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Old 04-14-2008, 02:47 PM   #1
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Wellbutrin and weight GAIN???

I started Wellbutrin about 6-7 mo. ago and have had nothing but binging and weight gain ever since. Mind you, the reason I went on it was for depression that has been coexisting with bulimia/binge eating for as long as I could remember. My bulimia and restricting was so severe just before I began Wellbutrin that I actually needed to gain quite a bit of weight and increase my bodyfat to get my periods back. Now I'm really not sure whether all this compulsive eating and weight gain since I started taking Wellbutrin are due to it OR if it's all because this time coincides with the time I went on sick leave and went into this apathetic binge mode just because I stopped working.

I felt the Wellbutrin had an effect at the beginning, when I first started taking it, but after a couple of months my depression was just the same as always. Sometimes it hits me so bad and I feel so chronically fatigued (as I always have) that I could just stare into empty space forever. What's worse, I also have extreme rage and irritability.

Would it be better if perhaps I increased my Wellbutrin dose or got off it all together? What about mood stabilizers? Would I be better off on those (I don't have extreme highs and lows, but like I said, I have depression AND irritability. Sometimes they're coexisting and sometimes I'm fluctuating b/w the two.

The last thing I want in all this is for my appetite to be out of control and for me to gain more weight! That will make me more depressed than anything???

Please help!!!

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Old 04-16-2008, 04:51 AM   #2
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Re: Wellbutrin and weight GAIN???

For me, wellbutrin made me so anxious and agitated, that I tended to eat more because I was stress eating. I thought I was gaining weight from it, but people told me at the time that I looked like I was losing weight. I tend to eat less on meds that "relax" me and keep me from getting so stressed out. It could be the same for you, in addition to you leaving work. I know I had to stay busy on wellbutrin just to get rid of the nervous energy it gave me.

I don't know anything about mood stabilizers. I would talk to your doctor and see if he thinks the wb is causing the binge eating, or if it is something else.

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