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!!!
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Cymbalta 20 mg. at night around 9:P.M.
Aderrall ER 20mg. when I wake up at 6:00 A.M.
Aderrall IR 5mg. IF NEEDED around 4:00, if energy is low or lack of concentration, focus, and general awareness begins to hinder the remainder of my day that is still yet to come. I came up with this regiment of dosing out of my own research. I talked very honestly and candidly with my Psychologist and he agreed and actually liked the idea. I have felt on track and in hardly any pain since this dosing schedule has began. Last week was the FIRST time in about five years I could walk into my pain management doctor and tell him " I didn't need refills on any medications from him this visit !!" I never thought that would be an option for me.
From reading the posts already, it seems many find Aderrall and Cymbalta work well together for them ? I tried Wellbutrin before and it made me very agitated and mean. So I stopped after giving it a fair try. Best of luck... to anyone searching for that "combination that just lets you live your life again " But I must always add; we are all so different . What works for one might be a nightmare for someone else. Study about the neurotransmitters and all their functions... diet plays a big roll in production of some of this as well. Always be an educated patient, you may find that you might just figure out what you need or would like to try on your own. There is nothing wrong with sitting with your doctor and having a few notes in front of you, and talk about what and why you would like to make this change. Doing your own research and becoming better educated about medications and your body is not a crime !!
Don't take anymore Cymbalta because when the time comes, it is a bitch to withdraw from. I take 5 different drugs, combined, 17 pills a day. I am taking 450 mg. of Wellbutrin and it has always worked well for me. Now I'm going to tell you something very important. Your body belongs to you, no one else.
You are obviously an intelligent person because you are on this site doing your research and you CAN WALK into the doctors office and ask to try a drug. If it makes you sick, you have to deal with it, not him.
Unless he can tell you that something you are already taking won't mix properly with the Wellbutrin, I say go for it.
If I have learned nothing else from this experience, it is that you have to take control of your own medical future. You have to be strong even though mental illness can take our strength away.
It's a wonderful thing that you're doing research and asking for personal experiences from lay people to help you in making decisions regarding your personal decisions! But while you can't, *just ask for Wellbutrin*, you also can't just ask for any other medication either.
Use the information you get to develop a good repertoire with your doctor because only she/he knows your medical history and current state of health, is the only one who can prescribe for you, and is the only one who can give you knowledgeable, professional advice. Ask questions.
If you feel you can't discuss your situation with your current doctor be proactive and find a new one!
I had a similar issue. Taking Cymbalta 30 mg and Wellbutrin 450 mg. Dr added Abilify 5 mg. I have more energy. At least enough to do household chores again, but not so much as to feel "wired".
Although it's been three years since you asked, I related to this question and there wasn't an answer like mine so... I do hope you've gotten the right combo by now.
The triple combo seems to improve all my symptoms for Major Depression Disorder. The Psych NP tried to up my Abilify from 5 mg per day to 30 mg per day and I had a major meltdown - couldn't stop crying and I had nothing to cry about! MD brought me back down to 5 mg per day. Hope this helps, good luck
I am on both. I have just started the cymbalta with the bupropion and already feel a difference. The only problem I have had today is extreme exhaustion (more than normal for me.) I am very hopeful! I have suffered from OA since I was 6 yrs old and am now 66yrs. I am hoping my pain level will decrease some. It is looking good!
I’m on several anti d’s and mood stabilizers. I was taking the generic Wellbutrin in the morning and it helped energize for several years. When I started feeling exhausted during the day again my dr added generic Ritalin. It not only gives me a kick in the morning, but helps with concentration too.
If anxiety is your issue I would not recommend Wellbutrin. I was on Lexapro for years (after trying Cymbalta, Effexor, and Pristiq), I felt great on the Lexapro but I gained a good bit of weight on it so my doc recommended Wellbutrin. It can cause weight loss and is a bit energizing. I had never had a panic attack until I tried Wellbutrin. It was a terrifying experience and Wellbutrin made me so scared and edgy all the time. It was horrible!! But cymbalta had a similar effect for me so maybe you are more tolerant. Everyone is different. I guess just be careful and be as open and honest with your doc as possible. I’ve finally found “my drug” in Prozac. I have tons of wnergy and feel great.
Ritalin is more powerful than Wellburtin. Talk to your doctor about Ritalin. Adderall is for ADHD, but Ritalin is another option for people who is lack of energy but doesn't have ADHD. One has to be very careful about this drug as it is highly habit-forming, so talk to your doctor first.
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