HELP! Effexor XR and Wellbutrin SR

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KKSMom
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   Posted 9/11/2011 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on 225mg of Effexor XR for about 4-5 months after hospitalization for Panic Disorder. I'm still struggling and my PDoc gave me Wellbutrin, 100mg once a day for a week then 100mg twice a day there after. (200mg total per day)
 
Any thoughts on this? I've had the script filled since Wednsday and today is Sunday. I have to make my decision by tomorrow morning on what I'm going to do here!!!

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   Posted 9/11/2011 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken effexor with wellbutrin before and it worked well. So it wont hurt to try it. They are close cousins I believe.

I hope that it works for you.

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KKSMom
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   Posted 9/11/2011 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Karen. I am going to try the Wellbutrin tomorrow and see what happens. Are there any wierd side effects I should be aware of? (Besides the 500 side effects they list on EVERY AD?)

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   Posted 9/11/2011 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
My only problem that I had at a high dose was I couldn't sleep well. So I had to drop it back down to starting dose. It made food taste weird to me, but I haven't heard anybody else complain of that problem. Just me.

I really hope that it works for you.

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KKSMom
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   Posted 9/11/2011 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
What doses were you on? (Of both, Effexor XR an Wellburtin SR)
Diagnosis- Depression, OCD, PTSD, Panic Disorder

Current RX- Effexor XR 225mg per day
Adding Wellbutrin SR 100mg 09/12/11

Failed RX- Paxil, Zoloft, Benzos (due to addiction), Lexapro worked great for me for 8 years, then after my PTSD developed it no longer did what it once had

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   Posted 9/11/2011 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
When I took them together, it was quite a few years ago. The wellbutrin wasn't SR I don't think. It was pretty new then so I think it was just plain bupropion. As I recall it was 150 mg. The effexorI know I can't remember. I ended up going to a psychiatrist who took me off of the wellbutrin and raised the effexor which ended up being 375mg. Which I was told was the max. I since then switched to pristiq because I can take one pill a day instead of five capsules. I take so much medicine and some multiple times a day. It gets to feel like a burden after awhile. Every Saturday night I have to fill the box and it is a chore. Plus I take supplements so that adds to it.

I couldn't take a high dose of wellbutrin, it made me nervous and I couldn't sleep. But a low dose helped me think really well and I liked that. But I don't think it was high enough to be therapeudic with the depression for me. It gave me energy at a low dose too. I really hope that it works for you. Depression is so hard to cope with. We all deserve to feel good. I hope you do.

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   Posted 9/11/2011 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on Wellbutrin SR for the last 5 weeks. I took 150 mg for 4 weeks and just upped to 300 mg the last week. I haven't noticed any side effects except reduced appetite. It seems many people experience a somewhat stimulant effect (more energy) when they first take it and some have insomnia. I am lucky I had no side effects! Good luck.
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Asacol, 6 tabs, 2xday; Rowasa every other night; Ortho Tri-Cyclen; Wellbutrin started 8/4

KKSMom
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   Posted 9/12/2011 5:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Sara! I am starting this morning. I am always super sensitive to my body when I start a new medication (or anytime, really). I hope all goes well!
Diagnosis- Depression, OCD, PTSD, Panic Disorder

Current RX- Effexor XR 225mg per day
Adding Wellbutrin SR 100mg 09/12/11

Failed RX- Paxil, Zoloft, Benzos (due to addiction), Lexapro worked great for me for 8 years, then after my PTSD developed it no longer did what it once had
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