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Change from Wellbutrin XL 150mg toWe;;butrin HCL 300 mg

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Not thrill about the switch. Really wanted to drop the wellbutrin and go back to just taking Prozac 60 mg. This doctor feels that 60 mg is too high of dose. So she changed the Wellbutrin XL to HCL 300 mg  and changed the schedule of time I take my meds.  I have to take the Wellbutrin every am to be sure there are no harmful side effects and the prozac at lunch or bedtime.

Anyone have problems taking the Wellbutrin HCL?

only side effect I had from the Wellbutrin XL was dry mouth for about 2 hours after taking it.

 

 

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NoJoy

Trying to get the meds right is so frustrating.  I have not taken Wellbutrin in any of its forms.  I wish you the best. 

Tim 

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if you're looking to quit smoking then Wellbutrin XL is great. I recommended to a lady I work with just yesterday. I really hate taking drugs that I have no experience with or know of someone who does. Going to try looking it on line. I don't always trust those pamphlets the drug store give woth the meds. 

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Hello Nojoy,   Wondering what is Wellbutrin HCL?   There is the IR (immediate release), the  SR (sustained release), and the XL (extended release).  I imagine you are taking the XL version at 300.  And did you lower the prozac from 60?

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Hi nojoy,

Over the past 20 years I've taken generic Wellbutrin HCL (bupropion) in both SR & XL from 150 mg to 300 mg coupled with 100 mg generic Zoloft (sertraline).  Currently taking Wellbutrin 150 SR + 100 mg Zoloft.  I went to the same psychiatrist for 30 years, now prescribed the meds by a specialist I'm seeing for Hashimotos thyroiditis.  (Sidenote:  I was diagnosed with major depression/recurrent years prior to the Hashimotos (a thyroid autoimmune disease) diagnoses.  In research I've done recently, I've discovered that thyroid conditions, especially Hashimotos, mimic depression.  It is very possible I actually do not have clinical depression and as the Hashimotos is being brought under control as well as drastically changing my eating habits, I'm finding much less of a dependence on the meds.)

I asked my former psychiatrist why an SSRI was always prescribed with Wellbutrin.  The only answer I received was "The SSRI boosts the effects of Wellbutrin."  Maybe partially true but I dug into this a bit deeper and discovered some interesting things: (1) Especially on higher doses ie. 300 mg, there is the potential for seizures; the SSRI is added to avoid that.  I would recommend your own research on this because the word "seizure" is scary.  It seems some people are more prone to this than others.  Wellbutrin is also not to be stopped without tapering due to seizures as well but I went off cold-turkey twice, once due to a mess up on my p-doc's part; once because I thought I didn't need them anymore.  I felt like I had a bad flu for about 10 days each time and, fortunately didn't know about the seizure connection then.  (2) Wellbutrin is known to cause anxiety.  Hmmm...now there's a kick in the pants!!  Could be another reason for the SSRI and, coincidentally (?) I didn't have any anxiety issues until I was put on Wellbutrin; now I'm diagnosed with a major anxiety disorder and taking generic Klonopin (clonazepam) - a benzo to which my body is now addicted.

From a lifetime of a variety of psych cocktails, beginning when I was first diagnosed with depression in my 30's, I've experienced a lot and researched a lot.  Always ask your prescribing Dr. any questions/voice concerns re: meds but I highly recommend digging into research as well to see if it lines up with the info from your Dr.  I discovered too late that my p-doc glossed over very serious effects of some drugs (especially Klonopin which is to be taken ONLY for 2 weeks at a time at most; he put me on an extremely high dose and left me there) and prescribing drugs was his "thing."  Fortunately his P.A. took the dosage down and my current prescribing Dr. brought the other meds down and is supporting my body with supplements and dietary changes.

Hope this helps. 


 

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Thanks @Teril. My former doctor tested me for thyroid problems before he prescribed the prozac. I wish this new NP would look at the past three years of my medical records and see that I was doing good on just the 60 mg of prozac. The Wellbutrin helped with the urge to smoke, but I noticed a change in my mood when the prozac was decreased.

Thank you for the info and I will keep doing my research.

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On 5/18/2019 at 6:31 PM, Laura123 said:

Wondering what is Wellbutrin HCL?   There is the IR (immediate release), the  SR (sustained release), and the XL (extended release).  I imagine you are taking the XL version at 300.  And did you lower the prozac from 60?

@Laura123 The HCL was on the prescription label. I was on the XL when I was quitting the cigarettes. My former doctor dropped the dosage of Prozac from 60mg to 40 mg because of the addition of the wellbutrin. He didn't want to stress my system too much. There are a lot of medications that I cannot take because of side effects and I have been known to stop taking meds if I don't like the way it makes me feel.

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On 5/19/2019 at 5:34 AM, Teril said:

Hi nojoy,

Over the past 20 years I've taken generic Wellbutrin HCL (bupropion) in both SR & XL from 150 mg to 300 mg coupled with 100 mg generic Zoloft (sertraline).  Currently taking Wellbutrin 150 SR + 100 mg Zoloft.  I went to the same psychiatrist for 30 years, now prescribed the meds by a specialist I'm seeing for Hashimotos thyroiditis.  (Sidenote:  I was diagnosed with major depression/recurrent years prior to the Hashimotos (a thyroid autoimmune disease) diagnoses.  In research I've done recently, I've discovered that thyroid conditions, especially Hashimotos, mimic depression.  It is very possible I actually do not have clinical depression and as the Hashimotos is being brought under control as well as drastically changing my eating habits, I'm finding much less of a dependence on the meds.)

I asked my former psychiatrist why an SSRI was always prescribed with Wellbutrin.  The only answer I received was "The SSRI boosts the effects of Wellbutrin."  Maybe partially true but I dug into this a bit deeper and discovered some interesting things: (1) Especially on higher doses ie. 300 mg, there is the potential for seizures; the SSRI is added to avoid that.  I would recommend your own research on this because the word "seizure" is scary.  It seems some people are more prone to this than others.  Wellbutrin is also not to be stopped without tapering due to seizures as well but I went off cold-turkey twice, once due to a mess up on my p-doc's part; once because I thought I didn't need them anymore.  I felt like I had a bad flu for about 10 days each time and, fortunately didn't know about the seizure connection then.  (2) Wellbutrin is known to cause anxiety.  Hmmm...now there's a kick in the pants!!  Could be another reason for the SSRI and, coincidentally (?) I didn't have any anxiety issues until I was put on Wellbutrin; now I'm diagnosed with a major anxiety disorder and taking generic Klonopin (clonazepam) - a benzo to which my body is now addicted.

From a lifetime of a variety of psych cocktails, beginning when I was first diagnosed with depression in my 30's, I've experienced a lot and researched a lot.  Always ask your prescribing Dr. any questions/voice concerns re: meds but I highly recommend digging into research as well to see if it lines up with the info from your Dr.  I discovered too late that my p-doc glossed over very serious effects of some drugs (especially Klonopin which is to be taken ONLY for 2 weeks at a time at most; he put me on an extremely high dose and left me there) and prescribing drugs was his "thing."  Fortunately his P.A. took the dosage down and my current prescribing Dr. brought the other meds down and is supporting my body with supplements and dietary changes.

Hope this helps. 


 

What a wise and thorough response. This is DF at its best. 

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It has been 5 days and during the 5 days of 300mg of Wellbutrin, I have experienced severe anxiety. I woke up suddenly in the middle of the night, panicking because I thought someone was in the house. I couldn't move, couldn't take a breath. It happened  on the way home from work yesterday.  Thank goodness I was at a stoplight and was aware of the panic and could talk myself through it. I saw the therapist today and talk with her about it. Going to continue for 2 more days, so it will be a full week like the doctor wanted and then I will talk the her about this.

I have anxiety but not  like this. The feeling of not being able to move scared me more than the thought of someone being in the house. 

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Still having side effects. latest one is my hands and arms tingling. my mood is up and down, more down than anything. Vivid and weird dreams. the small things has sent me spiraling downward. I know its the change in meds but not sure how much longer I can take this.

And my doctor has been out sick this entire week. 

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Finally the doctor responded. She changed the dosage back to 150 mg. Now to readjust to the 150 mg.

The dreams were the worst. I'd wake up exhausted in the mornings after sleeping 7 hours.

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It could be that the 300 mg was too much too soon.  Start low and go slow can be a good thing when adjusting to new medications.   Are you feeling relief from the lowered dosage of Wellbutrin?

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