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Re: switch from wellbut. to effexor? Minnie-Haha

Posted by fires on March 22, 2005, at 15:26:10

In reply to Re: switch from wellbut. to effexor?, posted by Minnie-Haha on March 22, 2005, at 15:13:06

> You're right: I don't get it!
> > This is all complicated by the fact that I also have fibromyalgia, RLS/PLMD, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, and more.
> Considering your fibromyalgia and RLS/PLMD, I think Cymbalta might be a good antidepressant for you. I have chronic neck and back pain, and the Cymbalta has been GREAT for that. Others here have also reported excellent pain relief from Cymbalta. (When I was on 60mg, I slept like a baby. I had to cut back to 40mg 'cause my blood pressure went up a little. It's still effective, though not quite AS effective.) It also did wonders for my depression AND anxiety (though some here have reported that it increased their anxiety). I am augmenting the Cymbalta with Wellbutrin XL 150mg, and so far, so good.

I took Cymbalta for 24 days but had to stop it do to severe lethargy -- i was hoping it wold go away, but not so.

> I am Bipolar Type 2, so no matter what antidepressants I take, I always take a mood stabilizer. Currently, 300-450mg Trileptal. I used Depakote the first 2-3 years, but gained weight so switched to Trileptal, which has worked well for me, though NOT as a monotherapy.

I tried Lamictal, but too sedating.

> Please be careful with the Wellbutrin. If you are BP2, it could "activate" you. I wouldn't recommend it as a first-line choice AD for a BP2 type.

I just read that Wellbutrin was one of the preferred ADs for BP II. BP II is very controversial to say the least.

> Good luck!





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