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WellbutrinXL and Eating Disorder

I have been taking Wellbutrin XL for a little over a year for depression.  It has really helped me.  But what I need to know is why should you not take Wellbutrin if you have an eating disorder?  I have researced this but I have not been able to find out what the consequences of having an eating disorder and taking Wellbutrin are?  My family feels I have an eating disorder (anorexia) but I feel I don't.  I eat when I am hungry and I do go for a day or two without eating.  Am I endangering myself by doing this and taking the Wellbutrin?  I appreaciate any information you can provide me.  Thank you.
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I am not aware of this limitation of the use of wellbutrin. It is frequently used with success for concommitant depression with eating disorders.
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My insurance company makes it hard for me to fill my prescription of Wellbutrin because they claim that doctors prescribe it for a variety of reasons other than depression.  One of the reasons they mentioned was weight loss although they didn't explain how/why it causes weight loss.
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Wellbutrin can cause seizures, especially in people who have or have had an eating disorder.  I don't know why...but it's in the packaging information accompanying the drug.
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One of the side effects of wellbutrin is loss of appetite I'm assuming if you have an eating disorder welbutrin would make it worse. Has this happened since the welbutrin?
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I have been taking this med for over a month and have had no noticeable decrease or increase in appetite changes. However it does speed up my metabolism, and decrease my anxiety. i have just upgraded to 300 mg and i am waiting on some more changes. I sometimes get shaky after taking it and also sometimes get a little blurred vision but ultimately there are little or no side effects.
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Even if you feel you don't have an eating disorder, you should look into tackling your eating habits. I recommend going to a nutritionist who will advise you on the dangers of going a day or two without eating on a constant basis.
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