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  1. I had hair shedding while on Wellbutrin but it resolved itself after a few years and came back as thick as it was before. I was totally freaked out by the shedding so I spend a fortune on extensions for about four years.
  2. I've been off WB IR for two weeks now. Prior to quitting, I went to half the dose for a couple of weeks. It was rough. I had very bad anxiety, intrusive thoughts, paranoia, lack of appetite, dizziness, muscle pain, joint pain, inability to concentrate, memory loss and other stuff I don't even remember. I felt out of my mind and I was extremely scared. There were ups an downs over those weeks. I had times I felt totally normal and others where I wanted to sign myself into the psych ward. I'm grateful for my family and PDoc because they got me through. I'm much better now with symptoms once in a while. I am more tired at night but I think that will improve as well. I'm glad it didn't last longer.
  3. This happened to me too. I was on Wellbutrin IR for 10 years. I would get severe pain in my legs, particularly on weekends when I wasn't moving around. I would also have periods of very deep pain in my cervical spine that lasted for a couple of weeks and then it would dissipate and return. I never made the connection. Recently, I had to switch brands because the manufacturer of my brand stopped producing. I had weird pain in the back of my neck and shoulders I can't even explain. Then I starting having severe pain in my hands. One day I was teaching and my left hand literally cramped up on me and it was painful. I've been off the WB for two weeks. The pain issues are pretty much gone now except I"m having really bad stomach aches in the middle of the night.
  4. Yes, I was taking the IR. Today I hit 36 hours wellbutrin free and I felt normal again after lunch. All of the horrific symptoms were basically gone at least for now. I will never take this drug again. I don't plan on taking any anti-depressant for that matter. I am going the CTB, therapy and exercise route. Thank you for answering me by the way. Much appreciated.
  5. I've been on the Heritage for at 75 mg per day for about 3 weeks now. I had a rough initial 5 days or so but then I was pretty much back to myself. Last Saturday, I had my hair done. After I left, all of the sudden the my symptoms came roaring back. I felt anxious, intrusive thoughts, phobic and the crawly skin feeling. I was so bummed. I felt kind of crappy for the rest of the weekend but I since I was home with not a lot of stress I was okay. This morning I had a horrible time driving to work. When I got there, I worked but I was distracted by the symptoms. I took my afternoon dose with a tiny bit of klonopin to keep myself from freaking out. I am so upset. I was stable on the Sandoz brand for so long I had forgotten how bad my ocd and anxiety could be. I'm feeling really down. I feel like I'll never be normal again. It's like I never took Wellbutrin and I'm new to the medication. Bizarre. Does it ever get better? I'm so glad I found this forum. I have been on regular generic wellburtin 75mg 2X' per day morning and noon for about 10 years. Prior to that time I did not take medication for my severe depression, OCD, anxiety and PTSD except for 5 years after I had my daughter when I took Paxil and a bunch of other meds for the side-effects. I've tried just about every anti-depressant out there but the wellbutrin at a low dose really worked for me. I also take .5 mg of klonopin at night. The brand I have been taking of wellbutrin is Sandoz. I have been so stable on the Sandoz wellbutrin and klonopin for so long that I thought my conditions had gone away. I even considered going off the meds. Boy was I wrong. Last Friday, I was told by my pharmacy that they could not get the Sandoz wellbutrin and there was a shortage. I called evey pharmacy, even online US pharmacies and nobody had it. I ended up with a brand called Heritage. I can't find many experiences related to Heritage wellbutrin online. Anyway, I was really freaked out because I had tried a couple of other brands in the past and it did not go well. I took the Heritage Wellbutrin at my regular dose all weekend. I was a mess. I was out of it, had very bad anxiety, was jittery, had horrific intrusive thoughts, body aches, nausea and I was depressed. I was hoping that it was just my OCD working overtime. By Monday I had to go to work and I was a mess. I have a high level office job so I had to act "normal". I couldn't remember things and I had the other symptoms I described. I was so scared to drive the half hour to work my husband had to talk to me on the phone both there and back. Thank goodness the klonopin put me to sleep when I got home. This morning, I felt terrible. I was thinking I was going to lose everything if I couldn't come up with a solution. I decided to cut the Heritage in half and take half in the morning and half at lunchtime. I swear this is a miracle. Within 30 minutes of taking the half dose, I was doing my hair and I noticed I was thinking about other things. I felt much calmer. I drove to work and my husband talked to me the entire way but I was 50% better. I did pretty well in the morning at work, could concentrate, etc. I took the other half after lunch and finished my day. I had to drive to my psychiatrist's office after work and I drove like normal and it didn't bother me. I realized I was 80-90% better. My psychiatrist and I decided I'll continue on the half doses and see how it goes. I feel basically back to normal now. We are thinking that my body metabolizes the Heritage differently than the Sandoz so I need a lower dose. I learned from this experience. I learned that my chronic psychiatric conditions will not go away. I also learned how important my health is. I feel very grateful for my life because nothing much matters when you feel like you are losing your mind. I can't believe I lived like that for many years before.
  6. It takes a while to establish a blood level. I didn't feel euphoric. I'm glad I didn't because that would freak me out.
  7. I have had tinnitus on and off since I started wellbutrin years ago. I will also get ear pain. I finally figured out that this is due to dehydration. Make sure you drink a lot of water throughout the day, it really helps.
  8. Sleepystupid, Thank you so much for answering my post. I've been on the Heritage for about 3 weeks now. I was on 150mg a day of the Sandoz but because the Heritage is "speedier" as you say, I had to go to 75mg per day of the Heritage. I'm very sensitive to any kind of medication so I did have side-effects but they got better after about a week. I'm still having some irritability, increased anxiety and muscle cramps in my legs but I'm much better. I notice I have a lot more motivation on the Heritage. I am wondering if the Sandoz wasn't effective for me for some reason. I'm going to stick with the Heritage because it's made in the US unlike Sandoz that is made in Canada. Just about every pharmacy I spoke to carries it and I'm not going to go back to the Sandoz even if it does come back in supply. Have a great weekend!
  9. Now I'm 8 days post switch to the Heritage. I was a bit more anxious and irritable at points this weekend because I wasn't distracted but most of the other side-effects have gone away. Actually, my depressive symptoms are better. I was able to get a lot of cleaning done, get ahead on my school work for my class and get ahead of the work for the class I'm teaching. On weekends, I had really been struggling with the lack of motivation that comes with depression. Anyway, this has me feeling hopeful. I'm not constantly thinking about the medication all the time. One think I've been working on is mindfulness for my OCD intrusive thoughts. That's been helping. Once again, I am grateful for my life and the gifts I have been give.
  10. Many don't experience withdrawal but here is some information: https://novarecoverycenter.com/drugs/wellbutrin/
  11. I did notice this happen to when I was adjusting to the medication. It's only been four weeks. I'd mention it to my physician and give it some time.
  12. It's been six days since I switched from Sandoz Bupropion IR to Heritage. I was taking 75mg of the Sandoz 2X's per day so I was on a low dose. I tried taking the same dosage of the Heritage for 3 days. It was absolute terror. I had an out of it feeling, constant anxiety, irritability, a skin crawly feeling, all kinds of weird aches in my body, rapid heart rate, no appetite. Overall, I felt like I was losing my mind. Thank God for klonopin but I only take it at night because I work during the day. On day four, I decided this stuff might be too strong for me so I cut the pills in half and took half in the morning and half at lunchtime. I was 50% better but I was still a mess. I was so freaked out, my husband had to talk me through my drives to and from work. I had to tell a friend at work because I thought this adjustment might go on for a while. I did take one day off and even that was pretty bad. I forgot to mention I work an executive level job, take a class and teach a class in a college. I pushed past everything and got through it but it took everything I had. Yesterday, I thought I was going to have to go off this drug because hanging on to my sanity was too exhausting. Today, I decided to take the first half with my protein bar at work. I did have some symptoms but it was much better. Around 10am, I noticed I felt normal. Even though I have a lot going for me, I am always insecure and anxious but I actually felt confident and stable. I took the afternoon dose and no side effects. I drove home without a problem. I feel normal right now. I can't believe I could have been on the brink of signing myself into the psych ward to feeling like I do now. I'm starting to think the Sandoz wasn't doing much for me and the Heratige is the real stuff and that's why I so many side-effects. I'm a very grateful person right now. I had forgotten how bad my OCD and Depression could be. God bless you all!
  13. I'm so glad I found this forum. I have been on regular generic wellburtin 75mg 2X' per day morning and noon for about 10 years. Prior to that time I did not take medication for my severe depression, OCD, anxiety and PTSD except for 5 years after I had my daughter when I took Paxil and a bunch of other meds for the side-effects. I've tried just about every anti-depressant out there but the wellbutrin at a low dose really worked for me. I also take .5 mg of klonopin at night. The brand I have been taking of wellbutrin is Sandoz. I have been so stable on the Sandoz wellbutrin and klonopin for so long that I thought my conditions had gone away. I even considered going off the meds. Boy was I wrong. Last Friday, I was told by my pharmacy that they could not get the Sandoz wellbutrin and there was a shortage. I called evey pharmacy, even online US pharmacies and nobody had it. I ended up with a brand called Heritage. I can't find many experiences related to Heritage wellbutrin online. Anyway, I was really freaked out because I had tried a couple of other brands in the past and it did not go well. I took the Heritage Wellbutrin at my regular dose all weekend. I was a mess. I was out of it, had very bad anxiety, was jittery, had horrific intrusive thoughts, body aches, nausea and I was depressed. I was hoping that it was just my OCD working overtime. By Monday I had to go to work and I was a mess. I have a high level office job so I had to act "normal". I couldn't remember things and I had the other symptoms I described. I was so scared to drive the half hour to work my husband had to talk to me on the phone both there and back. Thank goodness the klonopin put me to sleep when I got home. This morning, I felt terrible. I was thinking I was going to lose everything if I couldn't come up with a solution. I decided to cut the Heritage in half and take half in the morning and half at lunchtime. I swear this is a miracle. Within 30 minutes of taking the half dose, I was doing my hair and I noticed I was thinking about other things. I felt much calmer. I drove to work and my husband talked to me the entire way but I was 50% better. I did pretty well in the morning at work, could concentrate, etc. I took the other half after lunch and finished my day. I had to drive to my psychiatrist's office after work and I drove like normal and it didn't bother me. I realized I was 80-90% better. My psychiatrist and I decided I'll continue on the half doses and see how it goes. I feel basically back to normal now. We are thinking that my body metabolizes the Heritage differently than the Sandoz so I need a lower dose. I learned from this experience. I learned that my chronic psychiatric conditions will not go away. I also learned how important my health is. I feel very grateful for my life because nothing much matters when you feel like you are losing your mind. I can't believe I lived like that for many years before.
  14. I'm with you. I had to change brands and I'm a mess. I don't know if it's from the brand change side-effects or if my original symptoms have returned. I'm trying to work two jobs with this mess. Yuck!
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