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  1. Could you explain this more? For example: I have gone off Fluoxetine (Prozac) and Citalopram, mainly because of side effects, and just didn't feel like myself on those medications. About 3 months off Prozac and 6-8 weeks off Citalopram, the anxiety came crashing through and there was a doom and gloom depression with it. I had no control of that. It was scary. Was on prozac 10 months and citalopram 6 months. I'm now thinking that I was not on the SSRIs long enough to correct my brain chemistry. And thus, I easily unraveled without the support of the medication. Plus, those particular medications were not an effective treatment for me. Before going on any antidepressant, I struggled with nervousness, low energy, cognition issues, over-reaction to allergies. I thought it was thyroid related. The physical and cognitive symptoms did not strike me as depression. It was more nervous system issues with anxiety and feeling like crap. I even told my current doctor that I do not have a depressive personality. I have a good family life, married with four kids. No drugs, except cigarettes. No alcohol abuse. (I can't drink while taking this medication, which makes me want to drink.) Therefore, I concluded that it had to be mainly biological, that there was something fundamentally wrong with my brain. My doctor would sort of snicker when I said that. (He had a definite positive affect on me.) I would tell by his reaction to my comments that there was more to the psychological aspect than I was attributing to it. (If only I could find a psychologist as smart as him.) In talking this out, I can definitely see now that it is likely the dysfunction that contributed; in the way I handle stress, emotions, relationships- and those are definitely environmental, originating in the formative years. GAD for sure. Your commentary has helped sort this out as I don't normally focus on what could possibly be wrong with me. Although I'm always wondering! It's hard for me to see. That is where therapy comes in, I suppose. It can help us see those things and how to correct some of it, perhaps get us on the right track and to work on keeping us there. (I just hope I didn't pass too much dysfunction on to my kids.) Again, I thank you for this incredible journaling of your experience. I hope it will help others who read it and point them in the right direction. Thank you for sharing your progress and honest insights.
  2. Just read your second paragraph of month #5. The rewiring of the brain does make sense and that it could be wired in the wrong way. I can see that. Like a well worn path of dysfunction. My sister takes an ssri and is allergic to gluten. My brother is a functioning alcoholic, so he self-medicates. I bet some of my issue could be environmental (how I grew up). And strongly genetic.
  3. Hello gcac, Thank you for your response to my question. I can certainly relate to your description of brain fog, memory hindrance and the spacial coordination issue. It's hard to know what to add to your regimen that would help pull it all together for you. Any input from your doctor? My first thought would be the addition of another medication like an ssri. Another thought I have is that it seems less about depression and more about nervous system/brain function. Are you affected by stress at all? Like, do your symptoms worsen with stress? And also wondering about sleep. Do you feel refreshed upon wakening? I think you mentioned that your sleep is good. I guess I'm trying to figure out this whole depression thing. I was diagnosed with depression with anxiety and GAD. But I will complain mostly about the physical and nervous system symptoms than I will depression. It seems to me that I really don't have control over it and that it is a brain issue rather than a psychological cause. But it remains a mystery so far.
  4. That's great that your sleep has improved. It is big factor in how we function. Also great is the resolution of the anxiety. And better energy. I could live with those three alone. 🙂 Not sure I'm wording this right, but what factor in the Wellbutrin treatment do you owe to these improvements? How did the Wellbutrin help your brain/nervous system? Wondering also, how does the brain fog affect you? In what ways is it hindering?
  5. Good to hear, Nojoy. Spacegay, are you taking any other medications with the Wellbutrin? How are you doing now? Any answers for what's going on?
  6. Yes, I've had the memory issues happen while taking Paxil. I would wake up and not know what day it was. Or I'd think it was a different day than it really was. And like you mentioned, not remembering things. I could be traveling in a car and forget where we were. I started Wellbutrin after being on Paxil for 6 months. And it took awhile, but the Wellbutrin helped me to know what day it was at least. I still do experience a foggy brain, but don't know if it is from the Wellbutrin or the paxil. It wouldn't hurt to ask your doctor about it. I think it is a perfectly legitimate concern.
  7. So glad you mentioned brain fog. It’s something I’ve struggled with for a long time. When I lowered my Wellbutrin dose a few months ago from 300 to 200, thinking it was too strong, the brain drag/fog was the first thing to emerge. I had been on the 300 dose for 4 months up to that point. After 6 weeks on 200 I increased it back to 300. Have now begun to lower the Paxil and getting good results. I want to thank you for passing on the doctor search advice. I very much appreciated hearing it. It reinforces my own inclinations of not wanting to settle with less than expected from a professional. Glad to hear there has been considerable improvement from the Wellbutrin so far.
  8. Thank you, I'm glad to hear that. Your descriptions have been so easy to relate to. I have many thoughts and am very inquisitive on this subject. After all, it's "only" my brain! haha. When you consider that it can take a compound leg fracture up to 10 months to heal, I guess it's not too unreasonable a time to expect the brain to respond to medication and start working right. I know I expected the medication to work faster. It sounds like you have a very knowledgeable doctor. And I look forward to hearing his opinions as things progress. My primary care doctor helped navigate me through this ssri and Wellbutrin treatment until he left and took on a different position. I just started with a psychiatrist and not so sure of him yet. For taking on a new patient, he wasn't very thorough and so far has not picked up on any clues as far as some strong side affects I've been experiencing with the Paxil/wellbutrin combo. Anyway, my pcp always emphasized exercise and it does help, except the Paxil makes me sooo tired- like functioning through mud. How have you been doing on the exercise front?
  9. PerfectD, I wouldn't be afraid of the Wellbutrin. It is very easily adjusted. If it feels like too much, you can lower it slightly and symptoms calm down over 3-4 days. I'd say it would take about 3 weeks to know if something doesn't feel right. But it could be the ssri that needs lowering. In my case, it was the Paxil I needed to decrease as it was making me feel a heavy tiredness and wanted to sleep all the time. A couple days ago, I went from Paxil 20mg to 15mg and it has helped lessen those strong side effects, Also, I found out with my Paxil/Wellbutrin combo that they both influence each other. So, the levels are raised in both evidently. The Paxil/Wellbutrin combo is the most intense that way. I talked with a couple doctors on justanswer.com. They both verified this information. And they said when these medications are prescribed together, the doses of both of them are reduced and given at a lower dose than the normal recommended dose. Just wanted to pass this info along to you. I was so happy to get it figured out, as I'm rather scared of SSRIs and changing doses.
  10. Hello Burg, I take Wellbutrin SR 150 x 2 and Synthroid. Synthroid at 6 am. Wellbutrin at 8:30 am and again at 8:30 pm. Does not interfere with sleep.
  11. One thing I have done, is to take my time when starting a new medication. If I wasn't sure, I would wait until I had an inclination to want to increase the dose. And I would email or call my doctor when I was ready. I used to get all worked up about having to make a decision at my appointment. I started Wellbutrin last summer and had a good response to it. It was like finding the missing link. It was added to Paxil 20mg that I had been on for 6 months. I also had night sweats on Paxil alone, and they went away when I started taking the Wellbutrin. My PCP started me out slowly. From 100sr to 150sr to 200sr. Around 6 weeks on each dose. When I got to 5 weeks on the 200sr dose, I couldn't decide if I needed to increase. It was a new medication and it didn't work like I expected it to, yet I was having a positive response to it. Since I wasn't 100% at that time, I took a guess and opted to go to the 300sr (150 x 2). And I did okay on that dose. There's no harm in saying to your doctor that you are not sure, and would it be okay to give her a call when you are ready. Knowing I could do that, it took all the pressure off. I guess if you knew how long it took for Wellbutrin to work, then that could help you decide by how your are currently feeling. And then discussing this with your doctor can help you to know what to do.
  12. Not a caretaker, but I was where your wife is at. It won't last forever. She will get better. It's a lot of trial and error with the medications and finding one or two that works for her.
  13. Interesting. It's as if I wrote this. I can completely relate. I read a lot of Wellbutrin reviews and remember one girl said that she felt better by 8 weeks in her experience and it got better and better after 8 weeks. I think your journal will hit home with many that read it. Thanks again for posting your experience.
  14. I always feel that there is a cause and effect when making any changes to medications. Thus, I would expect some reaction to lowering your Klonopin dose.
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