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Ashlee Frances
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   Posted 7/19/2017 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Wellbutrin (150mg I believe) for 7 weeks now and I'm still not feeling like myself. I was on Lexapro for 1.5 years and I feel like I was a lot happier then. (I went off because it made me gain a lot of weight.) After being off the Lexapro for 2 weeks my doctor put me on the Wellbutrin. I have good days (I usually feel happy when I'm with my friends) but for the most part I just feel angry and sad for no reason. I feel extremely overwhelmed by everything and I've lost my optimistic attitude. Maybe it's all in my head but as the weeks go on I feel like my anxiety and depression is getting worse. I did start a new job (at a bank so yes jes been atressful) on the same day I started the it's hard to tell which one or if both are making me feel this way. Is this drug suppose to take longer to kick in or should I talk to my doctor about getting off it?

I've thought about going off the Wellbutrin and giving my body some time to adapt to life without antidepressants. (Like I mentioned before I was only off the Lexapro for 2 weeks before jumping into another medication. So I think I was still in the withdrawal stage.) I'm not completly opposed to trying another medication but I'd love to be able to live life without it. If after some time I feel like I need medication I might try to go back on the Lexapro (because at least I know it works) or maybe another one. I don't know if my doctor will agree with me.

For anyone that has been on Wellbutrin, did you start feeling better before 7 weeks? Is what I'm experiencing considered normal?

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   Posted 7/20/2017 1:53 AM (GMT -7)   
It generally takes six to eight weeks with antidepressants, though some start feeling better sooner. Give it another week if you are able.

I Hope that the Wellbutrin works for you.

Hugs, Karen...

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   Posted 7/20/2017 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I had 'aggression' from Wellbutrin. Tell your doctor what you are experiencing. Everything is a clue to finding what works best for us.
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