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Old 06-20-2018, 11:26 AM   #1  
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Hi All,

I'm new here (obviously) and am looking for more stories from those of you taking Wellbutrin and trying to lose weight. I did search the board and have read most of the threads I found, but there really are not any updated ones. I just started on Wellbutrin 2 days ago after being on Cymbalta for 3 years and gaining 35lbs. My Dr said that the Wellbutrin *should* help my depression and my weight loss, so I'm hopeful. What has your experience been like?

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Old 08-07-2018, 08:26 AM   #2  
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I've been on Wellbutrin for as long as I can remember and it hasn't affected my weight. Maybe it did in the beginning, but I don't remember it being anything significant. I'm also taking other medications in addition to it, so that could also be why.
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Old 08-15-2018, 02:41 AM   #3  
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I lost a whole bunch of weight when I first started taking Wellbutrin (like 30 lbs in 2 months, or something) then it has been slower since then. I took Lexapro before that, which seemed to just make me gain weight. Dr says that the Topamax I take with it helps.
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Old 08-27-2018, 03:59 PM   #4  
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I do not have personal experience with Wellbutrin. But if it helps relieve your depression and it doesn't cause weight gain then that alone would be great. Wellbutrin seems to be the only antidepressant I have heard of that deals with addictions and does not cause gain. I hope for you it helps with weight loss. But I hope it also helps relieve the depression. Good luck!
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Old 09-14-2018, 06:28 PM   #5  
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years ago I went on Zoloft and lost 10 pounds without noticing. I felt a lot better and had good energy, and that was great. I was on the med for chronic pain at the time. When I tried it for depression a few years later, it was neutral, didn't lose or gain. I recently had to go back on an antidepressant again, and the one originally recommended by a consultant has a reputation for weight gain. My family doc wasn't comfortable with that, since I am pre-diabetic, and she didn't want to work on one issue to the detriment of another. So we are trying Wellbutrin. so far, the depression is slightly better, (since June when I started) and my weight loss is still going ok. I am doing IF/EF and low carb/high fat with that for the most part. I cheat with some fruit, LOL.
She had hopes that the Wellbutrin, which also treats some addictions, especially tobacco addictions, will help my food "addictions". And I am doing better about not thinking about food all the time, but the IF/EF also helps with that.
I hope you are doing well with this medication.
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Old 09-15-2018, 05:28 PM   #6  
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My experience has been interesting. The Wellbutrin ITSELF didn't cause me to directly lose any weight. BUT once I got serious about it, it did make my other weight loss efforts much more effective.

2 years ago, when I tried to lose weight, I was working my butt off, exercising an hour a day, 6 days a week, and only eating around 1500 calories a day and it took me 10 months to lose 18 pounds, which was incredibly frustrating. A little more than a year ago, I was put on Wellbutrin and Synthroid and didn't lose any weight. But 6 months ago, I got serious about getting to a healthy weight, so I started walking 2-4 miles every day and cut most of the sugar from my diet. That's the majority of the change I made, as I decided to make small lifestyle changes instead of going on a "diet". So small changes, but consistent. My 6 month anniversary is this week and I'm down about 45 pounds. So 18 pounds in 10 months working really hard and craving everything I cut out vs 45 pounds in 6 months making small, sustainable changes and not craving anything. I'd say the Wellbutrin helped for me.

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Old 09-20-2018, 08:21 PM   #7  
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Other "weight neutral" drugs have caused me to gain - Wellbutrin has not. I am on such a low dose it doesn't really help me lose per se - but I have heard much anecdotal evidence toward that.

To echo flower123:
if it helps relieve your depression and it doesn't cause weight gain then that alone would be great.
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Old 10-03-2018, 06:32 PM   #8  
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I was on Wellbutrin for a year, but it didn't affect my weight at all.
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Old 10-04-2018, 02:17 AM   #9  
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