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Posted by anna on July 10, 1999, at 12:13:05

In reply to WellbutrinSR TOGETHER w/ other ANTI-ANXIETY DRUGS?, posted by Monte on July 1, 1999, at 1:40:24

> I'm a sedentary executive male, 43, 5-11, 300 lbs., in good health but,
> too, a compulsive smoker. While my career is successful, my long-suffering
> significant other is asthmatic and our relationship is severely
> strained chiefly over my smoking addiction. (We spend more time apart than
> together but, thank goodness, we share custody of the dog!) Initially,
> I chose WellbutrinSR150 (instead of Zyban alone) for the theraputic
> benefits of both (thinking there would be better results for both my
> smoking and minor depression). I was frightened by the seizure
> aspect, but, in time (starting with two daily and later raising to three)
> discovered that after nine weeks of faithful use, the urge to smoke
> was entirely gone (and, if a cigarette was just too tempting in social
> situations, lighting-up had no pleasure in that the rush of niccotine
> was absent). Unfortunately, after not smoking for a few weeks, I, like
> a fool, quit taking the product and, inevitably, would shortly
> thereafter resume smoking. Then, after going back to square one,
> the regimen was resumed. I am now in my third attempt to quit
> forever, but am hopeful that taking another medication along with
> the Wellbutrin would allow me to more effectively deal with my
> depression. While my family physician has not been forthcoming with
> a recommendation, he is supportive of me in this quest and has said
> that he would be interested in what data I might glean from my
> numerous internet contacts. So, fellow lurkers, will someone please
> comment specifically as regards taking Wellbutrin along with another
> anti-anxiety drug? Many thanks for your good counsel.
> Faithfully, /Monte

Hi Monte, i'm trying to give up smoking at the moment too. I dont have much trouble with cravings, just with sticking to it- it helps clear my brain fog. Anyway, Nicotine patches are really helpful and Xanax or valium in the short term may help with anxiety, but check with your doc that they are safe with wellbutrin.Good Luck, I hope next week we can post that we are now non smokers. My husband has never smoked so its a bit of an issue with us too especially when i must give up for medical reasons. keep in touch. Anna




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