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Re: Wellbutrin instead of Zoloft

Posted by Barb on August 4, 1999, at 6:34:12

In reply to Re: Wellbutrin instead of Zoloft, posted by JohnL on August 2, 1999, at 15:59:54

> Wow, thanks John for your thoughts. Weight loss is a BIG issue, but I am over concerned about body image, I admit. Thankfully, I've always been very tuned in health wise (Health nut with food, regular exercise...). I tapered the Zoloft from just 50mg to 0 over a few days - probably too quick, and I kinda miss the euphoric feeling I had with it. But I am hoping in a few weeks I will know if Wellbutrin will work for me. I am now suddenly very irratible and agitated when I'm around my kids (3 boys - 12, 9.5, and 6!) or feeling other stress (is there any other??? :). But I feel okay when I am at work or working out at the rec center.
Fortunately, school is almost back in session (yea!) and I am enjoying the increase in exercise from just brisk walking to weight training again and other cardiovascular workouts. I will let you know how it goes. Thanks again.

> Barb, worst case I've heard is worsened depression, insomnia, agitation. Best case is, "I LOVE it!". It is known for weight loss and activation, though there are some who will get the opposite. I went to Wellbutrin from Zoloft. At first I thought it was wired all backward, because I got real hungry and sedated. But after a few days I lost appetite, lost weight, and really perked up. It is a cousin to speed. Sadly I had to stop because of intolerable tinnitus.
> It is a completely different feeling than Zoloft. If you like Zoloft, you might consider tapering down while adding in Wellbutrin (200-300mg range, same as smoking cessation). You may find a sweet spot in the middle where both are better than either alone. Or you might end up on just Wellbutrin. In any case, it would be a way to try it without making a full commitment until you've sampled Wellbutrin. If Zoloft has been working for you, I personally would be cautious about totally dumping it until you've become comfortable with Wellbutrin. Just my opinion. The doc may approach it differently.
> If weight loss is the issue, the odds are in your favor with Wellbutrin, either alone or with Zoloft. Let us know what the doc says. JohnL.




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