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  1. I hope you had a fantastic day :)

  2. Well, I've been on a Wellbutrin combo for 3 weeks now and am doing so well. I am currently on Wellbutrin xl 300 mg, and Cymbalta 60 mg. For me the two together have been amazing, and I feel almost no side effects because they seem to cancel each other out in that sense. Just wanted to pop in and let everyone know, hopefully people can use my story to encourage them.
  3. Hi JasonW, I'm curious to know what your doctor said. Did he prescribe anything else, and is it working?
  4. anaphora27, Obviously your doctor would know best, and you should talk to him/her about all of this, but I just wanted to suggest (because I am looking at this for myself) that if the Wellbutrin doesn't even out, as it hasn't for me after 5 weeks, then maybe you could consider adding the Zoloft again and taking both. If you only take a low dose of Zoloft and a higher dose of WB then I wonder if the fatigue would still be eased and the weight still come off. Something for your doctor and you to consider, anyway. Newmarm, I'm on WB 300 XL, up from 150 XL, and have been taking it for 5
  5. I just spent a couple of hours reading through this thread. It's refreshing honesty laced with hope and I am sad to see that you seem to have given it up. I hope you are all doing well, and that you will start updating again. P.S. I forgot to mention - in some spots it was also an absolute riot!
  6. Thanks starr, Cheers, AngelOfTheMoor, and X-ray! I really appreciate this info. Everyone else, please keep answering if you have a wellbutrin combo - even if, like AngetOfTheMorr, it isn't perfect yet. I know that everyone reacts to ADs in different ways, but I still think this information is valuable to an overall understanding of what different options might be.
  7. I know there are a lot of topics that cover Wellbutrin combos separately, but I'm hoping that by starting a new thread you will all post and we can get all of the available information/testimonies in one section for easier access. Here's the background. I've been on Wellbutrin now for over 4 weeks (I'm currently at 300 mg once daily), and although it has brought my level of depression up a little it's just not cutting it. I don't cry all the time anymore, but I want to, and I just can't seem to get rid of the sadness even though it's contained now and I am able to (sort of) function. I have to go back to see my doctor in two weeks and I already know that the talk will either be of discontinuing the Wellbutrin completely or adding another AD to the mix to boost me up that last little bit. I want to know what I'm talking about when I go, and what possible combinations we can consider because I do not want to go completely off of Wellbutrin and start from scratch again (too heartbreaking). Also, I don't have a Pdoc. I know I should have one, but I live in a small community and there aren't really any available. My doctor and I are just doing the best we can on our own to figure this whole thing out. Extra concerns for me are, like most people, that I am worried about sexual SE's of different meds and whether or not by keeping Wellbutrin in the mix I can possibly avoid these. I know from experience that I am usually affected in this way, positively with Wellbutrin but negatively with Effexor, Zoloft, and Paxil. Sadly, in Canada where I live I can no longer get Serzone which has been my wonder drug in the past. So, if you take Wellbutrin in combination with another AD can you please post: 1) What the combo is (and how much of each you take), 2) What the first drug was and why you added the second, and 3) How it helped to fix the concern that prompted the addition of a second AD in the first place. I would really appreciate any and all information on this subject. Thanks everybody.
  8. Things have not been going well. I must say, I am quite disappointed in Wellbutrin. After the initial tease of boosting my energy slightly and suppressing my appetite more than slightly she has run off to do other things, such as seducing other majorly depressed people, making them think that she is their new BFF and then, once they possess a shred of hope that maybe someday life could become manageable, dumping them cruelly. I don't understand why it is so hard to feel better. Generally speaking, when a person reaches the point where they are unstable enough to seek professional help it is because they have nothing left in them. So to have to wait, and wait, and then wait some more for the meds to kick in and then to have them NOT kick in - or rather kick in, but then kick out again - is more than difficult. It is devastating. And I have no more fight left in me. So where do I go from here? It is no wonder that when so many people feel badly about getting older I am one of the rare ones genuinely relieved that life seems to be passing by quickly. We discussed the possibility that Wellbutrin might not work at the last doctor's appointment. And the next option is going back to Effexor (no, no nooooo) and adding it to the Wellbutrin. I have read a lot of very bad things about Effexor, so this to me is my worst case scenario. Well really it's not, there are always worse things that could happen. But I see it coming and I dread it.
  9. When I first started the meds I noticed within the first few days that my moods had become frighteningly erratic. One minute I was crying hysterically, unable to stop the flow of tears, the next I was upbeat and ready for an evening of fun. It seemed to wear off after about a week, but now that we've upped the dosage it's come back again. If it weren't so frustrating to not be able to control my responses and to have emotional bounce castles living inside my body it could almost be amusing how ridiculous I have become. For example, today I kissed the hubs, just a nice soft kiss to display my love for him and gratitude that he continually puts up with all of my shenanigans, and I guess my hand grazed the back of his neck in a weird way and he shivered, only I thought the shiver was a laugh and got mad and yelled at him for being disgusted by me and accused him of having a deep seated hatred for touching me. Then I ran away to wash the dishes angrily, even though really the water was way too hot for me to comfortably dunk my hands into, and when he came over to apologize (which by the way, now that it is later and I have calmed down I realize he shouldn't have had to do) I ignored him completely and then sent him out of the house to run errands. At least I can be happy that I didn't cry for 10 years like I previously would have.
  10. Hmmm, that seems frightening to me. Like we won't only lose the depression, but all our other feelings too.
  11. The doctor's visit was fairly uneventful. I had to watch B&B while I waited. Since it's been well over a decade since I've watched any part of a daytime soap opera I mostly wondered how everyone on the show could manage to make so many different kinds of serious/troubled faces. That would be really hard for me. Just thinking about serious face making makes my face smile. I never win 'no smiling' contests, not because I am so happy that I smile all the time but rather because the pressure always proves to be too great and I buckle. I have a new prescription now, and these instructions: 1. Begin taking Bupropion SR 100mg twice daily (with the amount of pills in the bottle this will last me 6 days) 2. When finished, begin taking Wellbutrin XL 150mg once daily Is it normal to go up like that, then down again? I wonder if I am being used as a drug disposal. If so, then maybe I should make a list of all the leftover drugs I would be willing to dispose of if needed. Nevermind, I'd never be able to pull it off anyway, since as soon as I took my list to the drugstore I know my serious face would hit the road and those stupid smiles would return, making me look like a clown. And I think we all know that no one with any sense at all would ever give drugs to a clown.
  12. I got it a couple months ago and thought the same thing. I found out that there are special pink eye drops you can get at Shoppers Drug Mart though, so you don't have to go see the doctor and get a prescription. Feel better! :hugs:
  13. (And now we are up to date) I notice my ability to care about my life slipping away as the drugs work their way into my system. On one hand this is a relief to me, because it means I am not obsessing as much and my crying has been cut in half. On the other hand, I worry that in time the Wellbutrin will take me where the Effexor did, which is not a place that I feel would be in any way beneficial to my family. I think it's fair to say that they need someone who is not apathetic towards them. I can only hope that my brain is shutting down in this way because it is too exhausted right now and that once it has had a chance to rest and recoup it will open for business again. I feel very tired and dramatic today, as well as tired of being dramatic, if I am honest. *********************** On a brighter note, the new drug has officially turned my sexual dysfunction into sexual revolution. I had the best sex I've had in over a year the other night. My libido has been diminishing so slowly over the past year as things have gotten worse and worse that I hadn't realized how easy having an orgasm used to be for me and how difficult it had become. The other night it was like I had stepped back in time, to long before I had an inkling that something was wrong, to when I was young and my zest for life was winning the battles over the void. It was amazing, and as soon as it was over I told the hubs that I am never going off Wellbutrin.
  14. (Originally posted March 15, 2010) Since I feel really crappy today I wasn't going to post, but then I realized that was stupid because this is a depression blog, which I think means that I am supposed to blog on days like these. So. I feel really crappy. And not like doing much. I have lost interest in anything not directly related to staring at my computer all day clicking the refresh button to see if I have new emails that I can reply to. A new one just came in! Just a second..........................argh, it's a Facebook message notification from someone not in my top ten Facebook message senders choices. Tomorrow I am going back to the doctor. He is supposed to up my medication from "keeps you from crying and eating hostess cupcakes" to "allows you to feel happiness again" so that should be exciting.
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