I have been taking Wellbutrin SR 150 mg twice a day for a few years now. I have been tolerating that dose fine. My doctor feels I need to increase to 3 x a day for a total of 400 mg a day now due to worsening depression and anxiety. I am scared of taking this dose! I have read all the hype about Wellbutrin and seizure risk at higher dose - I don't want that to happen, but my doctor said she had never seen anyone herself that has ever had a seizure due to Wellbutrin. Anyone out there have any advice? Thanks!
Hi, I would follow your own instincts. What I learned the very hard way is the Dr's tend to very much also brush off side effects. Just because she has never seen it doesn't make it true. I was told lamictal was fine until I developed a permanent blood disorder. This will follow me the rest of my life.
I only found out how serious it was by doing my own research because frankly I was brushed off.
Why did she want to increase the dosage if you say you are doing fine? That is the curious part.
Thanks for all your help. I am concerned, and I am trying to do some research on my own, it is just hard to know what is best. I am very sensitive to medicines, which also concerns me, but because of that I have trouble taking any meds - so Welbutrin has been the best med for me... I have done the SSRIs in the past, and I could not tolerate them due to sleepiness, and I had a massive weight gain on them, and I am borderline diabetic from that weight gain, so added weight gain is not a good idea for me either. It is so frustrating!
Hi! Just wanted to add, I, as well as many others I'm sure, have tried many different antidepressants and Wellbutrin is slightly different. I did ok & was feeling better the first 6-8 weeks and then suddenly, the anxiety started right back with full blown panic attacks. That's just me, if u feel like the med is helping, but u still experience symptoms, the easiest thing to do is increase dose of that med. the only way u will know if it will help you at a higher dose is if u try it! If it WAS helping u, but u feel like it's not helping at all, u may need a med switch. Everyone is different, but I'd try the increase for at least 2-3 days, if no improvement, talk to dr about the next step! It's tricky and can be a long process to get us on the right med at the exactly right dose! Don't stress about what u hear or read, just try it, ur body will tell you! Good luck!
I thought I would go ahead and try the dose increase after talking to several pharmacists.
I wasn't having any issues taking the bigger dose until now.
My head feels very funny & swimmy (if that makes sense), sort of dizzy; I am extremely sleepy, and my stomach has been bothering me.
Anyone have any thoughts?
I recently just upped my WellbutrinXL from 150 to 300mg. I read a tip to help with dizziness & upset stomach. I have used it & really did well with the increase. The tip was take the Motion Sickness Pill Bonnine. Said it was better than other types. It worked for me! Also suggested to use it when titrating down.
400 or 450 is a very safe dosage of Wellbutrin. Seizures are extremely rare with this drug, especially if you haven't hadn't them before. I've been taking 450 mil for years and it's helped me a lot. One word of advice, take the brand version if you can. The generic versions often react very differently with people (just google it to see what I mean). Look into getting your doctor to give you a "brand medically necessary" prescription to get insurance to cover it.
I have been taking 450mg generic WelbutrinXL once a day since March 2015. My psychiatrist and I slowly increased my dose until we reached this dose, which continues to help me. I don't experience any side-effects whatsoever. My advice would be to try a higher dose to see if it's helpful. Hope this helps you. Take Care!
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