Cymbalta vs Wellbutrin

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kyusi
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   Posted 11/18/2012 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi.  I've been depressed a number of years now.  I've tried many medications in the past such as Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, and a couple others, none of which helped .  I'm now seeing a therapist who is great and she wanted to get me back on an antidepressant.  She suggested some of the newer ones which she explained to me work on a different area of your brain and are supposed to be more effective than the ones I mentioned. 
 
I was first prescribed Wellbutrin by my PCP.  I took this for about a week and a half to two weeks but I had severe constipation.  I would take a laxitive every other day and I can't remember ever having a bowel movement without the help of a laxitive.  I felt extremely bloated and stopped up which I knew was unhealthy.  I took extra fiber and drank more water but it did not help me.  I decided I could not live like this and went off it.
 
I was off antidepressants for a couple of months and my therapist them wanted me to try Cymbalta, which is very expensive but I know there's no price to pay compared with feeling good.  I took one dose and woke up feeling sick as a dog!  I mean, so nauseous and dizzy, with a bad headache, it was awful!  I took it for 2 days, (starting dosage of 30mg), but as I said I was so unbelievably sick I could not even go to work. It felt like I had a very bad stomach virus. I can't afford to lose any days off of work. My PCP told me to stop taking it.
 
I really want to try again with the Wellbutrin because I am thinking the constipation would be better to deal with than the nausea and dizziness I had with Cymbalta. Or should I stick it out with the Cymbalta?  But I can't imagine  feeling that awful and like I said I cannot afford to miss work.  Any input would be greatly appreciated.  I am brand-new to this forum and this is my first post  :)

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   Posted 11/18/2012 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kyusi,

Welcome to the depression forum. You might want to try wellbutrin again and see if the constipation goes away after a couple of weeks. Usually after two weeks the sideeffects go away. It is hard when we can't find antidepressants without side effects. I tried wellbutrin, but I needed a high dose and it made me nervous and I coudln't sleep. I am now on prisitq and it works very well for me. I hope you find what works for you. I also takea mood stabilizer and that works well for me. Best wishes, keep posting,others will be on to share with you what works for them.

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bayoub2
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   Posted 11/18/2012 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome

Effexor is similar to welbutrin in chemical activity. I came off welbutrin (worked great for 5 years)and tried Cymbalta, no bad s/e but stopped working too. Then I went on Effexor-lots of s/e but I stuck it out cause I was running out of options. It took a full 8 weeks to work.

I agree w/ Karen that welbutrin is worth another try, or effexor. Many people also have "mood stabilizers" added, but do that after you get used to your AD.

If cymbalta makes you that ill, stop it by all means.

Best of luck aND LET US KNOW
Mags
"We never realize how strong we are, until being strong is the only thing left"
Major Depressive Disorder, ptsd, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, l3/4, L4/5 gone, bursitis arthritis sciatica

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kyusi
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   Posted 11/18/2012 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both for your advise.  I'm going to check with my therapist tomorrow evening and discuss it with her.  I'm sure I will be on soon to update you.  Thank you again.

getting by
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   Posted 11/19/2012 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope that you get some answers.

Keep us posted.

Hugs, Karen
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bayoub2
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   Posted 11/19/2012 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Best of luck dear
Mags
"We never realize how strong we are, until being strong is the only thing left"
Major Depressive Disorder, ptsd, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, l3/4, L4/5 gone, bursitis arthritis sciatica

seroquel, hydrocodone clonazepam norvasc multi vitamin and magnesium
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