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A 38-year-old female asked:

I'm a 38 yr old fml who has been taking lexapro. it causes weight gain, but helps with anxiety. can i use wellbutrin (bupropion) instead so as not to gain? thx!

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carrie Cannon
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 34 years experience
See your doctor: If the lexapro is working and you are getting more restful sleep, the weight will not be such a factor. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is a possibility that you will have to talk to your doctor about, whether adding it or switching to it. It is best to stay with what is working for you. If you feel better, you will exercise more and sleep better, both of which help with weight loss. Feel better.
Dr. Marc Goldhagen
Occupational Medicine 34 years experience
Wellbutrin (bupropion) different: Wellbutrin (bupropion) may make anxiety worse because it's more of a stimulant than lexapro. This is why it causes less weight gain but risk is that it makes you anxiety worse.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Wellbutrin (bupropion) is: not an anxiety medication. Lexapro (escitalopram) can be used for anxiety disorders and depressive disorders.
Last updated Jul 22, 2021

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