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Help... I have been on wellbutrin for a few years, and recently I switched from 300mg to 150mg xl.. In the short time that I have decreased my dose, I have gained at least 8 lbs, which on my small frame is a lot. I went on the wellbutrin because I have slight ocd and depression. Well, now that I have gained 8 lbs im completely obsessed with the weight and food ii think about it all day) not to mention being depressed over the weight gain. The reason I lowered the dose was because I was not sleeping.. Help.. Has anyone else experienced this.. And if so .. What can I do for the insomnia.. I need to get back on the 300mg so that I dont obsess over my issues.. Has anyone gone up and down in dosage before.. What did you experience?
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replied May 11th, 2005
I am on the sr, 2 times a day at 150 mg. I lost weight and I sleep pretty well if I take it and go right to bed. If I take it and then stay up doing this and that...I will be up for a little longer than I want. I havent tried the xl... Good luck.

Oh yes, I too have a small frame. I am 5'0..I know!
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replied May 12th, 2005
Very Cool
I have been on and off of wellbutrin for a few years now.. And I have also been on sleep med's too.. I never thought that the wellbutrinwas the reason I couldnt sleep. When I lowered my dose I was able to sleep finallly but now I just started with the 150 sr twice a day as well.. And im not sure how I will react.. I guess I will see tonite. I am taking it a 6am and 3pm for now.. I know it should be 12 hours btwn..But my pharmacist said I could do this so that it isnt close to bed.. I may try it like you though if I cant sleep..Taking it before bed.. And then early in the afternoon.. Around 10-11 depending on the tme I go to sleep..?? Not sure. As for my weight.. I was losing alot of weight and it scared me.. My Dr. Was beginning to think I was anorexic.. I guess I will just monitor it and keep snacks around. I do notice im not that hungry or I dont eat as much when I take the higher dose.. Oh well.. Thanks for your reply.. I'd love to chat with you off line ?? I have never really talked to anyone else that understood what im dealing with.. If you'd like you can email me..
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replied May 12th, 2005
Yeah, I dont know about taking that at 3pm. Neither of the doctors I ever had seen on wellbutrin instructed that. You should follow what your doctor says, not the pharmasist. You doctor knows you. I am 18, and I have been on wellbutrin sr for about 2...Actually 3 years now. At first, the side effects are noticable. The ones in regards to weight loss. I couldnt eat when I took mine, but eventually I could. I don't think I would trade wellbutrin in for anything! Eventually I am gonna try and wean off because I believe god can heal me from depression, but for now I am happy where I am. Wellbutrin did help me lose a good amount of weight. The higher the dose, the more you lose...Start out small or you will be sorry. Nausea will kick your tail! You didnt give me an e-amil addy!!
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replied May 12th, 2005
Hi


sorry, I dont know why I thought you could see it?

My name is lisa
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replied May 12th, 2005
Faithingod, if you were diabetic, would you say, "i'm going to wean myself of my insulin injections because i'm going to pray to god to heal me from diabetes?" depression is a chemical imbalence! You wouldn't tell a diabetic to pray to god so that her pancreas would start to make insulin, so don't think that you can start to make neurotransmitters on your own by praying to god. Depression, just like diabetes, is a medical condition due to the lack of chemicals in the body. You faith certainly can help you deal with the fact that you suffer from depression, but don't just think that praying is going to heal you from a chemical imbalence.
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replied March 24th, 2011
YOU'RE IGNORANT KEEP YOUR DEPRESSING LIFE OPINIONS TO YOURSELF. YOU WONT BE HEALED BECAUSE OF COURSE YOU DONT BELIEVE. SHE IS ADMIRABLE. KEEP PRAYING FAITHINGOD. GOD CAN HEAL THE BLIND AND RAISE THE DEAD! PROOF IN HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!
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replied June 5th, 2011
you are beyond ignorant.
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replied December 31st, 2011
Jessicasue,
Can't you type like a balanced normal human being?
From time to time you find insensitive fanatic ignorant selfish people making comments totally out of place.
Probably kids also die in Africa because they dont believe in god, right?
Please pray to learn how to type like everyone and to avoid expressing your nonsense.
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replied January 18th, 2012
You should learn to respect someone else's opinions and how to type properly. Pray to God he grants you that gift. Also, there is no proof in history that god can help the blind and raise the dead. If I write down right now in my diary that I resurrected 5 people and they found it 1000 years later it doesn't make it true. Find me one amputated person who's limp has ever grown back. You cannot imagine how ignorant you seem to me right now.
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replied March 10th, 2013
Woow. How about you all respect their opinions as well (Faithingod and Jessicasue). You know Jessicasue wouldn't have responded if travelnurse05 didn't basically ridicule Faithingod's lifestyle. If you didn't mean it, people make mistakes--this is understandable, but if you did this to (somewhat) shame her because of an aspect of her faith I would expect her or someone with the same beliefs to be angered or offended. It's a personal thing, people invest and confide a lot in religion and for someone to attack or belittle it or one of its aspects it's going to build tensions/unhappy campers. Travelnurse05 you are not forced to practice Faithingod's beliefs and if you want to avoid tensions it would probably best not to challenge beliefs/faiths. Just saying. Hindsight would be very useful.
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replied March 4th, 2009
Wellbutrin
Anyone experiencing weight loss. My dosage was up to 150MG x 2 and I've loss at least 6 pounds in the last month. Is this normal?
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replied March 4th, 2009
Wellbutrin and sleeping
I take 300mg in the morning and at night I take 2 benedrill to sleep. Works like a charm and much healthier for you liver than Tylenol PM. The PM is benedrill.
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replied May 6th, 2009
Wellbutrin and gained pounds???
I thought that I would loss weight and that would be great! I have been on it for aweek now. I only take 150 a day. It makes me feel tired and I gained 10 pounds! In a week! I think the dose needs to be higher because I want to sleep and if im awake, I want food! Like the food is giving me comfort! Im on it because I wanted to end my life a week ago. I dont want to end it now but still feel like I dont care about much. Kinda like im just here for others and not so much myself and that scares me! I can't ever feel like I did aweek ago. I have gone to church, taken my meds and everything my doctor asked me to do. Still scared...still feel alittle lonely.. But I feel like I can deal with it for now.
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replied December 15th, 2011
hey,
It sounded like I was reading about myself in the first 3 lines! I'm on 150 a day and have gained 5 pounds in a weeks time, and start nodding out 30 min after I take it! I'm stopping this pill tomorrow, I am not going to gain weight. I am 120 pounds, now I'm 125! Yuck!!!
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replied July 29th, 2009
There is no such thing as a "Chemical Imbalance"
There is no such thing as a "Chemical Imbalance". This term was introduced after a study used it around 20 years ago. Drug company marketing departments caught on fast, and the new concept of "Chemical Imbalance" was sold to Doctors. Pretty soon Doctors were telling patients about their "Chemical Imbalance". Well... there is no such thing, it's BS. There is no scientific proof of it, no studies that support it, and it's just a drug company marketing tool. I took antidepressant meds for 15 years -- and I am way healthier and happier since I stopped. Don't be "sold to". The last med I had to come off was Wellbutrin -- and I've gained weight since -- it's just going to take my body time to readjust, because Wellbutrin basically stimulated my colon to eliminate faster for 5 years. I worked with a good Naturopopathic Doctor, and a Nutritional Psychiatrist, and it took me 2 years to get "clean" and off all the meds. It was worth it.
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replied January 18th, 2012
Thanks for that post. I have been feeling like that for a while now. I feel psychiatrists are experimenting on people with minimal proof. Indeed, I did some research myself and found out that there is no solid evidence about the "chemical imbalance" in the brain. I do believe that depression exists but I am not convinced of its causes and nature and whether this medication actually helps.
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replied April 18th, 2012
Bipolar Disorder is very real
I am very sorry you feel that this chemical imbalnce was created by the medical companies but I am hear to tell you I strongly disagree. I have been dealing with Bipolar Disorder for over 23 years now and there is a chemical imbalnce in my body and it is very real. If it were not for the medications over the years I would not be here. I do not know your story and for you it may not be the case, however do not try to tell others it is not real. You are hurting people that truly need help to stay stable and at this point in history medication is the only and best way to keep deep depression and manic episodes away. I did not see that you had Bipolar Disorder so unless you have had a extreme manic episode in your life than you have no idea what it does to you. I work everyday trying to stop the stigma and it is comments like that put us back 30 years. If your treatment works for you then great but I am different and chemical imbalances do exist in some people. I have been on all types of medication through the years and Wellbutrin is a life safer and a great drug. Do I hate taking my medication ... of course but when I have ever stopped my world turned up side down and I had to be admitted in the hospital. Do I think the big companies that produce these products are there just to make a profit and are careless .. yes I do and some of the drugs are terrible and I have had bad reactions to some myself. My main point is after this rant is chemical imbalances are real and not made up. I am proof of that and I need the medication to stat stable. I do hope one day there is a better way to treat my huge mood swings but until then this is what I have to do to stay alive. My mood swings are caused by no real reason and it comes on quickly without an environmental cause. So if chemical imbalances do not exist, then how do you explain my huge mood swings for over twenty years? There is something in my brain not working and the medication helps.
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replied July 25th, 2012
Take some Chemistry!!!!
Yes there is such thing as "Chemical Imbalance". Take Chemistry and/or biology. It is the chemical Seratonin, noerepinephrine, and MAO that are imbalanced within the noerotransmitters. I couldn't understand this whole concept until yesterday when it was broken down to me. Your body has so much chemical's that are within it and mostly in the brain. So when there is an IMBALANCE of one it can throw of the whole system. Take Chemistry it will help. With anything if one ingredient is off it won't taste good. Take baking chocolate cookies; if you add more sugar to the batch it will taste different. Well it is simular in your body. Cell A is transmitting Seratonine to Cell B, in the middle is Synapsis which is where the MAO is at. If the Seratonine doesn't make it and is absorbed by the MAO then Cell B will not get that chemical and you will be IMBALANCED. Just a little lesson for you. So get your facts right before you try saying there is no such thing. I have had depression for many years, so I do know that it is true. Depression is something that will be with you because it's an imbalance.
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replied March 10th, 2013
But it isn't scientifically proven, it's just a hypothesis to what causes depression. If you don't believe the person who said chemical imbalance is not the official cause, Wikipedia provides info regarding the criticisms of this theory--this may help in understanding where the other person is coming from. You have the right to believe this theory is the cause though, but there will be people that disagree. It's like saying the meteorite killed all the dinosaurs..it can't be proven therefore there will be people with other opinions to how it happened.
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replied October 26th, 2009
I've been on wellbutrin for a little over a week now. I didn't tell my doctor this, but when I asked for an antidepressant for feeling a little depressed, I was really suicidal but didnt want to tell anyone. I have been depressed for about a year and inthe last 10 months developed a gambling addiction and spent $50,000 that I didnt have. And I wasnt alone at the casino, let me tell you. Slot machines are like OCD on steroids. I hit rock bottom about 3 months ago, then hit it again, and again and again. I did it to escape the stress of my job. I did it to escape all the bad memories of my past. I was just numb and playing the slots is a great way to completely escape from your problems. Then when you have lost all your money, the original problems are still there and now you're also facing homelessness. I don't know why I did it. For my whole life I have been so careful with money. I saved every penny. Then, I went to the casino with a friend. I couldnt stop playing for hours, until I lost $55 and went home very depressed. Then I went back a week later to try to win the money back. I won it back and more! The next week I won the jackpot $2000. Then started to play for more money,higher bets, etc. One night I lost $5000, and was numb. I signed myself to the self ban list, but it doesnt work, they let you right back in the door.
Anyway, since being on Wellbutrin, I have not gambled in the past week and a half, I have lost about 5 pounds, and wish I had been on this med for the past 10 years. My life wouuld have been so different. I'm getting things done that I couldnt face before. I am hopeful about the future. I was even able to stay calm in my job. I'm going totry to get on the 450 dose, because I need to really lost more weight, and I think the 450 would do it. Also, I still have some symptoms of depression and I think the higher dose would take care of it. I was on Lexapro about 5 years ago for a depression that was much milder than the one I have(had) now, but Lexapro gave me little manic happy episodes at work, and I gained a ton of weight, But being on Lexapro, i didnt care, it was all right. thats the thing on Lexapro, EVERYTHING is all right, even when it shouldnt be. With Wellbutrin I am completely myself--minus the depression. I also have more self confidence and I'm not nervous around people. I have had social anxiety since I was born, and Wellbutrin has eliminated those symptoms too.
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replied December 12th, 2009
When I am suffered because of Insomnia my friend advised me to try Hypnotheraphy and suggested a site Thoughtsbecomereality.co.uk. They cured my problem by Hypnotheraphy and NLP techniques.
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replied December 22nd, 2009
Can I take 2 150 XL mg of Wellbutrin together to equal 300 XL mg
I usually take 300 XL mg of Wellbutrin daily. I ran out of my Rx but have extra 150 XL mg tablets. Is it safe to substitute 2 150 XL mg tablets for the usual 300 XL mg single dosage? If it is safe to take 2, do you take them at the same time? Thanks so much!
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replied March 31st, 2010
I just added G Monster Sleeping aid to my supplements Program; it has helped me sleep and has been helping me recover my muscles from the brutal training that I put on my self. It gives me a little buzz before bed and that is good for me because I do not drink, since alcohol weakens athletic performance.

6 Perfect meals a day

Work 6 hours a day; 7 days a week
Sleep 8 hours a day; 7 days a week
Train 6 hours a day; 5 days a week
1 heaping tablespoon of G Monster 30 minutes before bed.

Wake up: 2 tablespoons of Metamucil (this is to remove the bi-products and soreness from my body brutal training
Immediately drop a deuce, and then have first meal.

Late Morning
1.5 hours: Boxing; Muay Thai; Jui-Jitsu
30 minutes circuit weights
3 times a week; mixing it up every time
1 hour: stretch

Post meal replacement while sitting in an ice bath

Late After Noon
1 hour: Boxing; Muay Thai; Jui-Jitsu; Wrestling
90 Minutes: Bikram Yoga or Power Yoga or Gimnastics
30 minutes: stretch

Post meal replacements while sitting in an ice bath

30 Minutes before bed I take G Monster to help me sleep; when training like this, my body is tired but my mind does not want to shut off; I was sitting in bed thinking and thinking. G Monster has the ability to help me relax and get the REM sleep plus the GH response to rest and recover for my next brutal day ahead of me.

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replied May 1st, 2010
lelebell
wow i relate toalmost all of you, I did the hole gambling thing ,have the ocd .felt likei wasonly living to for the sake of others but very lonely ,had noo inteast in going out.had social axity,ect..on an d on and on..I have been on welbutrin sr for one month now and my dr has swiched me to the xl 300 so i didnt have to pay outta pocket.I am starting to feel alot better i excerise everyday i even go jogging outside ,wow somthing i was always was shy to do .I am starting to not be so shy of people as much and dont feel like gambling much at all,its happeneing one step at a time but im getting there ,I feel much better and I for the first time in years dont want to end my life...
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replied May 4th, 2010
Antidepressants
One thing I must say is that gnilrad, I have a chemical imbalance and it is very real. Maybe YOU were misdiagnosed, but this is something that I have experienced since childhood. My depression began at 6 years old and never went away. I was a straight A student, recieved scholarships, I''m gorgeous, petite frame, brunette with green eyes and I''m also pretty well off with family and friends to die for. It has been proven that there is something terribly wrong. If not some kind of imbalance, then do you have another explaination? There are hundreds of people with rare diseases that they have not found a scientific cause for, but these people have genuine problems, are you saying that too is imaginative? Or is the doctor probably injecting someone with some chemical to make them sick so he can make more money just as you indicated the drug companies were doing?? I would love to hear what you have to say about that.

On to other things. I begin my first dose of Wellbutrin XL 300 tomorrow. I''m very scared because I''ve read about all the seizures and side effects...the only one I would be looking forward to is some weight loss and of course to stop smoking. I have been on Cipramil, Prozac, Effexor, Topomax, Rivotril and Lexapro teamed with Xanax. Here is my breakdown: on Ciprimil, it worked fine, but very very mild. No side effects and helped me with keeping my stress levels down which caused my body to produce exces acid burning my insides almost to bits, thereby causing my body to retain nothing and a 30lb weight loss in less than 2 months. Ciprimil saved my life at that point (along with the other meds I was on for controlling the acid)but I didn''t recognize these issues were linked to depression until much later. My encounter with Prozac was EXTREMELY terrible. a friend of mine who is a doctor prescribed it for me after I fell into a pit when I had to do an unwanted termination at 22 years old, my first pregnancy and this was against my beliefs. To make matters worse, the termination was not done correctly and I had to do the procedure yet a second time....again unwillingly. He put me on Prozac and Ambien as I refused to seek counselling....well one night I decided that it was a great idea to take 10 Ambien at the same time to make me sleep FOREVER. Bad idea I must say and I would never do that again. I was taken off the Prozac and put on Effexor. Less than a month after the overdose, my fiance drowned while spear fishing. The shrink then deided it would be "wise" to put me on topamax and rivotril along with the effexor. Bad idea once again. I was totally in a different world, couldn''t even spell my own name, lost my job, became a drunk and lived a terrible life. after 3 years, the depression hung on. I then encountered Lexapro. It is by far the BEST antidepressant I have been on. It has minimum side effects (my only problem was if I took it at night, I couldn''t sleep), and my whole demeanour changed. It really did help and I was happier than I had ever been. after 6 months I came off and by the next 6 months the depression came back and for no reason at all. Went back on the Lexapro, worked wonders again, but like the first time, once I came off the 6 month dosage I was back into depression in less than a 6 month period. I started back again and was doing wonderfully, but I noticed that my sex drive went straight downhill. I guess I never noticed the first two times as I was celibate, but now, its VERY noticable. I''m a bit disappointed to be stopping the Lexapro, but come on, who wants to give up sex? So my doctor has now put me on Wellbutrin. I am a smoker and I''m looking forward to stopping and hear this drug works wonders for that. I will keep you posted if you like on my progress with Wellbutrin.
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replied January 18th, 2012
Hello gorgeous, petite frame, brunette with green eyes who is pretty well off with family and friends to die for.:

First of all, if as you say you've had depression since you were 6 years old you wouldn't be a straight A student or have friends to die for. A person who is depressed simply cannot study or care about school enough to get straight As. A depressed person also finds it difficult to make new friends. So I can only assume that you mean you've had depressive episodes since you were 6 years old but not on a permanent basis. As a consequence I would, in your position, consider the possibility that you do not have depression but rather something else that causes you stress and melancholy. Do any of your parents get stressed easily? Also, you say that you've had an unwanted termination when you were 22 and that you lost your fiancee. Any person would be shocked after those incidents not just you. I don't believe that medication is the right way to deal with such a shock. To be honest you kind of scare me a bit and I will explain to you why... You say you've taken: Cipramil, Prozac, Effexor, Topomax, Rivotril, Lexapro teamed with Xanax, Ambien and now you are starting Wellbutrin... I am sorry for saying this to you but this is just too much. You and your psychiatrist are messing with your brain. These medications you describe have drastic effects on a person's mood, personality and character development and you have taken a lot of them. In my opinion this is just bad. By switching through all that medicine you are pushing your organism constantly out of equilibrium. In your position, I would dedicate a few hours calmly and recall how I was before I took the medicine and why I took it, and how I am now. Did it really help you? Are you sure that many of your problems weren't caused by the medication itself? Are you sure that the problems you had at the time couldn't be dealt without medication? Sometimes people, girls in particular, have an actual health problem that is causing problems in their mood and instead of solving that problem they start taking anti-depressants and what I've sadly concluded to is that once they start them they never leave them. To me the word "balance" is really important in life. Your body needs time to heal and find equilibrium, adapt to new situations. If you've been taking medication for years and years then it is as if you accept that there is something permanently wrong with you. NEVER say something like that to yourself. It is the ultimate surrender. Do you like your job? Are you doing things that inspire you? Are you doing what your body and heart tell you? Do you live a healthy life? Do you eat, sleep, work out properly? Do you do any activities that fulfill you? What is the real source of your problems? When and why did it start? What is really bothering you? Taking all that medication has not solved your problems, that is clear so far and you probably know it will never really solve them. My advice to you is that you treat your body and brain with respect. Do not play with it, do not make experiments. It is true beyond doubt that psychiatry at this moment is still largely an experimental practice. It is far far behind compared to other branches of medicine. Too many people are wrongly diagnosed as depressed when they are just melancholic and then they get stuck in an endless circle of medication for years, that ends up causing a lot more problems than there were to begin with. It is also a fact that pharmaceutical companies have committed atrocious fallacies in the history of psych-medications. I assure you that in the future people will look back to what had happens now in the same way we look now at lobotomies and electrocutions. I am not saying I am completely against all psych-medicine I am just saying that you shouldn't mess with it unless you really really need it to ease some symptoms - because this is what it does in reality. I wish you the best with Wellbutrin, I wish it helps you. I've started taking it too but for another reason, not for depression. I've noticed the insomnia and that is why I came to this site. If the insomnia doesn't go away then I will drop it. The idea of taking another medication to ease the symptoms of this one sounds ridiculous. I refuse to be a place of experimentation for shrinks.
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replied March 10th, 2013
Yeah it was hard to digest when my college professor explained that the chemical imbalance theory wasn't proven (therefore not credible)... But he is a college professor, and I--a mere student. sooo I am going to go with his answer.
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replied May 19th, 2010
Insomnia & Tremors
I've been on Wellbutrin for 2 weeks. I've dropped 5 lbs in that time.

However, the tremors (known side effect) and the fact that I wake up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep is REALLY frustrating.

I went to work today on 3 hours of sleep. I was fully awake and had enough energy to function, but my brain wasn't really working correctly and I had to REALLY focus while driving. :-/ dangerous.

I'm petrified to go to sleep too early now - worried I will wake up at 2 am again and be up ALL NIGHT.

I'm tempted to try some sleep aid or something at night.

I was diagnosed with Depression, but I also have an anxiety problem, which is the primary reason I ended up starting the meds.

While the weight loss is a huge bonus, I'm starting to wonder if the insomnia and tremors are really worth it.
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replied September 3rd, 2010
This is really strange but my side effect is vaginal dryness! I searched the net and in studies it only showed up in 1% of the cases. So that's me in a nut shell Smile
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replied April 19th, 2011
That is my problem as well & it's really frustrating!!
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replied September 9th, 2010
Wellbutrin alternatives
I have been on Wellbutrin for over 10 yrs. First seasonally depression and then all year round after we moved to a higher elevation , time change kills me! Now I am feeling like I have not taken anything at all I am looking for any suggestions anyone might have for what I should try now. I have very little sex drive and don't want to gain weight . I am meeting with my dr next week so any suggestions would be appreciated
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replied January 18th, 2012
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