I'm on Cymbalta 30mg and Abilify 5mg, and while this barely gets me by, I was looking for something that would give me some energy and motivation. I thought about Wellbutrin, but I can't just walk in to my doc's office and be like "Hey let me get some Buproprion!" So... I've posted on here for other things, but does a Cymbalta + Wellbutrin combo sound good to anyone? Am I being redundant?? I can't go up to 60mg because I get more depressed for some odd reason. What about Strattera? Thanks!!!
I would think nothing wrong of going to your doctor, tell him you've been reading about the different classes for antidepressants and that you would really like to try wellbutrin. Wellbutrin prevents the reabsorption of dopamine which is why it is also known to help with ADHD, and can give some patients a energetic effect. Adding it to Cymbalta can be done but if that doesn't seem to be working and you're on it now, you may ask your doctor to consider just switching to Wellbutrin and seeing what you think?
It would be helpful to know why you're on Cymbalta-you mention depression. While I've never been on Cymbalta, I've been on Prozac and Wellbutrin. Both Prozac and Wellbutrin are 'energizing'. Another drug I've seen frequently prescribed by psychiatrists is Provigil. Wellbutrin can aggravate anxiety. I always took Prozac in the morning due to its energizing effects. I've seen psychiatrists often combine drugs like Cymbalta and Prozac (SNRIs and SSRIs) with Wellbutrin but it has to be done by a knowledgeable dr so just be very careful. So you might ask about these 3 meds. I would steer clear of Strattera, Adderall, etc.
Hi we all react differently to meds but maybe sharing my experience will help. I tried nuvigil and wouldn't wish it on hitler. Provigil is now become generic I take 200 mg 2x a day but need to go back to 3. Another generic less expensive is Dexedrine. My insurance used to cover provigil at 7$ per month but last month it was $144. I have Aetna and apparently there is what is called a "donut hole" in which time I have to pay out of pocket now. I'd check w your insurance and dr. Adderal made me really dizzy but I probably have a diff disorder. I wish you the best of luck!
Hello Roger. Im taking cymbalta 60mgs & abilify 5mgs as well. My Dr had me on adderall too but recently switched me to Nuvigil 250mgs. It works much better for me then the adderall & seems to be almost gentler on my system then the adderall. Only down side was that the 1st 3 days on the Nuvigil I got headaches but that side effect was gone by day 4. Good luck!
I don't know how I got to this group, guess it was asking about ibuprofen... BUT I would NOT take these drugs... has anyone thought of "alternatives" for energy etc.
I use all alternatives except Iburprofen...
I know an untreated thyroid has so many symptoms... DRibose is a nice energy product... these drugs are all toxic and that's the last thing we all need. Sorry but I believe this to be truth. Vit D is a huge issue re: deficiency and so many issues... jam
I have had some knowledgeable pharmacists tell me that Cymbalta and Wellbutrin is a very good combination. Start at the lowest dose and then ask or tell your Dr how you feel. He will increase it if you still have no energy and fatigue. I have the exact same problem as you do so you are not alone. I will see my Dr. On Tuesday + I will give the drug time to kick in depending on what Dr says. I have been thru hell and I know how you feel!! You must change from Abilify to Wellbutrin and I'll pray for us both!!
I have Multiple Scelerosis and Lupus and take Thyroid medicine. I also take Provigil 200mg 2×day. I agree Cymbalta helps with my depression but when even at 60mg day wasn't enough my doctor added pristiq the two of them with Provigil turned my life around!!! I also have Extreme Fatigue and as I said Cymbalta, Pristiq, Provigil all together changed my life!!! Since you already take Cymbalta ask about adding Pristiq with it. I would try that first instead of a complete change in medicine. By adding Pristiq it will help even more with your depression and also gives you energy!!! The Provigil at 200mg ea. twice a day does help with concentration etc. But... it also gives you energy too!!! I've been on these medicines at least 5 years because feel so much better.
Now, I recently had re-lapse 2 months ago and found myself struggling with Fatigue Again:( I'm not sure if it will pass and just brought in by re-lapse or if my Dr. Will change my meds. I have to have 2 hour MRI nxt month and my Dr.said we will just go from there. But... before this happend, Cymbalta 60mg 1×evening, Pristiq 100mg 1×morning, then Provigil 200mg 2×day made my last 5 years so much better!!! Hope this helps you, Definately worth talking to your Dr. About!!! Wishing You All The Best
Neurontin (gabapentin) is a medication I was prescribed for my sciatic nerve pain and discovered that it made me feel bright, up, motivated and talkative. It has been prescribed for depression/ bi-polar although it is off-label. For that reason, many psychiatrists have stopped prescribing it. But if you have some nerve pain as well and it won't interfere with any of your existing meds, you might want to give it a try.
I stopped taking it because my Dr just kept upping the dosage and I was concerned about high dosage and liver effect. I was up to 1100mg 3x daily and the maximum prescribing dose is 3600mg/ day. 300 - 600mg was just fine to alleviate sciatic pain and feel bright and motivated especially with a cup of coffee.
I really wish they could prescribe it for my depression.. I was like a whole new person. I know two other people personally who felt the same way.. anyone else?
I would suggest Concerta. Took it for my ADD when I was in school after having tried Adderall and others. Made an Amazing difference in my ability to concentrate and motivated me to do things I otherwise had absolutely NO interest in (Homework, etc).
Only drawback for me was it kept me wired late into the night so it affected my sleep.
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