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Wellbutrin works, but while withdrawing?

Posted by Seige on June 13, 2011, at 3:12:02

Hi guys,
This is my first post on the board, though I've been digging through for years, grabbing names of medications to give to my pdoc so I could try them out (yeah he was good, let me try practically anything).

That said, I have tried practically everything legally prescribable (no stimulants) here in Australia, and hardly anything has put a dent in my depression of 4 years, the most bothering part of which is almost complete anhedonia. Parnate was the closest, but wore off fairly quickly.

Anyhow, I am currently on Valdoxan 50mg, which at 4 weeks hasn't done heaps, but I'm going to stick with it since it keeps my anxiety down, hasn't made things worse, like most other meds have, and helps me sleep.

What I am trying to figure out though, is that my last trial was of Wellbutrin (Zyban SR actually :D). Every time I went on it, after about a week my normally low mood would intensify, while the anhedonia didn't improve, so the only way to prop my mood up was intense amounts of caffeine. The first time I gave up after 4 weeks (2 weeks 150mg, 2 weeks 300mg). The weird thing is, 2 days after cutting the med, I woke up feeling pretty good, and the next week after that felt a little normal, anhedonia was a bit better, mood was good, etc.

I've experimented since then, and taking it for 4 days and stopping it once my mood begins to drop will give me a good week.

This confuses me a lot. But, I would like to know, what does it mean? Has anyone else had a similar experience on Buproprion?
Did I stop too early? Has anyone had it make them really depressed at 4 weeks before helping and alleviating anhedonia?

Big post. Thanks guys.




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