I am 25 years old & have had depression for years, probably on & off since I was 11 or so. It became very apparent when my mom died 4 years ago (of the same cancer that killed my dad when I was 12). I started taking Celexa that same year when my mom was diagnosed. She (and my older brother) both suffer(ed) from depression & needed meds. Before going to the doctor & learning of my "chemical imbalance," I couldn't even go to work, I lost 2 good jobs in a row & the Celexa completely saved my life. I was only on 20mg a day for about 4 years & then I moved, got an awesome job, became blissfully distracted & stopped taking them altogether. I was amazed with how well I could function without anti-depressants & refused to get back on my Celexa & go back to all those sexual side affects & weight gain... no way! But in the past several weeks, I have had many, many total melt-downs; crying hysterically & having such intense fits of anger I have put holes in walls & torn down the metal towel rack in the bathroom! (What I really wanted to do was smash my fists into the mirror.) I get so upset/cry so hard for so long, I literally can't breathe. My husband & best friend are the only people on the planet who know I'm anything other than bubbly, outgoing, happy as can be--total social butterfly. It's so hard to pretend you're on top of the world everyday when you feel like there's nothing to live for. So I started taking Wellbutrin after a doctor told me it would increase my sex drive & may even take off a few pounds. Both have proven to be true already, but I don't know if I can get over "the hump." The first 4 or 5 days were great--tons of energy, happy as could be, super productive, but now after 10 days, I am absolutely miserable, more depressed than I've been in a LONG time. Constantly crying, feeling totally empty, worthless, alone & my stomach's sick with grief. I spent the whole first hour of work today trying to hide my tears, running to the bathroom when I couldn't hide them anymore. The worst part is that I don't think I can ever come clean to my boss or co-workers... not only do they totally not get depression in general, but they'd never even believe someone as happy & wonderful as me could possibly need meds. I am so afraid I will lose my job, (which would cause 100 times more stress than I'm under now) I think about going back to no pills at all, but I really want to give these a try. (I know I need something.) I am still only taking the dosage for the initial week, 150 mg/day (1 pill) because I'm afraid to go to the 2 pills & make things doubly worse. Or do I need a higher dose? I'd love to stick it out & see, but I don't know if I can. I can't even afford to go to the doctor & talk about what's happening or try something different. Just spillin' my guts made me feel a little better for tonight though. :)
If you go off of it, it could get worse. Considering what has been going on in your life. You may have to see your doctor up to 3 times a week to get you through this spell. He/She may have to increase your medication till you get to where you need to be.
Do not consider this as something bad. This is a learning experience. You now are learning that you have true friends around you. So pick yourself up and on Monday give your doctor a call and deal with it. Your work is very important, but it is ony going to work if you become more proactive in your treatment.
Don't give up. I do not see this in you. You are a fighter to get better and you will feel better. Stop beating yourself up...
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I am experiencing the exact same thing. I have been on Wellbutrin 150mg for 9 days. At this point, there is no way that I will increase the dosage to 300mg per day. I am more miserable now than I was before. I experience uncontrollable crying spells and a sense of internal desolation. I have never been on any type of anti depressant before. I don't know what to do. I have called the prescribing physician and am waiting for a call back. I was hoping that this medication would work. The first week, I had more energy and self motivation. I am on the second week and feel like being alone all the time. I HAVE NEVER FELT THIS WAY IN MY LIFE ! I have been reading all of the postings on various websites about the med in hopes of finding some type of solace. I wanted to remain on the medication for at least 14 days in hopes that things would begin to turn around... I don't know if I will be able to hold out much longer.
Okay so antidepressants can take about 4 weeks to kick in BUT the side effects can happen the first DAY that you take the med. a lot of people are saying take a benzodiazepine and i dont think this would be a good idea for depression Specifically. If its anxiety mainly then yes but since your depressed no... (benzos can help anxiety but it depends on the person and which neurotransmitter the medication works on... depression can be from seratonin, norepinephrine, gaba, dopamine, histamine, and i think cortizone) anyway i think you should try a different antidepressant (zoloft of paxil is my first recomendation since the withdrawals are low to none).
ANY antidepressant is dose specific (didnt notice any change untill 150mg zoloft and i started at 50mg) so you may want to try moving up but its really just trial and error with any medication
I just started bupropion 10 days ago and I'm experiencing some of the same feelings and side effects. I took this several years ago. I had been on citalopram for several months and when I told my doc that I felt like it wasn't working and I was just having more bad side effects, he prescribed the bupropion to take with the citalopram. For several years, I took nothing. I got off any and all anti-depressants for quite a while. During those several years, I've been through quite a lot. Had to deal with my ex husband for a number of months holding up parenting in court. My current husband was diagnosed with cancer and had to go through chemo. The list goes on. And through it all, it was just like I became numb. I just dealt with one bad set of circumstances after another. I was feeling tired, lethargic, and just basically downright sad most days. A few months ago I went to my primary doc and requested blood work.
I thought for sure there must be a hormone issue or something. Everything came back fine and completely normal except my vitamin D which was extremely low. I wasn't even within the low normal range. My doc told me to take a high dose of vitamin D daily. I did that for about 3 months and still I wasn't feeling up to par. I did some research and read some reviews online about Wellbutrin. I scheduled another appointment with my doc and told him I wanted to try it. I figured no big deal since I had taken it before (even though it was in conjunction with something else). At that appointment, he also gave me a prescription for generic lexapro (10mg). He said often times you need both because they work to balance one another. It made sense bc bupropion effects dopamine and norepinephrine. While drugs like citalopram and lexapro effect serotonin. I got both prescriptions filled. But I had already made up my mind that I was only going to take the bupropion bc i didn't want to go back to needing 2 pills. But I also wanted to have the lexapro in case I really needed it. This whole last week has been pretty bad. I'm trying to tolerate it the best I can but I can tell I'm becoming increasingly more agitated and anxious. I've had a couple of days where I've just cried. I've decided to give it at least 1-2 more weeks depending on how bad it gets and then I may start including the lexapro. However, there is a part of me that really wants to continue to wait it out bc if I add the lexapro, how will I know what's working. Like if I just give the bupropion a little more time, maybe I'd come out on the other side and feel amazing. But if add the lexapro maybe that's what I needed all along just by itself and I never should started with the bupropion. But how will I ever know if I just take both? If I were you I would go back to your doc and discuss the possibility of adding something else or stopping this drug altogether and trying something else. Good luck and I hope you get some relief.
Oh my goodness, you all took the words right out of my mouth hence why I went online looking for an answer to my question, can Wellbutrin make you more depressed. I feel numb, lost, sad, irritable, no energy and I cannot think of anything that I want to do to make me happy, I have no desire. I've only been on for five days, I am 51 and going through menopause, I just quit a job that was only part time at that making minimal money with a nine-year-old to support, I feel like I am losing it!! I've been on Prozac 40mg for years and never had any side effects from it and felt that it did work up until about a year ago and they upped my dose to 60 MG, now my doctor put me on the 150 of the wellbutrin XL and decrease the Prozac to 20 mg! Ughhh this so stinks... I guess I have to give it a bit more time
I've been on 150 mg of wellbutrin for 1 month now, and, I too, feel worse. I didn't even get any of the energy I've heard some talk about. I've been having crying fits several times a day now as well. My husband says to just wait. Don't think I can. I know I'm not helping with your question, but I vote for getting off of it. Neither one of us are taking an anti depressant to feel worse.
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