I have a back injury that will not get better, it has now caused depression and anxiety, I'm taking wellbutrin xl 150mg in the a.m. On my 3rd day. I also take between 50-100 mg trazodone at night along with 15-20mg ambien. What should I look forward to on this wellbutrin, how long until my depression will get better, I know I have to be patient but what are your stories on wellbutrin? I look forward to hearing from all you great people
Laurie is exactly right about the time it takes for antidepressants to take effect. trazodone is another that should help you feel better, in my experience, it is usually taken at bedtime. I just want to add, since you asked, Wellbutrin didn't help me at all. I suffer from major depressive episodes, have all my life, but there are a lot of anti-depressant meds out there to choose from and try, if the Wellbutrin doesn't work for you. Back injuries and the associated pain is a very life changing event. Are you in chronic pain along with depression? You wouldn't believe the number of people on here that are in your situation. You didn't mention any pain meds. There are a lot of people on here that have chronic pain, including me. I didn't ask for mental illness or chronic pain, none of us did, just happened.
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This variety of medication needs a good 3-5 weeks to really take hold. It is best to keep your Dr up to speed on your progress every week. Part of your "depression getting better" is up to you too. Meds can help, but a good positive attitude and "belief" in feeling better is stronger and more effective than ANY medication. Hope this helps.
Agree with posters as well.. when I took it, it kicked in @ 4th week, put me in the hospital with seizures. They gave me IV medication to get it out of my system. It also carries a high risk of suicidal thoughts.. a lot of them do. Just be careful and know yourself right now, journal if you can. I would recommend some counseling, pool therapy to relax those areas in your back and possibly a pain specialist. Even minor pain.. to severe needs to be treated by a professional. Hope you get to feeling better soon, some people respond well to Welbutrin XL maybe you will. It's all worth trying.. but be proactive. The doctor doesn't know how much help you need til you tell them.
I have been on Wellbutrin Xl 150 mg for 7 months now. Honestly I have noticed no changes being on this med. I went to the Psych. for Panic attacks and he wouldn't put me on an anti-anxiety med without first trying antidepressants... I have tried at least 10 antidepressants in my life, and just to tell you, everyone is different, you have to find the ONE that works for your body, you cant compare yourself to others... I have gotten suicidal thoughts on two of them and have decided just to stay on the Wellbutrin b/c it doesn't have any negative side affects. When the Dr. increased my dose to 300mg a day, I did experience more anxiety so I lowered back down to 150
Sad to say I have struggled to adjust to Wellbutrin for a full year. Incredibly I couldn't tolerate the fatigue it gave me, plus increased anxiety. Why do I keep trying? Because every other medication has been even worse and life without W is really bad too. So for most the W. seems to do pretty well... for some not. My only point is to try it gradually if your doctor agrees. My adjustment has not been fun and the effects are limited likely due to my low dise but W. is way better than nothing.
I had been on Wellbutrin for 10 years until 2011 or so. No matter what med you may take, some sort of exercise or body movement on a daily basis is very important. It may not be possible for you because of the pain, but an strengthening helped me when I had L5 problems with pain running down my legs; along with 4 Advil 2-3 times daily until it finally stopped swelling. Wellbutrin seemed to stop working so I switched to Prozac, then cymbalta (which was good but a total nightmare to come off of), then Zoloft. I hate the drowsiness and lethargy of Zoloft and Prozac. It was stereotypical antidepressant for me in that I was like a zombie. I just read that around the time Wellbutrin stopped working for me that the FDA found that generic forms were not working. So I switched back to Wellbutrin in hopes that my issue was a bad batch of generic.
So far so good and I'm looking forward to feeling less tired and having at least enough energy and drive to get working out again; that is the true antidepressant.
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