on it. I am to go up to 300mg of Wellbutrin xl after one more week on the 150mg. Hoping for good things, have heard this is a good med combo. The no appetite could be a great thing for me as well. Anyone heard of this?

I wish you all the best, I know how terribly hard it is dealing with clinical depression.

 
Old 05-21-2004, 11:30 AM   #2
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Re: Wellbutrin cause loss of appetite???

Gosh, I WISH TO GOD THAT THIS WOULD HAPPEN TO ME! Just got on the scale and I gained another 5 lbs. Now I am 50 lbs. overweight.

I am on Wellbutrin XL and am coming off Lexapro. The Lexapro is what put the weight on me. I have weaned myself down to .5 mg. and hopefully will be able to continue for 10 weeks until I'm off all together. I'm just afraid I need the Lexapro too much and may not be able to get off of it.

Anyway I haven't noticed ANY loss of appetite from the W. XL.
You are lucky. I sure could use some help. I feel gross and disgusting--like a beached whale and nothing fits!

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Old 05-21-2004, 12:12 PM   #3
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Re: Wellbutrin cause loss of appetite???

Oh Salty, I wish I was only 50 pounds overweight! But hang in there, maybe it will happen for you too. I've been on it 8 or 9 days now. How long have you been taking it?

 
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Re: Wellbutrin cause loss of appetite???

Hi. I've been taking it for 2 months. I just exercised for the first time in a long time (it was hard as heck). I guess that's the only thing that's going to help me.

I truly can't take the extra pounds anymore. I'm embarrassed to be seen.

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Old 05-21-2004, 05:40 PM   #5
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Re: Wellbutrin cause loss of appetite???

I have been on it for about 4 weeks now. Teh first couple weeks I could barely eat. I think my appetite is back. I have been pigging out for the past few days ( cycle on her way) Hopefully it will slow down after that.

 
Old 05-25-2004, 08:09 PM   #6
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Re: Wellbutrin cause loss of appetite???

Wellbutrin is well known for causing jitteriness and weight loss due to it's "speedy" elements. But like other drugs, the side-effects wear off as your body adapts. But as it's been said before, "Everyone is different". You are supposed to gain tons of weight on Zoloft and I haven't gained a pound in 8 months. Now they switched me to Paxil CR and I am SO SCARED! Last time I was on Paxil (regular Paxil), I gained 60 lbs. in less than a year. I wish I could take Wellbutrin, but since I am a suicidal person, they won't allow me to take something that I can OD on. Good luck and remember, what's important is your well-being and your recovery from depression...I am told thin or fat, I won't look good dead or in a psych ward. Harsh, but true.

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Old 05-26-2004, 12:41 PM   #7
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Re: Wellbutrin cause loss of appetite???

There were many days when I started taking wellbutrin that I would realize that I had not eaten anything. I haven't done it lately so I think maybe I'm past that but now I will feel hungry but I can't stand to eat anything. I'll even find something that looks really good and when I start cooking it I can't stand the smell so I give it to someone else. I've learned to force feed myself a little because otherwise I'd go days without eating anything.
I don't see it as that much of a problem because I need to lose 150lbs. My weight is one of the major causes of my depression. I also have social ad and the wellbutrin helps a lot with that too. I haven't lost a lot so far mainly because what does look good to me is ice cream or candy bars. It's kind of odd because I was never really into those very much. I've started weight watchers today so I'm being told what to eat at least so I think that will help. If I'm not enjoying eating I may as well eat diet food and make the most of it right?

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Old 05-26-2004, 04:37 PM   #8
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Re: Wellbutrin cause loss of appetite???

Shannon, I am the same way. I have a horrible time with social settings anymore, but I think I am already doing better on the wellbutrin. I need to lose 100 pounds myself so it's a side effect I can live with! Best of luck to you all.

 
Old 05-27-2004, 07:16 AM   #9
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Re: Wellbutrin cause loss of appetite???

I was on Zoloft for about 2 months and gained 20 pounds, and I was already overweight. I was worried about it in the beginning. The zoloft helped with the depression but didn't last for long, the side effects were awful. I had no energy, no ambition, no nothing! Went back to the Dr and he changed me to Wellbutrin xl last week. I noticed an instant change, I had a new burst of energy and I feel like myself again. The first few days I wasn't hungry but that goes away eventually, I think. My appetite has subsided some but due to aunt flo I can't tell much. I'm hoping it will do what the Dr told me, not make me gain weight and help with the anxiety and depression. I am happy so far because I am not exhausted 24-7 and actually wanting SEX lol Let's all keep in touch, I would love to talk with others that are on w-xl too. I have heard allot of good things about it and I am having success so far. Good Luck!
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Old 05-27-2004, 08:44 AM   #10
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That is great angeleyes. I have noticed a difference too, unfortunately I haven't been able to enjoy it because I have so much on me now. But I am able to handle it where before I'd never have made it. I have had to take care of the house and 7 people on my own for the last few weeks, something I am NOT used to doing. I don't know how I am doing it, it has to has something to do with the w xl. I say we keep in touch too! Good luck!

 
Old 05-27-2004, 08:44 AM   #11
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That is great angeleyes. I have noticed a difference too, unfortunately I haven't been able to enjoy it because I have so much on me now. But I am able to handle it where before I'd never have made it. I have had to take care of the house and 7 people on my own for the last few weeks, something I am NOT used to doing. I don't know how I am doing it, it has to has something to do with the w xl. I say we keep in touch too! Good luck!

 
Old 06-19-2004, 01:53 PM   #12
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Re: Wellbutrin cause loss of appetite???

Any of you who are still on Wellbutrin XL for an extended period of time----
do you still experience the loss of appetite?

You haven't experienced weight GAIN, have you?

Thanks,

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Old 06-20-2004, 07:20 AM   #13
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Re: Wellbutrin cause loss of appetite???

Hi Salty, I've only been on it for 6 or 7 weeks now and it seems the loss of appetite is still present, maybe not quite as much but there none the less. I've lost 13 pounds since I started taking it. I'd like it to keep on of course!

 
Old 06-20-2004, 01:50 PM   #14
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Re: Wellbutrin cause loss of appetite???

Hi,
I have been on Wellburtin XL since January....I did notice in the begining my hunger went a way but as soon as my body got use to this drug i went right back to eating again...I don't really eat during the day any ways but i'm a trerrible eater at night.....Now that i am on the max 450ml daily and on topamax which is also known to be a weight loss drug...I really haven't lost any weight just been able to maintain it and still eat really what i want....If i ate better i probbly would have better successful with loosing weight...So i'm not like shriveling up but it does help me from bingeing when i'm depressed...

 
Old 06-20-2004, 02:11 PM   #15
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Thank you for your replies. I just wish I could do something more to speed up my metabolism.

Salty

 
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