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May 18, 2012 7:46 AM
I am looking for those that have been on Wellbutrin before. I am currently on Celexa 40 mg for depression starting in Nov 2011 when I became suicidal. Well, one of the biggest side effects of it is weight gain in which I have gained 15 lbs. I have been watching my diet and exercising faithfully 4 days/week with no success. Today, I saw my dr and told her of my concern. She said that my anti-depressant is very much the culprit, so we are transitioning me to Wellbutrin. For the next 2 weeks, I will be take 20 mg of Celexa along with my Wellbutrin then just Wellbutrin. I am looking for those that have been on it while trying to lose weight - any success? Any issues? She said if it works for me, I should notice a difference in a few weeks. I have worked really hard on my weight, and I don't want to start putting it back on again. These 15 lbs that I have "gained" really, really bother me. Thanks in advance.
May 18, 2012 7:52 AM
I took lexapro for years which packed on some weight. I was switched to wellbutrin xl and have lost that weight. It also seems to curb my appetite as well. I did have a constant headache for about 2 weeks that eventually went away. Just try to give it a few weeks, it will be worth it. Good Luck!
May 18, 2012 7:53 AM
From what I understand, people gain 10 pounds or so on Celexa and that's it. I gained 15 but lost it easily. However, since then I have had trouble losing at all.
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May 18, 2012 7:55 AM
I was on Wellbutrin last year to help me quit smoking, I lost weight on it...mostly because I didn't have much of an appetite and I couldn't stay out of the bathroom :0
May 18, 2012 7:56 AM
I was on wellbutrin and did not have any weight gain. It also worked as an appetite suppressant. I really liked it, but I know that it didn't work for everyone and some people became more depressed on it, so just monitor your symptoms.

Drink lots of water and eat lots of veggies/fiber when you're on it. My system got a bit clogged up on it initially which was painful and caused temporary weight gain until I got things moving again. blushing
May 18, 2012 7:56 AM
QUOTE:

I was on Wellbutrin last year to help me quit smoking, I lost weight on it...mostly because I didn't have much of an appetite and I couldn't stay out of the bathroom :0


Really? I had the exact opposite reaction! Weird how every body is different!
May 18, 2012 7:56 AM
I was on it to help me quit smoking....It gave me heart palpitations, whacked out dreams, and made me go frigging nuts...like literally crying one second, then happy the next, then ready to kill someone right after that...kinda nuts. I did however lose 5 lbs my first week on it...but after day 13 I couldn't handle it anymore...and I have been on quite a few things for depression. I think it is worth a try, just watch yourself on it and if you start feeling odd call your doc right away:)
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May 18, 2012 7:57 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I was on Wellbutrin last year to help me quit smoking, I lost weight on it...mostly because I didn't have much of an appetite and I couldn't stay out of the bathroom :0


Really? I had the exact opposite reaction! Weird how every body is different!


Very true!
May 18, 2012 7:58 AM
I was actually on wellbutrin for awhile several years ago... I could barely eat anything when I was on it, because eating made me feel sick to my stomach. Even with eating very little...I never lost a pound. It was kind of irritating
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May 18, 2012 7:58 AM
Ive been on Wellbutrin for a couple of months now after being on other things that have caused weight gain. I have lost 6 lbs but Ive also started going to the gym so I dont know what caused it. Im still trying to get my dosage right. Currently Im on 150mg 2 times a day and I dont know if thats enough for me. I guess even if I had no change in weight, its better than gaining right?
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May 18, 2012 7:58 AM
QUOTE:

I am looking for those that have been on Wellbutrin before. I am currently on Celexa 40 mg for depression starting in Nov 2011 when I became suicidal. Well, one of the biggest side effects of it is weight gain in which I have gained 15 lbs. I have been watching my diet and exercising faithfully 4 days/week with no success. Today, I saw my dr and told her of my concern. She said that my anti-depressant is very much the culprit, so we are transitioning me to Wellbutrin. For the next 2 weeks, I will be take 20 mg of Celexa along with my Wellbutrin then just Wellbutrin. I am looking for those that have been on it while trying to lose weight - any success? Any issues? She said if it works for me, I should notice a difference in a few weeks. I have worked really hard on my weight, and I don't want to start putting it back on again. These 15 lbs that I have "gained" really, really bother me. Thanks in advance.
May 18, 2012 8:00 AM
Just started back on 300 XL two weeks ago. Was very down and apathetic. Now I have been reading again, working out and watching what I eat. I am down 7 pounds since then. Watch out for the nightmare the first few nights. And take it in the morning not at night or you wont sleep..
Edited by kansasbelle On May 18, 2012 8:03 AM
May 18, 2012 8:01 AM
I'm on Lexapro, been on it for a couple weeks, i havent had any weight change.... yet i am hoping i dont.
May 18, 2012 8:02 AM
I started taking it about 6 months ago along with the Lexapro I was already taking. I did not gain any additional weight and am not having a problem losing weight now. If I recall correctly from when I first started taking it and read information about it, it often actually causes people to lose weight. I didn't have that experience, but I am psychologically feeling SO much better that I am actually able to take care of myself nutrition and fitness-wise, instead of being all 'oh I'm going to die anyway who cares life is dumb' (please take that for the light-hearted description of depression that it is).

But we are all different.
May 18, 2012 8:08 AM
Once my insurance kicks in I'm going back on my wellbutrin. One side effect of it is usually weight loss. For me, the best side effect is that I can sleep better and hurt less, so I'm able to be more active.
May 18, 2012 8:13 AM
I take wellbutrin right now for nicotine cessation. I was very angry for the first week on it. I stuck with it though and feel normal. Hasn't affected my weight loss negatively at all.
May 18, 2012 8:15 AM
I am on abilify and wellbutrin. I have lost 25 pounds so far but have been on several that made me gain weight. I think you are in good hands. Feel free to friend me. I could use someone in simular situation. I am bipolar and did ect's for 3 years because of suicidal tendencies.
May 18, 2012 8:16 AM
Im on Wellbutrin,between that and the implanon in my arm, i was doomed to gain weight i gained at least 15-20lbs because of it. I dont blame it completly though you gotta know when your also not helping yourself and carelessly eat which i was...i dont plan on getting off either, the BC implantation is good i do like it but if it means i gotta fight the weight i'll do it, just work that much harder
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May 18, 2012 8:16 AM
Gaining weight while on anti-depressants is really hard because you are already feeling down and the weight doesn't help. But just remember that without mental health, you have no health at all. I really haven't heard of anyone gaining weight on Wellbutrin, but it is an entirely different class of meds so monitor yourself carefully and be sure you're not slipping emotionally while on it. Wishing you excellent luck and good health!
May 18, 2012 8:19 AM
I take both Wellbutrin and Celexa, and have been able to lose weight. I did put some weight on initially, but since I've been on here and actually tracking things I've been able to lose weight.

My take is that the medication maybe increased my appetite, and when I wasn't tracking my foods, I ate more. Once I started making everything I eat a conscious decision, and not just eating because I'm hungry, it hasn't been a real problem.
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May 18, 2012 8:20 AM
I've been on effexor and wellbutrin for the past 6 months and in that time frame I've gained 35 lbs. I just got off the effexor and I could talk all day about the horrendous side effects (weight gain being the lessor of the evils). Now I'm on 150 2x day and the only bad side effect I get is ringing in the ears. Wellbutrin is one of the only anti depressants that are not supposed to cause weight gain or be weight neutral. You might want to look into some of the gov publications on trials. For me, wellbutrin doesn't do a real good job for the depression. I'm currently trying yoga therapy. I'm still on the wellbutrin and going to see how it goes alone for the next two weeks.

If you look at my diary it pretty much stayed the same with my food intake and exercise. I've been pretty down on myself about the weight gain and feel like crap. Some of these anti depressants cause a metabolic syndrome also.

My advice is to be very cautious when trying anti depressants because once you are on them your Dr. will keep giving you more and more pills to try and "help" you and before you know it you'll be sucked in.
May 18, 2012 8:24 AM
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I take wellbutrin right now for nicotine cessation. I was very angry for the first week on it. I stuck with it though and feel normal. Hasn't affected my weight loss negatively at all.


forgot to add that when I first started taking wellbutrin I was angry and very anxious.

Also, if you have to take a U.A. you could possibly test positive for amphetamines.
May 18, 2012 8:46 AM
good luck with Wellbutrin.. it completely changed my personality and i was *****ing out people i didn't even know because it made me the angriest, most sensitive, horrible person in the world. I didn't stay on it long enough to notice any weight change. good luck though.
May 18, 2012 10:35 PM
I've been on wellbutrin, 100mg for about 6 weeks. I haven't gained weight nor have I lost weight. The only side effect I have experienced is the appetite suppression. I have to make sure that I get my calories in because I'm not having the hunger cue. All in all, I really like wellbutrin. Hope it works for you!
May 18, 2012 10:48 PM
Hi,
Saw your post and I am taking 3 anti-depressants plus other meds. They changed one of mine to Wellbutrin because it will in most people, reduce appetite and aid in loosing weight. I have lost 23 lbs taking it. You should notice a difference. Drink plenty of water, more than ever and work out at least an hour or more. Resistence weights burns fat like crazy and increases metabolism. Now about the suicide. I have been there. I have someone to live for now, someone who loves me, died for me and someone I can trust in my life and heart, Jesus! Ask Him to forgive you of past and live in your heart today. He loves you and wants you alive and beheart heart healthy.

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