Wellbutrin Causes Anxiety For Me Does This Go Away?

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Asked by Hope

Wellbutrin Causes Anxiety For Me Does This Go Away?

I have taken many types of meds over the years. I am now on 150mg effexor daily i have been taking it for 5 years. My doctor is tapering down my effexor slowly from 150mg to 0.She has tried putting me on wellbutrin before with no result. She has now put me on wellbutrin 300XL I have more energy but i have had a big increase in anxiety. I take klonopin 1mg per day but with this anxiety i have been tempted to take more.I know klonopin can be addictive this scares me. My big issue has always been fatigue.I have had a complete physical and blood tests thyroid etc every thing was normal. Has anybody had this experience with wellbutrin and did it go away. How concerned should i be about my craving for klonopin? on a few occasions i have taken 2mg but resolved not to do this again. I am supposed to take 0.5 to 1 mg per day. I am going to see my doctor next week. We have talked about cutting all meds out on a trial basis. If any of you have had the anxiety problem with wellbutrin or the scare of addiction witn klonopin please tell me your story and advice. Thankyou

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Hello, Hope,

Please do keep in touch with your doctor regarding the anxiety with the Wellbutrin. It may or may not stop as your body becomes used to the Wellbutrin. Whenever possible, it's best not to have to take a second medication to counteract side effects of the first.

Regarding Klonopin, I share your concerns about that class of medications. I used it for a while for a sleep disorder and have used Xanax, which is in the same family, a few times.

I don't know if it would be a good medication for you, but you could talk with your doctor about Zanaflex/tizanidine for anxiety. It's basically a muscle relaxant, but is also sometimes used to treat anxiety. My doctor changed me from Klonopin and Xanax to Zanaflex for both my sleep disorder and occasional anxiety. Truthfully, I was a bit surprised that it works for anxiety, but it actually works better for me than Xanax, without the concerns about dependence.

Please keep us posted?

Hope this helps!

Teri

Answered by Teri Robert