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I know this topic is old but I'm so glad I found it. I've been on 300mg of wellbutrin XL since February in conjunction with Zoloft, about a month ago I started getting shaky, like I'd pick up a glass and my hand would shake. 3 weeks ago I stopped my meds completetely b/c it was freaking me out and I couldn't get in to see my doctor. In that time period I have gained 15 lbs and my eating and exercise have actually been better. I started to think the wellbutrin stoppage was causing the weight gain. I've been on zoloft for awhile and had stopped before with no problems so this seemed to make the most sense and now having read many of your posts on here, I think I might be on to something... I finally have an appt to see my doctor this Friday morning and hopefully we can find the right dosage for me b/c aside from the shaking I was feeling good, so my non-medical background guess says the dose was too high. We shall see!

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3/24/11 8:05 P

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Well said!!!! I agree with you completely. I ahve taken Wellbutrin for 7 years now and every time I try to wean off something happens and I go right back on. My doctor says its fine so I guess I am fine with it too. My mother seems to think that there is something horribly wrong with being on an antidepressant. I guess alot of people have a negative attitude about it. I try not to worry about what others think.

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I have to say, Wellbutrin has been a lifesaver for me. The only side effects I currently have and have had to get used to in the last five years are insomnia and extreme chills when I do decide to get drunk (I'm guessing that's one reason why I'm not supposed to drink while taking it!)

I have tried to go off it a few times, but I just end up in a panic, binge eating. I hate admitting that I am more worried about gaining weight as a result of getting off antidepressants than I am of being depressed again. Just shows you how much my depression and weight are intertwined.

Anyway, I know Wellbutrin is right for me after trying Prozac, Remeron, and Zoloft. Treating depression with pills and/or therapy is all about trial and error. If your MD is not listening to you, then do yourself a favor and make an appointment with a psychiatrist who will listen to you and write you a prescription.



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My husband had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes the DAY before I delivered my first child. Then there was all kinds of first baby/after delivery craziness (Nursing problems, weight issues, popped stitches, changing hormones) on top of worry about my husband (who almost went into a diabetic comma from his sugars dropping too low on Christmas morning, when my baby was 1 month old). It was a tumultuous time and I couldn't shake the postpartum depression. Depression tends to run in my family, so I can't say I was completely surprised when the postpartum bomb hit me. My OBGYN put me on Zoloft, but I had horrible side affects (one of which was very rapid weight gain) and I just felt numb all the time anyway, so I went off of it---- after consulting my doctor. Around the time my baby was almost 1, my depression hadn't gotten any better, so I went on Wellbutrin. I had been resisting, because I didn't want to feel dependant on something to keep me from being a mess. BUT I also have hypothyroidism, which I am dependant on, and my husband required insulin --- he couldn't decide not to take it because he didn't want to feel dependant. I didn't want my family to suffer, so I tried wellbutrin XL. BRAND. And honestly, I just felt like myself again! The best way I could describe it is that it felt like spring for the first time in a long time. The trees looked greener and air felt fresher. It doesn't force happiness, but it keeps you from dropping...kind of like a safety-net. It didn't take away my problems but I felt like my better and stronger self --- it empowered me enough to make a clear decision as to how I was going to react to whatever came up. That particular drug was a good match for me. I lost a little weight at first, and then I think it helped me maintain my weight--- at least a little. My thyroid levels are HIGHLY affected by pregnancy, breastfeeding and stopping breastfeeding most of all--- and weight is one of the quickest indicators for my body that my thyroid is out of wack. Fast forward over 4 years and 2 more children later, and my doctor suggested trying to go off the medication for a while. (BY THE WAY, I called the pregnancy risk line more than once, and talked with more than one doctor about staying on wellbutrin while pregnant and was told to stay on the medication by all of them-- and had healthy pregnancies and healthy babies). NOW after being off Wellbutrin for about 2 months have gained a TON of weight. FASTER than I have ever gained weight. MY thyroid may be partially to blame (I missed my meds for a couple weeks due to a mix up with the doctor, blood lab, and pharmacy), but I think it is mostly from going off Wellbutrin. NOW suddenly everyone keeps trying to get me to divulge that I am pregnant again, and I am NOT! It's so embarrassing. I've been wanting to loose some weight for a long time. I did loose some weight after my 2nd child, but haven't been able to loose much after my 3rd (which is now 1). BUT NOW I HAVE A LOT MORE TO LOOSE. I'm not sure if I will keep gaining if I stay off the medication? I want to loose weight, but am feeling rather discouraged.

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9/21/10 5:01 P

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I have been on Wellbutrin for about 3 years, and recently stopped taking it, as directed. I didn't realize that maybe the 25 pounds that I gained was because I stopped taking the medication. I have been eating really bad lately, pretty much anything that I want but does the wellbutrin have anything to do with my weight gain besides eating crappy?

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1/30/09 1:45 P

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I was on celexa first and gained 40 pounds in 4 months. I demanded a change and was given wellbutrin. It has worked pretty well for me. My weight remained the same on it, I was glad that I had stopped gaining I have trouble sleeping with the wellbutrin, but never had any sexual side effects other than the vaginal dryness. I found that it really killed the cravings at first but then lost its effectiveness. It works for my depression though. Ever hear about vaginal dryness being a side effect?

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Hi ~ I was on Wellbutrin (low dose) for about three months. I lost 15 pounds very quickly but then it was like the drug stopped working for me. My addictive behavior toward food came flooding back, I lost all interest in sex, I became angry at the drop of a hat. I could not get my doctor's attention about this problem so I weaned myself off very slowly. The only problem I have had is that I still crave food all the time...and I gained all the weight I lost back. Besides the dry mouth and vaginal dryness have you had any other symptoms? I have been very interested in what others have to say about this drug. Thinking of you and hoping you can get some clear direction about reducing your dosage.
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I've been taking wellbutrin for almost 5 years. I am on a quite high dose right now, but am considering lowering it. I am curious as to what side-effects other people are experiencing on it. It causes me to have a dry mouth and now I am wondering if it could also be causing my vaginal dryness. Does this happen to anyone else? Any ideas what to do about it? Sorry if this problem is too off topic but I didn't know where to ask it. Thanks.

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I was on Lexapro for 2 years and was switched to Wellbutrin about 2 months ago. I have been having tons of trouble losing weight between the anti-depressants and meds for my MS which also have side effects of weight gain. Before my doctor put me on the anti-depressants, my depression was so bad that I was becoming suicidal. I don't like taking them and I still have chronic depression issues. But, frankly, I'm scared I will go back there if I stop. I've gone through therapy also which helped me to get to the point where I can deal with the bad days and to accept that I will be on the anti-depressants the rest of my life most likely.

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1/10/09 2:08 A

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I kept having to go to the gynocologist because I was having problems with birth control. They always had to weigh me so they had to have noticed all the weight I put on in a short amount of time. I really wish they would have said something. You know, ask if I was on any new meds or something. I was depressed and didn't care, but maybe if they'd said something I would have gotten off the meds sooner and gained so much weight. I mean I gained 50 lbs in 2 months! All they said was that once you reached a certain weight the birth control didn't work as well as on a thinner person.

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I am sorry for what you are going through. First of all, you must have a very frank discussion with your doctor for changing your medications simultaneously. Your physician should have given you a program of slowly changing over your Prozac to Wellbutrin. I had really good luck with Wellbutrin for about three months and then it seemed to just stop working. My depression returned and seemed to be even worse than when I began the medication. Please talk with your doctor asap. You must get these medications straightened out. Your friend, Carolyn

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I'm new to the team so I would like to start off by saying hello to everyone.

I was on Prozac for about 9 months. I gained 32lbs while on it so about a month ago my doctor took me off the Prozac and put me on Wellbutrin. All in the same day.

I'm just curious if anybody has had problems with Wellbutrin. With me, my depression has gotten a lot worse here in the last 3 weeks. Most of the time I just feel like laying in bed and crying. I went to the doctors yesterday (because I don't know how much more of this I can take) and he told me I needed to give the med more time.

Any help or advice anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated.

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11/28/08 3:25 A

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I was just taken off of Wellbutrin and put on prozac. There wasn't any weening or gradual increase of the prozac. I have only gained weight on wellbutrin and I saw that prozac was supposed to help with binge eating. probably won't help me there. I am doing really bad on all fronts. I am trying though. I am doing the christmas challenge, changing medications, seeing a counselor, and trying to exercise. I can barely get myself to work, let alone do anything past that like exercising.

I hope everyone has a great holiday season, it is only just beginning.

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emoticon I HTE ANTIDEPRESSANTS,I ONCE WAS A NURSE,BUT DUE TO MY BACK/KNEE INJURIES I CAN NO LONGER WORK,I WAS ON WELLBUTRIN AND IT SEEMED THE BEST ONE,BUT MY DOCTOR THOUGHT I SHOULD BE ON CYMBALTA,AND SO I LET HIM HAVE HIS WAY...BIG MISTAKE,I GAINED BACK EVERYTHING I LOST AND NOT TO MENTION I NOW HAVE MY DAYS/NIGHTS MIXED UP,SO I JUST QUIT TAKING IT,AND I FEEL TERRIBLE BUT I FIGURE THIS TO SHALL PASS,I ONCE WAS ON PAXIL AND ONCE PROZAC,BOTH MADE ME HAVE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS...ANYWAY WELCOME TO THE TEAM AND HANG IN THERE,YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS WORLD emoticon ELVIA

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9/29/08 9:45 P

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I went on Paxil. I lost 20 lbs in 2 weeks because I couldn't eat. Every time I'd take a bite or 2 I'd have to stop because I'd feel like I had just eaten Thanksgiving dinner. Then I gained the 20 lbs, plus an additional 40 in TWO MONTHS! I just couldn't stop eating and eating and eating. Not emotional eating. I was starving all the time. I gained an additional 10 lbs the rest of the year I was on it. And now I'm stuck at my present weight. I don't binge as much anymore, but I think I'm just used to eating a lot. It sucks. Plus I was so sick trying to get off of Paxil. I tried to take myself off it (of course a bad idea, I'm a nurse I should know better, but I thought I could do it on my own). I was so sick. It was like I'd had a stroke. I couldn't talk or walk at one point. So my doctor gradually took me off it. It took 6 months and ever ytime I went down 5 mg's I was vomiting all the time and not able to think clearly. Then when I went off it for good, I went crazy and was telling my dad I wanted to kill myself because I couldn't make the racing thoughts stop. I had "zaps" that used to go up and down my arms. I just stopped getting them and I've been off Paxil a year and a half.

Because of all this, I'm very wary of ever going back on an antidepressant.

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I'm glad to hear you are going to the gym and have a personal trainer. I have found that regular exercise has a profound effect on my mood. I not only get the benefits of working out, both cardio and weight training, but the camaraderie in the gym is wonderful for my spirits. We go at a time when seniors get in free, and consequently there are mostly senior citizens when we go. We can all relate to each others problems and encourage each other. We talk about everything going on in our lives, and it is wonderful to be a part of such a caring group. I know this is an added benefit for me, as when I start getting deeper into a depression I tend to shy away from other people and draw into myself. The social interaction there is a big help in keeping me from doing that. I still battle my depression, I am just coming out of a whopper right now, but it can't get its grips on me as easily now. Having a lot of people in your life is such a help. I hope you find this kind of relationships at your gym as we find in ours.
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8/18/08 3:09 P

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Hi Kris,

Sorry for the delayed response. I didn't take offense. I know we're all trying to work out what our problems are here. But thank you so much for being sensitive to this. That means a lot. And thank you for explaining the mayo eating thing. That sounds correct and makes me understand my cravings a bit better.

I hired a personal trainer after my doctor's visit turned up nothing. She said I'm wafting up but doesn't feel it's at all unusual. I like my doctor, but I admit, I was disappointed. I am supposed to see her in a couple of months, after I have some good training.

My trainer was a grief counselor (sp?) for many years before he got into training. The gym I picked chose him for me after I laid out all of my problems. They have been REALLY great about it and I go about 3-4 times a weeks (this is my third week) and see my trainer 2 of those times. In some respects I feel much better, although I my depression is coming back...

I am coming up on the third anniversary of my father's death next week and it's really taken its toll. I have been EXTREMELY depressed and broke down in tears at a party this week. The trainer is costing me $$$, but working out does make feel better. And I'm so grateful.

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Eatting Mayo out of a jar... How about eatting Sugar our of the sugar bowl with a spoon? That was me. I am a major sugar junkie. You shouldn't be embarrassed about the mayo, I think all of us at one time or another have eatten peculiar things or large quantitites of ordinary things. Depression upsets so many of the chemical balances in our systems, it is inevitable it leads to some sort of nutritional deficiencies which then lead us to do the odd eatting things. I know that depression tends to make my B vitamin absorbtion go down, or it depletes it, one or the other. It can make my hair limp, weak, thin and the color drabber than usual. I will start to crave Malt. I have been known to go to the store and buy a jar of the Carnation Malt that you mix into milk and just eat that out of a jar. With the mayo, you might have been craving an oil-based nutrient and the mayo satisfied it. Our cravings are often the clue to what we aren't getting in our diets.
As to the meds causing weight problems, you are right. I think the information that comes with the various meds we take often mention the problem of weight gain as a side effect. I didn't mean to sound like I was questioning that for you, you know your own body better than I. I hope you will forgive me for wording that badly. I certainly didn't want to sound like I was challenging you.
Thanks for giving me a chance to explain.
Kris
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I had the same experience with the Wellbutrin. Lost almost 14 pounds with it but then it was like the drug stopped working and I piled the weight back on. It seems like a different type of weight gain. I did work with my doctor to get off the drug and now am seeing how I can deal with my depression issues without having to go back on a drug. Judging from the day I had yesterday a new drug will probably be in my future. But, I too, am keeping a positive attitude and am focusing on making healthy choices in all parts of my life. Thank you everyone for being such a positive influence in my life~

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7/25/08 1:59 A

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Hi McPenguin!

The reason why I'm connecting my meds to my weight is because I lost weight when I started on Wellbutrin, which is normal for some. I didn't lose a lot, and when I stopped, the weight just piled itself back on even though I hadn't changed my habits...

My boyfriend pointed out something interesting to me. When I was at my most depressed (and this is embarassing to admit), I was eating mayo out of the jar with a spoon. I didn't gain any weight then...

My goal is to sta upbeat and just work out, talk to my doctor and be more diligent about my food intake. I am going to focus on what I can do to work this off and try harder to not think about why or what did this...

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I have been frustrated by the loooong plateau I have been on. I take Wellbutrin and Celexa, but I have never thought of them as having an impact on my weight. I lost a lot when I started here, and I was taking the meds then, so I don't see how that can have affected my weight or my ability to lose more. I think that sometimes we just get stuck. We are all here because we have had problems in the past with the usual things not working. We are people who's bodies don't like to let go of the weight, and our best efforts are not always enough all the time. I am not going to quit, I think the plateau has to budge someday. I know I am a lot healthier now, as the exercise I do and the healthier foods I am eating are making me feel better. I just wish the darned weight weren't so stubborn.
On the bright side, if there is a famine, we will all be the survivors!
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7/24/08 4:26 P

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I've been gone for awhile, but decided it was a good time to come back. I have gained my weight back and a couple of extra lbs more even though I continue to work out and eat (fairly) moderately. I have been having a harder time with willpower, but not to the extent I believe I should have such a weight gain.

However, I made an appointment with my doctor for next week to see what I can do, if it's medical, etc... And I plan on getting a personal trainer soon. I am finishing up with my therapy (I am in group and one on one), so I can afford a gym now and would like to learn to use everything properly.

I am EXTREMELY frustrated that this has happend, but not deterred.

Thanks to everyone who responded to this. I am glad to see I'm not alone and with some support and focus, I hope I can lick this thing!

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Wow, I had no idea this group even existed, but I'm so glad that I've found it!
I'm back on Spark after about a year off. I'm also currently weening myself off of Wellbutrin. I decided that there will be no better time in my life to go off of the medication, and I really don't want to be on it forever.
At first I noticed that I lost some weight and that I didn't have my usual crazy appetite when I went on the medication (300 mg every morning) but after a while my hunger and cravings came back, although I didn't gain back any of the weight that I'd lost. However, for the past month I've been 5 pounds over where I've been in the past year, and I can't seem to bring it down. I've been working out and eating healthy and it just won't budge!
So I'm also sort of afraid that going off of the medicine will just make it go even higher!
I'm so glad to find this posting, because I was about to ask the same question.
Did anyone have any other side effects besides a little bit of weight gain?
Thank you in advance, and good luck to everyone!

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Hey Sheetar,

I was on prozac and wellbutrin and for the first 3 month it suppressed my appetite causing me to lose a substantial amount of weight, then slowly my appetite began to grow. After I came off of both pills my appetite grew even more, but I tried to maintain my weight by eating fruits and veggies and other healthier foods.

It seems like you are working out great and eating a good amount of calories. I think if you stick to it you will lose weight, and if you are not eating more it is odd your weight is fluctuating, but it may just be because your body is changing. It could also just be water weight. Stay positive and don't let these 3 pounds bring you down :)

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Side effects are so hard to deal with..I was on wellbutrin for awhile and it was working fine..i do not do well on other drugs,they throw me into a manic phase,doc put me on cymbalta recently...seemed to be ok...then I came to know the downside...no orgasms...now that is a big deal for me as it is not often when we are both not tired or in pain so I took myself right off of them and got back on wellbutrin..I'll take the dopamaine anytime,I take nuerotin at bedtime for nerve pain...I also got off estradoil when i realized it may have caused my heart problem..guess what..no more chest pain..so with the afore mentioned drugs i take lasix and verapamil for my heart geez... emoticon

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6/9/08 6:52 P

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May,

Sorry I didn't reply to this sooner. I've been having other depression issues and haven't been on the site as much as I should. In fact, I haven't been keeping a workout or food diary in a couple of weeks. It depresses me more, but you know it's a vicious cycle.

Can I say, like you, I am glad to know I am not alone. I wish you weren't suffering with this but at the same time, I feel SO MUCH MORE LESS ALONE.

I've been off of Wellbutrin for almost two months I think, and in the last few weeks, I haven't weighed myself, but judging by the fit of everything, I think it might have levelled off a bit. Still, I don't feel like I'm losing anything even though I watch my food carefully and also exercise about 6 days a week (at least for 1/2 hour).

I guess all I can say is try to ride it out. Have you talked to your doctor about switching meds or weening off? Unfortunately, besides the weight gain, I have found that I am way more sad than I had been. One of my councelers (sp?) in group put the idea in my head that I might need to think about getting back on medication, which I get but it's really such a lose/lose situation. I mean, I had horrible side effects on all of the medication I've tried thus far:

Lexapro
Effexor
Wellbutrin
Prozac

I was kind of hoping I could get through this myself.

Please send me a PM if you want to talk about your problems. I might not be able to help, but I can certainly lend an ear. I know how lonely it can get...

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These side effects and withdrawal symptoms are the pits, aren't they?

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Sheetar....I am so glad to know I am not alone! I am currently weaning off Wellbutrin and am suffering just like you. At first Wellbutrin was helping me ~ and stopped my food cravings. I lost almost 15 pounds. But then something happened. It was like the drug just stopped working. I became irritable, unreasonable, unable to control my temper AND my appetite came back stronger than ever. I have gained about 6 pounds but it is the TYPE of weight that I am hating. It is like my body is covered with more fat ~ particularly around my waist!

I am sorry you are having such problems but it is good to know I am not alone! How is it going for you today?



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Mcpenguins answer was spot on but I just want to reiterate, this is just a phase., don't let itb stop what you're doing. Hangin there. I know how disappointing this can be, but your not beaten as long as you never give up.

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5/20/08 4:39 P

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McPenguin,

Thank you so very much for your response. I've been trying not to call my doctor, only because it seemed like I was AT the doctor's so often, but you're right, I need to speak to my pharmacy or doctor...

I'm TRYING really hard to be good... It's so frustrating, but your words really helped! Thank you so much!

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5/20/08 3:58 P

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I'm afraid that I can't help you with information about the withdrawal process, as I am currently on Wellbutrin, never stopped it. However, I think if you call your pharmacist or your doctor's office, they should be able to tell you if this is related to your problem. It sure sounds like it, and if it is, it should be limited. Most withdrawal symptoms only last a short while, and you will rebound to where you would have been. I know this is frustrating, you are doing everything you are supposed to do and you are being penalized with a weight gain. It is hard enough not losing or even gaining when you know you have been careful, but when you are working so hard and this happens, it is enough to make you stop trying. Please, don't let this setback keep you from fighting on. Call the pharmacist first, I have done this in the past and they usually have the most information at hand. I have found that if you tell them what you are taking (usually they have your records at hand if you have all your prescriptions filled with one pharmacy) you can get a pretty good idea what is going on from the pharmacist.
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Hi,

I haven't been on the site at all for almost a week. No logging, no anything... but I have been working out and watching what I eat.

That said, I hope someone can help me. I stopped taking Wellbutrin (which I mentioned in another post). I was weened off by my doctor, and it took about 1 month to do it. Now I am having weight gain issues. I have been off of Wellbutrin completely for almost a month.

I have read that weight gain can be a sign of withdrawal (along with headaches and dizziness which I have to a less severe degree). Has anyone else had this problem?

I am desperate for an answer. I can't find anything solid online that confirms that this is what I'm going through. Most of my weight gain has been recent, most certainly since I began the weening process. It's extremely upsetting.

Please, if you had this same problem, let me know how long it took to get past this or what I can do to curb it or keep it at bay.

I work out at least 1/2 hour a day 5-6 days a week (4 when I'm depressed) and I eat around 1,500 calories. Surely, I should have had some substantial weight loss by now, right?

My scale shows a loss of 3 lbs, but that was after I gained 3 lbs when I started at Spark. Technically, I'm at the weight I began at.

Please... if you have any info for me, I'd REALLY appreciate it.

Thanks!

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