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Wellbutrin for OCD?

Posted by Racer on October 14, 2006, at 2:34:58

I posted this as part of another question, but since I didn't get any comments, thought I'd post it here, too:

My husband's GP has started trying antidepressants for him. This started out as our marriage counselor's suggest -- treat his dysthymia, and see if things improve. So, he's had three week trials of Lexapro and Effexor XR, neither of which showed any improvement whatsoever. (Yeah, I know, only three weeks, but keep reading...) Lexapro caused severe constipation, disrupted sleep, and that's about it. Those were enough to move on to Effexor, though, since there were no benefits whatever from the Lexapro anyway. Effexor XR caused constipation, irritability -- which may have been partly excessive stress at work -- and flatulence. If the doctor hadn't said stop the Effexor, I'd have had to make him stop anyway...

Now the GP has him starting Wellbutrin XL...

Here's the thing: the GP has told Hubby that he has OCD, and the Lexapro/Effexor were also supposed to treat that. The GP is/was telling Hubby that he isn't going to prescribe another thing that's integral to what he says is a manifestation of Hubby's OCD. But I've never, ever heard that Wellbutrin is at all helpful for OCD, anyway! Is he completely off base? Or am I?

GP has also kinda fired Hubby -- told him to see a different doctor because of that "integral to the manifestation of Hubby's OCD" thing... I can't wait to see what happens next with that...

So, those of you who are brilliant -- and you know who you are -- what do you think?




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