My experience with Bupropion (Wellbutrin)
Hello everyone. Though i'd share my experience with this drug with you guys, as I've noticed there isn't a lot of information about it here.
I've been taking Wellbutrin (slow release) for the past 6 weeks. the first 4 were on 150mg, and the last 2 with 300mg (as my doctor prescribed).
Unpleasant Side effects:
it made me a little tense and angry in weeks 3-4 but that went away very quickly and was not severe at all. could have easily been considered a natural emotional response for real life stress (I attributed it to the medication though). apart from that, I did not noticed anything unpleasant about it.
Ofc, your experience may vary greatly, and my doctor warned my that some people develop slight depression and anxiety (even though this is what the medication is suppose to prevent) in the first weeks. I did not notice it anyways.
Mood - Well firstly, I'm taking it to help with anxiety. in that part I found it very useful indeed! I was very skeptical at first, and expected a rough ride full with side effects that would end in either nothing or an effect so slight it'll hardly be worth it.
well I really feel a lot better from it. I feel the "warp" between me and correct perception of reality in terms of the "weight" i assign to events in my life, is greatly smoothed. I feel more balanced and "In the center". I have a say how i choose to catalog events in my life, instead of having a lot of them jump straight into the "EMERGENCY!!! HALP MAH!!!" box.
Diet related - My hunger is very very stable and manageable. it stays almost as if i'm not dieting at all. My hunger always brought my diets to a halt, I always gave in and binged and gave up the diet (that was going well). I'm also a past smoker, and I feel that it gives me an issue with fast-satisfaction mechanisms. that part of my brain is well spoiled after years of smoking, and it fights back hard during diets.
With wellbutrin I feel a lot more satisfied in general. the emotional drive to eat is Very sated. I enjoy my diet foods greatly without it trying to become an eating binge every single meal.
Energy levels are excellent. usually at this point i'd be more lethargic, especially during long studying hours, and late at evening when i'm finally home and need to do some stuff (do the dishes, cook my food for tomorrow, do my assignments for class, etc). but now my energy levels are really, really well. easier to function, easier to remain focused, easier to workout.
as for partitioning effects, it is hard to say. I always burnt fat well on diets, without losing a lot of muscle. the issue for me was much more hunger, self control and energy levels. hard for me to say, based on looks only, if that ratio has improved. from what I read it suppose to be better than off the drug.
Summery - if your major problems with diet are low energy level hunger and a strong drive for emotional eating, unsatisfied nature that keeps derailing your diet efforts, than Wellbutrin could possibly be of great aid.
Ofcource, like any drug, you Should consult with your doctor. this is only My Own personal experience, and i'm taking wellbutring with a doctor's supervision and prescription.
Good luck with your efforts!
if you search my posts in the bromo thread you will find similar findings on bupropion, including some warnings.
EDIT - start with this post in that thread: http://forums.lylemcdonald.com/showp...&postcount=238
1. Ketosis doesn't matter.
2. Strength training+Protein+DHA/EPA+veggies+vitamins&minerals DOES.
3. Search BEFORE you ask questions.
4. Use google as well - Add "site:lylemcdonald.com". Google can find those short strings of letters.
5. You are not a rodent so follow up with pubmed (http://pubmed.org) use "+human" "-rat" "-mouse" modifiers
6. Check the STICKY threads.
7. use google to find all my posts.
8. Supplement evidence
9. Private message are cheerfully ignored.
Last edited by Myles.Buckley : 05-13-2017 at 06:56 PM.