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Ashlee Frances
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   Posted 7/23/2017 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
For anybody who has used antidepressants and gone off them....is it normal to feel extremely depressed (and anxious) once you stop taking them?

I was on Lexapro (I can't remember the exact dose but it was one of the lowest you can be on) for about a year and a half and went off because of the weight it made me gain. (Which was only making me more depressed) After 2 weeks of being off it I went on Wellbutrin...which now after almost 8 weeks I don't feel like it's working. (I feel like crying almost all the time and for no reason. I feel agitated and anxious. Something just doesn't feel right.) I want to go off the Wellbutrin but I'm not sure if another antidepressant is the solution to my problem. I felt good when on the Lexapro and then once I stopped (and started the Wellbutrin) I guess I haven't felt the same. I'm starting to think it's actually being off the Lexapro that is making me feel this way. Will this feeling ever go away?

Post Edited (Ashlee Frances) : 7/23/2017 5:34:06 PM (GMT-6)


theHTreturns...
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   Posted 7/23/2017 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   
hi there. common problem is this. the ones that tend to be the most effective chuck the weight on. i have used lexapro, but it pooped, albeit it was a good medication. your brain got use to the lexapro, and when we stop something, it is like, what ya doin' mate? maybe the the new drug is not the right fit for you. maybe other approaches might be. a chat with ya doc is what i recommend. some peeps need meds, others do not, some need therapy with meds, some need other treatments or techniques to help them along. i find that, fror me, a combo effect is the best. keep strong, and posting.

kellyinCali
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   Posted 7/23/2017 11:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it's worth taking the Lexapro again. Sometimes that is the best way to determine what is working and what is not working. Sorry you have to go through the meds roller coaster. I hate it too but many people do find a med or cocktail that works for them and some side effects are worth feeling better mentally.

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   Posted 7/24/2017 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   
You may have needed to up the Wellbutrin. You may not have been getting enough. I think a chat with the doc is in order.

Hope you feel better soon...

Hugs, Karen...
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Ashlee Frances
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   Posted 7/24/2017 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies everyone! I'm going to talk with my doctor tomorrow. I've considered going back on the Lexapro but really don't want the weight gain again. I've also considered upping the Wellbutrin but my anxiety is already kinda bad on it and I'm afraid upping the dose will just make me feel worse.

I was kinda hoping I can go off all medication and try to adjust without it. I just don't know if I'll ever feel the same again. Like because I was on the Lexapro for so long...will it take me a long time to feel normal without it now?

getting by
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   Posted 7/24/2017 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
It is so hard to say how you will feel off of medications. You could still be depressed and you may not feel too good. I guess the only way is to try, with the doctor's help of course. I would love to go off medication but I tried before and it was horrible for me. But I was withdrawing from medication at that time too. I couldn't get past that part.

Wellbutrin at a high dose made me nervous too. But it could be taken at a lower dose in a combination with something else to help you. I think it is good you are seeing the doc tomorrow. Let us know what transpires.

Have an awesome day....

Hugs, Karen...
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