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Greetings,

I've been on Zoloft now for two months. It's been working very well-- I had a complete breakdown back in July, and I've rebounded A LOT since then. I'm currently on 75mg of Zoloft, and it's working very well. The only trouble was, I started feeling numb and detached from my own life-- a passive observer incapable of feeling the passion she once felt for music and for life. I didn't know how much of the problem was due to my soulless, awful job, where my boss demeans me and seizes every opportunity to tell me how unsatisfactory I am (even when I get things right,) and how much of the problem was due to the Zoloft. So, this past Monday, my psychiatrist thought it would be a good idea to add some Wellbutrin to the mix. He put me on the lowest dose-- 75mg. It's too soon just yet to be feeling any direct effect (although I am feeling particularly good-- but that may be because I'm quitting my job!) But I was just curious, has anyone else here been on the Zoloft-Wellbutrin combination? If so, I'd like to hear your thoughts!

-Ari

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Greetings,

I've been on Zoloft now for two months. It's been working very well-- I had a complete breakdown back in July, and I've rebounded A LOT since then. I'm currently on 75mg of Zoloft, and it's working very well. The only trouble was, I started feeling numb and detached from my own life-- a passive observer incapable of feeling the passion she once felt for music and for life. I didn't know how much of the problem was due to my soulless, awful job, where my boss demeans me and seizes every opportunity to tell me how unsatisfactory I am (even when I get things right,) and how much of the problem was due to the Zoloft. So, this past Monday, my psychiatrist thought it would be a good idea to add some Wellbutrin to the mix. He put me on the lowest dose-- 75mg. It's too soon just yet to be feeling any direct effect (although I am feeling particularly good-- but that may be because I'm quitting my job!) But I was just curious, has anyone else here been on the Zoloft-Wellbutrin combination? If so, I'd like to hear your thoughts!

-Ari

Ari, this is just my experience with SSRI's. I felt numb and detatched while on Celexa. Very lethargic if you will.

When stopped and immediately switched to Wellbutrin there was a noticable difference. Please remember, everyone is different and ymmv. (Your mileage may vary).

I am so sorry you had such a nasty workplace.

IMHO, I do think adding WB would make a remarkable difference.

Best of luck to you, sweetie. :bump:

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Greetings,

I've been on Zoloft now for two months. It's been working very well-- I had a complete breakdown back in July, and I've rebounded A LOT since then. I'm currently on 75mg of Zoloft, and it's working very well. The only trouble was, I started feeling numb and detached from my own life-- a passive observer incapable of feeling the passion she once felt for music and for life. I didn't know how much of the problem was due to my soulless, awful job, where my boss demeans me and seizes every opportunity to tell me how unsatisfactory I am (even when I get things right,) and how much of the problem was due to the Zoloft. So, this past Monday, my psychiatrist thought it would be a good idea to add some Wellbutrin to the mix. He put me on the lowest dose-- 75mg. It's too soon just yet to be feeling any direct effect (although I am feeling particularly good-- but that may be because I'm quitting my job!) But I was just curious, has anyone else here been on the Zoloft-Wellbutrin combination? If so, I'd like to hear your thoughts!

-Ari

Hi,

I normally dont post much, but i've been taking adderal and 150mg of zoloft for the past 2 years for ADHD and GAD. I did try zoloft and welbutrin for a few months, but after awhile it had the reverse effects on me and i had to quit the welbutrin. I've had no motivation or energy since i was a little kid. I've pretty much taken all of the different depression meds over the last 5+ years.

My friend had me try a non perscription remedy. I'm now not taking my Zoloft or adderal. Going on my second week and so far so good. I've now got alot more energy then i use to, but still not quite the energy i had with the adderal. I was taking 80mg of adderal a day so i think it just takes time to balance out. I also seem to be alot happier. Its kind of nice to finally have something that doesnt have side effects and I finally just feel good in general.

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Thanks for your responses, Lindsay and Elmobane. Lindsay, I'm going to have to stay on the Zoloft, largely because my problems include anxiety and pure-obsessional disorder (OCD without the "C" part.) Wellbutrin is great when depression is the only problem (as was the case with me in 2001, when I first arrived at this site,) but it's not effective for the other problems. So, my doctor put me on Wellbutrin to alleviate the numbness that may or may not be the side effect of Zoloft. Either way, it's my fourth day on the combination . . . so far so good . . .

-Ari

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It may just be a little mania talking, but I just started taking Zoloft (generic) with my Wellbutrin... and I LOVE it. This is day 9. I saw my councelor on day 4, and he noticed a change as well.

It's sooo important to remember that different drugs work (and work differently) for different people, but I felt more like myself (though as I mentioned, a little, ah, hyper) within a couple days of starting the Zoloft than I have in the last 5 years. The Wellbutrin was doing its job, but not quite well enough. At any rate, it seems this combination might be quite effective for me. I hope it works for you as well.

If it doesn't, I hope you find something that DOES help you. Even if these drugs don't fix everything, it certainly makes life a little easier to handle so that you can work on fixing things.

Best wishes!

A.

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HI there,

Just checking in if anyone else here is taking Wellbutrin with Zoloft. I was on Zoloft for 12 years and stopped it about 2 years ago as I thought it was causing me to have panic attacks.

I had panic attacks now on Wellbutrin (been taking for 9 weeks) so the doctor thinks that adding Zoloft may help -- I don't have a clue. So I'll back down from 400mg to 300mg Wellbutrin a day, and add 25mg first week, then 50mg from then on of Zoloft.

It sucks because Wellbutrin really helps the anxiety and at 400mg has really helped my depression -- I sure hope backing down from 400mg to 300mg doesn't cause it to come back, even with adding Zoloft.

I was doing so well on Wellbutrin until the last couple days, went to a large meeting at work and bam -- could hardly make it thru the hour long meeting.

Any one else still on these 2 - would like to hear how it's working for you and what dosage you are on.

Thanks.

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Could everyone please tell me if the Wellbutrin is helping them combat the sexual side effects of Zoloft or not? Or if you never had any of those side effects from the Zoloft, let me know. Thanks.

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For me - yes -- it does help :) 350 MG Wellbutrin / 50mg Zoloft (will probably go up to 100mg)

Could everyone please tell me if the Wellbutrin is helping them combat the sexual side effects of Zoloft or not? Or if you never had any of those side effects from the Zoloft, let me know. Thanks.
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I loved Wellbutrin, Ari, but I took it with Lex which I hated. God forbid I need meds again, but if I do, I'm gonna try the Zoloft/WB combo. Hope it works for you.

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I've been on this combination for about 5 months or so now. Overall, i can't say it's working good or not good. I have my very bad days, but i also have extremely good days. I've also started hallucinating, becoming depersonalized and having delusions while on it. I don't know if it's the meds or just me changing.

Good luck though !

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Greetings,

I've been on Zoloft now for two months. It's been working very well-- I had a complete breakdown back in July, and I've rebounded A LOT since then. I'm currently on 75mg of Zoloft, and it's working very well. The only trouble was, I started feeling numb and detached from my own life-- a passive observer incapable of feeling the passion she once felt for music and for life. I didn't know how much of the problem was due to my soulless, awful job, where my boss demeans me and seizes every opportunity to tell me how unsatisfactory I am (even when I get things right,) and how much of the problem was due to the Zoloft. So, this past Monday, my psychiatrist thought it would be a good idea to add some Wellbutrin to the mix. He put me on the lowest dose-- 75mg. It's too soon just yet to be feeling any direct effect (although I am feeling particularly good-- but that may be because I'm quitting my job!) But I was just curious, has anyone else here been on the Zoloft-Wellbutrin combination? If so, I'd like to hear your thoughts!

-Ari

Ari, this is just my experience with SSRI's. I felt numb and detatched while on Celexa. Very lethargic if you will.

When stopped and immediately switched to Wellbutrin there was a noticable difference. Please remember, everyone is different and ymmv. (Your mileage may vary).

I am so sorry you had such a nasty workplace.

IMHO, I do think adding WB would make a remarkable difference.

Best of luck to you, sweetie. :flowers:

:hearts:

i have been on zoloft for 7 yrs due to seretonin levels off went to new dr. and explained my sex drive zilch, my intrest deminished my weight gain 30+ lbs, she recomended to add wellbutin to my daily regiment its been 1 month i feel good i have energy i have a sex drive to my husbands delight and so far i've lost 6 lbs. it has seemed to work well for me it all depends who you are and what your body reacts to always heed the advice of your physician. good luck to you, the workplace change will also be a large factor. p.s. always think possitive.

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Hi there: I have been taking Zoloft 50mg for sometime now; I explained to my doc that I wanted to start taking WB again (took the WB XL 300 mg awhile ago but had dizzy spells when I stopped taking the Zoloft). The doc suggested that I continue taking the Zoloft 50 mg and he started me on WB SR 150 mg for one week and now I am up to 300 mg and Zoloft 50 mg. I feel really good, I have a lot of energy whereas before I didnt even want to get out of bed. No dizzy spells; my attitude is better still notice some spells of depression, like quick drops like I was on an elevator on the top floor and all of sudden I am dropping to the bottom floor (very quickly). It doesnt last for long but dealing with that is certainly fine with me as long as 95% of the time I am feeling much better. I have only been taking these 2 meds for about 2.5 weeks so I think in time I will be better.

Take care and good luck. Hope all goes well for you; give it a chance it doesnt hurt to try and see what happens, the reaction to a certain medicine is different for everyone.

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Hi there: I have been taking Zoloft 50mg for sometime now; I explained to my doc that I wanted to start taking WB again (took the WB XL 300 mg awhile ago but had dizzy spells when I stopped taking the Zoloft). The doc suggested that I continue taking the Zoloft 50 mg and he started me on WB SR 150 mg for one week and now I am up to 300 mg and Zoloft 50 mg. I feel really good, I have a lot of energy whereas before I didnt even want to get out of bed. No dizzy spells; my attitude is better still notice some spells of depression, like quick drops like I was on an elevator on the top floor and all of sudden I am dropping to the bottom floor (very quickly). It doesnt last for long but dealing with that is certainly fine with me as long as 95% of the time I am feeling much better. I have only been taking these 2 meds for about 2.5 weeks so I think in time I will be better.

Take care and good luck. Hope all goes well for you; give it a chance it doesnt hurt to try and see what happens, the reaction to a certain medicine is different for everyone.

:flowers::hearts:

Hello Sledge, has the wellbutrin helped counter the sexual side effects of Zoloft? Thank you -

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Hello Sledge, has the wellbutrin helped counter the sexual side effects of Zoloft? Thank you -

Hello, I don't know about Sledge, but I have been taking Zoloft at 150mg for a little over a year. I was extremely happy with the Zoloft in its ability to help with my depression and social anxiety. But, I had pretty extreme delayed and lack of orgasm so I dropped the dose to 100mg. That helped very slightly but not enough.

Just recently I added Wellbutrin at 150mg and have been taking this for about 9 days and have noticed a decent increase in sensitivity in my penis and a much faster orgasm. I am still not sure if this has completely solved my issues, but it does seem to help. I will continue taking Wellbutrin and see if it is something that steadily allows me to orgasm again. I sure hope so.

I have noticed that I lost most of my appetite and have to force myself to eat food. But that seems to be diminishing now and returning back to normal. The only problem I have with this combination is that I have too much physical energy to sleep. I take my Wellbutrin in the morning, but even if I am mentally tired at night, my body feels like I should be jogging or doing jumping jacks (which, sadly doesn't help the problem I found out...).

I hope this is helpful, and I will try to update this as I continue to take the Wellbutrin.

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I'm a new used to this site for one and also a new user of Zoloft. I'm a combat Vet who is trying any and all combo's to help me battle these PTSD mood swings that I have going on. I'm on both Zoloft and Welbutrin. My question is are there any side effects that a 28 yr old needs to worry about? Like any kind of sexual problems or anything else?

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Greetings,

I've been on Zoloft now for two months. It's been working very well-- I had a complete breakdown back in July, and I've rebounded A LOT since then. I'm currently on 75mg of Zoloft, and it's working very well. The only trouble was, I started feeling numb and detached from my own life-- a passive observer incapable of feeling the passion she once felt for music and for life. I didn't know how much of the problem was due to my soulless, awful job, where my boss demeans me and seizes every opportunity to tell me how unsatisfactory I am (even when I get things right,) and how much of the problem was due to the Zoloft. So, this past Monday, my psychiatrist thought it would be a good idea to add some Wellbutrin to the mix. He put me on the lowest dose-- 75mg. It's too soon just yet to be feeling any direct effect (although I am feeling particularly good-- but that may be because I'm quitting my job!) But I was just curious, has anyone else here been on the Zoloft-Wellbutrin combination? If so, I'd like to hear your thoughts!

-Ari

Hi,

I normally dont post much, but i've been taking adderal and 150mg of zoloft for the past 2 years for ADHD and GAD. I did try zoloft and welbutrin for a few months, but after awhile it had the reverse effects on me and i had to quit the welbutrin. I've had no motivation or energy since i was a little kid. I've pretty much taken all of the different depression meds over the last 5+ years.

My friend had me try a non perscription remedy. I'm now not taking my Zoloft or adderal. Going on my second week and so far so good. I've now got alot more energy then i use to, but still not quite the energy i had with the adderal. I was taking 80mg of adderal a day so i think it just takes time to balance out. I also seem to be alot happier. Its kind of nice to finally have something that doesnt have side effects and I finally just feel good in general.

I'm not sure how the forum policy is on placing links or email addresses. Just email or private message me and i can give you all the info. I'll also keep you up to date on my progress.

Hi. I don't know if you are still monitoring this site anymore because your post was five years ago, but I would love to know what the alternatives are that you found. My kids and I are all ADHD and GAD and we are looking at a lot of alternatives. The SSRIs like Zoloft and Wellbutrin seem like really really serious drug therapies. Please send me a short note regarding your alternatives and your experience if you would be so kind. Regards, Wm

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