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Old 12-13-2019, 03:12 AM   #1
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I was prescribed Wellbutrin 150mg on Wednesday and the bottle has been sitting in my bathroom since then. I am scared to try it because 1) Iím afraid it will not work & 2) that it might cause me to freak out and ruin my xmas. I know itís only 150mgs but Iíve been going back n forth the last two days. Iíve currently purged my body of all meds n foreign substances (weed n alcohol) to see what it feels like.

Well, Iím not suicidal but Iím definitely depressed. Iím tired all the time, no motivation, no joy in the things I used to enjoy, everything is such a struggle to do, etc.... On a scale from 1-10 with 1 being suicidal and 10 being manic, Iím stuck being in the 4ish range. I guess thatís not bad for being on no meds but I thought Iíd have at least better motivation after I quit smoking or eating pot. 🤷🏻*♂️ I even exercise at least 4 days a week and that doesnít seem to help my mood. Maybe itís helping me from going to a 2 or 3. Sorry for venting but Iím just afraid that another AD isnít going to work. 😢
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I was prescribed Wellbutrin 150mg on Wednesday and the bottle has been sitting in my bathroom since then. I am scared to try it because 1) Iím afraid it will not work & 2) that it might cause me to freak out and ruin my xmas. I know itís only 150mgs but Iíve been going back n forth the last two days. Iíve currently purged my body of all meds n foreign substances (weed n alcohol) to see what it feels like.


Well, Iím not suicidal but Iím definitely depressed. Iím tired all the time, no motivation, no joy in the things I used to enjoy, everything is such a struggle to do, etc.... On a scale from 1-10 with 1 being suicidal and 10 being manic, Iím stuck being in the 4ish range. I guess thatís not bad for being on no meds but I thought Iíd have at least better motivation after I quit smoking or eating pot. Scared to take Wellbutrin*Scared to take Wellbutrin I even exercise at least 4 days a week and that doesnít seem to help my mood. Maybe itís helping me from going to a 2 or 3. Sorry for venting but Iím just afraid that another AD isnít going to work. Scared to take Wellbutrin
I honestly don't think you have much to lose. In terms of side effects, Wellbutrin is pretty benign as compared to other antidepressants.

You didn't say which version you were on, but I can tell you I'm on 450mg XL and other than a few days of increased irritability it's been much more positive than negative.

I also had delayed-onset uticaria (skin rash) on my arms that I felt like I narrowed down to being med-related, but I could never say with 100%:certainty as my skin is pretty sensitive in general and most things will cause it to freak out. I let my psychiatrist and dermatologist know though and wanted to stay on the med, so other than discontinuing it I just take a once a day Zyrtec and it hasn't bothered me since nor gotten worse and I've been on Wellbutrin more than a year at max dose.
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Hey @Sublimed4: When you say "freak out and ruin your christmas" what do you mean? What are your symptoms for freaking out?

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I was prescribed Wellbutrin 150mg on Wednesday and the bottle has been sitting in my bathroom since then. I am scared to try it because 1) Iím afraid it will not work & 2) that it might cause me to freak out and ruin my xmas. I know itís only 150mgs but Iíve been going back n forth the last two days. Iíve currently purged my body of all meds n foreign substances (weed n alcohol) to see what it feels like.

Well, Iím not suicidal but Iím definitely depressed. Iím tired all the time, no motivation, no joy in the things I used to enjoy, everything is such a struggle to do, etc.... On a scale from 1-10 with 1 being suicidal and 10 being manic, Iím stuck being in the 4ish range. I guess thatís not bad for being on no meds but I thought Iíd have at least better motivation after I quit smoking or eating pot. 🤷🏻*♂️ I even exercise at least 4 days a week and that doesnít seem to help my mood. Maybe itís helping me from going to a 2 or 3. Sorry for venting but Iím just afraid that another AD isnít going to work. 😢
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I started taking Wellbutrin about 4 years ago and it basically saved my life. I was overweight, super depressed, and self-harming. I started taking this and felt so much better, and lost 30lbs. I didnít have any negative side effects, although I know each person may react differently to it. I donít think thereís anything to be afraid of, 150mg is a pretty low dose. I take 522mgs. Be safe out there!
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Hey @Sublimed4: When you say "freak out and ruin your christmas" what do you mean? What are your symptoms for freaking out?

Freaking out meaning letting the stress of the holidays get to me. Letting little things get to me and turning them into bigger things. When I freak out, I will wanna say **** it all and wanna throw something. Havenít freaked out since I quit the Vyvanse. I have been trying to make an effort to not turn little things into bigger issues.

Little steps, you know? Rome wasnít rebuilt in a day. Lol
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Iím on 150mg XL
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Update: Today was my 5th day on Wellbutrin 150mg XL. I can honestly say I feel a tad better. At least I donít feel worse. The first day, I felt a little nauseous but nothing too major. I also felt like I was on a low dose of Vyvanse. Felt clearer and not letting little things get to me, especially while driving. lol

I guess on a scale from 1-10, I went from like a 4 to a 4.5-5. I am getting moments of normalcy but they are not lasting long. At least Iím not feeling hopeless.

I hope it gives me some motivation to finish a childrenís book I started outlining and brainstorming.

So far so good. I have hope my holiday season will be good.
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motivation will only improve weeks to months after quitting pot.
don't drink alcohol on wellbutrin.

for MDD patient with generalized anxiety and ADD:

methylphenidate or amphetamine work better for ADD/ADHD
consider guanfacine or clonidine for anxiety. it also may reduce side effects for Wellbutrin and/or stimulant treatment
consider SSRI if wellbutrin does not work.
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I'm glad it's working. I've taken it for years. It was my choice for an antidepressant.
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I'm glad it's working. I've taken it for years. It was my choice for an antidepressant.
Iím not a big drinker but if I had one or two drinks, would it be really bad?
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