Wellbutrin vs Paxil

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butterflyintraining
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   Posted 8/14/2005 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,
I am new to the board and have a question.  I started on Wellburtrin XL about 3 weeks ago. Since I started I have felt sick to my stomach and had bad headaches. I feel as if its helped a little, but really not enough.  I have to call my doctor next week to let her know how its working, but I was online looking at that site Lifeiswaiting.com and it talks about Paxil. I dont know if maybe Paxil would be more effective and if I should ask her about changing? I want to give the medications a chance to work, and am thinking maybe I need an increase in the medication as well.   Im wondering if anyone out there has been on both and could suggest one over the other? I understand that they take time to work, I was on Zoloft last year, but I am not sure that the Wellbutrin is doing anything. I still tear up on the drop of a hat!
 
Any advice you can provide me would be great. I am just looking for ideas, and a potential support group on the internet. 
 
Thanks in advance,
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   Posted 8/14/2005 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum Butterfly!! (I love your name!)

What med works for one, might not work as well for someone else. It just takes a process of trial and error. The headache associated with Wellbutrin usually goes away after being on it for a while. You might notice the headche increase temporarily if your doctor decides to up your dose. It takes quite a while for some of these anti-d's to work and I wouldn't get discouraged at three weeks. Although when we are depressed, we sometimes live in a constant state of discouragement. Talking to your doc about it is a great idea. He may even be tapering you onto an intended larger dose.

I hope you'll let us know how things go for you!!

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   Posted 12/13/2007 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   

hello.  i have been on every anti-depressant/anxiety medication ever made.  i have been suffering from anxiety attacks and depression ever since i can remember.  it is chemical AND hereditary, so inevitable. 

my problem, like most everyone else out there apparently, is the side effects.  i have been debating lately which is worse . . . the anxiety or the side effects.  in the end, the anxiety usually wins.  i can't seem to have a "real" life without the drugs, so i just keep putting up with the mania and the weight gain.  don't get me wrong, i'm not a freak about my image, but i just turned 50 this year and everything seems to be going to hell at the same time . . . menopause, life, etc.

if anyone out there has had ANY luck with ANY alternatives, please let me know!! :-)

 

 


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   Posted 12/13/2007 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Butterfly, I took both wellbutrin and paxil. The wellbutrin started to make me nervous and food didn't taste right. The paxil had sexual side effects for me. If you know what I mean. I take effexor now and probably will for the rest of my life.

Maddieleigh, Have you ever tried abilify? That has been added to my cocktail of medications and seems to be helping a lot. It is like risperdol, which I went off of due to weight gain. I still take it now and then to help as needed for obsessive thinking.

I hope that this is of some help
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djdaz_1985
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   Posted 12/14/2007 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
 
Firstly, I want to say I LOVE you your name!!! I think it is so expressive. As for drugs, different AD's suit different people at different times so it is difficult to say which one is the best for you without trying it. For example, I take Zoloft and I find it works very well. Some people get on very Wellbutrin. This is something you should talk to your doctor about... especially if you think the Wellbutrin is not working. 3 weeks is quite a short time for an AD to work though. I would wait 6 weeks if you can.
 
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Paxwell
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   Posted 8/6/2008 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking 20mg of Paxil for over 10 years, it did the trick. I was chronically depressed. Sadly, it gave me my life back but at the cost of packing on weight uncontrollably and having low libido. Every time I missed a pill or two I'd start feeling that horrible feeling creeping back, so I was always afraid to get off Paxil. My doctor told me I had to wean myself off of it and be Paxil-free for 3 weeks before she'd prescribe something else. Luckily, her substitute doctor told me that was not the case. He has me now being weaned off Paxil by taking half a pill for one week, then half a pill every other day for one week, while taking one Wellbutrin each day. I'm in my second week of being weaned off Paxil and I'm pleased to say there are no major side effects, in fact it feels like a weight is being lifted off my head and libido is coming back and I hope weight will come off too.
So all this to say there are alternatives to Paxil which is addictive ... I'm hoping Wellbutrin works out a lot better for me. Apparently it works in a completely different way and therefore it's OK to wean off Paxil while taking Wellbutrin.

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   Posted 8/6/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I think that you will be much more happy with the wellbutrin. I had some of the same problems as you with paxil. I couldn't tolerate the sexual side effects. So I am happy that you have swithched. Plus no weight gain from wellbutrin.

Welcome to the forum, I think that you will enjoy being a member here, there are so many wonderful people on this forum.

Best wishes to you, oh yes if you would like there is an introduction thread that you might want to post on.

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stkitt
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   Posted 8/6/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome Paxwell,

I am glad to hear you are doing good weaning off the Paxil.  I am going off the Cymbalta and trying the Wellbutrin..........what is the starting dose, would you share that with me?

Thanks
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   Posted 8/7/2008 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on Paxil during a study trial, and i hated it made me very sick, could not tolerate the side effects at all. This is the second time i have been on Wlelbutrin, i t does seem to be helping this is in conjuntion with prozac, i need moe than one. Its seems to helping out a bit, as i have alot going on and I feel without the wellbutrin, i would not be doing very well, i still no tdoing well, but better than i would be without it, if thats has made any sense....
 
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Paxwell
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   Posted 8/13/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all I have started on 150mg of Wellbutrin daily. I spoke too soon last time. I am experiencing bouts of extreme irritability which is beginning to worry me. Does anyone know if this is supposed to pass? Thank you!

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   Posted 8/13/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Paxwell,

That is a tough one as the physicians never know the answer on how long you should stay on the med before the side effects pass.  I have read that Wellbutrin may cause anger. and irritablity.

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oleander
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   Posted 1/9/2009 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Wellbutrin for a bit over a month now and I am STILL getting bursts of anger and moodiness. I was on Paxil before and it was GREAT but the weightgain got to me. Do NOT stop that medicine cold turkey. you must ween yourself off. cut up your pills a bit less every few days to avoid dangerous side affects! I would also like to know if anyone got over the anger wellburtin caused and how long it took? I am considering trying a low dose of Paxil with wellbutrin to see if that helps the anger bursts?

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   Posted 1/9/2009 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Oleander,

Welcome to the depression forum. It is great to have you here.

I took wellbutrin and it made me too nervous. Though I know that it is good for weightloss. Talk to your doctor about adding abilify. I take it with effexor and it really helps with anger. I think that it would help you. It is somewhat new, so not a lot of people have heard about it, though there is a television commercial on it now.

I hope that you feel better and get a grip on the anger issue. I know that it doesn't feel good to be angry all of the time. How long have you been on the wellbutrin? Sometimes it takes four to six weeks to get the full effects from it.

I hope that you have a wonderful relaxing day. Keep posting. We have an introductory thread and I will bump that up for you. So if you decide you would like to post on it, feel free.

Take care,

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oleander
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   Posted 1/9/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Karen!
I have been on Wellbutrin for 4 weeks so it is still pretty new but I really cant handle these outbursts, it is affecting my life now. I will look into this Abilify. I looked at their website and it seems it may help! What dose are you on?

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   Posted 1/9/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I started out with five milligrams now I am up to ten each morning. It really has helped me a lot. I hope that you can try it, it is good for obsessive thinking. I had a problem with that. If I got angry, I couldn't get things off of my mind. The medication helps with that a lot.

Best wishes to you.

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IQTech
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   Posted 10/5/2009 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I took Paxil for years. Along the way, I was diagnosed with IBS. Some days, it really felt like my small intestines were trying to leave my body. Eventually, my doctor and I decided to investigate whether Paxil might have been the cause. I was tapered off of Paxil and on to Celexa. Within six months, I had no further signs of IBS.

When my insurance would no longer pay for Celexa, I went to Lexapro - same drug, new formulation. I switched to Wellbutrin when I realized that twenty minutes after taking Lexapro, I'd fall asleep or spend the next several hours wishing I could go back to bed.

I take Wellbutrin now and it's working quite well for me.

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   Posted 10/5/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi IQTech,

Welcome to the HealilngWell Depression forum. I am so happy that you have joined us. You are among a group of wonderful members.

I hope that you continue to do well on the welbutrin. I took it before but eventually couldn't sleep on it. Everything tasted wierd too. But that was a pretty high dose at that time. So I am thinking that is why I had the side effects. Other than that I liked it because I could think really clear with it. And it made me good at math. I guess I would say it made my mind really sharp.

I hope that you keep posting. You are welcome to start a thread of your own if you would like to. You can tell us a little bit about your self if you want. If not, that is okay too.

Have a good day

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LP_13
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   Posted 10/28/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I also got off of Paxil because I gained about 40 lbs. I thought for a while that I would just not take meds anymore but I felt like I didnt even know myself. I went like this for about a month before I began to wonder if being concentrated on death and how bad that it would be for my family and how devastated they would be would ever go away. I am a single father and it scares me to death if something happened to me so I found myself constantly preoccupied about their welfare. Yesterday I started Wellbutrin. WOW talk about anxiousness! Not full blown anxiety attack but I swear that I feel high and I continue to worry about my dying. I hope that this will help me as much as Paxil. Being near obesity is unhealthy and I had to do something. I had to get off Paxil besides I swear that it made me impulsive. How long does it take this stuff to work?

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   Posted 10/28/2009 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi LP_13. It takes about 4 weeks for Wellbutrin to build up to a therapeutic level. You may feel side effects sooner though. They'll probably go away in a couple of days, but if they don't, or if they are intolerable, be sure to call your doc.
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   Posted 10/28/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi LP_13,

Welcome to the healing well depression forum. Like Serafena said, it takes a good four weeks to feel the full effect of an antidepressant. But it doesn't mean that you wont get some benefit from them before hand.

I hope tht the wellbutrin works well for you. Try doing some walking. It is good for you.

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firebaby
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   Posted 11/22/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Paxil for about 2 years - working well for me except for the weight gain. Tried Wellbutrin before the Paxil, lost weight - yippee - but got the shakes. Have now halved the Paxil and added wellbutrin XL. Hand tremors increasing and have begun tremors in other parts of body. Have only been on about 21 days. Can anyone say if the tremors might go away in a couple of weeks? It's all for anxiety attack prevention.

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   Posted 11/23/2009 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Firebaby,

Welcome to the forum. If the tremors are a side effect form the new medication, they should go away in a couple of weeks. I could not tolerate welbutrin at a high dose, couldn't sleep.

I hope that it works for you.


Keep posting,

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