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Teril

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  1. Hi Katrinasurvivor (I have a 14 yo cat that was a Hurricane Katrina rescue. I adopted her at the Orlando Humane Society - now part of Pet Alliance - she was chipped, declawed, spayed, and obviously had always been well-cared for. A chipped cat wouldn't be adopted out unless the owners surrendered her. I've often wondered what happened to her owners. Anyway...), I understand the panic of not having medication that works. I've been on a combo of Wellbutrin/bupropion and Zoloft/sertraline for 15 years; I'd been on Zoloft with other combinations another 15. I didn't realize Mylan wasn't making bupropion any longer. Just checked my bottle and I have Solco. No side effects thus far. I'm sorry you're going through this. Update - I still had the Wellbutrin bottle from my previous Dr. which was filled June 2, 2018. The manufacturer for it was Cipla. Same pharmacy. Waned to add that name since I don't think it's one you've tried.
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    WELLBUTRIN—hellbutrin??

    @Vega57 - Read my post above. I am now convinced Wellbutrin is what caused my anxiety which led to my having to go on disability 14 years ago.
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    WELLBUTRIN—hellbutrin??

    Hi Kate and welcome! I really feel for you. My story: I was diagnosed with "Major Depression Recurrent-Rapid Cycling" over 30 years ago by a psychiatrist. I was initially put on a combo of two psych meds and was stabilized for many years, lived a normal life, etc. until they quit working, at which point one of the meds was switched out for Wellbutrin. It was one of the weirdest psych meds I'd ever taken and in over 30 years I've taken a lot of different meds. The main issue with the Wellbutrin was that it made my brain feel "detached" from my skull. There's no other way I can describe it. When I turned my head, even very slowly, it felt like it took a few seconds for my "free-floating" brain to catch up. There were some other issues but eventually they evened out and the depressive symptoms vanished. I considered Wellbutrin a wonder drug; however, within about six months I developed a new mental illness - severe anxiety and I mean SEVERE! My p-doc then added Klonopin, an anti-anxiety med to the mix and kept increasing it until I was on 5 (that's FIVE) mg!!! I was such an anxious mess at the time (including pacing the floors) that I didn't do my usual research and didn't find out until way down the road that Klonopin (or any of the benzos) is for SHORT TERM treatment only and "short term" is defined as "no more than two weeks." This guy put me on an astronomical dosage and...left me on it. Eventually I had to go on disability due to the extreme anxiety, even taking Klonopin. Another thing about Klonopin, it is EXTREMELY hard to wean off of - some research says it is harder to wean off than illegal drugs. So what does this have to do with Wellbutrin? Eventually my p-doc, whose staff/office had grown from just him, a counselor, and one office manager to multiple psychiatrists, P.A.s, therapists, behavioral specialists, and a large office staff with the customer service attitude of the Gestapo. My Dr. got into "medication trials" (probably very lucrative) and I saw one of his P.A.s. who was mortified at the amount of Klonopin I was on and began decreasing it. Unfortunately she left and the next P.A.had the same personality/empathy as the office staff. This practice had turned into a "pill factory" - 15 minute appointments, hand the patient the med scripts, "see you in three months." The cancellation policy changed as well (with no notice) as I discovered six months ago when I was ill the day of my appointment, called the office to reschedule my appointment, and was told I wouldn't be rescheduled until I'd paid for the missed one. (Over the years and many moves, I now lived 2 hours one way from the office.) WHOA! Previously they had a $50 charge if one didn't cancel within 48 hours so I figured I'd have to pay that. It was time for a refill on all my meds so I said I'd send the check but could the P.A. please call in at least a one-week supply of the Wellbutrin and Klonopin, both of which are extremely dangerous to go off cold turkey. Nope! I was FRANTIC and and told the Gestapo staff to make a note in my file that the P.A. was endangering my health and possibly my life. So, to pull this all together - I began digging for research into Wellbutrin to see if there was some supplement or anything I could do to get me through withdrawal. I had some of each med left, but not much and figured I'd have to go to the ER within the week. Here's what I found out that was a true "light bulb" moment for me - research indicated that the reason another anti-depressant is prescribed with Wellbutrin is because .... wait for it ... Wellbutrin causes anxiety! That explains why I "only" had depressive symptoms prior to Wellbutrin but "out of the blue" developed major anxiety - to the point that I eventually had to go on disability for the anxiety - after being put on it. I got back into a medical practice that specializes in thyroid disorders (I also have Hashimotos Hypothyroid - an autoimmune illness) that I'd gone to years ago and, thankfully, they are working with me to wean me off the Klonopin. I had some rough days going off Wellbutrin but got through it. I have a family history of mental illness and, due to that plus my own struggle with depression and (I'm now convinced) Wellbutrin-induced anxiety, I earned a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and was working in the field until I went on disability...from the anxiety. My point is that I am definitely NOT a "no meds" person but if I'd done the digging re: Wellbutrin I did recently, I never would have gone on it NOR Klonopin.
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    Worst Doctors Office Experience

    Adding my recent experience after some background: I've seen the same pdoc for approximately 30 years. Back then it was just the pdoc, office manager, and one therapist. Now he has several more pdocs on staff, plus many P.A.'s, and therapists as well as being involved in medication "research" which is almost like another new business for him. Ten years ago I moved to another town one hour from my pdoc. I had just applied for disability so did not want to break the continuity of treatment at the time since this doctor had my entire case history. After my disability was approved I began trying to find a new pdoc. Mine said he didn't know anyone in my area, my family Dr. is a D.O. and doesn't prescribe the meds I'm on; I saw a therapist who was also a nurse and could prescribe two of my meds but not the "controlled substance" (Klonopin/clonazepam). Since I only saw my pdoc 4x/year (every 3 months), I decided to stay with him until I could find another Dr. Fast forward to the present - my pdoc farmed me out to one of his P.A.'s who doesn't take Medicare and uses his office manager as a shield when I've asked to speak to him, keeping in mind the length of time I've been seeing him. So I continued to drive 2 hours total for a 15 min. appointment to just get handed my three scripts: Wellbutrin, Zoloft, and Klonopin. The cost kept going up and is currently $135.00 for 15 min. I don't have the money so a family member has been paying for my appointments. The practice charges $50.00 if an appt. is not cancelled/rescheduled at least 48 hours in advance. Since I only go 4x/year this hasn't been an issue but there have been times I have been ill the morning of the appointment and had to cancel and pay the $50. Recent experience: My current appt. was for last Thursday at 11:15 a.m. I woke up ill and very shaky so I knew I wasn't up to driving two hours in heavy traffic. I cancelled my appt., said I understood I would owe the late cancellation fee and would call to reschedule. When I did so Friday morning I was hit with a new policy that I've never heard before...never have seen posted anywhere, etc. The policy is that if one has three late cancellations, they have to first pay the office visit amount BEFORE they will reschedule. Apparently the three cancellations can go back several years as this was the first one for this year and before that two years ago. I was dumbfounded!! I told the receptionist that I was an hour away and out of my meds, particularly Klonopin, and by the time I could get a check in the mail to them I would be going through Klonopin withdrawals and be very ill. Didn't matter. I then asked if my P.A. could call in a small supply of Klonopin so I could mail the check (which I'd have to get from my family member) THEN make the appointment and no telling how long of a wait that would be. The receptionist checked with my P.A. who said I couldn't make an appt. until I paid the $135.00. Ironically, at my last appointment I told my P.A. that if I'd know how addictive Klonopin was when the pdoc put me on it about 15 years ago I would have refused. She nodded and said since I'd been on it so long, it would take years to wean off. (I am prescribed 0.5 mg. - take 1 or 2 daily as needed) so she knows full well the dangers of stopping cold turkey. I told the receptionist to please document in my file that the P.A. was putting my health in danger. WOW!!! 30 years, always compliant on my meds (and this pdoc LOVES to prescribe meds - he had me on SEVEN psych meds at one point, a couple of them addressing the same issue; I had to be firm over the years to just get down to three) and now I'm thrown into withdrawal from Klonopin due to not calling 48 hours in advance! I know this has to be unethical behavior. I have no idea where to go now. Withdrawal symptoms are already setting in. We have walk-in clinics but I'm not sure what to say - my Dr. won't see me? Explaining the reason sounds like I'm making it up. There is a county mental health clinic in town that I had planned to check out but that will likely take at least a few days, if not more, to qualify and get an appointment. ARRGGGGGHHH!! Thank you to whoever read all this.
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    Best time to take Wellbutrin

    My "cocktail" of meds is Bupropion (Wellbutrin) XL 300 mg; Sertraline (Zoloft) 100 mg; Clonazepam/Klonopin (.5 mg) and was diagnosed with Hashimotos Hypothyroidism (autoimmune disease) 30 years ago so I also take 175 mcg Synthroid daily. I've talked to my psychiatrist and various of his P.A.s as well as various doctors who have prescribed the Synthroid over the years and the common denominator is to take the meds at the same time daily. "First thing in the morning" is what doctors tell patients re: Synthroid because of the 1-hr. wait before eating and they're basing it on people who work a "normal" schedule. Not everyone works an 8-5 - some work 2nd and 3rd shifts and then there are people who are nocturnal (like my parents) so for them, "first thing in the morning" is around 4 pm. So, based on what I've been told, I choose a time that is convenient for me to take the Synthroid and then the other meds together at the same time. I was advised by one psychiatric P.A. to take the Zoloft right before bed as it would help with the morning terrors I was experiencing. My mother does that now and says it works really well for her. Back to Synthroid/Levothyroxine - for 30 years all my doctors have said, "It doesn't matter what time you take it, just make sure you take it at the same time daily and either 1 hr. before eating or approximately 4 hrs. after eating. Main thing is to take it on an empty stomach.
  6. Hello, can you please contact me by pm? i cant seem to message you.

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    Dumb idea, what can I expect?

    Any time-release med, such as Bupropion/Wellbutrin XL should not even be cut in half, much less crushed, due to the med going into one's system slowly over time, which is what the XL means. If you took the crushed Bupropion at one time, you got the entire effect of the med immediately instead of how it was made to work.
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    Wellbutrin & Migraines & more

    Isn't that a bizarre feeling? That's the best way I can describe it. I'm currently looking for a new pdoc closer to where I live and am going to ask them about taking Zoloft with Wellbutrin. I'd prefer to be on as few meds as possible.
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    Wellbutrin & Migraines & more

    I've been taking the generic of Wellbutrin XL300 for at least 25 years. Never had a migraine. When I first began taking it I did have a very odd feeling in my head, like my brain was "free-floating." When I turned my head it felt like it took a few seconds for my brain to "catch up." Very hard to explain the sensation. I'm not sure how long I was on it the first time but I didn't like the weird sensation so my pdoc took me off. After trying a few other meds I said I'd be willing to try Wellbutrin again and that time I had no side effects at all. Are you on an SSRI as well? My pdoc said an SSRI was needed with Wellbutrin. Now I forget why. Since then I've asked two of his P.A.'s why it is necessary and now I can't recall their answers either but I think they said it boosted the Wellbutrin.
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    Bupropion and Hives

    I've been on generic Bupropion XL 300 mg for about 10 years. When I first went on it I had the strangest feeling in my head - like my brain was free-floating and if I turned my head it took a few seconds for my brain to catch up with it. Others indicated similar sensations. Finally went off of Bupropion and tried another "cocktail" but decided to give Bupropion another try later on and that time I didn't have any issues at all. Medications are strange animals.
  11. Hi Aramis :)

    Ok, I'm confused...errrr what does "knufel" mean?

  12. Happy Birthday

  13. I hope you had a fantastic day :)

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    20 Days In

    Hi, Guys! I think it's time for me to bow out of this thread. One reason is the information I provided on Klonopin is not *my* idea, but what I have gleaned from a multitude of professional sources plus my personal experience. Somehow this has been misconstrued that it is just me talking out of my hat. Taken in small amounts the way Bud is is one thing - my pdoc dumping a med on me that will likely take a good year to slowly wean off of is another. I agree if a med is helping that's one thing, but for me Klonopin isn't helping me get out into the world again and become a "normal" person. The ONLY thing it has done is cut down on the "morning terrors" I referred to previously. I still experience anxiety on a daily basis. So, I am feeling a little "ganged up" at present. (And being referred to in third person on Bud's latest post, further engendering the feeling of two guys talking around me.) I'll leave you guys to well, "guy talk." I'm in a very fragile place right now where men/dating/etc. is concerned and it's hard to know one of you is happily married and the other actively dating when I have been alone so long. And, if either of you knew the situation within my marriage of 18 years, your jaws would drop to the floor. Please know I'm not angry and have valued this discussion greatly and thank all of you who participated and the encouragement you provided. I'll always cherish that. One thing I have learned in my journey of living with depression is that one needs to protect themselves from things that are potentially hurtful. I wish you all - Kirby, Bud, FightingtheDog, Aramis - most well and trust we will all keep fighting the good fight to wellness. Teril
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