The link between Wellbutrin and weight loss is well founded, and a common concern for those taking this prescription medication.
In a few replicated studies, up to 28 percent of adults taking Wellbutrin lost more than five pounds. Keep in mind, however, that although weight loss may be a desirable side effect for some people, too much weight loss can eventually be dangerous.
As a result, it is important to monitor you weight while taking this medication. Report any weight changes to your prescribing doctor.
What Is Wellbutrin?
Wellbutrin is a stimulant prescription medication that is used to treat depression, nicotine cravings (smoking cessation), and other conditions. It works by interacting with the chemicals in the brain (known as neurochemicals) that contribute to symptoms of depression and other conditions.
As a stimulant Wellbutrin decreases appetite and speeds up the metabolism, which may lead to weight loss in some individuals who take Wellbutrin. This is one of the more common side effects of stimulants.
You and your doctor should monitor your weight regularly while taking this medication in order to track any weight changes. Medication affects everyone differently so individual results may vary.
While some may view weight loss as a benefit of Wellbutrin, this prescription medication should not be abused for the purpose of losing weight. Rather, Wellbutrin, should be taken only as prescribed under the direct supervision of a medical professional.
Never share or sell your prescription medications because it is breaking the law. Also, it goes without saying that you should never take any medication that is not prescribed specifically for you.
In addition, remember to attend regular medication monitoring appointments with your treating healthcare provider. This enables your doctor to monitor your progress while taking this medication and is your opportunity to address any questions or concerns.
If you experience any severe or unusual reactions while taking Wellbutrin, contact your doctor right away or seek immediate emergency medical attention.
According to the research, there may a risk of birth defects and other health complications in newborns whose mothers were given Wellbutrin during pregnancy. There it is important that if you become pregnant while taking Wellbutrin or are thinking about starting a family while taking Wellbutrin, you should inform your prescribing doctor right away.
Read this important warning regarding antidepressants and pregnancy.