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Glad to hear it works for so many...

Posted by Bob (not Dr.) on September 4, 1999, at 23:33:20

In reply to Experienced Wellbutrin Users Please Help, posted by Pat on September 4, 1999, at 17:08:03

LD-- I have depression and panic disorder as well. Some time ago, I switched to Wellbutrin from Paxil as the Paxil had turned me into a complete zombie. To make it worse, I had some pretty severe withdrawal symptoms from the Paxil, so my doc had me start on the WB without letting the Paxil washout a bit. That small overlap of those two meds, in retrospect, was one of my clearest, sanest times in the last four years. WB's effect on my withdrawal symptoms took about 20 minutes on the two or three occasions I forgot to take a dose. I imagine whatever it was doing may be related to how it can help smokers quit....

Once the Paxil had washed out, tho, I started getting pretty psychotic. Thankfully, I had one part of me that could recognize when things were getting too hot--it would send me into these unprovoked, uncontrollable rages--and I could walk away from whatever situation I was in to defuse things. My doc put me on Perphenazine at a really small dosage. That worked to control the rage, but WB never did anything for my depression.

(In case you're wondering: yes, I have thought about trying Paxil and WB together intentionally. Given other factors in my life right now, plus how stable my current cocktail has me and how nasty each one of those were to me on their own, it's too much to risk right now.)




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