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Wellbutrin and Lexapro experience

Posted by RayJ on December 5, 2003, at 20:23:30

Just did a google search on "wellbutrin amphetamine addiction" and came across this site. What a great resource!

I am getting off Wellbutrin after 10 days and going back to Lexapro.

I've been diagnosed with mild depression after recently starting an alcohol recovery program. My dr. initially put me on Lexapro for a month and of course I discovered its sexual side effects. He then decided to switch me to Wellbutrin to see how I do with it...1 week at 150mg, then up to 300mg.

The Lexapro, other than the sex thing, was great...the world was wonderful, everything was in balance, my AA sponsor always said I sounded so happy for someone new to the program.

After a couple of days on the Wellbutrin, things started to slide. I got irritable, cranky with the kids, stressed out at work again, and not wanting to be around other people. Then I bumped it up to 300mg. Holy cow! Years ago I had a little problem with crystal meth, and daytimes on 300mb of Wellbutrin feel exactly the way I used to feel after a four-day speed binge. You practically have to rake me off the ceiling. I lost all interest in AA or the book or my steps, and even though I haven't started drinking again, I sure do remember that a few beers was what calmed me down after a speed binge.

I explained all this to the dr., and he's putting me back on the Lexapro, starting tomorrow.

Hope this little anecdote can be of use to someone, and hope I didn't go on for too long (I'm, uh, still kind of wired.)

Does anybody have any experience with this transition (WB to Lexapro)? My dr. said it should be no problem, but I've seen posts here that talk about WB withdrawal.






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