Wellbutrin vs Abilify

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   Posted 7/23/2009 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   
My doc is having me switch from Abilify to Wellbutrin. Just wondering if anyone can offer information regarding either or both- side effects, preference, benefits, etc. I also have anxiety so I am hoping it doesn't make that worse...

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   Posted 7/24/2009 12:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Firefly!
I'm not sure I've welcomed you before, so if not, "Welcome." I can't speak to Abilify at all. I was on Wellbutrin. It did make me quite anxious. Typically I'm a bit more anxious than most, but not anywhere near clinical levels. On Wellbutrin, my neuro told me it was almost like I was manic & having these sort of "panic attacks" (wasn't worried about death or anything, just couldn't get air, heart was racing a million miles an hour, room was spinning ... and so on). I'm told it's really pretty much never ever that severe of a reaction. Besides that, my main side effect -- this one is common -- was weight loss. I didn't want to lose weight, but I did anyways ... about 20 lbs over 3-4 months.

You might also ask some of the people in the Anxiety/Panic Disorders Forum to see whether they might have any experience with one or both meds. I'm pretty sure some say they have taken Abilify at one time or another, there might have been a member or two who's tried Wellbutrin.

In spite of my situation, many, many people have been helped by Wellbutrin. If you're looking to lose weight, then that will be a positive. I know Akram has been on Wellbutrin in the past & seemed to like it b/c besides helping his depression it helped him stop smoking. He mentioned maybe starting back on it, not sure whether he has or not.

Also, there have been a lot of threads about these 2 meds. You might try doing a site search for one or both & look through what all comes up. I think there are some really good posts from members who've had a wide variety of experiences. :)

I sure hope you get to feeling better soon. Let us know how it goes. :)

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   Posted 7/24/2009 2:48 AM (GMT -6)   
firefly, found abilify to be an excellent med to help with cognitive process of disturbance in thought and word and to help unjumble negating thought processes and to promote a de-cluttering element to aide in the above. decision making on a theraptic dose was much better, esp combined with a effective anti-dep. effexor to name one. hope this helps. jamie

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   Posted 7/24/2009 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I am very new to all of this (CBT for 3 months) and just started on Wellbutrin. I definitely feel anxious but that is normal and I cant tell if it is worse or not, but I am definitely shaky and a bit more 'high strung' than my normal. I am also taking Hydroxyzine to help me sleep but this is also an anti-anxiety med.

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   Posted 7/24/2009 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken welbutrin and it ended up making me nervous. I didn't like the way that it made food taste. But I did like the energy and weight loss at that time.

I take abilify now and it really helps me a lot. It helps with obsessive thinking and worrying.

I hope that this med change works for you.

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   Posted 7/24/2012 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I took abilify and it helped with symptoms, however, Dr. didnt advise me that I needed regular blood tests, nor did he ever mention it at follow up visits. By the time he would listen to me - I had gained 40 lbs. Apparently the abilify played havoc with my sugar levels (never had problem before) and I am now insulin resistant.....
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