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Experience with Bupropion / Wellbutin / Elafontil


Can the side effects of antidepressants change over time?

Disclaimer: English is not my native language 🙈

My experience:

I´ve been taking bupropion for 7 months. Two month with 150mg were hell and my psychiatrist was nearly to end the medication but we both wanted to know if it gets better with 300mg. When the dosage was increased I felt much better. I got my motivation back and I started too feel real happiness. The side effects decreased. The only ones that stayed were dry mouth, insomania/nightmares, sometimes short time memory loss and panic attacks.

But for a month now, I've had new side effects that are very unpleasant. I´m derealising more than usual and I got increased Sweating(especially at night), Anxiety Attacks and many unpleasant/embarrassing memories of my old self for no reason. Most of those memories are from many years ago and I haven´t really thought anymore about them. I know that those memories are kind of normal but in this case they are repetitive and intrusive. The memories will come to me so vividly as a daydream and I start to fall in a Thought spiral. They make me feel anxious, depressed and awful. I´m really suffering and I feel like I´m losing my mind. I´m having a appointment with my psychiatrist next week and I´m unsure if I have to change the medication.

Do you have a similar experience with bupropion or with another medicament?

#BPD #Depression #DepressiveDisorders #OCD #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Medication #ADHD #meds #Bupropion #wellbutin #Antidepressant

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Antidepressant #Medication causing water retention?

A month ago, I started taking a new antidepressant at a low dose in combination with another one I've had for a while. Since then, I have noticed significant issues with water retention. My legs, knees, ankles, and feet get swollen, sometimes to the extent that they actually hurt. I have had some issues with swelling before when taking a long distance flight or bus journey (i.e. 10+ hours), so this isn't completely unusual. Also, it has been quite hot here this summer which could be contributing. Still, I've never had a problem like this before. "Dr. Internet" tells me water retention can be a side effect of this medication, but I would trust Mighty members more to know if this is all in my head or if this really is an issue that needs attention.

#Medication #meds #SideEffects #Antidepressant #Swelling #Depression #Anxiety #CPTSD


Lexapro or con?

My doctor recently changed me from Zoloft to Lexapro. I know these meds are in the same drug family. I just started over a week ago. So far my anxiety attacks are more frequent. Irritable, unmotivated and I feel like bugs are crawling on
Me. What are your thoughts on Lexapro? #Lexapro #Antidepressant #SSRI


Round 6 #Antidepressant #Medication

I had my telephone appointment with the psychiatrist today. I didn't realize how much I just didn't expect any health professional to actually listen to me or understand me until I heard this doctor respond with "Yes, that must be really difficult" and other similar things. It threw me off!
So I am moving on to round 6 with a new antidepressant medication. I'm nervous about new potential side effects, but I'm ok with trying something new. I'm most nervous about my GP doctor being the one who will manage this new medication, but I can't do anything about that.
Here's to everyone out there who keeps trying even when it feels pointless. Reading your stories every day really does help me. #MightyTogether

#MentalHealth #Depression #TreatmentresistantDepression #Anxiety #Trauma #Psychiatrist


I've got a situation.

We started me on effexor in late October. Early November I started being super sore and after a workout was in extreme pain. Went to my doctor who ordered a blood test and my CK levels were through the roof. We thought it was serotonin syndrome so we took me off zoloft cold turkey. Blood test again and levels were still getting higher so we took me off remeron cold turkey. Levels are still getting higher so we took me off effexor.

I'm still ridiculously sore but we have the final blood test on Tuesday to see if levels decreased.

I'm stuck, effexor worked really well for my mental health so I kind of hope it's not effexor. But if it's not the effexor I have something wrong with my muscles and my doc wants to do a muscle biopsy.

Which team should I be on? Team Effexor is fine and something is wrong with my muscles or Team effexor is poisoning me, gotta find a new med.

#BipolarDepression #Antidepressant


Anxious and angry

I go back to work tomorrow after 2 months off due to mental health problems. I’m so anxious about it my stomach has been upset all day. I’m angry about going back and I’m angry at my parents for wanting me to go back. I’m angry at myself for being so damn depressed and how I wasn’t working for 2 months. I’m angry at myself for being so upset over going back to this job when it’s “not super stressful” because it’s a cleaning job at a school. I can’t just call tomorrow and say “I changed my mind I don’t know when I’ll be back” because i called my boss Wednesday and said I’ll be back Friday. My last day for my letter for not being in work was today. I feel so tense and like I can snap any minute. I’ve never been able to express my anger, and this is scary. I’m angry about the abuse and I just spent a couple of hours with him shopping and I couldn’t not go. He wasn’t an asshole or anything I barely spoke. I’m overwhelmed and angry and depressed and anxious. I’m so tired of dealing with everything. I just want to not feel like shit for one day. I feel hopeless and like a failure. I hate myself. I want to stay locked in my apartment and not talk to anyone. I have therapy Monday and I told her I’m going back to work tomorrow and I know she will want to talk about it. I know I should get back into a routine so I don’t sleep till 1pm. I’m going to call my insurance company tomorrow to see if there’s any other day programs I can go to for mental health. I already went to partial hospitalization. I’m angry about not feeling or getting better. All I know is depression and anxiety. I was diagnosed when I was like 10. I don’t remember my childhood because of the abuse. Ive been on 13 antidepressants and nothing works. I don’t know what to do. #anger #Depression #Anxiety #PTSD #CPTSD #Antidepressant


Medication Reduction Leading to More Depressive Symptoms

I’ve had some medication adjustments done for my anti-depressants about a month ago and it’s making things really tough for me. I can feel more symptoms of my depression and anxiety breaking through, and I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed at work over the past week. I’ve often felt the need to take half a day off when I’m in my office and I’ve had trouble focusing on my tasks. I’ve been really restless, irritable and unmotivated, and it is completely unlike how I usually am. It’s pretty prominent that even my colleague has noticed it. I don’t really know how to describe it because it doesn’t feel like just work fatigue, it’s just plain horrible.

I’ve already made an appointment to see my doctor earlier to discuss this and make changes to my dosage but it’s going to take awhile and I feel so overwhelmed by the fact that it’s going to be like this for the next couple of weeks. It’s Monday tomorrow where I am, and I’m so anxious about it and worried that I’ll end up taking the day off and having it affect my job (I take time off to see my medical team quite often so it’s worrying). I hate the feeling and I hate that I feel so helpless until things get better. I feel like I’m going to have a breakdown soon and I’ve no idea how to make things better.

#Depression #MentalHealth #Anxiety #PsychiatricMedication #PanicAttack #AnxietyAttack #ClinicalDepression #Mentalillnessfeelslike #Antidepressant #ObsessiveCompulsiveAndRelatedDisorder #EatingDisorders

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Withdrawals from high dose venlafaxine?

I ended up in A&E today after realising I'd been taking 600mg venlafaxine daily for two weeks instead of 300mg. I'd been feeling awful and having intense chest pains and high heart rate but GP over the phone said it was just anxiety. A&E told me to drop straight down to 300mg and that I wouldn't get any withdrawals. As someone whose decreased venlafaxine before, I know going down by 37.5mg is hard...nevermind 300mg. Terrified of the next few days and what it might bring... #Venlafaxine #Antidepressant #withdrawals

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Grief on antidepressants

I was thinking about how we experience grief on antidepressants. Have you gone through this? How was it or is it for you? I feel like my grief is more physical than emotional, like I am carrying it around in other parts of my body than my heart and/or brain. Unsure if this is as it should be. Things are very confusing right now. #CheckInWithMe #Depression #Antidepressant #Grief