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What is normal Wellbutrin doseage?

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I am currently on 150mg and do not feel it is effective
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Paul,  I don't believe there is a "normal" dosage of Wellbutrin.  I started with 100 and was quickly put to 150mg, which is what I currently take.  I think it all depends on what you and your health team decide works best.  Have you tried taking a combination?  I take Zoloft also and I feel it works well.
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If you look at the website of any drug manufacturer you will find recommended dosages as reflected in the studies they did to get FDA approval.  You can also talk to a pharmacist or your psychiatrist.  Now, some people absorb drugs really easily and will need less, some absorb them less well, and some won't absorb them at all.  This might not be a drug that will work for you, it's trial and error.  While drugs are often combined, you don't usually combine a drug that doesn't work with another drug.  If it's working but just not as well as you hoped, combining drugs can be more effective, though it also comes with greater chance of side effects.  When this drug is combined with an ssri as described above, it's usually to combat certain side effects of ssris, such as weight gain and sexual problems.  You also don't say how long you've been on it -- it takes 4-6 weeks for the average person to notice benefits, though side effects will start right away and different people will experience different results.  Also, most people don't find all their problem go away by taking medication -- it improves things, but doesn't cure them.  Therapy might be a way to cure them, though there's no guarantee that will work, either.  
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I think there are three levels 150, 300 and 450 mg.  I started at 150 and increase after 8 months and again after 14 months.  I'm currently at 450 and I feel it's very effective.  However, I'm planning to go off in May to see how I respond.  I'm also eliminated alcohol, increased meditation and have been in consistent therapy, so I think I have more resilience than I did in 2017.
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Hi funkyrob. Remember that you will need to titrate down just as you slowly went up in dose to minimize side effects from topping the medication.  Work with your doctor on that.  But I do want to say that many who are doing fine on a medication like to see if they still need it and go off . . . and often have a return of original symptoms and need to go back on.  These can be life long disorders that need full time treatment.  But you can see how you do and I wish you well with the transition. Therapy can help improve coping skills for whatever you encounter along the way.  good luck
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