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Effexor XR plus Wellbutrin SR

Posted by MarySue on October 2, 2001, at 18:39:55

I have been on Effexor XR for about 2 years. I started with Wellbutrin SR and gradually added the Effexor.
This combination has virtually wiped out my anxiety, angry thoughts and despair. Other depressive symptoms for me, are agoraphobia and not being able to work, which has changed little. The first year on Effexor, I became more motivated and was able to go out....before this, I would have to concentrate on going to my therapy appointment for days before, then on appointment day, I would need to try on several outfits, pace, cry and have a glass of wine, before my husband would drive me over and walk me up the stairs to the office. I no longer need to fuss so much before
leaving the house, and I no longer drink. However, this year, I have become more phobic and have trouble going out
again. (Although, it is not near as bad as feels more like procrastination, except sometimes I can't go out even
when I truly want to.) I still can't work...which frustrates me tremendously. I was able to take on some responsibility, I
bought a small dog...something I always wanted to do. I take him on a walk every day....sometimes after dark, but I can do it. I just started an increase of my Effexor XR
to 300mg a day (I take all four capsules in the morning with my first dose of Wellbutrin SR). The Wellbutrin I have
been taking for three years...I was so crazy before taking meds, that my husband was going to commit me....I have
been in therapy for several years. In addition to the 300mg of Effexor, my total daily Wellbutrin SR is 400mg...200 in
the morning and 200 in the evening. I have changed so much. I think clearly, sleep well, and my mood is steady. I sing.
I am sorry that I am still not always able to go out with my husband (I missed a wedding last week-end) and I would
love to garden and draw, but if this is as far as I can go, I am thankful for it. I find that people respond to me in such a
pleasant for me. I love that. Now I look happy. Since I was 9 years old, I had been hearing myself screaming
inside my head nearly every day. (I assumed everyone had that!) I also heard my grandmother calling me....these are
mercifully gone now. Without the burden of noise, frightening thoughts and daily waves of anxiety, I am alone with
myself and I like who I am. I no longer have a burdened expression on my face. I am no longer tense. It turns out that I am a nice person who likes to smile. Neighborhood cats and dogs walk up to me, friend's children crowd around me....a miracle. Three weeks ago, my Effexor was increased from three 75mg capsules to four. I have been sleeping a lot, and hope this will subside soon. I have been fortunate in that I have no lasting side effects from either drug (so far).
After the first few weeks, any minor thing like tremors, nausea and that very weird a current, a power
surge I feel through my head...always goes away. Once I thought I was probably all right and went off meds on my own...bad mistake! I had actually forgotten how bad it was before...everything came back at once and I needed my doctor to help me back onto them.
Now I'm hoping to be able to do more household chores, a little part time job and to socialize more. I am 45 years old.
Last year, as my husband and I were driving home from a day out, I realized that I had had my first happy day in my life. What wonderful lives well people must have...except they probably don't know it!
God bless all who read this....I wish you peace...MarySue




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