Is anyone taking more than one anti-depressant?

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tangerine bear
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   Posted 10/11/2006 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, confused
 
I just got back from the doctor's office. In addition to my anxiety/panic issues, I have clinical depression, which we have been treating with Lexpro (currently 15mg) for a little over a year and a half. My doc wants me to add Wellbutrin XL150. I've had a recent "depressed episode" which is why she wants me to try adding something else. I'm REALLY nervous about this... is anyone else on this combination of meds? I don't know what to expect. She was very adamant that I take the Wellbutrin in the a.m. (I have always taken the Lexapro at night). Any feedback from others would be very helpful. Thank you!
 
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   Posted 10/11/2006 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hoping someone has some input for you sis
Please let me know tomorrow how things are wil ya
Am off to lay down again still not well
Be good and take care
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   Posted 10/11/2006 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Wellbutrin is gen.given at night as it's good to help you sleep.
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   Posted 10/12/2006 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
confused  Well, I debated with myself all morning.... should I take the Wellbutrin? I won't.. I will...So finally the "I'll mind the doctor" won out. I took the pill about a half hour ago, and I'm waiting to see what horrible thing will happen next. Hopefully, nothing, but I still think that I'm taking too much medicine. sad It seems that I'm stable, MOST of the time, and then I have these "relapse" times, when my depression comes back. Does that warrant adding another medication ALL the time? I have no clue. I sure don't want to be a walking ZOMBIE, as it is, I have difficulty crying many times, just from taking the one antidepressant. Oh well, sometimes I suppose you have to trust a doctor and hope they are right. I had called my therapist yesterday when I got home, and she pointed out that she was NOT an MD, but none of her patients are on this combination, and said it might be best to see the psychiatrist at her office for a second opinion, but I wouldn't be able to see him for another week... Soooooooo, I just popped the pill. I sure hope this isn't a mistake. Reading the possible side effects of combining with other antidepressants online sure isn't such a good plan... now I'm waiting for the worst to happen. I'm really praying I'll be ok, especially considering that I'm home by myself...
 
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Daisy232627
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   Posted 10/12/2006 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Bear, I'm not saying by any means that you should not listen to your doc but if you have an appt with a psychiatrist and its causeing so much anxiety taking it why not wait until you see the psych. My therapist told me that psych doc are usually alot more knowledgeable about these med than a MD is. It sounds like the extra med is defeating its purpose if its making you anxious IMO. I'm sorry you have this dilema and I hope you feel better soon!

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   Posted 10/12/2006 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi tangerine bear, dave z here.   It  is not uncommon for a person to be on 2 or more antidepressants at the same time.  The fact that you have been doing well on the lexapro which is used for depression, generalized anxiety disorder and as a sleep aid is properly indicated for your symptoms.  Lexapro is a serotonin booster and is a cousin to paxil, prozac and zoloft.               Sometimes when we have additional symptoms it is helpful to take another antidepressant to aid the first one.
Wellbutrin sr (sustrained-released)may be used as a stimulant, which is why your doctor was so insistant that you take it in the am rather  than in the pm.  Wellbutrin is not related to paxil, prozac or other tricyclics.  It may take up to 4 weeks to feel the affects of wellbutrin.   It has taken me years to find the right combination of meds, trial and error, to reach my comfort zone.   I take 75 mg's of amitriptylin (elavil) in the pm.  In the morning I take 10mg's of prozac to take the edge off of my daily activities. I also take .5 mg's xanax 1 to 3 times  per day as needed for anxiety.  IN my opinion I would suggest to you that you follow your doctors recommendiation and add wellbutrin to your regimen.  You can always adjust to something else if it does not work well for you.  Good Luck.
 

Post Edited (dave z) : 10/12/2006 11:07:44 AM (GMT-6)


Jan Marie
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   Posted 10/12/2006 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hallo Bear. I hope nothing terrible happened..... it is like living with a time bomb isn't it?! I am on two antidepressants - I take one in the morning (Effexor) and one at night to help me sleep (Doselupin). It seems to help although I am getting more and more joint pain as side effect of Effexor so today I bought a supplement for my joints..... more pills to pop! I don't care what I take as long as it does the job.

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   Posted 10/12/2006 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Bear hope things are going well.

Dave and Jan Thank you both for your wonderful insight.
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   Posted 10/12/2006 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   

Bear-

I take two anitdepressants every day. I'm on Cymbalta that I take in the morning and imiprimine pm that I take at night to help me sleep. I tolerate them both and have no side effects (that I know of) from taking them both.

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   Posted 10/12/2006 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes thanks for all that great input
Hoping all is okay Bear
I am having major snow on and off so I am gonna pull puter out for a wee bit anyways ttyl
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Georgia5
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   Posted 10/12/2006 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Bear,

I've never been on more than one anti-depressant I wish I could give you more information on that sorry.

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Georgia

tangerine bear
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   Posted 10/12/2006 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone,

Well, so far I'm just feeling kind of hyper. I'm not so sure I'm going to keep this up! I'm going to wait and see how the rest of the day goes.

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tangerine bear
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   Posted 10/12/2006 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, this isn't going so well. I feel like I drank three pots of coffee. I'm shaky and my chest hurts a bit. I think this will be the end of this little experiment with meds. I know that you are supposed to give it time, but I don't really think this is wearing off... so....enough of the Wellbutrin. I might go see the psych. after all and get another opinion.

Update...almost 1AM and still awake even after my nighttime dose of xanax at 10PM. I am not used to insomnia, quite the opposite. I was sleeping a bit too much, but this I'm not sure I can function on no sleep... I am calling the doc tomorrow. This is just horrible. confused

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Daisy232627
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   Posted 10/13/2006 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry you are feeling bad bear, I hope you are feeling better soon! I will keep you in my prayers.
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frar
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   Posted 10/13/2006 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband takes Lexapro and Wellbutrin and does fine.
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   Posted 10/13/2006 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Bear,
Everyone is different so i can only speak of my personal experience with wellbutrin. I was tried on it before they ever put me on zoloft. It didn't help...it didn't hurt...just nothing. Then earlier this year, the zoloft must've been losing it's effectiveness and the pdoc put me on wellbutrin alongside the zoloft (my anxiety was about to drive me mad!) Anyway, all the wellbutrin did for me the second go around was make my anxiety even worse than it already was!!! I took it for a week and said NO MORE! I was getting more suicidal thoughts cuz of the extreme anxiety...but like I said, that was just MY experience. Some folks are helped a lot, some are not. At least you tried so now you know more as to how it does you. I hope you find relief soon!
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   Posted 11/5/2008 12:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi

I have been on lots of different combo of AD over the last few years and i am currently on 75mg of Efexor XL am and 45mg Mirtazipine pm, as far as i now its quite common for phyc docs to mix AD. Give it a try and i hope it works well for you.

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   Posted 11/5/2008 1:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, bear. im on Zoloft & Xanax- i need both to survive. cant manage on Zoloft alone.

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   Posted 11/5/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   

The last post on this thread by bear was 10/2006, 2 years ago.  I think she is still around but have not seen a post in a long time. turn

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