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Old 08-28-2007, 10:46 AM   #1
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Wellbutrin or Lexapro?

I have been thinking I might be depressed due to a very long illness of 6 months, and am presently going through a very hard recovery. I did some research on Wellbutrin and it seems to have less side effects. My daughter was on Lexapro while suffering from cancer and had complaints of agitation and anxiety. Several years ago my house burned down so due to a lot of post tramatic stress my doctor put me on Paxil which I weaned myself off of last year by using the drug Celexa. (I was never diagnosed as being depressed). I know I do not want to go back on Paxil or Celexa. I have a great GP who is always willing to discuss my fears about taking drugs so if any of you could possibly give me insights on side effects on Wellbutrin or Lexapro antidepressants, I would greatly appreciate it. Also, how long before one can feel the effects? It was so many years ago when I started the Paxil that I don't remember the difficulties, just the horrid experience of weaning off. Thank you, Sophie

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Old 08-28-2007, 02:33 PM   #2
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Re: Wellbutrin or Lexapro?

i think you have to discuss that withj your doctor, because he knows your personal situation best. but i will try to give some advice nevertheless. i did some research on antidepressants and also asked my psychiatrist about them.

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Old 08-28-2007, 03:16 PM   #3
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Re: Wellbutrin or Lexapro?


This question can not be answered as each drug will effect everyone a little bit differently. The meds that may work for me may not work for you due to the difference in brain chemicals and what not.

The average antidepressant is normaly going to take between four to six weeks before the effect is truely felt.

Wellbutrin has a higher level of seizure complaints in people who are prone to seizures otherwise the risk is no different than any other med. From what I have read and have seen Wellbutrin is very quickly becoming the most prescribed med in North America. The biggest problem you hear from Wellbutrin is not Wellbutrin itself but the generic version which is apparently quite nasty at times. My doctor will not prescribe the generic for me so I am lucky enough where the hospital will supply it for me. I have been on it for almost two years with no complaints, well make sure you take it first thing after you get up as it has quite the kick and can screw up your sleep. I know almost nothing about Lexapro but it seems fewer and fewer people are taking it these days

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Old 08-29-2007, 05:48 AM   #4
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Re: Wellbutrin or Lexapro?

Thanks everyone for sharing your information with me. It makes me not want to go on any type of antidepressant but I am having a difficult time finding other alternatives. I always thought Wellbutrin was the least powerful of them all. Soph

Old 09-02-2007, 07:50 PM   #5
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Re: Wellbutrin or Lexapro?

Lexapro is a newer version of celexa. For me it is not as sedating as celexa. If you don't like celexa you probably won't like lexapro. I tried wellbutrin for about 10 days and found it to stimulating. Very shaky and nervous. I guess it all depends on the person. Godbless

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