this is my first time posting on here so i'm really nervous and also worried no one will respond..but here goes. A few months ago my doctor put me on 150 mg XL Bupropion, then when it didnt really work much she doubled the dose to 300 XL and it gave me severe head pain, but it broke after five days and I wasnt willing to give up so easily, so i broke it in half (I know now I wasnt supposed to do that, trust me my doctor gave me an earfull) and I was on cloud nine. I wasnt tired, I could wake up after 8 hours, I could do school work (which I've never been able to do), basically wiping out depression entirely, I felt amazing. then my doctor got mad at me and took me off of them and messed around with different types of bupropion like i had all this time to experiment... it was hell. my depression came back hard and I couldnt even get out of bed. Long story short, my mom found out I still had a few refills of the 300 mg left so i'm still taking them secretly (whole, not breaking them) because I was literally rolling on the floor bawling it was just awful, depression is so hard to take back in once you've felt what its like to be free. But after these refills run out, my doctors plan of action right now is if bupropion doesnt work, we're going to mess around with combinations. Although I have my beloved bupropion back for now, its not the same. for the most part I'm back and normal and happy and can function but the biggest part of my depression has always been being excessively tired. I've slept over 29 hours before and still woke up tired, i'm always tired and I'm tired all the time again now. I have bad reactions to SSRIs, so I'm not willing to take them. So my question is, does anyone have a combination of bupropion with some other antidepressant that has helped them become basically normal? I want that back, so bad. and my doctors seem to think they have all this time to experiment with different medications but they don't know how hard it is to live with depression. Also i know I'm reaching here but if you've found a bupropion combination that works 100% and also doesnt take away your sex drive pleas let me know. please help.
Yes, it is very difficult to live with depression and even harder to have the patience to keep trying to find what will work for you. I have had good success with Wellbutrin for my depression. You will too when you find the right dose and type. Wellbutrin comes in Instant Release, Sustained Release and Extended Release.
I wish there was one or two meds that fit all. But each of us are chemically different. What works for one may not work for another. Unfortunately it is trail and error. Wellbutrin is in class all it own. It is know for it's stimulating effect. You and your doc are going to have to see which one, or combo, works best for you.
Hope you find what is right for you :)
Emma; I am with the previous post on this it's not fun but we have to kind of gamble and find the right combination for all of us. At least, you are getting some response from the Wellbutrin that is a good sign of getting it under control what you are going to have to do is tell the doctor at some time what dose you are on. Maybe adding something to it which is very common well do the job.And yes there are other medications in fact Wellbutrin is one of the ones that they give people to help with sexual side effects from other meds feel free to mention it to the doctor and if worse comes to worse find a different doctor but the hardest part is patience to get where you feel better to, trust me you are far from alone and it well get better.
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