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October 26th, 2010
Wellbutrin is great for me and my life. I can tell the improvement in energy. I have the loss of appetite. I have intense dreams.
But where is the skyrocketing libido? I want that, too. Especially now, since starting Wellbutrin I am able to enjoy sex again, and if the meds would not only make me like sex but also want it more... Wow, that would be awesome!
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replied October 31st, 2010
starting up wellburtin XL
i am going to start wellburtin Wellbutrin XL from today for quitting smoking, i hope it will work to increase my sex drive as well as for boosting energy and keeping me happy...
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replied November 16th, 2010
I've been on Wellbutrin for years because every other antidepressant I've taken made me flat-line during sex, i.e...thought I was getting there but no orgasm. Been on wellbutrin for years as stated, but the past 3 years I've been taking the XL formula and wow!!!! I found this posting and have to say that last month my finances were slim and I couldn't get my hormone (I'm 54) nor my wellbutrin filled. I was not a happy camper because I wasn't able to achieve orgasms. I thought it was withdrawl from the hormone. Now I'm thinking it was the Wellbutrin XL. I have had the most intense orgasms since for the past 3 years, and I'd say it has been the best sex I've every enjoyed my entire life. Maybe it's a bit of both the Wellbutrin and hormone? Who knows..but I'm not getting off the Wellbutrin if I can help it. I did notice the great increase in energy when I first started taking the Wellbutrin XL formula but sadly that has tapered off. The libido booster property ; however, has been pretty steady.
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replied November 16th, 2010
I've been on Wellbutrin for years because every other antidepressant I've taken made me flat-line during sex, i.e...thought I was getting there but no orgasm. Been on wellbutrin for years as stated, but the past 3 years I've been taking the XL formula and wow!!!! I found this posting and have to say that last month my finances were slim and I couldn't get my hormone (I'm 54) nor my wellbutrin filled. I was not a happy camper because I wasn't able to achieve orgasms. I thought it was withdrawl from the hormone. Now I'm thinking it was the Wellbutrin XL. I have had the most intense orgasms since for the past 3 years, and I'd say it has been the best sex I've every enjoyed my entire life. Maybe it's a bit of both the Wellbutrin and hormone? Who knows..but I'm not getting off the Wellbutrin if I can help it. I did notice the great increase in energy when I first started taking the XL formula but that has tapered off, but the libido booster property has been pretty steady.
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replied November 19th, 2010
My doctor has recomended I take wellbutrin, after reading all these posts I am much more open to it.
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replied November 19th, 2010
I take Wellbutrin (Bupropion) 150mgs twice a day. My sex drive has definitley increased. I feel more confident as well. However, there are times when I feel the blood rushing to my clitoris and I get turned on but there is nothing I can do about it (like at work for example) and I have to let the feeling pass. But, that is a good problem to have IMO. (I've been taking it for 5 weeks)
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replied December 5th, 2010
Wellbutrin and Sex Drive
I am 39 year old female and have been on Wellbutrin for 9 months. Prior to Wellbutrin, my sex drive was almost non-existent and sex became a chore for years. At first I noticed orgasms during masturbation that were very intense every single time. I also masturbated at a greater frequency and became easily aroused at the thought of sex. When my husband returned from IRAQ the sex felt three times better and I had an orgasm through sexual intercourse for the first time in my life. Now I initiate sex at least four days a week. Of course Wellbutrin helped me shed 20 pounds, stop drinking and smoking and lifts my depression most days...a dark period will slip through once in awhile but only lasts a day or two. My side effects are very minimal and I am very happy on this drug.
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replied December 14th, 2010
wellbutrin and sex drive
My therapist forwarded this link to me after I e-mailed her about how my sex drive has gone through the roof so much that it is hard to focus on other things I have to get done. I was so glad to read through your comments because I don't feel so crazy. What a relief. Like some of you, my husband is crying, 'uncle'. How often does that happen???
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replied January 6th, 2011
Hi, I'm a 38yo male, just started today with Wellbutrin XR 150mg/day. I'm wondering if there are men who were having erection problems before taking Wellbutrin, and found that Wellbutrin has improved the quality of the erections, easier to get or maintain erections? Also would like to know about orgasms. Has orgasm improved, not able to orgasm, orgasm to soon? As all men will know, erection quality is number 1 on the priority list, I'm sure many of you will know the answer to my questions.
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replied January 6th, 2011
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Hi stef_ke....I have read of men who have experienced an increase in their sex drive with Wellbutrin...They have said that they no longer had the erectile dysfunction that they had previously..From what I could gather from their posts I would say a stronger erection...Take care....

Caroline
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replied January 13th, 2011
Hmm. I had been on Effexor 75 mg for about 3 months or so about 4 years ago, at which time I had an insane increase in sex drive-as other have reported here with Wellbutrin-it was all consuming, and ridiculous. It lasted about 3 or 4 weeks, but it was NOT a good time for me. I have no idea if it had any relation to the Effexor as it happened about 3 months in and lasted about 4 weeks, but after reading this, I am wondering if it could have somehow been responsible.

I was pretty freaked out and had no idea what was going on. Around that time, I was having irregular periods, and was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst, so I figured it was some weird imbalance of hormones or something. To this day I'm still haunted by it.

At the time I was about 29 years old, had been married for 7 years and never had been promiscuous in my life-I'm still not, and I'm now 33. My husband and I are very against cheating and would never do that to each other, but my husband's low sex drive has always been a problem for us as mine is a little higher, so when this huge surge in my sex drive happened 4 years ago, things got weird.

I met his best friend from childhood, and he started hanging around alot...staying overnight several days a week....and I ended up feeling a weird attraction to him. Being a very honest person, I told my husband. I was debating on telling his friend. I never considered cheating on him but felt such a crazy attraction to him that I felt I had to be with him, even if that meant leaving my husband.

Partially I think it was also due to regular marital issues etc, but my husbands lack of sex drive was suddenly becoming a deal breaker in our marriage since I was wanting it so often and felt even more rejected by him now that my drive was up. I didn't ever tell his friend, it passed, and my husband totally forgave my stupidity.

Also around that time, I posted on a forum about my frustration about my husbands low sex drive and how awful it was being rejected all the time, and not knowing what on earth to do about it, since it seems so frivolous when the rest of the marriage is worth saving. I wanted some advice, since I couldn't really talk to my friends about how I felt out of embarassment and respect for my husbands privacy.

Well, I got a response from a guy in the exact same situation as me. Loved his wife, but she was very cold in bed, and sexually inhibited (cultural issues). We both finally found someone who could relate, and it really helped that he was a man, so I could kind of get that side of the perspective on things. We just emailed each other, friendly at first talking about our common complaint and usual stuff. Normally, this would never be something I would do...EVER! I'm a smart person and fiercely loyal to my husband despite any issues we have at any given time. I know that it was stupid, but like I said, I was overrun by an all consuming sex drive and was desperate to connect sexually with someone even just as a confidant who understood how I was feeling...

Well, obviously it was a recipe for disaster since we were two overly sexual people who were being deprived of sex, and we had a "secret" friendship online (we lived in opposite ends of the earth). Within the 3 weeks we communicated, it became what we both described as an addiction to each other. We were ignoring our frinds and responsiblities, and writing each other costantly for hours. Sadly, I was the one who took things too far. I got flirty with him, and things got sexually graphic very quickly. I even sent him a partial nude photo, which is SO not like me. I still cannot believe I did that.

The relationship ended quickly, and I returned to my normal self. But those 3-4 weeks still haunt me. I was a complete sexual maniac. It was all consuming and made me act in ways I had never ever acted before. I think a lot of it was out of sheer confusion of what was going on. I knew I wasn't acting like myself, and I knew better, but didn't know why, and couldn't help myself. We've been married 11 years now (together 13), and nothing similar has ever happened to me, but I grazed the borderline of adultery twice in those few weeks, and it felt beyond my control. That is terrifying.

After reading so much about Wellbutrin XL, I am very excited to take it, and initially thought, well, OK, a boost in sex drive is kind of cool, but after reading how severely increased it was for some of you, it sounds quite similar to how I felt during the time described above, and now I'm obviously very concerned that may happen to me again. Don't get me wrong, I take full responsiblity for my actions, but something else was going on with me during that time, which greatly influenced my behavour, and I've never understood.

I am very grateful for the honesty of everyone on here. This forum has been an immense help in deciding if I want to take Wellbutrin. But, I have to wonder if any of you have noticed that the increase in sex drive has led you to consider doing things sexually that you would never otherwise consider, as I experienced on Effexor (possibly not related, maybe hormonal, I'll probably never know). I would imagine, that with a very high sex drive, you'd find yourself attracted to more people, and more tempted to cheat. It just seems logical. Has anyone experience this?
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replied January 20th, 2011
I just started Wellbutrin SR today and I'm looking forward to increase my sex drive as a side effect. I am 48 and a breast cancer survivor. I had a great sex drive up to a few months ago and now I am looking forward to it again.
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replied January 26th, 2011
Very true!!!
Been taking Wellbutrin XL for about 2 months now. This is INSANE!!!!! OMG I never thought it would effect me like this. I'm 22 and currently without a boyfriend so this is not so good for me. I can literally have an orgasm just by thinking about sex long enough! And it's on my mind 24/7!!!! They should have like a warning on the bottle: "EXTREME sexual desire" or something. I have to fight random compulsive feelings to just pull any random guy into a room with me LOL!!! It's getting really hard to resist. Wow I need to find a boyfriend quick!!! LOL!!!
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replied February 1st, 2011
Highly aroused all day, but can't orgasm.
I have been on Wellbutrin for 9 months for depression and low libido. The last month our so my sex drive has gone through the roof. I had lost it for so long, and had sex just to please my husband of 25 years, but now he can't keep up. He is an excellant lover, always wanting to please me. Now, I am doing things I never would do before. Reading sex stories, ordering porn movies, having anal sex. I feel I would do anything for sex now. I want sex everyday. My clitoris is so stimulated, but the worst thing is I can't have an orgasm. I try masterbation, anal sex, oral sex, everything, but no climax. I could have sex all day. I love my vagina feeling so hot and never want to change that feeling. I also don't feel depressed, I am more focused (except that I think about sex all day), and quite confident. However, I feel so bad for my husband, for he likes me to cum before he does. And he looses energy and his hard shaft becomes limp while trying to make me cum. i ordered some sex toys to help me, perhaps wearing a vibrating egg all day, or something to that effect will help. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
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replied February 1st, 2011
I have been on Wellbutrin for 9 months for depression and low libido. The last month our so my sex drive has gone through the roof. I had lost it for so long, and had sex just to please my husband, but now he can't keep up. I am doing things I never would do before. Reading sex stories, ordering porn movies, having anal sex. I feel I would do anything for sex now. I want sex everyday. My clitoris is so stimulated, but the worst thing is I can't have an orgasm. I try masterbation, anal sex, oral sex, everything, but no climax. I could have sex all day. I love my vagina feeling so hot, but I feel so bad for my husband, for he likes me to cum before he does. And he looses energy and his hard shaft becomes limp while trying to make me cum. i ordered some sex toys to help me, perhaps wearing a vibrating egg all day, or something to that effect will help. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
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replied February 18th, 2011
high sex drive
I have been on this drug for a week and I have seen some inprovement with depression and my sex drive. Before my husband and I were having some problems with my low sex drive and it almost cost me my marriage. But I HOPE things will get better soon I am really looking forward to the high sex drive everyone is talking about.
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replied February 18th, 2011
high sex drive
I have been on this drug for a week and I have seen some inprovement with depression and my sex drive. Before my husband and I were having some problems with my low sex drive and it almost cost me my marriage. But I HOPE things will get better soon I am really looking forward to the high sex drive everyone is talking about.
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replied February 22nd, 2011
Wellbutrin+buprenorphine?
Hi, I was just wondering if anyone who is taking wellbutrin is also on buprenorphine (opioid)? My boyfriend is on buprenorphine which lowers his sex drive
and I was hoping he could take wellbutrin and it would work like everyone whose posted here has said, however he has tried mirapex which is said to increase your sex drive and that did nothing. I don't know if the buprenorphine is too strong for the wellbutrin to work? Please post a reply if ANYONE has any info. Desperate....
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replied February 22nd, 2011
My wife has been on Bupropion 200mg for a while since Sept 2010. We had a great (well starting to become great) sex life before she started on bupropion. I can assure you she is not jumping me when she sees me. Sex is back to what it used to be years ago in our marriage - a chore for her or something she has to do because we are married. I don't know where these women are coming up with these stories about their sex drive being off the chart and "can't get enough sex". It all sounds like some kind of hype and I am not buying it.
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replied February 22nd, 2011
Re: Wellbutrin+buprenorphine?
moltenstar wrote:
Hi, I was just wondering if anyone who is taking wellbutrin is also on buprenorphine (opioid)? My boyfriend is on buprenorphine which lowers his sex drive
and I was hoping he could take wellbutrin and it would work like everyone whose posted here has said, however he has tried mirapex which is said to increase your sex drive and that did nothing. I don't know if the buprenorphine is too strong for the wellbutrin to work? Please post a reply if ANYONE has any info. Desperate....


From what I have read and what I have seen Bupropion and Welbutrin do not work like these hypsters are saying. My wife is on bupropion and her sex drive is very low. You would think that from reading these entries that my wife would come home and be all over me but each night she comes home she wants to post-pone sex for another night. This is all hype in this forum.
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replied December 3rd, 2012
Wellbutrin dosage fine tuning may be needed.
These anti-depressants all have different effects on each person. From reading this forum, it would seem this positive one is the only side effect, so I understand your skepticism. I am sorry it isn't working better for you, truly, but these people are being sincere.
I am a 65 year old woman, married for 43 years...Not intersted in sex. My husband is 66 and in good shape. For long standing depression, I started on Wellbutrin (regular) 75 mg. x 2, then x3 per day, then after 2-3 weeks up to 300 per day (2 x 100 mg Wellbutrin XL a.m., 1 100 mg Wellbutrin XML p.m.). I stayed on this for 3 months. I wasn't miserable, but not happy either. Sexual desire non-existent, as it had been for many years. So I told my Dr., a woman my age, with whom I have a great rapport. She bumped me up to 350 mg. I was like many here have described...agitated, sexually aroused and consumed. It was great for a couple of days, but then I couldn't take the level of agitation and distraction,even though the sex was wonderful. Working with an understanding doctor has made all the difference. By splitting pills and using both regular and XL, I have reached a happy medium, somewhere between 312mg and 325mg. If I drop back to 300 mg, it is like I am not taking the drug at all. And 325 is sometimes too much. I am now happy, pleasant and loving to my husband; always in a good mood. It has been 6 weeks. I am aroused enough to really want sex every day ( although we don't). Previously, for a long time, my husband was having good erections, but was coming after a very short time. I believe it was because on some level he knew I really didn't want it, which makes me feel very badly now. For the first time in decades, we are having a lot of fun. He started taking Levitra or Viagra to last longer for me, while he gets back on his own. But it's not perfect. I fall in to the category of rarely being able to orgasm. It is not uncommon. But I,m K with what I have. All this is to say, don't throw in the towel yet. Work with your doctor and see if things improve with some dosage changes. It might be worth the effort. I hope so. Good luck.
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