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Hi i just came out of the hospital, this is my second week and the doctor put me on welbutrin XL, after i got out my dr. gave me a script for welb. SR, i was just wandering what the difference is and what the theraputic dose is and how often it should be raised. Sorry for so many questions just curious.

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Hi i just came out of the hospital, this is my second week and the doctor put me on welbutrin XL, after i got out my dr. gave me a script for welb. SR, i was just wandering what the difference is and what the theraputic dose is and how often it should be raised. Sorry for so many questions just curious.

the difference between them was huge for me. the SR (or short release) worked fine in the morning, and by four o'clock i was a mess of jangled nerves again. i switched to the XL, the extended release, and i don't feel that wellbutrin crash when the drug wears off, ever.

it's been a great drug for me (though not the only one i need). it gives me extra motivation and energy even if it doesn't kill the depression - it's a lot easier to fight going down though, when you have the will to do it (which is what the WB gives me).

good luck.

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My experience was very similar to Lysergia's: I didn't do well on the SR version, but the XL works great for me. I started at 150 mg and went up to 300. I've been on it almost a year, and it really does help me get to a level that I can live with. The rest is up to me. (Diet, rest, and exercise)

olga

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Thanks people, olga you said you started at 150 and are on 300, the doc started me on the same thing and now i am at 200mgs., i do find it helpful but i don't think it is enough, and i am having alot of anxiety. I was wandering if this gets better or not? And my doctor is kinda weary about raising the Wb so i am not sure what to do.

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If you want to know which one you have, there are websites where you can identify pills by their color and shape.

The Wellbutrin I take is a white, round tablet, flattened, with black letters spelling out the drug's name.

If anxiety is a problem, your doctor is correct in going slowly with moving you up to a higher dosage. Wait and see how you are affected by this dose before you campaign for more.

olga

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The ER is immediate release and needs to be taken three times a day to avoid the crash. The last dose should be taken before 5 pm so as not to interfere with sleep.

The SR is sustained release. It's supposed to last about 12 hours per dose.

The XL is extended release, once a day.

The XL is generally smoother and doesn't cause as much anxiety. But it's pricey. The main reason for prescribing the ER or SR is so you can sleep. Some people have trouble with insomnia with the XL. Also, the ER and SR are generic and therefore cheaper. There are two generic XL versions, both available only in 300 mgs. One is a big yellow, long, capsule-shaped tablet. They suck. The other is a white, round, flattish, smooth tablet, and those work fine.

As always, ymmv.

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......... Also, the ER and SR are generic and therefore cheaper. There are two generic XL versions, both available only in 300 mgs. One is a big yellow, long, capsule-shaped tablet. They suck. The other is a white, round, flattish, smooth tablet, and those work fine.

from what I can find, Teva makes the yellow ones. WHO makes the other WB generic? I haven't been able to find this so that I can request it from our mail order house (who insist on giving me the Teva's over the branded meds --or will make me pay OUT THE NOSE for the Branded WB if the pdoc puts on there "dispense as written, no subs" when the generic is available.... unless I can request ANOTHER generic)

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The few times we've gotten the Teva Wellburtin generics have been utter disasters. My son, especially, had problems with his Teva generic Wellbutrin. It was like he was taking something that amplified his depression. As soon as we could, we shopped around for a refill from a different manufacturer and that made a big difference.

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