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Re: Insomnia and Wellbutrin

Posted by jamie on June 22, 1999, at 5:06:25

In reply to Insomnia and Wellbutrin, posted by Jeff on June 21, 1999, at 8:28:22

> I have been on Wellbutrin SR 150 mg for about a month, one dose in the early am and another late afternoon.
> I am doing great so far except that i have been having a LOT of problem sleeping. I would really like to be able
> to get a good night's sleep again. Does anyone have any suggestions regarding what do do. As a last resort I am willing
> to try additional meds for the insomnia although I would prefer something that is not going to create additional
> side effects that are even worse than the insomnia. (BTW i have tried moving my second dose earlier in the day but
> that has not helped much.)
> Thanks in advance for your advice.

That is unfortunate, but quite common with a lot of meds, especially Wellbutrin. If you are willing to add another med for sleep, there are choices. A low dose of Remeron will work, with a light hangover feeling in early a.m.(goes away quickly) and maybe some weight gain being side effects. Low dose Serzone also, similar side effects. Low dose of a sedating tricyclic, like anafranil. The tricyclic Nortriptyline gave me great sleep, but drowsy days too. Low dose of Trazadone is a common add-on, with that same early morning mild hangover kind of side effect that goes away with the first coffee. These are all antidepressants as well. In the natural herbal arena, people use capsules or teas of valarien root, passionflower, hops, chamomile, and any combination of them. I found them somewhat helpful, but certainly not as sure-fire as a sedating antidepressant choice. There are so many choices, perhaps you should sleep on it. (Just joking) *grin* jamie




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