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Switching brands - my experience

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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.

 

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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!

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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.  

 

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