I took wellbutrinXL for about a year and it was wonderful. I remember feeling stupid for now taking it sooner, because i was finally happy after years of depression. Well i got pregnant and had to stop taking it. Strangly i was fine without it through my whole pregnancy (except for a few panic attacks). A few months after i gave birth i started having all the signs again-nightmares (when i could sleep at night), i didn't want to associate with any of my fridends, wanting to sleep all day etc. So o started taking it wellbutrin again and had a whole bunch of side effects until my doc realized she had perscribed sr this time. She fixed that then It was good for a month or two and i started having panic attacks all the time. So they lowered it. I'm still having the panic attacks and i have to say-i have very little faith in my doc now. I don't want to switch drugs but i don't want to feel like this either. I'm afraid that if i switch i'll have low sex drive and gain weight. Anyone have any ideas??? Help!
Hello, sorry that you are struggling so much! I believe that you have made a good, sturdy decision in not changing your Wellbutrin Xl; however, although you have this medication in your system, it providing you with any relief from the Wellbutrin XL because it is definitely not at a therapeutic level due to the side effects you experienced at higher doses. So, obviously, you have nnot only depressive symptoms but extreme, vegetative anxiety symptoms present, causing you dysfunction. Of course you should discuss this with your physician before your treatment regimen or course of treatment changed. One strategy you may want to discuss with your prescriber is continuing your Wellbutrin XL at the same dosage to cover most of the depressive symptoms. Then, to the Wellbutrin XL, add Buspar to augment how well the Wellbutrin XL works, but the Buspar will be beneficial for the obvious, vegetative nature of the present anxiety, although the anxiety will probably remain. It will not cause near the dysfunction or disruption in daily baseline functioning. Although it usually takes the Buspar almost 10 to 14 days to maximally function, or in this situation before the augmentation of the Wellbutrin XL, when this occurs, you will notice, at first subtle improvement, but as time progresses, this subtlety will become prominent with reduction in most prominent symptoms, such as: nightmares, improved sleep, more relaxed, less apprehensive, etc. Hope that this helps, take care of yourself, blessings, Cindy.
- Wellbutrin Information for Consumers
- Wellbutrin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Wellbutrin (detailed)
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