After suffering a small stroke about 3 years ago for no apparent reason (Dr's think it might have been from birth control so I've sinced stopped), I started having some anxiety over the possibility of having another. Mr Dr. prescribed me Xanax. I was concerned about addiction so I rarely took them. After some time I went back to him and asked that I be put on something because I just felt anxious all the time. He prescribed me Celexa .5 M. I took it for about a year and while I did feel good, I didn't like the weight gain I was experiecing from it and feeling as though I was able to manage on my own, weaned myself off of it.
For about a month I started feeling really down, anxious and felt like crying at the drop of a hat. So I went back to the Dr. and asked to be put on Wellbutrin after reading that it didn't cause the undesirable affects Celexa did.
So I decided to start journaling how I'm doing on it. So here is how it is going so far:
Wellbutrin XL (sample from Dr)– Started 5/15/12 @ 150 dose
Day 1 5/15/12 - – In the morning I felt a little out of it on the drive in to work. But than I perked up. It’s now 3:00 pm and I’m a bit tired.
Day 2 5/16/12 - – Had a little bit of chest tightness. Other than that, all seems fine. Last night I seemed to have more energy at night time (even put away laundry). Slept fine. Weight as of this morning 152.6
Day 3 5/17/12 – Have some pain in my legs. Felt infuriated last night due to Taylor’s badgering at the counseling session and wanted to just end it, but not unlike before. Slept great. Weight as of this morning 150.6. Some tightness in chest. Tired.
Day 4 – 5/18/12 - Slight agitation that subsides quicker than it ever has and didn’t have the prolonged sense of agitation. Vivid dreams. Woke up at 4:30 am this morning to use the bathroom, and than had a hard time falling back asleep. But did. Weird feeling – cross between dizzy and floating at night time when I woke up. Skin feels hot and sensitive and it comes and goes in waves. Vision gets blurry at times and I feel a tightening (like a contraction) in the bridge of my nose. Headache. Weight as of this morning 150.4. Appetite seems to be decreasing a bit. Last night I did have some heartburn.
Day 5 – 5/19/12 – No change. Although I do find myself laughing more and having moments of clarity. Still some agitation. Constipation. Weighed myself and I was down to 148 which was a huge change in weight.
Day 6 – 5/20/12 – Upped to 300 dose - Bupropion XL. Only side affect was slight insomnia. Back up to 150. Increased hunger.
Day 7 – 5/21/12 – A little more insomnia last night. Hair seems to be falling out some. I do feel happier though. I feel like my old self. Not dwelling on things. Some mood swings however. Nothing drastic. Feel more outspoken. Back up to 151. Vivid dreams. Increased hunger last night. Slight stomach pain. Heart palpitations last night as well when I woke up. 80 bpm.
Day 8 – Was a bit tired early (around 9:00). Slept very well. Some minor agitation. No other side affects to report.
Day 9 – Starting to feel what I believe to be the affects of the medication. I feel happy, energetic and social. Had some slight anxiety for a brief amount of time yesterday, but also had a cup of coffee. No coffee for me today. Slept like a baby. Minor agitation. Kinda snapped at co-workers – oops. Weight as of this morning 151. Boo! Some blurry vision. Seem to be more hungry. Boo!
Edited by tamtay, 23 May 2012 - 09:11 AM.