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Jay P
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   Posted 11/18/2011 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Quick little background...I was starting Welbutrin.  When I past the inital low dosage to ease into my blood stream (150mg), I went up to 300mg...the stuff really started to work, however, after I think it was 2 1/2 weeks in, I started getting really bad, I guess maniac attacks, not sure what its called - it was as if I done way too much cocaine or speed was the best way to describe it.  My Dr. gave me some Xanax, told me stop and go back to the 150 mg of Welbutrin (which has no side affects) and Celexa (20mg).  After two weeks of this, really nothing - I just get content being lazy, which is not good, especially in my line of work.  So the Dr. told me to take 1 1/2 and of Celexa (30mg) and gave me a trial of Nuvigil, which I was a little skeptical about.  1/2 the kids in my office are on Adderoll and they're all compelely insane (not really, you know what I mean).
 
I started my day, got my cup of coffee...still wasn't feeling motivated, so around quarter to nine I took the Nuvigil.  I think I probably should've taken 1/2, that may have been my mistake.  I'm feeling a little weird, a little over anxious, but nothing like the the Welbutrin episode I had.  My hands feeling a little clammy and I'm quite uncomfortable.  I realize now the cup of coffee was probably not a good idea as well.  My back is kind of tense too.
 
I'm hoping this will subside itself, while alert, I'm having some problems functioning...I'm drinking a lot of water.
 
Any advice or counsel would be appreciated.  Also, I've been reading that this may also heighten depression?  I hope that is not the case.
 
I have a xanax if I really need it, but if this will ease itself away, I rather avoid that for now.
 
Thanks
 
J.
 

Jay P
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   Posted 11/18/2011 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I guessed I should've asked...has anyone else ever experienced this? How were they successful in curbing it? Thanks. J.

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   Posted 11/18/2011 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Try to relax with it. And use it to your advantage. It is suppose to give you a little energy. The anti anxiety med should help you. I take adderall. I like the way that it makes me feel. It gives me energy. You might be sensitive to stimulants. But if you can work with it, do so. Can you take something for anxiety now? That might help. I wouldn't give up on it. The side effects may go away. Or take half next time.

Best wishes,

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Jay P
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   Posted 11/18/2011 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Karen, that is what I did.  I went on another board where there was a chat and spoke to someone with some good experience with this and she helped, basically told me the same thing.  A friend of mine in my office also has the same exact Xanax prescription as I have (.5) which I guess is the standard.  It took a little while, but it definitely helped and worked; oh, I took 1/2 a Xanax, not the whole one, which took a little longer, but definitely did the trick as I went out with some colleagues for lunch.
 
Yes, you're right, I think I am sensitive to stimulates.  As I think I mentioned earlier, I orginally started on a full dosage (or got up to) of Welbutrin and it was starting to work, but started having some Manic episodes (they were actually much worse).  150mg of Welbutrin and 20mg of Celexa didn't do much (today I started 30).  She gave me this, for as you pointed out, a little energy; she also told me it was weaker than adderall, which leads me to believe I should stay away from that.
 
The Nuvigil was given more on a "as needed" basis - like sleeping aids or Xanax.  I think I might try it again, as you said, 1/2 a pill and see what happens.  I'm very new to meds, I probably should've assumed only take a 1/2 first before introducing it into the body.
 
Thanks again.
 
-J
 

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   Posted 11/18/2011 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
You are welcome Jay P,

I took provigil, and it actually made me more nervous than the adderall. But provigil is a little different than nuvigil. But I think that they are related. It just made me shaky. And it wasn't constant. It didn't always work. I am not as familiar with the nuvigil but have read about it and it is sometimes given to fibromyalgia patients for a bit of energy. I have fibro, that is why I am tired all the time.

I really hope this works out for you. I am glad that your doc prescribed it for you as they are getting to where they don't like to prescribe stimulants because they are abused so much. Keep posting and let us know how you are doing. I am glad that your day got better. Hope that you had a good lunch.

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Jay P
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   Posted 11/18/2011 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
From what I understand they are in the same category provigil and nuvigil. It seems to be given more to people with narcolepsy, I definitely dont have that problem, if anything I have a problem getting to sleep, but like I said, this was for a little boost... My depression has made me lethargic and unmotivated which is not what I'm usually like and detrimental to my career...I mean, I've completed four marathons - now I spend more time watching tv then ever... I guess it's a long process... thanks again.

J

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   Posted 11/18/2011 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
It is a gradual process too. Try walking. I walk daily. It doesn't even have to be much. I think contemplating the chore is sometimes harder than doing it. I find that a lot. I find if I walk about ten to fifteen minutes a day and that helps boost my energy. Plus I take vitamin D3. Especially at this time of the year. When the days are getting shorter.

With depression we do lose motivation. I do anyway. It is hard to get going in the mornings, even with the adderall and coffee. It takes me a few hours before I can do anything. But it is better than I was. I was in bed for two years. It was the pits. I only got out to eat, shower and go to the bathroom. It was bad. The adderall saved my life. I started with concerta (ritalin) and tried the provigil. But the adderall was the most consistant. I have to take 60 mg a day. 30 in the morning and 30 in the afternoon. I don't intend to go higher than that, but have thought about trying the timed release adderall. But actually for now I am doing okay so I will stay where I am. Wish I had more energy, but am happy with what I have.

Keep posting Jay, I am glad that the nuvigil is working for you. Eventually you might need a bigger dose, but if half works for you now, that is great.

Hugs, Karen
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Jay P
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   Posted 11/21/2011 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I actually did not take it today...I was told on a as needed basis... I really didn't feel I needed it today..I might try a 1/2 a pill tomorrow just to see how I feel, what it does, etc. I saw no point taking it over the weekend. I live in NYC so walking is very common. I've also noticed a highten sensitivity to music, in a good way, i.e. I was always into music, but I notice now, the effect of sound is sometimes expotentially gratifying....I think that has to do witht he anti-depressants.

-J.
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