wellbutrin xl question?

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mystery reader
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   Posted 7/17/2007 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I  have "failed"  (doctor's words) paxil and cymbalta so now my doctor has prescribed wellbutrin xl 150mg.  Has anyone had a good experience with this drug? 
Barb/mystery reader
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   Posted 7/17/2007 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   



I also have a really hard time tolerating meds. One thing that my docs do for me is start me on a ridiculously low dose of whatever I’m taking, and then gradually increase my dose over time. This often entails taking a liquid form of a medication or cutting a pill in half.


 I do take Wellbutrin for fatigue (it is supposed to give a burst of energy, I really can’t tell because there has been too much going on). Anyway, I take the standard release form, and cut a 75 mg tablet in half and take one half each morning for “afternoon energy.” Even though I take this low, low dose, I still had an adjustment period where I felt extra dizzy, spacey, and a bit nauseated. These side effects were at tolerable levels, and did pass in…about a week?


Anyway, I don’t know whether you can take a lower dose to start with and taper up or not, because your situation is different, but I wanted to share my experience with you. As for its effectiveness for depression…I honestly don’t know, but hopefully someone else can come along and answer that one. Good luck, and I really really hope that you are able to tolerate this one! I know how frustrating it is to be mired down in all those side effects. Please do let us know how this turns out.




I also wanted to add: I've found taking my pill with food helps with the nausea.

Post Edited (Sunnycitrus) : 7/17/2007 2:33:19 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/17/2007 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Barb

Well i'm glad u saw the doc and have made a decision on the Cymbalta. Sometimes meds work well for one person and not so well for another. I've tried the Welbutrin XL before the Cymbalta. I started at 150mg and went up to 300mg (i think in a week or two weeks). For me it helped for about two or three weeks, then i noticed i began to feel really down...depressed. I thought it was maybe just me...but i couldn't get past it until i stopped using the Welbutrin. For ME it wasn't a good med, but for many here is has been great. I hope it works wonderfully for u. Please let us know how it goes.
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   Posted 7/24/2007 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on wellbutrin until recently. It worked marvelously in correcting my depression and fatigue that i believe were mainly caused by taking betaseron. The only reason i'm not on it now, is that i'm on copaxone instead of betaseron. It had pretty much no side effects for me (i was taking 150mg 2x daily i believe). g'luck, and i hope it works for you! :D
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