side effects of wellbutrin just started, please help, also have life timeline

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Nevergiveup88
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   Posted 6/29/2017 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

Im new the forum and i was recently put on wellbutrin sr 300mg, im - 28 yr old male. To make a long story short 8 years ago my dad passed away unexpectedly from a heart issue he didnt know about, i was the one who found him. Very traumatic and i was utterly able to function. Somehow i got by for 3 years without meds. Idk how but i did i was depressed though and i knew it. It got to the point where i couldnt function and i broke down. So in 2012 i was put on lexapro 10mg and after awhile i think it helped keep the depression at bay even though i still had times where i was depressed. Skip ahead to 2015, my mom who was 50 at the time has a massive stroke and we didnt know if she would make it. Luckily she is still here and able to function quite well. Skip ahead another year and i was in a bad car accident. I shouldve been killed, it was that bad but i walked away from it. I got very depressed after both of those events but pulled through them while still on lexapro 20mg at the time. Fast forward again to about a month ago, we find out that my 3 year old daughter has to have heart surgery. Sends me into another deep depression, hardly able to function at all, i missed a week of work and just felt terrible. I was in a dark place and i still sort of am. When we found out about my daughter i was weaned off meds because i was feeling good. But that turned out to be a bad thing. Fast forward again to 7 days ago my doctor put me on wellbutrin sr 150mg for the first 7 days and now upped it to 300mg a day. I take one pill in the moRning and another at about 4pm. What i want to know if it is normal to feel like emotionally numb. Not good or bad but numb. I was having very intrusive thoughts daily before starting the wellbutrin but yesterday i noticed them starting to fade and today they were pretty much gone but im still emotionless which i hate. I also have been having weird brain zaps when i move my eyes left or right fast. Its pretty annoying. Also experience dry mouth. Please help me, is this all normal? Are these good signs?? Thank you!

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   Posted 6/30/2017 3:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I would give the medication a few weeks. It generally takes six to eight weeks to reach full potential. If you are feeling better after seven days, it sounds like the medication is going to work for you. Side effects generally go away in a week to ten days. Hang in there and see how you feel.

I hope your daughter is going to be okay. That is very scary...

Take care, welcome to the forum...

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Nevergiveup88
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   Posted 6/30/2017 4:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I Also want to add that i have not been sleeping well, i wake up about 3 times a night which is annoying. Im always so exhausted! I pray these meds work. They just make me feel weird.

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   Posted 6/30/2017 4:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I couldn't take Wellbutrin when I tried it years ago as it was too stimulating. Maybe you don't need that high of a dose, I can take low dose.

I had meds that caused brain zaps before, though they were annoying, it wasn't all that bad. Sometimes we have to take the bad with the good in order to improve. It just depends how bad the bad gets.

I hope that it works for you.

High doses of Wellbutrin caused me insomnia too. But that could go away.

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Nevergiveup88
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   Posted 6/30/2017 4:37 AM (GMT -6)   
And how do you know if they're working or not, is it normal to have these negative side effects like the brain zaps waking up three times a night and just feeling emotionally numb?

Nevergiveup88
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   Posted 6/30/2017 4:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I just don't ever remember having the side effects like this while starting Lexapro, maybe SSRIs work for me I don't know, but I do not like the waiting period at all I wish I could just get better and feel better but I know I need to be patient but it is so hard to be positive when you are depressed

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   Posted 6/30/2017 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
You don't know until you start feeling better. It takes six to eight weeks to find out. I am sorry that the wait is so long, but with most antidepressants that is the case. Be patient. Lexapro has the least amount of side effects from what I understand. Maybe the Wellbutrin isn't for you. You may want to talk to the prescribing doc about it. But side effects are normal with most meds in the beginning. Then they go away.

Not being able to sleep stinks. Maybe a sleep aid is in order. Again, talk with the doc and see what they say.

Hope that you feel better soon.

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Nevergiveup88
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   Posted 6/30/2017 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks karen, im going to wait out the storm another two weeks. Ill give it time. I called my doctor and he said they should subside. He also switched me to wellbutrin xl 300mg so i only have to take it once a day. We'll see how it goes. I see my regular doc again on july 13th, if no improvements i will be switching.

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   Posted 6/30/2017 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like a good idea. It is so frustrating because it takes time, but often you start feeling better before it reaches full potential. I hope that it works for you because it is a good medication for many.

Hang in there and have a good day....

Hugs, Karen...

PS I found SNRI's work best for me. Have less side effects than the SSRI's have... I take Pristiq. I took Effexor for many years. After trying five or six others that had bad side effects. It takes time but to feel better it is worth it.
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   Posted 6/30/2017 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Nevergiveup88 said...
And how do you know if they're working or not, is it normal to have these negative side effects like the brain zaps waking up three times a night and just feeling emotionally numb?

I just don't ever remember having the side effects like this while starting Lexapro, maybe SSRIs work for me ... but it is so hard to be positive when you are depressed


Personally I've never used either, but from what I've read the brain zaps are typically experienced when coming off of a SSRI or SNRI. Welbutrin is classified as an 'atypical' antidepressant, so it is possible that it does not boost serotonin levels the way that Lexapro did. So your serotonin levels are going down or returning to their pre-Lexapro levels, or possibly lower.

A simple Wiki query on Lexapro provides the following quote: Escitalopram discontinuation, particularly abruptly, may cause certain withdrawal symptoms such as "electric shock" sensations (also known as "brain shivers" or "brain zaps"), dizziness, acute depressions and irritability, as well as heightened senses of akathisia (a movement disorder characterized by a feeling of inner restlessness and a compelling need to be in constant motion).

So your brain zaps could likely just be because you are no longer taking Lexapro and will eventually diminish or disappear.

The feeling of "emotional numbness" is a topic that I have at times been at odds with others here regarding antidepressants. When I started taking Effexor it was effective at making me less sad, but also reduced feelings of elation or joy. I still feel happy, but do not have the swings up and down that I used to experience. I would call it "more stable", though it could be characterized as less sensitive or "numb".

In speaking with caregivers for cancer patients, they often refer to their loved one's emotional state as "numb". Using that term in particular comes up often... "emotionally numb".

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   Posted 6/30/2017 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nevergiveup, I have been on both of these meds in the past along with several others. I had brain zaps with them which went away in time. However, something I learned is I had to take the medication at the same time every day or I would get the zapping which was very annoying. Lexapro & one other one caused this really bad for me if I got lazy about taking it at the same time every day.

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Nevergiveup88
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   Posted 6/30/2017 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
The side effects were so bad that i wasnt able to function at work really. I called my doctor and he switched me to zoloft 50mg. One a day so we will see how it goes. Maybe SSRIs are for me i just really didnt know how much i needed them until i was off them. Anyone have any luck with zoloft??

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   Posted 6/30/2017 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with the Zoloft. I took it before but it wasn't for me. We are all different though. The side effects of the SRRI's are too much for me to tolerate.

Best wishes...

Hugs, Karen...

What SSRI's have you been on? I took Zoloft, Paxil and Prozac. I took remeron but I don't know if it was an SSRI.
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RobLee
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   Posted 7/1/2017 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
getting by said...
I took remeron but I don't know if it was an SSRI.


It is not, but has a similar effect as SNRI's. It is an atypical antidepressant in the same class as Welbutrin.

"Mirtazapine is not a serotonin or norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor but increases serotonin and norepinephrine action by other mechanisms. Mirtazapine, originally branded Remeron, is an atypical antidepressant with noradrenergic and specific serotonergic activity. It blocks the α2 adrenergic auto- and heteroreceptors (enhancing norepinephrine and serotonin release)..." from Wikipedia.

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   Posted 7/1/2017 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks RobLee,

I didn't like it at all. It made me too sleepy. I tried it for a month and gave up.

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