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Re: Cyclothymia + mood stabilizers

Posted by Cyclothymic on October 19, 2007, at 18:17:58

In reply to Re: Cyclothymia + mood stabilizers, posted by beachbum on October 19, 2007, at 10:37:53

I've now been on Wellbutrin for a little over a month, and it has helped me immensely in terms of eliminating my negative thinking and reducing my short-fuse moments. This plus therapy has helped me deal so much better with my "I'm-never-wrong-so-don't-challenge-me" boss. I think before I speak now, and I seem to make better decisions in choosing my battles. In general, I have been much more agreeable.

However, one thing I have learned is I must eat a substantial breakfast before taking it, otherwise I am off-the-wall nervous and/or anxious. Furthermore, it has seriously disrupted my sleep. I'll be dead tired and still have trouble falling asleep, and I will wake up almost every hour through the night. I also remember three or four dreams/nightmares almost daily. It is so bad that I actually woke up because of a nightmare which resumed after I fell back to sleep. I had some sleep issues before taking Wellbutrin but I'd at least get a couple of solid days of sleep per week. Now it's hard to get a couple of consecutive hours of deep sleep.

Has anyone else experienced insomnia because of antidepressants like Wellbutrin? Have you taken them in combination with any sleep aid? Have you taken them in combination with any anti-anxiety medication?

My pdoc presribed me Trazodone as a sleep aid, but I will NEVER take it again. I tried it once and it made me congested, have ridiculous dry mouth, kept me from sleeping all night and gave me a headache that lasted for two days.

Anyhow, I look forward to hearing your responses.




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