Is anyone taking Wellbutrin and similar anti-depressant?

@fallie (74)
United States
March 19, 2007 12:59pm CST
I take Wellbutrin XR and haven't had any headaches since I switched from the SR to the XR. My doctor has suggested I might need to add another medication to it. Does anyone take wellbutrin and another medication? Does it work? Has anyone had a bad experience with wellbutrin? I have been taking it for 8 months. I am concerned about having to take it for the rest of my life. How long have you been taking it?
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@AmbiePam (47829)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I took Welbutrin SR and it did not work for me. I took Wellbutrin XL and it worked very well. While I took that I also took Cymbalta, which is anti-depressant and a nerve pain reliever. You don't have to be in pain to take it, but if you happen to have pain, it helps. Now, I am bipolar, and I'll be taking at least one anti-depressant for the rest of my life. That's not optional. But now I'm not on Wellbutrin or Cymbalta. I have am pleased to say I'm on a low dose of Lexapro. Since I'm also a migraine sufferer, I can also tell you none of these medications ever game me a migraine. So take hope that it might not be forever, but in the mean time don't stress about being on an anti-depressant. That just prolongs your use of it. I wish you nothing but the best!
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@fallie (74)
• United States
20 Mar 07
Thank you for letting me know about your experience. The more people I talk to the more I hear that SR didn't really work for a lot of people but XL does. I'm just glad they came out with the generic form of the XL 300 mg. My insurance only goes so far.
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@AmbiePam (47829)
• United States
20 Mar 07
I know. Insurance is about the only thing that can make me cry!
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@patgalca (14236)
• Orangeville, Ontario
20 Mar 07
My insurance stopped covering brand name Wellbutrin and insisted I take generic. I went spiralling into a deep depression and didn't realize for a whole month that it was the generic brand that did it. I got my doctor to give me a "no substitutions" prescription. Within 2 days I was feeling much better.
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• Canada
12 Mar 08
i've been taking Welbutrin for about a year now,and it's been good for me. I was so tired all the time ,and did not have the energie to do anything,whit the Welbuttrin now i'm more fonctional then ever.And for me there's a chance that iM gonna take that all my life,but i can manege whit it i'm filling better then ever
• United States
19 Jan 08
I've been taking Wellbutrin for a week now. Lexapro for a year, and briefly lithium for a couple months until it looked like it was causing the arthritic symptoms that I woke up with one morning. I've enjoyed Lexapro because of its low side-effects, but it only takes the edge off, and doesn't solve the problem. Increasing the dose just makes me light-headed, but seems to have diminishing returns. The first day I took Wellbutrin, I had more energy than I could remember having in over two years. I was really excited and hopefull. Over the past week, it has dropped back to where I am incredibly tired again. I asked my doctor about increasing the dose, but she said we should wait until it builds up in my system to tell the true effects. So far, no side effects, except a brief bit of nausea at the very beginning, but I think that's pretty much standard. I've been a bit concerned about getting stuck taking something for the rest of my life, but I figure it's too soon to worry about it--that's like 400lb woman worrying that if she lifts weights too much, she'll have unsightly muscles--it's a problem that is a long way off, and there's no sense in holding yourself back for fear of something that may not even be an issue in the future. And there are worse things than being stuck for life on a medication that makes life worth living. There are a lot of people on meds for life for any number of illnesses or conditions, and if that's what's necessary, worrying about it isn't going to change it.
• United States
8 Apr 07
I have been taking it on and off for about 6 years now, and I have to say that every time my life gets better; ie: a new job, new love interest.. I find that I don't need it anymore. But I always end up back on it. I've never used anything else, and since it's always worked for me, I don't want to. I take another med as well, and the two together tend to make me very sleepy about an hour afterwards, but then I'm full of energy the rest of the day, until about 10 hours later, then I'm exhausted. I usually get the generic form of it, Bupropion 150mg SR...I'm supposed to take it twice daily, but have found that taking it only once a day helps me manage my depression and hormones a lot better. Taking it the way I'm supposed to I usually get really emotional at night, and start more fights than if I weren't taking it at all. Right now, I'm in a period where I don't really need it, and hope that I can stay that way for a long time. It's great to feel that I have control over things right now, and don't have to depend on it. It took doing well at work and getting praised by my boss to help me off the hook this time. See what you can maybe change in your life to make it so that you may not have to be on it forever, because if things don't change, then you will be, IMO.