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?
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.
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.
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).