I currently take Prozac for anxiety, but lately have been falling back into depression. I feel like my Prozac does help my anxiety, but I wanted to look more into Wellbutrin since there were a few things about it that interested me.
First of all, Prozac does make me tired and a bit more forgetful. I feel drowsy and dizzy quite often. I've heard that Wellbutrin can make you feel more energized, which would be a huge plus for me. I also like that it's one of the meds that isn't as likely to cause weight gain, which is another thing I like about Prozac. I don't want to go on anything with a good chance of weight gain, because I used to struggle with body image problems and don't want that issue again.
If Wellbutrin can help my depression and anxiety, yet give me more energy, that would be wonderful. I feel like all I want to do is sleep these days and I'm just so worn down. My motivation and joy for many things has been fading away. I bought my dream car and just want to be able to enjoy it and have fun... and I want to be able to feel better at work so I can be more productive and upbeat about things. I don't enjoy going places like I used to and feel like I have to drag myself to do anything. I hate that feeling! Working out has also been very difficult when I'm feeling so tired. I keep also wanting to eat a lot of sweets, which isn't typical for me, because of stress. I just want to get everything under control before things get worse. I had some struggles a few years ago and really don't want to become like I was in my past.
If anyone can offer any feedback on Wellbutrin, I would greatly appreciate it! What did you like about it, what didn't you like, any side effects, etc.? Thanks!
I have taken Wellbutrin since August of last year along with Pristiq. The Wellbutrin definitely gave me an energy boost within the first couple of weeks, I went from couch potato the energizer bunny. The energy boost did, however, only last for a few weeks. The Dr has since then upped the dosage a few times, as I would fall back into depression, and blah. I am now on 200 mg twice a day. My energy level finally seems to have leveled off at a good level.
I have lost quite a bit of weight on the wellbutrin along with carefully planned diet and exercise. I am not sure how much is the wellbutrin and how much is the diet and exercise. I am guessing that the wellbutrin has made it easier for me to stay motivated to eat healthy and to exercise.
I am still on Pristiq and I also take Depakote, which helps me sleep and keeps my temper in check ;-)
[I'm also taking Celexa]
I started taking Wellbutrin @ 150, then increased to 300, and a couple of weeks up to 450. At 150 it did nothing. At 300 I did notice that my mood was more stable and my hunger had decreased, but I didn't loose any weight. In terms of energy.. it did nothing for me on that end either. I'm still ridiculously tired all day. When I started taking 450 everything went downhill. I went back to crying all day for no reason, so my doctor told me to go back to 300. I didn't have any side effects when I started it but even though I had only been on 450 for about a week, I did have side effects coming back down to 300. Other than what happened on the high dose, no complaints about it.
Thank you both for your replies. If I decide to try it out, I will definitely try to stick with a lower dose and see how that goes. I prefer to have a lower dose anyway to reduce any possible side effects.
I don't mind if my weight stays the same with no loss, but I just don't want anything that will likely make me gain. I do work hard to stay in shape and exercise, so I hate to see that all go down the drain because of a medication.
Hm... well, it sounds like I might have a chance of energy, maybe not. Or maybe short term. I wonder how it compares to Prozac in terms of energy levels. I remember when I first started taking Prozac, I didn't feel as tired. It seemed to be more noticeable with time.
I might look into the possibility of taking Wellbutrin and then keep my Xanax prescribed for an as needed only basis. It really, really helps my anxiety levels when I'm having a rough time. I have heard of some people who take Xanax regularly, but I don't want to run the addiction risk that doctors say may happen. I also find that Xanax does make me tired and typically I take a nap with it, so I'd rather not take it all the time anyway... especially not in the mornings!