More changes in medication

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   Posted 9/29/2006 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Today I got saw my doctor and brought my issues with lexapro. He quickly suggested I switch to Wellbutrin. What should I expect from this in terms of results and when I will begin to see them? He also decided to switch me from Klonopin to Ativan. How do those two compare? My main problem with klonopin was that id have to take them a few times a day, and while it certainly worked to keep my nerves calm, every day Id have to deal with the ups and downs of being put half to sleep in the middle of the day and then finally wake up a few hours later only to need to take more.

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   Posted 9/29/2006 1:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I think that the changes that your dr. suggested are going from stronger meds to milder maybe the side effects will be milder?  I am not knowledgable about these things, but I do hope the best for you.  Being half asleep at midday is not  a good way to go!  Good luck and hopefully someone who knows what they are talking about will be on soon.  Just wanted to offer some support.  Hang in there!
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   Posted 9/29/2006 1:45 AM (GMT -6)   
hi johnny, i had to switch meds a bunch before and it is hard, im sorry you have to do that. I take klonopins, but i have done it long enough they dont make me sleepy anymore, but ive never been on ativan. I wish you the best, and hope they can get it right soon
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   Posted 9/29/2006 3:09 AM (GMT -6)   
the main reason for swapping antidepressants is in the hope of chancing upon one that works and has side effects that can be coped with, its mostly guesswork....
L and W are different types of antidepressants so heres hoping
re K and A, these are both valium type and similar, none of these meds are stronger or weaker, it all depends on the dose, the only real difference is that some last longer
K or any other benzo that makes you sleepy when you dont want to be, is obviously taken at too high a dose, the sedation effect of benzos is different for everyone, you should have split the tablet to reduce the dose
stay with that doc as many others refuse any benzos for anxiety, insisting on an antidepressant only
the hope is eventually an antidepressant will be found that works for your anxiety  and has side effects that arent too bad, then your benzo intake can be reduced and no longer taken every day
recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional

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   Posted 9/29/2006 4:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I toatally agree you have a great doc stay with him at least he is willing to work with and for you
Take care and be well
Keep us posted on your med switch .......
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