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Re: Effexor Withdrawal and Wellbutrin Start-up Psychopoppy

Posted by Simcha on January 17, 2004, at 20:43:55

In reply to Effexor Withdrawal and Wellbutrin Start-up, posted by Psychopoppy on January 16, 2004, at 3:08:58

Hi,

EffexorXR was the first drug I was treated with for depression. When it came time to stop it my pdoc thought the WellbutrinSR would be a good replacement.

As I decreased the EffexorXR I titrated up on the WellbutrinSR. I have to say that it was rough going. I did not have as bad a time as many have posted on the board. Maybe the WellbutrinSR was helping with some of the withdrawal side effects. Possibly it was that I have a different body chemistry.

Once I got to taking the WellbutrinSR alone I was a mess. I could not get songs, ideas, and other throughts out of my head. I seemed to be unable to switch on or switch off my thoughts. The pdoc realized that I had some components of OCD. He told me that I needed an SSRI at all times.

This is when he started me on Celexa. I titrated up to 40mg of Celexa with 200mg of WellbutrinSR. This worked well until last month (about three years).

I had some depression about a month ago and the pdoc switched me to WellbutrinXR and increased my dosage to 300mg. Now I'm on a therapeutic dose of Wellbutrin. I do have to say that this has helped me immensely. I also have 600mg of Neurontin to take at night because I normally have sleep issues. I also have extra Neurontin to take when I need to take it because the pdoc says that it can help in higher doses when I have an even harder time sleeping. I find that this works too.

I hope you find the best medication regemin for you. It has taken experimentation to find the proper blend for me. I suspect that this is not the end to experimentation for me. I'm sure that the pdoc will be changing something else before long. He says that eventually he would like to switch me from Celexa to Lexapro. We shall see....


Blessings,
Simcha


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