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Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Beckett

Posted by Chris O on May 22, 2014, at 1:38:18

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect, posted by Beckett on May 21, 2014, at 18:42:15

Hey, porkpie hat:

Thanks for asking. Well, it's ... so-so. I started augmenting the Brintellix with 300mg of Wellbutrin about 2.5 weeks ago. Something not right about this combination for me. Maybe the Wellbutrin is a little too stimulating. It's making it harder to concentrate or something. Also a bit more anxious again. At the same time, it mitigates some of the sexual side effects of Wellbutrin. A bit more desire, better orgasm, etc. (Not that this matters to me all that much at this point.) But in terms of the Brintellix, even at 30mg (or 40mg), it's not opening me up enough. I still feel walled in (though less anxious). And it seems to wear off (partially) after half a day or so. If I don't take my 10mg at night (after 20mg in the morning), I get some type of mini withdrawal effects. It seems like all SSRIs have been this way for me over the past ten years. (I had initial success with Prozac and Celexa in 1999-2000, but stopped taking it after a year and have never really had the same success with any of the SSRIs.)

I still think you should try it though. Other than the sexual side effects, I don't have any side effects at all. No weight gain, no dry mouth, no nausea, no nothing. And it does relieve my anxiety a little (maybe a 3.5 or 4 out of 10). The other drawback is the cost. Even with my insurance, it costs $350/month for a 30 10mg pills. With Takeda's "discount card," it's "only" $250. Gee, thanks for the "discount" Takeda. I just can't afford that. I've been going back to my psychiatrist for samples, but this is too annoying. I'll probably have to move on to something else over the next month. Anyway, I wish you luck. Let me know you fare with this drug if you decide to take it.

Chris


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