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    Old 10-20-2002, 06:51 PM   #1
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    Post Stupid question about Wellbutrin..

    I was on Lexapro at first, and on the *THIRD* day I felt amazing...I was so happy and loving and all that good stuff....Long story short, I had to get off of it, and i didnt take anything for a week...On tuesday I started Wellbutrin and I hate it...
    I feel calmless but I still feel depressed and hopeles...I cant even describe it...
    I'm angry and I'm confused...WHO HERE HAS ACTUALLY DEALT WITH WELLBUTRIN?
    Do you EVER feel good on this crap? Grrrr...
    It sais one of the stupid side affects is Anxiety...!? I'm allready so messed up beyond belief and one of the side affects is anxiety??
    Does this even TREAT DEPRESSION/ANXIETY?!??!?!
    Please tell me your experience...Please I'm sry I'm so mad....I'm just....grr....

    Oh yea...these are the reported side affects.. I think i'm going to go crazy or something..

    [ ~~ Sorry, AnotherOne, we can't allow details of other websites with discussion forums, but I have copied the side effects that were listed on that site, below. ~~ Thanks, Minerva ]

    Side Effects of Wellbutrin
    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Wellbutrin.
    Seizures are perhaps the most worrisome side effect. Wellbutrin was temporarily removed from the market after its initial release due to the occurrence of seizures in some patients.

    Although Wellbutrin occasionally causes weight gain, a more common effect is weight loss: Some 28 percent of people who take this medication lose 5 pounds or more. If depression has already caused you to lose weight, and if further weight loss would be detrimental to your health, Wellbutrin may not be the best antidepressant for you.

    More common side effects may include:

    Abdominal pain (Wellbutrin SR),
    agitation,
    anxiety (Wellbutrin SR),
    constipation,
    dizziness,
    dry mouth,
    excessive sweating,
    headache,
    loss of appetite (Wellbutrin SR),
    nausea,
    palpitations (Wellbutrin SR),
    vomiting,
    skin rash,
    sleep disturbances,
    sore throat (Wellbutrin SR),
    tremor
    Other side effects may include:

    Acne,
    allergic reactions (severe),
    bed-wetting,
    blisters in the mouth and eyes (Stevens-Johnson syndrome),
    blurred vision,
    breathing difficulty,
    chest pain,
    chills,
    complete or almost complete loss of movement,
    confusion,
    dry skin,
    episodes of over-activity,
    elation, or irritability,
    extreme calmness,
    fatigue,
    fever,
    fluid retention,
    flu-like symptoms,
    gum irritation and inflammation,
    hair color changes,
    hair loss,
    hives,
    impotence,
    incoordination and clumsiness,
    indigestion,
    itching,
    increased libido,
    menstrual complaints,
    mood instability,
    muscle rigidity,
    painful ejaculation,
    painful erection,
    retarded ejaculation,
    ringing in the ears,
    sexual dysfunction,
    suicidal ideation,
    thirst disturbances,
    toothache,
    urinary disturbances,
    weight gain or loss





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    Old 10-20-2002, 06:57 PM   #2
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    hi...thnx for ur reply...
    Blah...
    Will all this anger/negativity go away? Will i ever feel the same!? *sigh*
    I dont know what to believe anymore...I'm so....

     
    Old 10-20-2002, 10:01 PM   #3
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    I have a question....So if one of the side affects is anxiety and stuff, then if one of my problems is anxiety.....then it will make it worse, or will these symptoms go away after a time? Because I'm gettin worried now...I'm the most tense/worrysome person out there...there is no way I want to deal w/ anxiety and all of this other garbage....
    Btw, minerva...sry about that...but thank you.

     
    Old 10-21-2002, 02:51 AM   #4
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    medicine and side effects......blah....it all http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif me and makes me

     
    Old 10-21-2002, 06:51 AM   #5
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    hi..
    thnx for your reponses.... Yea..I hate waiting

     
    Old 10-21-2002, 03:18 PM   #6
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    Yeah this stinks. I've only been on it less than a week and I'm in such a cranky mood. I can't seem to get out of this funk. I thought about napping and even sleeping makes me angry! I feel like giving up! I feel like my plans for the future, any future, are stupid, and I feel like I'm stupid, and everything is stupid.

    Yeah again, how am I going to control my anxiety if this medicine causes anxiety? I had a mild panic attack in my seminar today, and I was so angry at myself! While it was happening, I tried telling myself to calm down, to just step back and read the situation better...and it didn't work! Grr. I just started thinking about how great Paxil was, that the 5th or 6th day I could feel myself being less tense and so calm and so relaxed...and how I could behave in public normally. I could talk in class. Grr. Pah on Wellbutrin.

     
    Old 10-21-2002, 04:13 PM   #7
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    ^i kno right?...i feel empty and i cant seem to find any love in my heart.... I hate this....*pulls hair out*

     
    Old 10-21-2002, 04:16 PM   #8
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    Hi AnotherOne,

    I believe I told you earlier I am on Wellbutrin and have been for about three months now. During those first two weeks, I almost felt like I was losing my mind, although I don't know if that effect was from going off Effexor or going on Wellbutrin (probably a combination of both). But I can tell you that things have been getting better since that time. I too suffer from anxiety, yet the Wellbutrin did not seem to trigger the anxiety. I also take Buspar, which I believe is specifically for anxiety.
    I cannot offer much in the way of advice, but if it were me feeling this way, I would talk to my doc. It could be that this med simply is not the one for you.
    One other thing I feel I need to mention. I have a neighbor diagnosed as manic-depressive. She has been on a myriad of medications, each time without much success (according to her). What I found out was that she would take these meds ANYTIME she felt the depression kicking in, sometimes taking several pills in a day. She would get to a point where she would take too many of her meds, leaving her very lethargic (amonst other things). She would then blame the med for the way she felt, then turn around and take even more.
    I used to be able to talk to her, but now, I don't dare be around her. She can only see the negative in everything and her attitude would drag me down. Now I think you are much smarter than that, but I hope you do not get to be like her. It is really a shame for me to behave like that towards her, but I have to have the attitude that my health is the most important thing. And I hope you feel the same way (not that my health is the most important to you but that YOUR health is the most important to you).
    Another important thing is how you feel about yourself. The meds are only a stepping stone to your recovery. It also takes determination on your part. I know how hard that can be. Try to tell yourself how much you love yourself, even if you don't feel like it. I did that several times and it helped me.
    Don't get me wrong. I still have hard days. But they're not as frequent as they used to be. I just went through a tough time over the weekend, yet when I came back to work this morning, when people asked how my weekend went, I told them it was a very good weekend. Before long, I started believing it. And I stopped dwelling on all the bad things that occurred over the weekend.
    I've heard it been said that it is much easier to dwell on the bad than it is on the good. I believe that with all my heart. So I try to work on getting myself to feel better about myself, even if I don't want to or don't feel like it. It's not easy, but if you can do it just one time, you've fought a major battle in your disease and WON. And once you win a battle, always hold onto that, for it can help you to win even more of those battles. Don't expect to win every one of them. Just work on them as they come. Don't look ahead to when the next one may be. Live in the here and now with your fights.
    I believe that everyone here can win these battles. I also believe you can too. I probably give you more credit for that than you do yourself. But I do believe in you. You should too.

    I've said enough for now. Have some of my energy if you dare.





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    One last thing. The only stupid questions are the ones not asked. Remember that.

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    Old 10-21-2002, 04:28 PM   #9
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    Hi Mud Puppy..thnx for your reply...
    Yea..I feel like I'm going crazy...I know the way I want to feel but I cant reach it...I dont even know...I'm so confused...I know it sounds childish..but I want my lexapro
    Right now I feel torn and just...hurtin... Grrr...I hate this so much...I feel like I just want to disappear...
    Today I was very angry...I think I have anger built inside me that i never expressed, but I just dont want to deal with it...I want to forgive and be all loving and nice but today Ive been such a brat...I just want this to kick in and be happy like I was on Lexapro...well - that one day....
    Wish me luck...I need it

     
    Old 11-04-2002, 05:25 PM   #10
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    Week 3: Feeling Great!

    I know I wrote this in another post, but Wellbutrin is wonderful...Earlier I wrote in this thread how stupid everything seemed, and I personally can't believe I wrote that. I'm in a different mindset completely! I'm happy, and that's the truth--I never thought it would feel like this. Just the ability to function is absolutely great.

    I know the feeling, I missed Paxil for a month! I still have half a bottle of it leftover, and was tempted to start up again, but I remembered the awful side effects that hit me the first week. I didn't bother taking it. I like Wellbutrin, it doesn't pack such a punch but helps like you wouldn't believe!

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    Old 11-08-2002, 05:29 PM   #11
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    Okay guys, I know I just said I was feeling great, but over the past few days I've been irritable, anxious, and very depressed.

    I'm taking 150mg of Wellbutrin once a day. Would it be crazy to start taking this twice a day? I'm going to call my dr, but I wanted to know your experiences. Thanks...

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    Old 11-09-2002, 11:12 AM   #12
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    I'm on wellbutrin sr 150mg twice a day...im somewhat better..but not yet...I dont know, I'm too moody and I get all panicky.. I have a question...does it mess up your sex drive? Or does everything go back to normal after a while...? And with that also about affection..and feelings like that... A hug still feels like hugging a wall and all of that stuff...Im usually a very affectionate person... =\

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    Old 11-09-2002, 07:37 PM   #13
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    This medicine hasn't affected my sex drive at all, not like Paxil did.

    I just find myself irritable, depressed...sad.

    I think that over time, the sexual side effects do go away, so stick with it if you're thinking that might be the case. I got off Paxil a little too quickly, I think...but who knows?

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    Old 11-13-2002, 10:09 AM   #14
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    My life with wellbutrin SR:

    I started taking it almost 3 weeks ago. Well, in the 1st couple of days, I thought I was losing my mind. I often would sit and stare at the TV, or I would cry for no reason...I even asked my husbnd for a divorce!!! (I have a good marriage) I also had periods of mania!! Those were fun.

    But, as time went by I started feeling better. A lot better. My affective states were great, I have not been depressed, or moody. BUT, my anxiety did get worse, so my DR put me on 10 mg of Paxil to help ith the anxiety. It has been working wonderfully.

    Sexual side effects...well, let me put it this way, for me, Wellbutrin was like a dose of viagra, which ofcourse makes my hubby incredibly happy.

    Now, with the quitting smoking thing,

    I have yet to quit, but I do not enjoy my cigs as I used to. So, to me, I have not reason to smoke other than to feed my nicoten addiction. So, in a week or so, I will be slapping on the patch and letting go.

    Good luck all!!

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    Old 11-16-2002, 09:03 AM   #15
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    oh my, oh my
    this scares me because I am on day 2 of wellbutrin. i don't want to get crazy - because I just had a bad episode that was not fun. should I give it a chance? or would i be better off weaning off Effexor with nothing?

    Muddy, if you read this, i'd really appreciate your input. Sounds like you were on the same meds as me. I'm on buspar with the Effexor. I forget to ask the doc if she wants me to stay on the buspar as I wean off the effexor. From the posts, it sounds like I might be better off without adding the wellbutrin - but my mom was on it and did ok - but I don't remember her first few weeks. I can't afford to get crazy for even a few days, because I nearly messed up my career with a few days of craziness recently. (Or at least it feels that way.) What do you think??

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