22 patient evaluations for Bupropion with a side effects rating of Moderate

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Jan 13, 2017 (Started Dec 06, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for lack of motivation)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for exhaustion)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for excessive sleeping (hypersomnia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (muscle twitching (fasciculations), impulsivity)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 14, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (pain in lower abdomen, migraine headaches, anxious mood, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: headaches never stopped, never benefited from the medication
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 5, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (pain in lower abdomen, migraine headaches, anxious mood, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Still having headaches.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 26, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (pain in lower abdomen, migraine headaches, anxious mood, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Two more days of headaches. Some stomach discomfort today also.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 24, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (migraine headaches, anxious mood, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This is the third day I have experienced a horrible headache while on this medication. It usually starts about 1 1/2 hour after taking it. Today wasn't as bad as yesterdays. I hope they will subside.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 23, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Severe (migraine headaches, anxious mood, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 22, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (migraine headaches, anxious mood, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 21, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (anxious mood, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Anxiety seems to still be more on the surface than prior to taking medication. Social anxiety, fast driving, lots of people, talking to people on the phone...
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 18, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I seem to get full faster therefore I am eating less than before beginning the medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 17, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (anxious mood, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 16, 2016 (Started Mar 16, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (anxious mood)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I had a very brief panic attack. It didn't last more than 30 seconds and then again it happened in the afternoon... again, very fleeting.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 15, 2013 (Started Oct 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tremor in hands)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Although the side effect burden for me was unpleasant, I would strongly encourage keeping an open mind about bupropion. For many people, its side effect profile is much less difficult than some other antidepressants. It is available as a generic (which is a cost savings), and works well for many.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Oct 25, 2013 (Started Oct 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 11, 2012 (Started Dec 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (anorexia (appetite loss), constipation, anxious mood, increased urination, increased insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Wellbutrin got me out of a Major Depressive episode. It kicked in in about 2.5 weeks. I've been on Wellbutrin twice before and that's what I notice about it--the response is not gradual but sudden. In other words, it should be easy to tell when it's staring to work because you can "feel" it. For a few days, after the 2.5 weeks I also experienced increased energy and motivation, as well as a renewed pleasure in activities I used to enjoy. This, as in prior occasions, was short-lived. It might not make me "cheerfully happy" but I will give it credit for consistently lifting me out of major depressive states.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 19, 2011 (Started Jan 23, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for problems concentrating)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (irritability, hypersexuality, alcohol consumption, feeling well, energetic, craving alcohol, sleeplessness, insomnia, bruxism (teeth grinding), agitation with irritability)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 13 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Titrated downward twice in two weeks for the usual adverse effects: hypersexuality, insomnia, craving alcohol, slight hyperacusis (ear pulse), mild teeth grinding.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: irritability, sleeplessness, feeling well, energetic, alcohol consumption, craving alcohol, hypersexuality

Sep 30, 2010 (Started Jan 23, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (irritability, hypersexuality, alcohol consumption, feeling well, energetic, craving alcohol, sleeplessness, insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: At prescribed doses, induced hypomania. At lower doses, may have helped with concentration, depression and fatigue—or not. Did keep me awake if I took it after noon. Stopped because I came to see it as contributing to irritability. This gets complicated, because giving it up can do the same—perhaps because it's habituating/addictive. Be all that as it may, I feel better off without it now.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: irritability, sleeplessness, feeling well, energetic, alcohol consumption, craving alcohol, hypersexuality

Aug 5, 2009 (Started Jan 23, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for problems concentrating)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hypersexuality, alcohol consumption, feeling well, energetic, craving alcohol, sleeplessness, insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 68 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Dosage, dosage, dosage! Be observant about effects, report them, and work with your prescriber to optimize the dose. Micromanage as needed. Use the instant mood readings to spot trends. Get multiiple prescriptions (in different dosages) if that's what you need to manage and your prescriber will cooperate.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: irritability, sleeplessness, feeling well, energetic, alcohol consumption, craving alcohol, hypersexuality

Feb 21, 2009 (Started Jan 23, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    Mild (feeling well, energetic, craving alcohol, sleeplessness, insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 68 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Be vigilant about effects, particularly hypomania, and how they relate to dosage and timing of dose. Charting your instant mood can be very helpful for this. It works for me to adjust the dose according to my pattern of good and bad days, and this helps a lot in evening out my moods. If you notice tinnitus, particularly pounding in the ears at night, check out other causes; bupropion may be making you more sensitive to something that you can fix with an earwash or other measures.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: irritability, sleeplessness, feeling well, energetic, alcohol consumption, craving alcohol, hypersexuality

Nov 10, 2008 (Started Jan 23, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (feeling well, energetic, craving alcohol, sleeplessness, insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Dosage, dosage, dosage! Observe the effects, and work with your prescriber to find the dose that's best for you (assuming this is the right drug for you, which of course may not be the case). Through quite a bit of trial and error, I arrived at a dose of about 60 mg a day, which I manage by taking 50 mg (half a 100 mg tablet) 4 days a week and 75 mg (the smallest tab available) 3 days a week. I'm generally sensitive to medications, and many people tolerate and benefit from much more, but the same principle applies: weigh the cost and benefits and see if you can optimize their balance through adjusting dosage (always in consultation with your prescriber).
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: irritability, sleeplessness, feeling well, energetic, alcohol consumption, craving alcohol, hypersexuality

Aug 19, 2008 (Started Jan 23, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for problems concentrating)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (feeling well, energetic, craving alcohol, sleeplessness, insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This is in my experience and according to a friend's report a "speedy" drug. Watch effects carefully and be prepared to adjust dosage as needed.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: irritability, sleeplessness, feeling well, energetic, alcohol consumption, craving alcohol, hypersexuality

  • 6 helpful marks

Aug 14, 2011 (Started Aug 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 x 150 mg/24 hours Daily
Advice & Tips: The Wellbutrin helped almost immediately. I am best in the monings and evenings still but there is lots of energy, but I feel a bit like a robot
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 10, 2011 (Started May 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After some time and with the help of a counselor it became clear that my problem wasn't rooted in depression but in anxiety. The Bupropion XL was exacerbating that.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 16, 2010 (Started May 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I can't tell if it's doing anything yet. No side effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 7, 2010 (Started May 06, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: On my second day. I haven't noticed anything at all.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2011 (Started Feb 15, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg/24 hours Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2011 (Started Jan 02, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (extreme sedation)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: Be careful because it causes severe sedation.

  • 0 helpful marks

May 2, 2011 (Started Jan 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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