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Wednesday, July 29, 2009 Noreen, Community Member, asks

Q: does wellbutrin sr help depression and anxiety or cause insomnia

does wellbutrin help anxiety or give you insomnia

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Judy, Community Member
7/29/09 11:15pm

Hi, Noreen.  I've taken Wellbutrin for a long time and from what I've experienced and read about it, it's not given for anxiety and yes, it can affect your sleep.  I think it can make you a little more hyper when you first start taking it, but that kind of eases off after a bit.  You might want to talk to your doctor about this and perhaps he/she could prescribe you something to help with the anxiety and insomnia if they persist.  I've tried other antidepressants and Wellbutrin has helped me the best with the least number of side effects (not sure I have any, really).  But if anxiety and insomnia persist, for sure your doctor should know about it.  Hope that helps some.

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Noreen, Community Member
7/30/09 9:06am

thanks so much it helps just to be able to talk with you by emails.We emails. Whenever I take more that 150 mg I feel worse and my sleep is bad. I have had a tough year with a husband having a back surgery that turned out badly and I was a caregiver for him, altho he is improving its been a bad 11 months. He went from being para;yzed in one leg to a walker and now needs a cane at all times. I have taken Wellbutrin a long time and do have xanax for anxiety,but it doesn't last for long and that is a narcotic. What other anti-depression pills did you take? How much wellbutrin do you take and is it the sr or extended release and when do you take it.  Thanks and God bless you.

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Judy, Community Member
7/30/09 9:30am

Noreen, sounds like it's been a rough time for a while.  The only antidepressant I take is Wellbutrin, 300 mg. and it's extended release - I always take it in the morning because of its energizing effect.  I briefly was on 450 mg. but at first I felt like I was on a caffeine buzz and it ended up not making that much difference in the depression.  I also take Klonopin at night.  It's basically an anti-anxiety medication, but it relaxes me enough that I can get a good night's sleep most nights.  I've tried Ambien, but that got me to sleep and didn't keep me asleep.  I've also been on Trazadone but I didn't like that as well as Klonopin because it would hit me like a ton of bricks and then, after I'd been on it a while, didn't last all night, either, and I wasn't that interested in increasing the dosage.  Trazadone works in a way that if you should take one during the day (like I did once or twice, accidentally), you have no choice but to lie down and sleep for a couple of hours because you just can't function.  I first started taking Klonopin years ago during the day, even, for anxiety, then another doctor switched me to Trazadone but am now back on the Klonopin (clonazepam).  I've asked about being addicted, but my doctor thinks it won't be a problem because I don't have other addition problems (except sometimes to food!).

 

I hope you can find the right combination, I know not being able to sleep is not a good thing, it colors everything and makes it harder to cope.  Good luck and feel free to ask if you have any other questions.

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Noreen, Community Member
7/30/09 6:28pm

I went in this morning and the Dr will start weaning me off from Wellbutrin Sr and I will start on a small dose of Zoloft . 25 mg and then increase to 50mg as i wean off the Wellbutrin. She feels this is the best to try for a month. I do take 1/2 mg of xanax twice a day for anxiety. Its hard to go in for depression and anxiety,but this Dr is very caring and I was quite at ease with her. thanks for caring

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Judy, Community Member
7/30/09 8:55pm

Noreen, I'm glad you got in to see your doctor already and that you like her - that's important.  Be sure you let her know if it's not working, but it takes a few weeks or more to know, so it just takes patience.  Glad I could be of help!

 

Judy

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Noreen, Community Member
8/ 5/09 10:53pm

Have you ever heard of the pill neurotin? My husband takes it for the nerve ending pain he has in his legs since that spinal surgery 11 months ago? i was looking up on the internet that some people are given that med for anxiety and it also helps them sleep better. I know he sleeps much better than I do and I am wondering if you have ever heard anything about neurtorin? I have been doing somewhat better as  I take the xanax sometimes every 8 hours and sometimes I wait 12 hours. My Dr seem to think that was ok as I make the change gradually from Wellbutrin to Zoloft. Its so hard to understand so many people have depression and anxiety now days. Altho I do think that people are more open about the mental aspect of depression etc. It is hard to tell someone "I am depressed and have anxiety". I have heard it can be genetic,but I don't know that we have had it in our family,unless it was kept hushed about.  Thanks for your emails and encouragement.   Noreen

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ivy, Community Member
8/ 8/09 1:40am

I was prescribed wellbutrin sr about a month ago. The side effects were worse than the depression.  I was nauseated to the point of vomiting.  I was only able to sleep for a few hours, then the nervousness set in.  I have been on other anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds.  Effexor worked for 7 years, since then I have tried others such as cymbalta and celexa.  Cymbalta was somewhat successful for a year, celexa nothing.  I wonder why drugs seem to work at first and then quit.  The first week I was on wellbutrin I felt energized, increased sexual desires and then boom.  I lost my appetite, nauseated and then vomiting.  My doc told me to quit the  med.  I have an appointment next week for another magic cocktail.  I get discouraged.  I would like to find a doctor that I liked and felt they cared.

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Noreen, Community Member
8/ 8/09 9:03am

Wellbutrin seemed to help for quite awhile and then my husband had surgery for herniated disc and it turned our he became disabled due to some goof we think. He was paralayzed in one leg and then used a walker and now a cane. It is almost a year now since surgery. I was a caregiver and then got into the insomnia problem. I now take xanax as needed for anxiety and am starting on zoloft and gradually weaning off wellbutrin. Its only been 9 days since I have been to the Dr and started this. I had been reading about others given neurotin and it had helped their anxiety and helped insomnia. It is actually quite often given for neve ending pain etc after surgery. Depression and anxiety is hard to deal with and it helps to be able to communicate with others and I thank you for your response. Keep in touch. I pray you find a caring doctor that is so important. I have a lady doctor,who is a P.A. and she is just as good as a regular doctor and takes more time with me to talk etc.

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depressed bald guy, Community Member
11/19/09 9:27am

Dear Noreen,

 

I have been following your postings and wanted to chime in.  First off, I'm new to Wellbutrin, and have been taking xr for about a month.  I take it alongside neurontin 300 mg (gabapentin is the generic).  The gabapentin is in fact used primarily as an anti-seizure medicine as well as to treat nerve pain.  However from a psych med point of view is serves as a stablizer, although I don't believe it is FDA approved for this usage.  In the evenings, I take Gabapentin 300mg as well as Klonopin .5 and I get a good restful sleep, and the depression seems to be lifting.

 

It's a tricky balance - for me, I can't say that meds alone are the answer, rather a good combination of talk therapy alongside of an intelligent and well-trained doctor.

 

For me it has been a terrible year as well, with seemingly loss after loss.  Death of family members well before their time, job loss, rejection - it seemed to be just too many unexpected things happening within a very short period of time.  

 

We are humans and environmental factors i believe has played a significant role in my own personal recovery, but as I'm finding, my childhood history has played a gigantic role in being able to bounce back from a bleak situation.  

 

Opting to treat myself badly (I like to do this) feeds the depression. We are not perfect.  Just human. This too shall pass if you just hang in there and keep the faith.

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