Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 231877

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wellbutrin/provigil

Posted by e503 on June 6, 2003, at 9:51:45

I have been on wellbutrin for a few months, with not a lot of success. Doc wants me to try provigil. I have ADD and was on dexedrine for a few years, but decided to try something different. Can anyone tell me their experiences plus or minuses with these meds?
thanks,
elise

 

Re: wellbutrin/provigil e503

Posted by Snoozy on June 6, 2003, at 10:17:49

In reply to wellbutrin/provigil, posted by e503 on June 6, 2003, at 9:51:45

Hi -

I've been on 400mg Wellbutrin for years, and I tried adding 200mg of Provigil for a few weeks recently. I'll probably go back to it if I can get my insurance to cover it.

Do you have symptoms other than ADD - depression, anxiety, etc? And what is your Wellbutrin dosage?

My main problem is excessive sleepiness (13-15 hours a day, but still always sleepy). The Provigil did help some with alertness, which helped my concentration/focus. Provigil is subtle, there's no rush like the rush you get from coffee or other stims. I wasn't able to stay on it very long, but I wasn't having any big problems with side effects.

I have read a few people here have taken it for ADD - I hope they can help you a bit more!

> I have been on wellbutrin for a few months, with not a lot of success. Doc wants me to try provigil. I have ADD and was on dexedrine for a few years, but decided to try something different. Can anyone tell me their experiences plus or minuses with these meds?
> thanks,
> elise

 

Re: wellbutrin/provigil

Posted by zoe on June 6, 2003, at 10:51:26

In reply to Re: wellbutrin/provigil e503, posted by Snoozy on June 6, 2003, at 10:17:49

I have been on wellbutrin/provigil combo for just over a year now. currently am on 200 mg a day of provigil and 100 mg bid of wellbutrin. this is for depression/social anxiety. i have found it to be an excellent combination, and have been very stable on it. i was initially on 450 mg a day of the wellbutrin but weaned off some of it once i started the provigil.

 

Re: wellbutrin/provigil e503

Posted by wendy b. on June 7, 2003, at 23:40:38

In reply to wellbutrin/provigil, posted by e503 on June 6, 2003, at 9:51:45

Dear Elise,

> I have been on wellbutrin for a few months, with not a lot of success.

What is your diagnosis besides ADD, if any? What doseage of Wellbutrin?


>Doc wants me to try provigil. I have ADD and was on dexedrine for a few years, but decided to try something different.

Why did you decide this? Was the dex giving you a bad side-effect? Did it calm you or send you too high?

>Can anyone tell me their experiences plus or minuses with these meds?
> thanks,
> elise

I have bipolar 2 and ADHD. Sometimes I think just ADHD, with related depression, but the jury is still out on that - in any case, it doesn't make any difference, because it's the symptoms one is treating, not the diagnosis. I am on 400 mg Wellbutrin SR a day, and 200 mg Provigil (I take 200 mg Wellbu. in the a.m., 100 at noon, and another 100 at dinnertime; I take 150 mg Provigil in the a.m., and the other 50 at dinnertime). I also take a 600 mg tab of Neurontin (for mood-stabilization) at night before bed...

The Wellbu is good for the depression, although I was getting some breakthrough apathy and hopelessness-type feelings. I was also tired during the day a lot, and my ADHD was not being addressed by the Wellbu only. The Provigil helped A LOT with mood (I have not felt the hopeless stuff ever since I went on it), and also with concentration and focus (I finished reading books I had started months -- hell, years -- before; I opened mail which had been going ignored for months, stuff like that...) I stopped being tired during the day, and I also lost 18 lbs on Provigil (got to my pre-baby weight for the first time in a decade! yea!), which I totally loved, and that helped with the depression, too, no doubt about that!

Anyway, it's been a great combination for me...

Good luck,

Wendy

 

Re: wellbutrin/provigil wendy b.

Posted by e503 on June 7, 2003, at 23:49:10

In reply to Re: wellbutrin/provigil e503, posted by wendy b. on June 7, 2003, at 23:40:38

Dear Wendy,

The doc wanted to take me off dexedrine - a different doc had prescribed it to me a few years before and I think for some reason this doc doesn't like it. I did start smoking again after 6 years when On dexedrine and I do believe that it made me want to smoke. I went to wellbutrin because I wanted to quit smoking, which I did....but the wellbutrin really made me apathetic, tired. I was going to sleep before my kids! My doc seems to like provigil a lot. I started it yesterday. Hopefully it will help.
elise


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