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I've been taking Wellbutrin for about a year. I began with the immediate release version but switched to SR because I kept forgetting to take it. I've been on it for 6 months and it started out fine, but now I fine myself exhausted shortly after taking it. It's not just sleepy, I also feel week, have a constant urge to yawn and feel mentally foggy. This did not happen with the IR version. Has anyone had a similar experience? It does work well for my mood but the exhaustion is very unpleasant and affects my quality of life. I had this experience with another XR med too- adderall. I have ADD and adderall is a life saver in the IR form, but I couldn't tolerate the SR version.
has anyone else experienced this, specifically in SR versions? Does anyone take Wellbutrin IR version with any luck?
By Dr Van
I am on my fourth day of aricept. 5 mg. I'm taking it for lack of focus, memory loss - from Bipolar.
My side effects - nausea, lack of appetite, dizzy, joint pain, trouble sleeping
My good effects - nausea (i'd love to lose weight), hypo manic, getting focus (already?)
has anyone here taken aricept? My dream would to be able to read a book or watch an entire movie. I've been foggy for years. I'm doing well in recovery bipolar and BPD - I just miss being able to do tasks without such a struggle!
I've had bipolar 2 my whole life but rarely had it diagnosed properly, leading to a revolving door of medications that would work initially for my depression but not for more a few weeks. I had decent luck getting off meds without side effects, and most of the side effects were livable... except the brain fog on antipsychotics. I've only been on true bipolar meds twice before lithium, and both times the side effects left me feel less than functional. In the gap between treatments, a long gap without insurance, I developed a drinking problem and got my first taste of how much chemical withdrawal can suck. I eventually got the drinking under control, although I still drink more than I should during periods I decide to drink.
During a dry period when I was feeling particularly low, I managed to convince my doctor to let me try lithium. He's a med student in his final year, so he didn't know much about the drug and prescribed 900mg to start with another 300 to be added after a week. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I felt great that first week, so great I didn't increase my dose until the following week, when I was supposed to check in with him. Throughout the first two weeks, I drank a little at first, and then pretty steadily once I realized how well my body was tolerating the lithium. Had one night I overdid it and slowed down again for a few days. On the doctor's advice, I lowered the dose again to 900mg spread throughout the day. If I did well enough like that, he even wanted me to try a dose of 600mg, but I started feeling a bit off in the third week and went up again.
Some of the issues I was having with motivation by then, I'm sure it was the drinking to blame. It was so easy to fall back on old habits when I kept waking up anxious and needing something to bring me down. My doctor was always hesitant to prescribe benzos for anxiety, so having a few shots of whiskey to get back to normal was an old standby, if not a particularly healthy one.
Then somewhere during that week, the lithium started working against me. I felt shaky, weak, with trouble focusing at times. When I got scared and skipped several doses, I felt even worse, like I was hit with some weird flu. I realized I was going to keep feeling worse if I didn't take at least some lithium(and taper off alcohol, just to eliminate the extra stress on my body). I'm down to 600mg, one pill in the morning and one with dinner, but I'm worried these side effects aren't going away. It's been only a few days on the lower dose, and I've been drinking water like crazy. I don't know if it's worth waiting a few more days to go down to one pill and then none, or whether it needs time for my body to readjust.
It's just so frustrating. I felt normal at first, and even the nausea and anxiety went away, then the tremors crept in and the weakness, and now I have that and the nausea/anxiety back. I was just about ready to give up on medication altogether before trying lithium. I had a pretty good thing going with daily exercise and other goals, and then the soul-crushing depressive cycle finally came back around, and I felt like I needed to do something. If I'm going to keep feeling like this, I don't know how I'm ever going to be functional again. Or if I'm just missing another medication that will balance me out more reliably than timed release whiskey, like a low dose of Xanax or Ativan. I don't know what to do, and I thank any of you more experienced people with advice to give.
i just took my first dose of 70mgs and i had such bad nausea that i had to take a gravol to get through it. now i feel dopey and slow.
i haven't suffered from noticeable nausea so far during dose titration before moving up to 70mgs. this is terrible.
if you had nausea on vyvanse, how long did this side effect last for you?