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Re: Wellbutrin for amphetamine addict?

Posted by Zannah on November 16, 1999, at 8:06:06

In reply to Wellbutrin for amphetamine addict?, posted by Dee on November 15, 1999, at 21:53:54

> I may have to face the fact that Serzone failed and start shopping around.
> In an attampt to self medicate some years ago I addicted myself to crystalmeth. Although the side effects of meth way overpowered any relief it gave me, the fact remains that it *did* relieve my anxiety and depression. After a run on speed I was able to function normally for about a month, then I had to take another run.
> (I do not recommend this --- after a few years of running I was run down, mentally and physically).
> As the streetphysicists explained it to me when we were getting high, speed affect dopamin and somhow makes the neurons fire all at once, out of control. Wellbutrin inhibits the dopamin reuptake (So I believe, correct me if I am wrong)
> My question is, would this be a reason for me to try wellbutrin, or should I stay away from it because it might trigger the addiction-related anxiety (=compulsively overdosing, withdrawal etc.)
> Any ideas?

Hi Dee,
Thw wellbutrin literature suggests that the prescribing of W'butrin to former drug abusers could be risky, as W'butrin is considered to be mildly abusable.
I have used dexedrine in the past with great results, but it was not prescribed to me. I got it from a friend. WB does have a stimulating effect, and, in the first 10 days of use, I had about 5-6 great days where I felt energized and hopeful. Then that feeling disappeared and now I don't know that it is doing anything, except maybe lessening my weepiness and helping me get out of bed in the a.m.
I admit that the 'abusable' potential mentioned intrigued me and I took about 100 extra mgs. once w/my 150 mgs. All it did was make me anxious and panicky, w/chest pressure and sheer discomfort.
The recommended high dose is 450 a day, taken in 3 well-spaced (by 6-8 hrs.) intervals. I take 300 now. 450 made me uncomfortable.
It is interesting, however, I have read that It sometimes takes as much as 600mgs. a day for the successful treatment for those patients who have formerly abused drugs.
I have 3 weeks of Effexor samples that I may try adding to my W'butrin. I didn't known that mixing of AD's was 'done' until I found this message board.
Please e-mail if you have any ?'s. I have been on W'butrin for about 4-5 months.
PS-How long did you try the serzone for? Was it effective at any time during treatment?




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