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Wellbutrin--some "fading" of benefits...(?)

Posted by Jeff on June 8, 1999, at 15:53:01

I have been on Wellbutrin SR for about a month.
I started at 150 mg in the morning and then a week
later I increased to two 150 mg doses, once in the
morning and once in the evening.

The results on several dimensions have been remarkably
good so far. Has alleviated depression/melancholy
tremendously, and I feel less anxious. And very
few side effects so far, just a little restless
during the night, but even that is improving.

The question I had is on Wellbutrin's effect on my
ability to focus on others in social interactions
(e.g., one-on-one conversations). Before taking
Wellbutrin, had some trouble keeping my mind
"on track" during these interactions and would
experience intrusive or distracting thoughts.
My doctor felt that this was driven in part by ADD,
and perhaps in part by social anxiety. She thought
that Wellbutrin would help on this count.

For the first two weeks, the results were
unbelievably great-I could focus on other people
for extended periods for the first time in my life.
Although things are still going well they are not
as good as when I first started taking this drug.
That is, I have back slid somewhat, and am still
finding it a bit hard to follow others (although
still better than I was before starting Wellbutrin.
Interestingly, the alleviation of depression has
not faded, things are still going great in that

I already miss this tremendous ability to focus.
Has anyone else experienced a little "fading" with
Wellbutrin in this way (or other ways)?
Is this simply a normal habituation to the drug?
Seems a little early to be discouraged-should I
give this more time? Any suggestions or thoughts
are welcome. Thanks in advance....




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