Thursday October 23rd 2014

How long does Wellbutrin withdrawal last?

Thinking about quitting Wellbutrin?

Wellbutrin, also known as bupropion, is used to treat long term depression and some versions of the medication are used to withdraw from nicotine and to help people stop smoking. Because Wellbutrin is used to treat long term depression, doctors expects people to develop a dependency on bupropion over time. So, if’ you’ve been taking Wellbutrin daily for some time and suddenly decide to stop taking Wellbutrin, you will experience withdrawal symptoms.

Here, we explore the withdrawal process from Wellbutrin and what you are can expect over the course of a few weeks after cessation. Plus, more on whether or not getting addicted to antidepressants is possible.  Then, we invite your questions about Wellbutrin at the end.

How long until Wellbutrin withdrawal starts?

In general, withdrawal from Wellbutrin or a generic form of buproprion can start any time you miss a dose or after the effects of your last dose have worn off. In this way, you can feel the onset of withdrawal very quickly after the last dose of Wellbutrin has worn off. Anti-depressants like Wellbutrin can trigger withdrawal symptoms like:

  • agitation
  • anxiety
  • confusion
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • insomnia
  • rebound depression

Wellbutrin withdrawal: how long?

Different people will have different reactions to withdrawal from Wellbutrin. Most who are on regular doses of burpopion have been using it for long extended periods of time so most will go through withdrawal. The intensity and how long withdrawal lasts depends on the tapering schedule recommended by a physician. Those who go cold turkey experience more severity and dangerous withdrawal symptoms.

However, keep in mind that when withdrawing from anti-depressants like Wellbutrin, the biggest thing you will have to face is the original symptoms of depression you were using the medication for. Many times, this depression comes with mood swings, anxiety, and irritation that can be present and last long after you have stopped taking Wellbutrin. Such symptoms make getting off the medication extremely difficult.

Wellbutrin withdrawal timeline

Since it is recommended that you taper off Wellbutrin to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, here we will discuss withdrawal as if you were stopping cold turkey.

24 – 72 hours Wellbutrin withdrawal: You are at risk for seizures during these hours. You may also experience flu like symptoms making you severely sick. You may experience uncontrolled crying and mood swings accompanied with worsened depression. Erratic thoughts are also common during the first few days of Wellbutrin withdrawal.

Week 1 Wellbutrin withdrawal: During the first week of Wellbutrin withdrawal, you can be really tired and need more sleep. Continued increased depression can be expected, or feeling like you are out of the body. Mental fog and tense muscles can also manifest during this time.

Week 2 Wellbutrin withdrawal: Physical symptoms should begin to ease and your body should feel a little better by the second week after you stop taking Wellbutrin. But expect that adverse symptoms in regards to your mood to persist. It may be hard to sleep as nightmares may accompany a depressed emotional state.

Week 3-4 Wellbutrin withdrawal: It is possible that you gain weight in the first three to four weeks after you stop taking Wellbutrin. Rebound depression can affect you in even more intense ways. Symptoms of depression can make it hard to abstain from bupropion and some people start taking Wellbutrin again in order to address these feelings. Sometimes people will start a different SSRI or antidepressant medication to treat present depression.

How long do Wellbutrin withdrawal symptoms last?

Symptoms of Wellbutrin withdrawal can begin shortly after you have stopped taking Wellbutrin. And you can expect to experience physical symptoms for several weeks. Be advised that symptoms of bupropion withdrawal can fluctuate. After the first few weeks of stopping Wellbutrin, psychological symptoms or disorders can resurface and last for several months afterward. In general, it can take a long time to treat the psychological conditions that underly Wellbutrin use.

How long Wellbutrin withdrawal questions

If you have any more questions regarding withdrawal from Wellbutrin please ask. We do our best to respond to your question accurately and promptly. Also feel free to share your own experience of withdrawal from Wellbutrin. What did you go through? What helped?

Reference Sources: Pub Med Health: Bupropion
FDA: Wellbutrin
FDA: Medication Guide
National Library of Medicine: Bupropion-Associated Withdrawal Symptoms

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78 Responses to “How long does Wellbutrin withdrawal last?
Vin
3:34 am February 1st, 2013

Is feve an associated side effect of weaningoff Wellbutrin?

8:57 am February 1st, 2013

Hi Vin. I have not seen or read of clinical reports that associate side effects with coming off Wellbutrin. Perhaps there is another reason for fever. Regardless, consult with your prescribing doctor for more information and to seek a diagnosis.

Leslie
5:19 am February 17th, 2013

How long will the increased anxiety last after stopping cold turkey? I was only on 150xl for 6 weeks and have maintained my 100 mg of zoloft.

1:40 pm February 18th, 2013

Hi Leslie. It’s not recommended that you stop Wellbutrin cold turkey. I’d suggest that you ask for a tapering calendar from your prescribing doctor or local pharmacist. Increased, or rebound, anxiety can persist for weeks to months after your last dose of Wellbutrin. Make sure that you have systems and supports in place to adapt to the change.

Michelle
9:57 pm March 4th, 2013

Hi, I’ve been taking 450mg of Wellbutrin XL for several years. Exactly one month ago, I asked my doctor if I could lower the dose. So for one month I’ve been taking 300mg. I’ve just noticed that I have gained 4-5 lbs. Diet and exercise has not changed. Do you think this weight gain is from lowering the dose of Wellbutrin? Have you heard of this happening to anyone else. It’s a big problem for me because I’ve just lost about 50 lbs in the last 2 years. I absolutely don’t want to gain any weight. Right now, I feel like going back up to 450mg again. I only wanted to lower the dose because I’m worried about the long term effects. I’ve been taking Wellbutrin for a very long time.

D J Buckman
9:12 pm March 7th, 2013

My husband has seizures. Has stopped cold turkey after 2yrs use of bupropion. Still taking seizure meds. Just wanted to thank you for info. Now know what to expect.

SL
11:28 am March 17th, 2013

Was on Wellbutrin SR 150mg for over a year. Saw doctor and recommended stopping cold turkey. My last dose was Wednesday, today is Sunday. I am fine emotionally, but I am having severe headaches, difficulty staying asleep and nightmares. One of the reasons I stopped the medication was because I was shaky. I’m still shaky. While on Wellbutrin, it made my monthly cycles hell. I have had a cycle yet, but anticipating another bad one for only being off of it for only 3 days.

Ed
3:50 pm March 30th, 2013

I had been using Bupropion for 5 years and have recently sopped using it. I spend several months being supervised by a Psychiatrist. I had minimal side effects, mostly gastrointestinal. But since I have been off the drug now for a couple of months I have been having extreme muscle aches. I was wondering if these could have anything to do with stopping Bupropion?

Thank, Ed

6:32 am March 31st, 2013

Hi Ed. I did a cursory search using these keywords: site:.gov bupropion side effects

I found that muscle or joint pain can be side effects of taking bupropion. However, nothing mentioned as a side effect to withdrawal. I’d suggest that you consult with a pharmacist for more precise phamacological effects, and seek help from your prescribing doctor for more information.

Kari
1:00 am April 4th, 2013

Hello,

It’s been 4 weeks since I took my last dose of Bupropion which I was on for 3 years. Since I stopped taking Bupropion, I’m constantly fighting hunger pains which resulted in a 5lb weight gain. It is extremely frustrating because I continue to gain even though I watch my calories and work out regularly. How long can I expect the weight gain and hunger pains to continue? Above you mentioned possible weight gain 3 to 4 weeks after stopping the use of Wellbutrin. I’d like to loose the weight I’ve gained and want to know when my diet and exercise will not be directly effected by Bupropion? Thank you

6:51 am April 4th, 2013

Hi Kari. I’d suggest that you speak with a pharmacist to confirm possible connection, and also with a nutritionist or personal trainer to set up both a nutritional and exercise plan. Combined, these experts can help you achieve your goals of weight loss and health!

Roxie
4:52 pm April 10th, 2013

I have been taking 150 mg of Welbutrin XL daily for several years to help me cope with some depression. I am interested in weaning myself off of it now and seeing if I can get along without it. When I asked my doctor about discontinuing the Welbutrin XL, she suggested that I take the medication every other day for several weeks and then discontinue it altogether. When I did some research on the Internet, I found articles alleging that it was dangerous to skip doses completely in this way and that doing so made it more likely that I would experience side effects from the withdrawal and that those side effects would be more severe. I will be seeing my doctor again in a couple of weeks and intend to raise this matter with her again at that time. Can you give me any recommendations of articles that I could read that would give me some background information on discontinuing Welbutrin XL? What would you consider the best way of achieving this?

5:12 am April 11th, 2013

Hello Roxie. Do an online search for the following words to find information related to tapering Wellbutrin:

site:.gov wellbutrin taper

Dog Tired Diva
5:21 am April 11th, 2013

I’m experiencing insomnia. Is this a symptom of with drawl and if it is how long will it last.

I have been taking bupropion SR 150 SR x 2 for almost ten years.
I’ve tried to tapper off many times but end up giving in and going back on them.

I accidentally quit cold turkey (I was sick and slept alot for about a week not taking my meds or vitamins) so I figured why not use this opportunity to quit.

Ronnie
1:22 pm April 16th, 2013

Is it normal to gain 5 lbs in the month you quit wellburtin? Will it eventually go away? I’ve been on this stuff for about 6 months and in that time Ive developed constant lethargy and a weight gain of about 10lbs, so I decided to stop last month. I somehow gained 5 more lbs in that month when I stopped taking it despite tracking my (already strict) eating and exercising habits! I went back on, it and the 5lbs dropped instantly, but I’m still 10lbs heavier than last year and I’m back to being constantly tired and unmotivated (except for feeling fat and bloated, I felt so much better when I quit this stuff!). Is this normal? Will the weight gain eventually go away if I quit it again? I’ve never been so heavy in my life and my dr is always dismissing my concerns cause I’m not technically overweight (so annoying!). I will NEVER go on an antidepressant again, that’s for damn sure!

Barbara Sporer
6:34 am April 17th, 2013

I was on Wellbutrin for three weeks this past Monday. When I called the doctor last Thursday, it was because I was having some side effects that I was not happy with. I had extremely bad arthritic pain in both knees and in my right hand. It ws hard to walk up and down the stairs or to open a bottle of water. I was forgettling to give my mother her meds and to that the doctor said use an alarm to remind me. I was however sleeping better, not over eating (lost a few pounds), feeling calmer, but starting to have bad heartburn. The doctor said to stop taking the Wellbutrin. I said, “don’t you have to wean off of it?” She said, “No. That’s one of the beauties of Wellbutrin.” Today is Wednesday and I have not had a dose since Sunday. I was on a very low dose. The doctor told me to make an appointment with an orthopedic about my hand and knees in two weeks but if my pain went away, it was probably the Wellbutrin and to then cancel the orthopedic appointment and come back to see her. I was meeting friends for dinner last night and called my pharmacist to see if I could have a glass of wine being that I was coming off the Wellbutrin. The pharmacist said, “You can’t just stop taking Wellbutrin like that and do not have any wine until you see what withdrawal you might experience.” Had no wine, but now I am a little scared about how I will react with the withdrawal. I have fluctuating blood pressure problems and on Monday my BP was the best it’s been in years. I need to watch my grandchildren tonight and I’m afraid I may not be able to. The only other meds I take are Synthroid and Furosemide. I’m more than a little nervous right now about what I might experience because I just stopped cold turkey. I’m unsure why my doctor doesn’t know about this and why she didn’t double-check herself when I asked specficially about it.

Barbara Sporer
5:21 pm April 17th, 2013

If you’ve only been on it for three weeks will withdrawal be less severe?

Ronnie
1:50 am April 20th, 2013

Barbara, I have quit taking 350mgs of Wellburtin after only one month of taking it numerous times and usually all that happens is the first day you feel a little more tired and maybe a little hungrier than usual but that’s about it. Heh, I like taking wellbutrin for only a month because it helps you lose weight in the beginning (though long term it totally makes you gain!). Anyways, don’t worry about it cau you probably not even feel tired since you we’re on such a low dose.

Sarah
3:59 am May 1st, 2013

I was taking this medication for 3 years- they put on on Welbutrin while I was in rehab detoxing off optiates. Anyways, it medicine helped me a great deal over the past few years and although I don’t have any negative things to say about the drug (it got me through one of the most difficult times of my life), I recently made the decision to taper off. Being a person who is easily drawn to things that make them feel good (hense the stint in rehab), I knew I was finally at a place in my life where I could handle my day to day problems without the help of any outside substances. And that meant out the window with ANY kind of mood altering drugs, including my Welbutrin. It’s been 10 days now since I took my last dose, and I wanted to write this posting so that others out there reading, going through the same things I am right now, could KNOW they are NOT along in this!! Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that we’re the only ones feeling the way we do…and this doesn’t help us what so ever. I’ve literally gone from the flu (I read it’s “flu like symptoms, but no way, this WAS the full blown flu, and probably the worst one I have experienced in over a decade). After that, the most hard core doses of fatigure you could possibly imagine. I’m talking 2, 3 naps a day… dosing at work, in class, in the bathroom… It was a struggle, and still is, just to pull my ass out of bed in the morning. All I want to do is sleeeeeep, 10 hours doesn’t even cut it anymore. I’ve also felt very dizzy, and loopy,…a kind of fuzzy, don’t know whats going on around me feeling, which has been a bit frightening when it kicks in. Running into walls has been some side effects of this. I’ve also felt extreme muscle aches in every inch of my body for about 10 days now- where it feels as if I worked out and pulled muscles. Theyre soar and swollan and even walking was difficult one day b/c of how tender the muscles in my thighs were. And last but surely not least has been the awful, pounding, never seeming to subside heachaches!!! I’ve probably taken 50 pain killers (over the counter stuff) since this whole withdrawl process began, and it just doesn’t help ease the pain at all. They come and go with the pain releavers, but never completly. It sure has been one hell of a ride so far and I keep asking myself, “am I doing the right thing? Do I truly need to be off this medicine if I’m going through such hell?” I know in my heart of hearts though that I have weatherd MUCH tougher storms, and that if I just hang in there, and hold onto my faith things I can do this, then anythign is possible. You guys can too! We need to learn how to be a society that can function without pills, and being able to rely on oneself is a powerful thing! Lets not underestimate ourselves and what we are capable of. Good luck to all of you out there who have made the same choice as I have… My prayers go out to you!

carol
2:19 am May 8th, 2013

Hi,

Last December my psychiatrist prescribed Wellbutrin on top of the 40mg celexa I am taking because I was very depressed. I just had a miscarriage then, and have been on celexa for 4 years. I only took Wellbutrin because I trusted my doctor. And he said there would not be any withdrawal symptoms. I did not feel that depressed when I started taking it. After a few weeks I was on it, I started to feel nauseous to the point I got sick. I was taking at first 300 mg for two months before I got nauseous, then I tappered off to 150mg for a few weeks, when that really made nauseous, under the care of my doc I went off. My questions are, is it possible that Wellbutrin knocked off my celexa? It’s been five weeks since I have been off, and my withrawal symptoms are tough. Anxiety, some rebound depression, crying spells, fatigue. If I only took it for 4 1/2 months, can the withrawal symptoms last months?

Karena
4:19 pm May 13th, 2013

I stopped buproprion cold turkey after taking it for at least 4 years. Within a few days I ws extremely sick, fellt like I had the worst flu ever that would not go away. My psychological syptoms did not even matter becuase i ws so sick. It took all i had not to go back on it for the first several weeks. Getting from the bed to the couch (in an apartment) was excruciating. I am glad I did it so far, but I suggest being very determined if you go off it like I did. I am still suffering, including emotional ups and downs and moods, after about 6 weeks. But, after about 4 weeks I knew I would make it. I practiced such discipline during the temptation to go back on it. Don’t get me wrong, I was not addicted. It was prescribed and the doctor did not know of my decision tos top the meds. I just wanted to be responsible for my own self and no longer wanted to deal with the dependency of medicine.
I think what makes you gain weight, of which I wold say I gained 3-5 pounds but then shed it recently, is that your muscvles are like jello and your activity level drops so much so burning calories is impacted. Besides, as a long term fitness person I could hardly hold a soup can let alone a 20 lb weight in my hands.
My advise, be aware! But, I am so glad I did what I did in hindsight.

Mark
6:30 am May 17th, 2013

“flu like symptoms making you severely sick”

This is for real. I stopped mostly cold turkey and and a sickness snuck up on me after 4 days and it got bad. Started out with a stuffy nose, then the next day constant drainage and sneezes that hurt. I finally realized it was because of not taking the medication. I never get sick, I’m a 24 yo. fit male. But this got bad. Taper off your meds people.

Leeeeesa
8:50 pm July 9th, 2013

Hi,
I stopped taking my wellbutrin 150 mg xr on friday (5 days ago). With chronic insomnia, i took benadryl last night to fall asleep and today i have felt nauseous ALL day long. I am also very concerned about gaining weight in withdrawal. I gained weight on it and have been unable to lose weight despite daily excercise and food journaling. Is the possible weight gain you discuss in the timeline a result of increased appetite or is it due to the drug itself?

hopeseeker97
9:16 am July 31st, 2013

I am so discouraged! Just when i’m fully compliant with taking all my medications wellbutrin ends up giving me severe side effects. Because these side effects were so severe I had to go off cold turkey! Almost immediately after quitting the wellbutrin I felt so tired and extremely depressed. I was fighting back tears daily. I got so down I quickly took one pill just to keep from becoming suicidal. Fortunately I heard from my pdoc and she has now prescribed something else which I start later today. However, early this morning I experienced extreme feelings of dread, rapid heartbeat, and a feeling of almost blacking out. I cannot sleep. I heard that cymbalta works the same as well but run so I may get the very same side effects as I did on wellbutrin. I hope not. It has taken me a long time to find something that works! Meanwhile I hope these withdraw symptoms don’t continue too much longer.

Peggy
8:02 pm August 29th, 2013

I have quit the Welbutrin for a month now and have gained 10 lbs. I am so hungry. I read all of these posts but nothing about the success of being off longer than a few month. Has anyone made it without this med?

Peggy
2:27 pm September 2nd, 2013

Thank you, The food cravings went on for 15 days and 7 lb gain. Woke one morning and the cravings were gone. I am now off of it 2 months and doing well. No more dry mouth and able to read a book. Thank you for your help!

RN72
12:14 am September 12th, 2013

Feeling very agitated over situations that normally I would only be irritated, but not act out my displeasure or vocalizes at inappropriate times. Headaches, insomnia, stomach pains and at times tearful. Angry often…at self, others….
Reasons for quitting med is due to severe constipation (from going daily to maybe 2x week with a med to help) and weight GAIN ( not everyone loses weight w/this med apparently). Plus I was getting thru a difficult time w/help from this med, and felt I developed strategies to cope better.

I feel physically&emotionally drained….but feel in the end it will be worth it. Sigh

Carly
8:09 pm September 17th, 2013

Been on Wellbutrin XL 150mg per day for about 5 years. I am currently under the recommendation of my doctor tapering. She advised 1 pill every other day for 4 weeks and weeks 5 and 6 will be 1 pill every 3rd day. I have been nauseous, and had GI issues for the last 7 days. Is this normal? Today I am feeling very tired and I am thinking this could be the withdrawal symptoms too. I am just wondering (since I can’t find information anywhere) how long this feeling of discomfort will last? Any help would be appreciate…I can’t get a hold of my doctor for several days…

dot koceja
7:43 pm September 30th, 2013

Spouse took Bupropion for approx.4-6 wks in addition to Prozac (he has been on for years) He was less depressed but started to have increased dble vision problems, forgetfulness, balance problems and slow response time with thinking and driving. He weaned off of it for about 10 days and has been off bupropion for about 10 to 14 days now and still has these problems. any comments or help???

Leigha
12:45 am October 1st, 2013

Hi,

I recently quit all of my anti-depressants (wellbutrin and paxil), unfortunately cold turkey, about a couple weeks ago. I am extremely tired, in a fog and a bit dizzy as well as irritable and have gained weight. Luckily though, I have not had withdrawl symptoms regarding my depression, therefore have been able to handle the few symptoms I do have with no worries, but it is difficult getting up and getting my day started and going throughout the day, due to my tiredness. Is there any natural remedies you can recommend that can help me with energy?

Thanks!
Leigha

Shawna
5:53 pm October 7th, 2013

I was on a very low dose to help with the side effects of quitting smoking. My instructions were to take once a day for a week and then twice a day moving forward. I continued to take my dose twice a day for two or three weeks and ended up not liking how if made me feel so I stopped taking it w/o weening myself off of it. Now, almost 3 months later I continue to become more depressed/paranoid and am agitated at the drop of hat. Is all of this part of the withdrawals?

Annemarie
3:05 pm October 10th, 2013

I started taking Armour Thyroid for Hypothyroidism but have been on Wellburtrin for the last 6 years and tried to quit cold turkey thinking that it could interfere with this thyroid med. I got severe headache and could not even think straight so I started taking the Wellbutrin again. Does anyone know if its dangerous to take both of these together since they both speed up your body’s chemical processes??

Jen
3:13 pm October 10th, 2013

I want people to start requiring their doctors to do a more in depth analysis of what’s going on in their body before determining that its a depression that can only be fixed with a pill. We, the patients, are making it way too easy for doctors by simply taking whatever they prescribe to us instead of doing our own research and asking questions….this is their job!!! The body is a chemical factory and there are many reasons why we get symptoms of depression, weight gain, headaches etc. but there are usually underlying reasons that can be fixed through blood tests etc. I found out my thyroid was off and it caused me all kinds of symptoms but one was depression….the doc just put me on Wellbutrin and I have been on it for 6 years until I finally had more tests done to find out my thyroid was low….now I am having a hard time weaning off of Wellbutrin which I never should have been prescribed in the first place…….people, do your homework and own research about what’s ailing you before you let a doctor give you a pill!!!

Scratchy
9:47 am November 21st, 2013

I started taking 150mg Wellbutrin to quit smoking on September 6 2013. Around October 6th I stopped taking it due to severe joint pain in the my shoulders and knees. The pain was so bad I could hardly walk or sleep. Two weeks after stopping, the pain reduced by 50% but never went away. Any idea how long this will last?

Shannon R.
10:21 pm December 10th, 2013

I have been off of Wellbutrin SR for about 5 months now…. maybe that long… i stopped cold turkey. (yes i know dont do this but long story) it took about 5 weeks for the dizziness, irritability, etc to stop but eventually it did. fast forward 3 months and i start feelign those highs of VERY happy and lows where i would start to cry when talking about something thay would upset me…. not tooo bad but enough to bother me a little. NOW about 2 weeks… (im guessing its the withdrawals) but im sooo dizzy i can sometimes fall over… Im irritable, and VERY sore all over…. uncoordinated and feel fat fingered. should i get back on the drug??

Yvette
12:49 am December 27th, 2013

I took wellbutrin sr 100 once per day for about 20 days and stopped due to intense migraines and dizziness Should i expect or worry about withdrawal. My doctor has started me on lexapro 5 the day i stopped wellbutrin. I am having some increased anxiety

Kait Hughes
2:36 am January 3rd, 2014

I had been taking Welbutrin for over three years at a dosage of 300mg XL. I’ve quit cold turkey for a few weeks or days or so before, but had never experienced any effects. Now, that my doctor refused to fill my prescriptions and I didn’t find another doctor in time, I felt unignorable symptoms after about two weeks. I wasn’t in any rush to find another doctor because I’d stopped taking it before no problem. I got more emotional, but nothing I hadn’t experienced my entire life before Welbutrin. But the scary thing is, I started taking it again after two weeks after I was rushed to urgent care (not knowing what was wrong) and have been taking the pill since the 26th of November and it hasn’t gotten any better. I know it takes awhile to get into your system, I’ve heard up to four months, but I’m seriously scared. Now onto my experience.. this was the worst experience of my entire life and even after one month and a week, it’s still not over. I experienced EVERY SINGLE SYMPTOM. In EXTREME intensity. I didn’t think I was going to make it. I have bipolar, anxiety, and depression, so I imagine this had a lot to do with the unbearable paranoia and panic attacks. Physical symptoms didn’t last too long. I still have them every once in a while but for some reason I got better, and then I got worse. I went a few days where it wasn’t easy, but I could stay at my own apartment (I’m 18) an hour away from home. Now I can’t leave my mothers side. I have to go to college and have been forced to go there every day an come straight back. I’m afraid of EVERYTHING and I know it’s still from this withdrawal. There are times when I can sit there and psych myself and nothing happens, that it how I am normally. Now my heart races from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep and any troubling thoughts can induce an “episode”. These episodes have been like having an extremely bad trip while riding a rollercoaster on crack. Now the episodes are scarce, but the emotions are unbearable. I’ve never been one to consider suicide and actually try to do it, but the feeling is so overwhelming there is no thought process and not even my mother holding me can make it any better. I started crying which felt kind of good, to just let it all out, but soon it became uncontrollable. And since I couldn’t think no matter how hard I tried all I could feel was “death, I have to die, stop, death” . I’m petrified that that will happen again and I can no longer live a normal life. Some people say it can last up to two months but that it’s supposed to get better over time. I’m scared to say the least and can’t live a normal life.. all I can keep thinking is that even after two months this is never going to stop. I need serious help and no one is giving it to me or giving me any answers.

Florence M
10:22 pm January 5th, 2014

Hi my name is Florence ..my husband has been taking 450 mg’s of Wellbutrin…XL for the past 4 yrs. last week gave them up cold turkey. has stomach cramps .very tired feels sick & agitated. he is not a drinker as such but last night was with a friend & drank 8 or 10 big glasses of draft beer. came home & was very sick throwing up & moaning all night long cant eat or drink anything he is sleeping a lot I explained to him the danger in giving up this med. & he think’s it’s from something else .anyway my daughter taught she would have to get an ambulance for him & he is the same Same .what should I do is there a happy medium ..at a loss.

Ronnie
7:52 pm January 13th, 2014

Okay people as a long time on and off start and stopper of wellbutrin (at varying doses for varying lengths of time too) I may be able to give you some useful advice:

First off, the withdrawal is not that bad. You’ll be fine. If you take more than 150mgs you should consider weening yourself off rather than quitting cold turkey–though even if you DO quit cold turkey, keep yourself grounded and don’t let yourself develop hypochondria (yeah it’ll be a little rough for awhile but you’ll be fine soon enough). FYI you can easily taper off this stuff by cutting your tabs in half. YES, even the SR tabs can be halved bc the ingredient that sustains their release is evenly mixed throughout that tablet.

Second: if you are having fatigue (and you will get lots of fatigue if you go cold turkey) or feeling all achey or even just lazy, you might want to try drinking Yerba Mate. I know I know it sounds iffy but just check it out cause it’s a bit like a natural wellbutrin in that it’s got stimulating properties as well as relaxation properties in the form of caffeine and minerals. Yerba Mate is basically the South American version of green tea (find it in health food stores–even regular stores usually have it). I like it mid-morning or afternoon cause I like my coffee in the morning. Tastes like crap but it could really help you out right now.

On another note, if you think wellbutrin makes you gain weight consider whether you’ve quit smoking or not, cause that could also be a huge factor. I know this seems like a no brainer but I used to fervently believe that wellbutrin made me gain weight but I only realized a while ago that it was the whole quitting smoking that made me gain. A lot of times i would start taking wellbutrin when I was trying to quit, so go figure. I quit smoking more than a year ago–and i did it cold turkey (no wellbutrin or anything until later) and my weight went up 10lbs for like 6 months. For the past few months I took 150 mgs of wellbutrin and lost weight so I no longer think it had anything to do with it.

Michael
1:07 am January 14th, 2014

Hi Everyone,

I’ve had a lot of issues getting off. I was on 300 mg for almost 3 years. I no longer needed this medication and tried to coming off on my own and had horrific anxiety, headaches, dizzyness and brain zaps.

I’ve now been weening off for about 4 months. I went to 150 xl for two months, then 100 sr for a month. I’m now on 75 mg hcl and I’m going to stop these in about a week.

Today, I still have some headaches and I get dizzy spells. The scariest part has been driving. I’m not able to go long distances on the interstate right now because I almost feel like I’m in a tunnel.

This is getting better, and I’m determined to get off of this medication. I find it evil and wish I had never started it. It was an aid to quit smoking, that battle was won, but I don’t think I really needed this pill to do it.

For all of you suffering out there from getting off of this medication, stay strong. I can tell I’m getting better and I’m giving myself months to fully recover even from now. Do some research on natural supplements on omega 3 TG and even some other herbs that can help with anxiety.

Medication has it’s uses, but I still feel we are the owner of our domain. Stay strong, stay committed. I know this sucks for many of us, and I’ve had some battles with injuries.

Best!

Tom
2:12 am January 25th, 2014

I have taken Wellbutrin for over a decade and quit several times. When it is working for me I lose weight, exercise, organize and feel great. Then at the longest after a year it just stops working. The withdrawal symptoms are flu like with running nose, puffy eyes and fatigue. The trouble is that in order to get the good effects of Wellbutrin I have to quit for at least six months. The endogenous production of Nor Epinephrine and Dopamine are suppressed for a term and degree that appear to be directly related more to length of use than dosage.
I have been weak and returned in the past after a couple of weeks but my only true success has been after suffering the Hell of weight gain, fatigue, and loss of concentration until the symptoms subsist.
Wellbutrin is nearly unique in it’s actions so there is almost no literature on the long term effects or the “poop out” that many people suffer.
I suggest through a lot of reading and a lot of experience that doctors and patients go to a 350 mg dosage far too rapidly in order to get an immediate solution. You may find that if you ever start again that taking only 50mg per day will have the same effect if your are willing to give it a month to six weeks to work. The flip side is that the half life of the various components of Wellbutrin can be as much as 3 or more weeks giving an amazingly hard path to figure out how long a withdrawal will last.
I have never found a med that has such profound positive effects, effects that are so good that I find it worth while to go through this to have at least another year of being high functioning.
Summary: You will not find any good medical literature on withdrawal, you will need to study the pharmacology of the drug, drug addiction, and draw your own conclusions.

Suzanna
2:45 pm January 29th, 2014

I am 3 weeks off of 150 XL Wellbutrin. I had been on it for about 4 years and felt very good. It helped take the edge of some very difficult times dealing with parent care giving, death and my son’s teenage antics and my own disability called FSH muscular dystrophy. I thought I wanted to crawl into a hole and die….just take me away and put me out of my misery. Life was getting to be to much on my own without a support network. So, I found the Wellbutrin was a God send. I gained weight after being on it for about a year. about a month ago I started getting swelling in my throat, my tongue and lips were burning and it was so uncomfortable. I got up numerous times throught the night to go to the bathroom and could not stay asleep. Often, waking at 0330 or 0400 and just staying up. My Doctor was not available when my throat started swelling and it would take 3 weeks to see him so I talked to my pharmacist. I went off the drug cold turkey….carefully monitoring how I felt because I did have a supply of pills. You cannot take 1/2 tablets because to much goes into your system at once. The only real side effects were feeling slightly weepy and lethargic with no desire to get anything done. I have gained 9 pounds in three weeks which is a real problem, because it has just taken 10 months to lose 25 pounds. But, Dad is passed, my son is in university and now a lot of what were my issues are gone. I would like to clean my system up and feel my authentic self again. My concern is have I altered my body chemistry forever, or, will I be able to find balance again.

Tom
1:37 pm February 1st, 2014

I am now into my fifth week of cold turkey after two years of between 100 to 150mg Wellbutrin per day. My appetite nearly made me a feral creature, or a Gollum wannabe. I could open the fridge and say “mine, all mine” The appetite has slowed but not gone away. I have been an OCD nail biter for many decades and only Wellbutrin ever killed that habit. At five weeks I am slowly, slowly returning to the habit. I suggest that per my prior experience and thorough reading that the long term effects are finally wearing down but not yet gone.
Still have flu like symptoms with a running nose, very hard to get up in the morning, etc. It will wear off and your brain chemistry will return to normal. In my case “normal” is not what I want, I want the effects of Wellbutrin and I am willing to go through this miserable period in order to hopefully “buy” another year or two of the positive effects.
The literature does not cover withdrawal in any significant fashion, withdrawal does not sell the drug or make a reputation so your best source of information is to study everything and perform your own “Meta study” by reading hundreds or even thousands of comments and look for common themes. Best of luck.

Dee
11:21 am March 20th, 2014

I was on 150 xl wellbutrin for 10 years. It served me well, helping me to focus,and keep my energy levels up. I started tapering off about 7 weeks ago. Over 3 week period, I weened myself off by skipping a pill every other day, skipping pills for 2 days, and then on week 3, I took only 2 pills. I was having no withdrawal symptoms so I stopped at end of week 3. The first week of no pills I I got a bad cold, headaches and flu like symptoms I also began having severe heartburn like attacks mostly during night. I have now been off wellbutrin 2 1/2 weeks and physical symptoms are no better. Has anyone else had any gastric type symptoms and if so what were they like? I thought that withdrawal from only 150 mg would not be so vicious..

narsbars
12:47 am March 29th, 2014

Eleven weeks cold turkey after three years of 100 to 150 mg per day. Six weeks of nose running, flu, body pain, and an appetite that would have made dead rats look good if you offered me catsup.
Another six weeks and the appetite on waned a little but the mood finally improved. Now, two weeks of 100mg per day. Obviously I did not have a complete recovery of receptors but at least my appetite is in control.

In withdrawal
2:31 am March 31st, 2014

I hadn’t initially wanted to go off meds but, due to depression from watching a young family member suffer from the affects of gmo food, I was forgetting to take my meds. After finding out that there were gmo sources in meds and vitamins, I decided to try to withdraw from Buproprian (Wellbutrin generic, 450/day for 17 years) and Amphetamine Salts (Aderill generic for ADD 10 years). I initially had been missing several days in a row and did not know where I was as far as dosage so I just took one pill a day for about 2 weeks, then I started skipping 1 or more days (took about 3 months). I’ve read over the many symptoms of withdrawal for this drug and I only had a few symptoms. (Wondering if some of the symptoms are just scare tactics.) Horrible fatigue, sleepy or can’t sleep, balance, rare blurry vision (morning). The worst part has been the fatigue. I am still fatigued and if I have to do anything I have to take a A.Salt pill. I was hoping that I’d be able to stop taking the A.S. med but, I’m not taking any more than I was before so I’m not worried about it. Please factor in that I have been off gmo food for over a year; I was able to stop taking GERD meds at 3 months off gmo food. After learning about our bought off, corporate controlled government, I feel that we all need to get off of gmo food and as many big pharma drugs as we can. Please learn about gmo food. The governments of Canada and the USA and legally poisoning their citizens via food since 1996 and wait till you find out what it has done to our kids – Autism 1 in every 68 kids – there’s a reason for that. See, You Tube, Genetic Roulette: The Gamb1e of Our Lives. It’s 1:24 minutes and you should watch all of it.

Steve
7:58 am April 2nd, 2014

Been taking Wellbutrin since 2006 and finally decided I didn’t want to take it any more. Main reason is my blood pressure is getting high and I am going to have to start taking bp meds. I really don’t want to go down the path of taking pills to offset the effects of other pills. Just seems stupid. I was originally put on Wellbutrin ‘weight control’ if you can believe it but I quit. Then I was put back on it to help manage anger and a flash temper. Went back off briefly when I moved to a different state and lived by myself and anger problems came back. New doc put me on Effexor early 2005 which sent me into a 2 month long nightmare . Nasty nasty med. Back to Wellbutrin and have been on it ever since. Since that time I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and ADD so have often wondered if anger could have stemmed from apnea and ADD. Time to find out.

Been off Wellbutrin for 2 weeks cold. No physical symptoms really. Don’t feel sick or tired but flash temper is back. Interesting to note that my adderall has gradually been becoming more effective. While adderal is actively in my system, I feel good, and have no anger problems, almost opposite really. Near end of the day, when adderall is gone, I am very quick to anger and have to be VERY careful around family. I often run to the garage or risk being a total ass at times. Eating sounds push me over the edge. Another odd thing, I am sleeping better. Noticed today that my creative mind suddenly started to splutter back into existence. Been 8 years, like having an old friend back. I think being on adderall has helped mitigate some of the withdraw problems.

Today was an interesting milestone. I was very optimistic about the thought of being done with it. I want it gone from my system and I look forward to the day when I can say Wellbutrin is no longer a part of my life.

I have not noticed any appetite changes. I am morbidly obese so that doesn’t surprise me. I always want to eat crap anyway so you really can’t say it changed my appetite.

brenda
6:30 am April 5th, 2014

I am sort of in shock right now…. I was on Wellb xl 300 for 5 months and got off of it because I didn’t really feel like it was adding to my life. I was irritable and stupidly over focused on nothing that really mattered and sort of floating above myself questioning my own personality. Because I have eating disorders and a warped view of what’s real I decided to get back on it 2 months ago because I had gained weight and prozac just didn’t cut it anymore. I’ve been on a pill buffet of trying things for the past 7 months and I quit. I’ve been sober almost 2 years now {drugs and alcohol} and I have the unbelievable support group and tools to use in life. I have a relationship with a god as I understand…
The reason I’m writing is because I just realized how sick the Wellbutrin makes you the second you get off it. I had the stomach flu hard core and immediately got the cold flu after… and I’ve gained 5 lbs… Now thinking back from the first time I got off Wellb I was totally sick for 2 weeks {while in Hawaii on Vacation!!} It’s the Wellbutrin. I don’t get sick like this. As nuts as I think I am… I’m healthy and strong and I can do this. And I know you guys can do this.
These drugs are poison and a lie. They do not know what the side effects or long term damage these drugs cause. In a way I’m relieved I know this now.

Brandi
4:25 pm April 27th, 2014

Mines sort of a different situation. I go to a Mental clinic so I can’t get normal refills on my medication unless I see the doctor and councilor every month. I missed an appointment and therefor was off my meds a few days. I’ve done this before when I was taking 150mg of Welbutrin 24 hour release tabs and didn’t see the doc to get meds for a whole month with not one withdrawl symptom. My doc used my dose to 300mg(which I didn’t think I needed and will be asking to drop back to 150) I missed my appointment a week ago. Two days after said missed appointment I woke up extremely depressed. Worse than I had been before meds. That night at midnight I started feeling extremely dizzy, nausious, racing thoughts, felt out of body,shakes, muscles tensing, had a panic attack, and had to be brought to the ER. Had no idea what was going on. They sent me home telling me I had a virus, positional vertigo and a panic attack. I took some nyquil and went to bed for a good while. Woke up the next morning and it started over again about an hour being awake. Then quit. Then happend again that night for a couple hours then quit again. Like a roller coaster of feelings, depression, dizzyness, small shakes, muscles tensing, drymouth, nausea (haven’t eaten but once in three days), anxiety and just feeling not myself. Thankfully I called and got my doc to let me go get my pills and he wrote 150mg dose for a week then two a day after that. I’m NOT taking two a day. I’ll stay on 150mg. Yesterday I had just one episode and today I’m feeling a bit weird and cloudy, still worried and scared that it might not even be withdrawls but that’s what a pharmacist told me it COULD be. I absolutely hate feeling like this. I have two kids to tale care of and it’s scaring me to be alone with them much less myself. I have noticed less episodes since starting taking my 150mg dose but I’m wondering if anyone has had this happen and if I could get a roundabout time line till when I can expect to feel freaking normal and not out of body, freaking weird. I was off meds for three damn days. And I felt like my entire brain shut down :-(

Kathleen M Tyler
6:05 pm May 18th, 2014

on Wellbutrin XL 150 for 1 1/2 months. Began to have bad dreams and unusual thoughts
.I’ve had a panic disorde for yearsr and take Xanex 1-2. 1.0 daily most days none daily unless in Panic and then 0.5 daytime and 1-2 1.0 at night of Xanex. While the Wellbutrin has slowed the Panic issues daily. I NEVER HAD DEPRESSION before and NOW I am having bad dreams , sorrow and depression. I WANT OFF THEM NOW !
PLEASE ADVISE ! CANNOT WAIT FOR THE DR. JUNE 6 TH
and feelings and depression.

Jennifer
5:54 am May 27th, 2014

I have taken Wellbutrin for 15 years. I am currently weaning off my 150mgs very slowly. However I have experienced gaining about 20 pounds already over te 1 month period I have been tapering off. I exercise daily and eat healthy. Is this weight gain going to be permanent or will it go away after a month or two off Wellbutrin?

Prisca
2:34 am May 30th, 2014

I’ve only been taking wellbutrin xl 150 mg for 3 weeks, while at first I thought it was helping, I’m find myself anxious, numb or extremely angry. I had a complete crying fit that lasted hours ,2 and half weeks into taking the medication. I’ve never taken any other antidepressants. And now I’m afraid to, Since I am on a lower dose and only been taking the medication a short time would it be safe to quit cold turkey?

Jennifer
5:42 pm June 3rd, 2014

I recently quit Zyban (Wellbutrin) cold turkey and had zero side effects, there are though, effects from beginning, such as insomnia, agitation among other things. I spoke with my doctor before stopping and he okayed it to go cold turkey!

Prisca
3:47 pm June 4th, 2014

Thank you Jennifer! I saw my doctor yesterday and she also said to quit cold turkey. Today is day one. Wish me luck!

Tara
7:13 am June 5th, 2014

I have been on Zoloft and Wellbutrin for many years (zoloft ~ 15 years; wellbutrin ~7 years). I want to ween off both of them this summer and am wondering if anyone has advice whether to start with Zoloft or Wellbutrin. I assume it’s best to do one first, then the other, or doesn’t it make a difference?
Thanks.

In Withdrawal
10:32 pm June 8th, 2014

I’ve been off W almost six months. My worse symptoms were fatique and brain fogginess, unbalanced. No fever and maybe I do not remember some. I almost went back on W but I ordered and started taking a Non-gmo brand of St. John’s Wort by Nutrigold. The reason I picked this brand is because their products have received certification by the Non Gmo Project. That means there are no gmo ingredients. I took these for a week as directed. Desperate to feel better I doubled the dose the second week and started to feel a little better on day 14. I’m in my fourth week and am still taking double what the directions say. I have to say the fatique is not as bad. I still have to take some big pharma speed to get anything done but, there is definitely some improvement. I don’t have any anxiety because I don’t go anywhere but, I tried some pot the day my sister died and I was surprised how calm I felt. So I’m looking forward to medical marijuana being passed. Fyi, I read that in some people in can take up to two months for St.JW to fully kick in. I have my finger crossed. I highly recommend this brand of St.JW because I feel the difference and because it has no gmo’s. Some of you are having other symptoms. It could be from some other drug you are taking and it also can be from food you are eating. If you are eating anything with aspertaine in it, for example, diet anything, this will cause migraines. Because of the gmo food, more women are entering menopause earlier in age – hot flashes. The top foods to try not to consume are corn, soy, canola, sugar, papaya, cotton, yellow squash, zucchini, alfalfa, and now they are coming out with gmo potatoes (McDonald’s French fries) and gmo apples. Go to you tube and watch “Genetic Roulette.” It will explain what “substantially equivalent” food is. It may be why so many of us are sick.

Prisca
2:38 pm June 11th, 2014

I’ve been off wellbutrin 7 days now and the only withdrawal symptom I had was a little fatigue in the afternoon. Two days ago I started Sam-e and I feel better then I have in years. No anxiety and my mood is gently elevated. Feeling so much better.

laura
2:43 am June 22nd, 2014

I ran out of my higher dosage of welbutrin, so I took my smaller dosage I had left over, until I got my higher dosage refilled. Are there side effects? Because I’ve been having a lot of weird constant symptoms for a few weeks. And if so how long will it last, even though I’m taking my regular dosage now.

Jimmy
5:13 pm June 30th, 2014

I have been taking welbutrin 150xr for awhile now and am noticing some embarrassing side effects that are really concerning me. My appetite has increased significantly but worst of all is the awful flatulence that doesn’t seem to diminish unless I eat dairy products or get up and move around. Is this normal? My doctor seems reluctant to discuss this and says I should just change my diet and drink more fluids. I am feeling better overall but the episodal flatulence is a horrible dilemma that has caused me to shy away from social activities as my bowels erupt into a gigantic gas factory that makes it hard to concentrate and can be very uncomfortable. Has anyone else suffered from this side effect? Hoping it goes away soon as I think I’m developing permanent intestinal dysfunction. Thanks!

Amy
2:35 am July 12th, 2014

I’ve been taking Bupropion SR (300mg/day) for a few years and went off it cold turkey about three weeks ago. It’s hard to tell what’s caused what, but I’ve gained 5 pounds, felt bloated and fat and burpy, and have been tired. I’m tired a lot anyhow, so…? I’ve been more depressed than usual, but that’s not a surprise. I just hope the symptoms lighten up.

Mary
9:47 pm July 17th, 2014

A screw up at the pharmacy left me without my bupropion for five days. About a week after getting another prescription, I started experiencing severe rebound depression. That’s been actually getting more severe for ten days now, with no letup in sight, even tho I have been back on the drug. Any suggestions?

Nick
3:44 pm August 9th, 2014

I took wellbutrin for one month to treat my migraines. I had what the dr referred to as a “normal” reaction. I discontinued the medication. One week later I had the worse panic attack. My first.
How long will the withdraw symptoms last?

Chandler
6:27 pm August 11th, 2014

I have been taking this medicine little over a week now and I feel terrible. I’m gonna quit taking them and when would all the pain and feeling sick to the stomach last

ray
4:34 am August 14th, 2014

hi I just left to rehab and stop taking welburtn 1200 mg a day and stoped cold turkey want to know how bad this is going to suck

Eddie
7:08 pm August 17th, 2014

I been on burping 150 mg a day for 3 weeks can I just stop taking in

rissa
12:26 am August 20th, 2014

Hi I’ve been taking wellbutrin for 6 days and I don’t feel right, my heart palpitations are heavy and faster then normal. Not to mention my sleep it’s in livable I jerks awake with shock sensations in the middle of the night but it only happens as I drift to sleep then it jolts me awake again ever 10 mins.. please help is this forever or will it go away over time, I’m scared to death

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
11:56 am August 20th, 2014

Hi Rissa. Your body is clearly reacting to the Wellbutrin. It’s best and safest to get a doctor’s appointment. And have your doctor see if this medication is what is causing these advere body reactions, maybe you’ll need to switch to another med.

anjalica r
8:51 pm September 9th, 2014

I quit welbutrin (generic) 2/days ago after 3 1/2 months it was the SR kind at 150 mg once a day I also quit the klonopin I was on for 2 months cold turkey past week after going to hospital I kept breaking out in welps so the doc put me on xanax that is the only medicine I’m taking once a day or when I’m feeling anxious. The wells(lumps) under skin have appeared again today on my arm neck and face out of nowhere. I also have had horrible nightmares. Im not sure what I’m asking but is all this related and what should I expect now mentally and physically.?

lynn
9:46 pm September 11th, 2014

I have weaned myself off Cymbalta, which was suggested before weaning the Wellbutrin. I am on 150 mg extended release and want to get off it as my life circumstances have changed and I don’t feel the need for it any longer. I have read all the posts and it seems I shouldn’t stop cold turkey. Can I cut the pills and if so, because the inside is exposed, do I need to take the smaller amount 3x/day instead of 1x/day?

tina
6:50 pm September 12th, 2014

The doctor prescribed 75mg Wellbutrin twice daily for me nearly two years ago. It affected my sleep so I ended up only taking the morning dose. It was helpful for that time, but now I want off of it all together. Dry mouth is becoming a problem I need to fix for the sake of my teeth. Today is my first day without taking it. In the past I’ve skipped a few doses and gotten weepy. Today I started drinking green tea with jasmine (both of which are said to sometimes help depression) and a B complex. Anyone have any thoughts on whether these help with withdrawal symptoms? Or what else to do to help with withdrawal symptoms?

Rick
7:11 pm September 14th, 2014

I’ve been taking 200mg of bupropion for 6 mos. or so. I’ve developed some mood swings and I am irritable and impatient. I want to try withdrawing. Do you think these symptoms are from this drug, and can I safely try to quit using it? Do you think my irritability will decline or get worse if I quit?

coburn
7:09 am September 16th, 2014

Been taking Venlafaxine and Bupropion SR 100 2x a day for several years with relatively good, steady results. Lost my health coverage recently (couldn’t afford it) and the prescriptions went along too. 5 days now without the bupropion: headachy, very light headed (or is it heavy headed?), flu-like, tough to awaken, looking for a nap, and wishin’ for sweets! Didn’t feel the need to change anything but, now hope to ride it out and test life without it. Done plenty of internal work and change over the last 35 years so who knows!? Got 30 days remaining of the Venlafaxine. Would be nice to feel strong enough to kick that one too. Been through plenty over the years and can endure a little more. But, will never put up with the depression I suffered in my younger years! Life wasn’t meant to be that hard. So, if the pills are needed the rest of the way that’s fine too! We’ll see. Have courage folks. We’re stronger than we give ourselves credit for -and- we are not our physical ailments. We are so much more!

anjalica r
6:43 pm September 16th, 2014

Its been 9 days! No wellbutrim cold turkey and feel great! Stick with it folks you don’t need medicine to survive!! The first week I was sick but I stuck with it!!!

anjalica r
1:31 am September 20th, 2014

Just trying to keep everyone updated since most don’t still feel so much better I don’t recommend this drug for anyone. I felt worse taking it! Just monitor yourself the first 72 hours you quit after that just stick with it and I promise you will feel so much better! Of course consult with your doc if you still have doubt’s. Its worked for me is all I’m saying and you can do it. Put God first and it will be okay!!!

Norma
2:31 am September 27th, 2014

I have been off wellbutrin for roughly 4 weeks now and am having some trouble. I do welcome feedback, please, to my email address. Due to my financial situation, i was not able to taper off gradually, except for taking half the dose for a couple of days, so it was mostly cold turkey. I did feel that situations that had originally prompted me to go on the meds have fixed themselves, and that i had experienced lots of emotional healing. I experienced exhaustion mainly and dizziness, especially between 1-2 weeks after my last dose. Then things improved and i felt ok, except for fatigue, but now around 4 weeks, it has gotten much worse. It feels like i have a lot of inflammation as my joints hurt like crazy, and the dizziness has returned, and the exhaustion has returned with a vengeance. I am really wondering if the meds were poisoning me, as my mind is much clearer now that i am off of them, and i am having so many physical symptoms. Is this still withdrawals or am i having other health issues?

Christina
12:42 pm September 28th, 2014

Hello -

I have been on Wellbutrin for 5 months and decided just yesterday to stop, cold turkey, as the weight gain has been significant and I am a havoc workout and “eat right” type. I did attempt to stop taking Wellbutrin a month ago and noticed my weight going up despite my normal workout routine and healthy lifestyle. I started off on Bupropion 150 mg 24HR XL, then requested my doctor increase it to 300mg 2 months ago. Also, I am hypothyroidism taking 90mg of Armour Thyroid. Within the past 5 months I’ve gone from 145lbs to 165lbs and I am more depressed than ever before taking any antidepressant. (Paxil, Pristiq, Celexa) The only one that worked well for me was Pristiq but my insurance company would not cover it and it was too expensive to maintain on my budget. Anyway, my question is, how long will this weight gain withdrawal last? I can deal with the crying spells and just being sad, but I can’t deal well with being fat. I would rather die than go through much more of my days here on this planet being fat.

Dave
12:40 am October 9th, 2014

Hi,
I have only taken wellbutrin for about a month now but recently started itching all over. After researching this found that it most likely was an allergic reaction to this drug. My doctor told me to stop taking it right away and put me on a different medication. That was only three days ago but today I am feeling overwhelmed, depressed and have high anxiety. How long is this likely to last?
Any advice you can give will be greatly appreciated
Dave

natalie
10:29 am October 16th, 2014

took Wellbutrin for only 9 days on 75 mg once a day. felt awful going into my 7th day, really bad headaches, forgetful half of the time, right leg numbness dry mouth, felt really gross! i stopped will i have bad withdrawals?

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