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Ritalin vs. Wellbutrin for Depression

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Ritalin

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Other Names: Concerta   Ritalin LA   Metadate   Ritalin SR   Methylin

Wellbutrin

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Other Names: Bupropion   Wellbutrin XL   Zyban   Wellbutrin SR   Budeprion
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Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a stimulant drug approved for Therapy of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and narcolepsy. It may also be prescribed for off-label use in treatment-resistant cases of le... Read more on Wikipedia
Bupropion ( marketed as Wellbutrin, Zyban, Voxra, Budeprion, or Aplenzin and formerly known as amfebutamone) is an atypical antidepressant and smoking cessation aid. The drug is a non-tricyclic antidepressant and di... Read more on Wikipedia
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By Sammy
October 17, 2014
Sammy wrote
Decongestants have similar anti depressive effects as Wellbutrin in some people.
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By Leeanne
October 15, 2014
Leeanne wrote
ADHD andepression
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By Worried
October 2, 2014
Worried wrote
Fetzima and Menstrual Cycle
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By Antlion
September 9, 2014
Antlion wrote
Aphasia
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By Chrsitian
August 17, 2014
Chrsitian wrote
Weight gain from Steroids (dexadron) Trying to lose weight with Lasix and Ritalin
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By June
July 9, 2014
June wrote
Wellbutrin generic
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By Denise
May 19, 2014
Denise wrote
Librax/Bupropion combination
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By CelB
May 16, 2014
CelB wrote
Nicotine Patch and Giant Redbull - Could this induce a heart attack?
I know this is a bit late for your comment, but I think you'll be fine.

You're probably self inflating that BP by becoming anxious about it. 96BPM is not very high, you just need to try and relax yourself. If you're extremely worried about it, try buying some lower dose patches.
Anon  |  September 7, 2014
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By sea
March 3, 2014
sea wrote
possible side effects
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By justme
February 27, 2014
justme wrote
Narcolepsy AND Migraines (on Ritalin)
I have narcolepsy as well. For migraines all I have found to work is excedrin, but I have also found that sometimes it can be too much caffeine and you can become shaky. A lot of people don't get shaky at all, I have just experienced it once.

Hope it helps!
September 19, 2014
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By Willie DeJarnette
December 3, 2013
Willie DeJarnette wrote
Zoloft Weight Loss
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By Dawn
November 22, 2013
Dawn wrote
Wellbutrin v. St. John's Wort
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WTF is HTP?
WTF  |  September 4, 2014
What is 5HTP?
5HTP  |  September 4, 2014
Never taken it
July 8, 2014
what is htp?
star  |  April 14, 2014
Dawn thank you so much for sharing your experience, I have been affraid to try the st. johns wort and 5htp because they say you can get seretonin syndrome. I definitely want to give this a try. Have you found any research about this? Thanks in advance for your help
Devin  |  January 3, 2014
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By shawn
November 12, 2013
shawn wrote
adderall XR, Vyvanse and Ritalin
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By 4yrs and counting
November 11, 2013
4yrs and counting wrote
please help
Methylphenidate has a lot of consequential issues. The side effects cause more side effects.
It is registered as an over stimulant. So I will wake you up, set off severe depression by suppression some much needed brain chemicals, then stir it all up so you can't sleep, then disorganizes your thinking and concentration. Talk to the manufacturer, they can explain it better than I can. But I did, and now I understand why with some people it wakes them up but makes them want to kill themselves. Not
kmphillipscats3  |  May 22, 2014
try Provigil
viki  |  February 28, 2014
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By danny
November 4, 2013
danny wrote
be careful
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Same here - went on it once, (Budeprion XL) 3 weeks later got costochronitis... went on it a year later, and got the same result. After that, I had issues digesting gluten. I had no issues prior or took any medication prior.
Wes  |  August 7, 2014
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By Natalie
October 31, 2013
Natalie wrote
Wellbutrin / Menstrual Cycle
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Wellbutrin also exacerbated my menstrual cycle.
October 1, 2014
I started taking Wellbutrin XL 300mg about a year ago. I'm quiet diligent in tracking my menstrual cycle and noticed after taking it for a few weeks that my period never came. I got the bloated feeling, cramps, swallon breasts but no period. Two weeks late, my period finally arrived. Since then I've had no problems at all though. My period is right on track every month. Guess it was just my body/hormone getting used to the medication.
Caroline  |  January 8, 2014
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By Nicole
October 14, 2013
Nicole wrote
Wellbutrin and Orgasms (the good and the bad)
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As a man, I have noticed that I cannot have an erection. I can still masturbate and orgasm but not get hard. I am also starting Trazodone. I know it's for sleep problems; but does that aid in erections? Let me know.Thanks.
Siegfried  |  October 5, 2014
OMG I thought it was just me. Was on it previously and noticed an increase in libido and orgasm strength. Went off it for 2 years and encountered very weak and hars to reach climax. Back on it again now and they are amazing again!
Jeannie  |  September 23, 2014
Hi Nicole, my names Jonathan. I know the feeling you are talking about it's become a real problem for me, but for me the weak orgasm or absence of the "peak" climax is ocuring for me while being on bupropion 300 xl. It was such a problem for me that I completely lost interest in even trying to have sexual relations or masturbation because it was too much work for very little results. The trade of was that it was working well on the depression and I noticed more energy, better outlook on things
Jonathan  |  June 18, 2014
It's okay, it's coming back but for me it was great before I stopped
Been there  |  March 27, 2014
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By Mahya Tayyar
September 24, 2013
Mahya Tayyar wrote
Ritalin and Atarax
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By Eva Cagle
September 14, 2013
Eva Cagle wrote
Wellbutrin and arthritis
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By Emtmelissa
September 14, 2013
Emtmelissa wrote
Another positive for Wellbutrin
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Has anyone gained weight on this medication
lucy  |  September 8, 2014
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By Patient like you
September 13, 2013
Patient like you wrote
Wellbutrin
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By Mag
August 20, 2013
Mag wrote
Temporal Lobe Epilepsy from Welbutrin?
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By Jarvis Johnson
August 14, 2013
Jarvis Johnson wrote
Swollen feet
Same thing with me yesterday afternoon it started to swell. This morning they're so swollen I'm in pain walking, sitting, raising them and even tried to ace bandage the fluid. Nothing has worked. Tinkling in lower legs began an hour ago. Might have to go to ER except I don't have insurance
Lynn  |  September 16, 2014
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What patients are saying about Ritalin vs. Wellbutrin

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be helping my ADD. Wish I could say ritalin helped keep me...
...been taking Zoloft and Wellbutrin for the past 6 months or so. That has helped with the suicidal thoughts, but hasn't brought me ...to be helping my ADD. Wish I could say ritalin helped keep m...
ritalin and found it to be as effective as methyphenidate...
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makes my Ritalin work better so I will probably keep...
...smoking while taking Wellbutrin. I've stopped and started it several times without any side effects. I do start ...Wellbutrin makes my Ritalin work better so I will probably ...
the Ritalin has been making my depression worse. I know...
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my ritalin now and I dont think it works for me. Such a...
...basis. I also tried welbutrin xl and it worked excellent but I was allergic to it, got this huge rash. I still take 5 ...day along with my ritalin now and I dont think it works for me. Such a sm...
very well. Ritalin did not work for her at all. Before she...
...old daughter is on Wellbutrin and doing very well. Ritalin did not work for her at all. Before she started taking medications for ADD she suffered from depression to ...Today on Wellbutrin she ...
in the evenings and 100mg sr in the morning. It really helps...
...effects my ritalin. It doesn't help me with ...up. I take wellbutrin with my ritalin now. I take 100mg SR in the evenings and 100mg sr in the morning. It really helps me come down off the ritali...
time once and I just didn't respond...did nothing....and...
...supplemental med to Wellbutrin that works for me that doesn't have ...effects. I was on Ritalin for a short time once and I just didn't respond...did nothing....and Stattera...well let's just...
the effect of the Ritalin. Did it help my ADHD? Can't say,...
...depression. I have just stopped taking Wellbutrin and will always ...and can't say that I noticed Wellbutrin interfering with or improving the effect of the Ritalin. Did it help my ADHD? Can't...
have to do so to a large degree without causing side effects...
...Wellbutrin. I had massive libido for the first few days, regular libido for a week, but eventually back to no libido. I think you not only have to hit the correct dopamine receptors, but have to ...
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