I started taking 150 mg of Wellbutrin XL 2.5 weeks ago after coming off of Zoloft/Lexapro (I’ve been on Zoloft for 25 years and it worked great until it didn’t so switched to Lexapro but that didn’t work any better). Transition was 2 weeks of Lexapro at 5 mg. and 2 weeks of nothing before I started Wellbutrin. I am experiencing anxiety, jitteriness, and irritability in spades. I am ready to quit the Wellbutrin and try going back to the Lexapro as I can’t function with the level of anxiety and irritability I am feeling. Any thoughts? Does the anxiety go away? This was prescribed by a psychiatrist...
You stated that the Lexapro didn't work but I'm curious as to how much time you and your Doctor gave it? I'm wondering if part of what you are experiencing is withdrawal from the Lexapro. But if the Lexapro didn't really work at all then there probably wouldn't be any withdrawal symptoms. Meanwhile, you are right in the middle of the period where you would likely be feeling the worst of the side effects associated with the Wellbutrin. If you can try to hang in there for another 3 weeks these side effects are supposed to dissipate. Your Doctor is thinking that the Wellbutrin is the right medication. On the other hand, this shouldn't be torture, so if in 3 weeks from now you haven't noticed a significant decrease in the anxiety and irritability then you need to contact your Doctor and try to find another solution.
Some days going forward may be worse than others but the general trend from here on out should be a gradual lessening in these adverse symptoms, and it could end up being that Wellbutrin is the right medication for you. Only time will tell.
Take care for now and all the best.
Thanks! Not sure I can hold out for three weeks but will try a bit longer. I mostly wanted to know if they were likely to go away.
I felt that way with increase to 300xl. Also I was taking 2.5 mg of Valium throughout the day for anxiety. But nothing seemed to help aggressiveness. Went back to 150xl and an going to take this dose a while longer and then try 300xl again because it also helped with chronic pain. You need to wait it out with side effects. When I started on 150xl I stayed at that dose for a month. Now it feels like 150xl is doing nothing! I know it’s tough!
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