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Yes: Sure, it is (was) a very common medication. If you are in il, call me. Most of the times, however, I use wellbutrin (bupropion) - less side effects, additional benefits and the same likelihood to quit. By the way, it is better to be used as a part of a "cocktail" and with a couch-like person. ...Read more
Have tried pristiq, (desvenlafaxine) wellbutrin, paxil, celexa, effexor, lexapro, etc. With lithium, haliperidol &abilify. A couple improve mood. Still anxious!thoughts?
Many meds: You've tried many meds already, although there are some you haven't mentioned that often help anxiety: buspirone, beta-blockers, other mood stabilizers besides lithium, etc. But after a person has tried so many medications and still has symptoms, i'd suggest non-medication approaches: psychotherapy, mindfulness, relaxation training, exercise/yoga, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Best ssri for panic and anxiety? Take betapace. Cymbalta (duloxetine) too activating. Tried12.5 zoloft. Dizzy after 1 dose. Cleanest ssri?
Best SSRI 4 anxiety?: I'm sorry you've been struggling to find the right med to treat ur panic d/o. SSRIs are 'first line' (1st choice) for anxiety disorders, including panic d/o. There truly is no one best SSRI, tho. Keep working with your doc, who can help select the next best choice for you, based on your hx & history of responses thus far. Don't give up on the therapy. Best results r found thru meds & therapy :) ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Which is better for borderline personality disorder n mood swings?Prozac, topamax, paxil, effexor, (venlafaxine) lexaproor wellbutrin?
Cannabis & Depress'n: Marijuana worsens depression & anxiety. Users feel temporary relief from these problems but long term use decreases serotonin levels, leading to increased depression & anxiety. The temporary relief is not "feeling better." rather, as one former user described, "it lowers my give-a-damn quotient." apathy does not = feellng good. However, exercise can help some types of mild depression & anxiety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends upon illness: If it is being used to treat depression, you could go right back into it the very next day. If it is for psychosis, you might eventually rek\lapse, same with bipolar disorder. These medications should generally be tapered and never stopped without a discussion with your treatment provider. ...Read more
Will adding wellbutrin XL to pristiq (desvenlafaxine) alleviate anhedonia and lack of motivation? Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) has helped mdd but isn't enough.
All: Most all antidepressants can affect a person's normal sexual functioning at various different levels and in different ways. The antidepressants which affect serotonin can cause problems with the ability to have an orgasm. The one antidepressant which has the lowest risk for sexual side-effects is called buproprion or wellbutrin (bupropion). ...Read more
Benzo withdrawal: Some antidepressants can have very unpleasant flu like withdrawal symptoms, like Paxil or effexor, (venlafaxine) but benzo withdrawal can result in seizures and death if going cold turkey from a high dose of benzos. Both should be tapered if you would like to stop taking them, to minimize the withdrawal symptoms. ...Read more
Prozac (fluoxetine): One old hypothesis was that some severely depressed patients who had thoughts of self-harm & had no energy to carry on the act, when given medication that gave them extra energy fast, that they carried on the act of self-harm before they had the chance to work thru their depression. Again, this is only hypothetical, since data re. The subject are scarce & not much is written about it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tried ssri/xanax for depression/anxiety, bad reactions. I heard wellbutrin (bupropion) works on different brain chemicals than ssri's. Can wellbutrin (bupropion) help?
Wellbutrin (bupropion): Wellbutrin does work on different neurotransmitters than SSRI's - specifically norepinephrine and dopamine. That said, you mentioned using Xanax (alprazolam) in the past - and Wellbutrin does have an "activating" effect for many people. So, it's probably not the best option for you. I'd suggest seeing a psychiatrist to talk over all of the options available (sometimes dosing is the key). Good luck! ...Read more