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#1 wanew


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Posted 27 May 2012 - 06:51 AM

i have read people take this medication and it makes their anxiety worse but it is classed as an antianxiety medication. is this due to its action on norepinephrine. i see its used to augment ssris but mostly i read it is for the sexual side effects induced by ssris as opposed to helping an ssri work better.

i suppose there is the problem of how everyone responds differently so wont know unless you try it too.

would it work well with paoxetine.


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Posted 27 May 2012 - 12:02 PM

Please ask your doctor if Wellbutrin can be taken with your other meds.
Unfortunately, we can't answer that question here at DF, since none of us are professionals.
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Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:34 AM

Hi wanew,

Anxiety is a common initial side effect of Wellbutrin, but should diminish with time. If it is severe or doesn't go away you would need to speak to your doctor. Lots of people take Wellbutrin with an ssri (I take Wellbutrin along with escitalopram (Cipralex/Lexapro).

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 08:33 AM

I just started taking wb xl 4 weeks ago, started at 150 mg and raised it to 300 mg last week, this was to see if it would help with general anxiety, after two months on an ssri (cipralex) worked but left me completely emotionless along with the dead inside libido feeling. WB does have a stimulating affect no doubt about it, as the first week i couldnt really sleep, just king of laid there in a semi sleep state all night, but that has subsided. The anxiety bump from the WB was noticed but my Dr prescribed a low dose of tranquilizer clonazapam (sic?) to use only when needed, which will be discontinued in a month or so. The anxiety hasnt been too bad and is actually reducing, and i believe that may be because the WB is actually making me feel more confident and less worried in social situations. It was never debilitating, just a day in day out internal anxiety rumbling, i can feel that's going away.

WB may not help those with moderate or extreme anxiety, and as you say many find better relief with SsRIs by themselves or in comb with WB.

Everyone is different. Note that WB is not medically approved to treat anxiety, so not all Dr.s may be comfortable trying it. In my case, it seems to be working but it's still very early (4 weeks).

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