Hi all, thought I'd throw my story in here and see what happens....
Well I went to a doctor to get a perscription for Zyban to help me quit smoking. I don't have insurance right now so I went to the local clinic, I have been a smoker for 16 years. I was perscribed the antidepressant Wellbutrin SR, which is the same as Zyban in gerneric form of Bupropion HCL 150mg.
I took as perscribed & by only the second day I starting feeling very strange. The beginnings of what I now continue to feel daily....an uneasy feeling in my stomach, shakey hands, a tenseness in my muscles. I hadn't even quit smoking yet so I know it had to be the med...your suppose to continue to smoke the 1st week & quit within the 2nd. I ended up quitting on day 6 because I thought maybe the cigerettes were causing the feeling because it is a stimulant (I had already stopped all other caffiene intake by day 4). But this feeling just keeped gettting stronger each day. After only 11 days on this med I went to my doctor & told her how I was feeling & was visibly shaking & completely overwhelmed feeling. She looked oddly at me for a moment & said it might be anxiety, then perscribed me 60 xanax .25mg to take twice a day as needed with no refills. She didn't tell me to stop taken the Bupropion but I did after about 3 more days because I can not handle the feeling it gave me, kinda like I was on speed or something, extremely jittery...& that small amount of xanax didn't help enough until a day or two after I quit taken the Bupropion.
Well now it has been about 2 1/2 weeks since my last Bupropion pill but I am still experiencing these bad effects. Everyday is about the same, it starts as an uneasy feeling in my stomach, then I start feeling jittery & worried, I get tense, then my hands get shakey....all this by 11:00am, so I take a xanax & it helps just enough to slow my crazy feelings down untill around dinner time, then I take the other one.
Well now I only have a few days left of xanax & am not sure whether I should go see her again or see a doctor in the mental health dept. for some answers as to what I am now suppose to do with this crazy feeling I am left with. I do not want to go back to smoking in hopes of keeping my anxiety levels down. Any advice???
**sorry so long.....this is my 1st post**