• pants pants
    December 08, 2009
    How long do you have to take Wellbutrin if it has started to work?
    pants pants
    December 08, 2009

    I'm starting to feel better after having taken Wellbutrin for about 2 and a half months. I remember the doctor saying something about how you have to stay on it for a while in order to avoid falling back into depression, but I don't want to take it longer than I really need to. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

    READ MORE

FROM OUR EXPERTS

  • Judy
    Health Guide
    December 08, 2009
    Judy
    Health Guide
    December 08, 2009

    Hi, there.  I have been on Wellbutrin for so many years, I can't remember when I started it.  That doesn't mean you will have to be on it forever.  Is this your first depressive episode?  If so, you may need to be on it for 6 - 12 months and then try going without it - all  under the doctor's approval, of course.  The reason you're feeling better is because of the medication, so you don't want to rush yourself off of it just yet.  It really is a pretty good drug, in my opinion, normally having very few side effects.  Let me know if you have any other questions and I'm glad it's helping you.

  • Merely Me
    Health Guide
    December 08, 2009
    Merely Me
    Health Guide
    December 08, 2009

    Hello

     

    I do agree with Judy.  Less than three months is really not a long time and I would be fearful that if you went off it now you could have a relapse.  Ask for your doctor's advice on how long you should stay on it before you consider stopping it.  Is this your first episode of depression? 

     

    You might want to read this post by Jerry Kennard about preventing a relapse of depression.  The research says that you can maybe prevent future episodes of depression if you stay well for a long while after that initial episode.  So I would think long and hard about when you stop the medication and never go cold turkey if you do. 

     

    Hope this helps some.

    • pants
      December 08, 2009
      pants
      December 08, 2009

      Thanks for the response. I've always been mildly depressed, but at the beginning of this semester I was hit by an episode far worse than anything I'd ever experienced. The doctor prescribed 300 mg wellbutrin XL which I took for around a month in a half before cutting back to 150 mg. Right now I feel like I'm back to my old self and I would love to get rid of some side effects (like swallowing all the time and periods of cloudy thoughts in which I have trouble making sense of things).

      READ MORE

FROM OUR COMMUNITY

You should know Answers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.