Taper off ativan and wellbutrin to Paxil help

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Terps19
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   Posted 8/13/2008 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
confused  just switched Drs b/c the one I was seeing left the practice.  I am currently on 0.5 mg ativan x 2 per day and 75 mg of wellbutrin x 2 per day.  Been on this combo for about 3 years now.  The new DR says it is time to get off those two and put on Paxil.
 
Now he said to take ativan only when needed and gave me 30 0.5 mg pills to taper from.  However I think this is not enough because the schedule I want to follow on line would require about 60 pills for taper off ativan over 2 months.
 
I am supposed to take .375 mg of wellbutrin x 2 every other day and 2 75 mg x2 per day every other day.
Then second week only .375 mg x 2 per day
Third week .375 mg per day and 1 paxil per day.
Fourth week just take Paxil.
 
I never really thought the wellbutrin was helping (just helping me not gain weight) and tha the ativan helped the most.  The day after I started to take ativan I felt immediately better.  Wellbutrin I didnt notice any change.
 
Is the paxil going to help out with the withdrawal side effects from the ativan and wellburtin?  Does the wellbutrin tapaering schedule sound reasonable?
 
Thanks for your help and support through this time!   turn
March 2005 Dx'd with Ulcerative colitis
Took: asacol, colazal, rowasa, entocort, VSL probiotic
2.14.06 Test results positive for gluten and dairy sensativity! (enterolab)
July 2006 normal c scope and biopsies
Taking: Wellbutrin 150 mg Ativan .5 mg as needed
Officially married!
Gluten Free Dairy free since May 20, 2006 and feeling great 


getting by
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   Posted 8/13/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Terps,

I wouldn't know, but I would trust your doctor. I hope that this works for you. I understand that paxil is a good drug and has been in use for a while.

I think the weaning off of welbutrin sounds reasonable. Will he give you anything in place of the ativan, or is the paxil suppose to work for anxiety?

Let us know how this goes.

Hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


Terps19
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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 1425
   Posted 8/14/2008 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I am pretty sure it is just the Paxil I am supposed to be switching to while phasing the rest of the out
March 2005 Dx'd with Ulcerative colitis
Took: asacol, colazal, rowasa, entocort, VSL probiotic
2.14.06 Test results positive for gluten and dairy sensativity! (enterolab)
July 2006 normal c scope and biopsies
Taking: Wellbutrin 150 mg Ativan .5 mg as needed
Officially married!
Gluten Free Dairy free since May 20, 2006 and feeling great 


getting by
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 40574
   Posted 8/14/2008 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Terps,

I looked up paxil and it does work with various anxiety disorders and also panic disorder. Along with being an ssri for depression. So that should work for you.

Best wishes for your med change,

Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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