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Anxiety, pain related anxiety issues, taken wellbutrin - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My doctor put me on Wellbutrin (at my request as opposed to other SSRIs that have a rep for weight gain) for anxiety and pain-related anxiety issues. The first 3 days I took it, my anxiety worsened. Will my body adjust to Wellbutrin and the panic/anxiety stop or will this always be an issue and maybe I should consider another med?
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   Dr
User :   hello
Doctor :   may i know the dosage of the drug you are on ?
User :   Hello
Doctor :   May i know the dosage of the drug you are on ?
User :   150mg 2 times day
Doctor :   ok , well the start dose is a little more
Doctor :   you have to start it slowly
User :   I started with 75/day
Doctor :   ok over how many days did you reach to the present dose ?
User :   three
Doctor :   ok, and how many days of 150/dose has been taken already
User :   no, i've only reached 75mg, but 150 mg was prescribed. the side effects were too unpleasant to increase to the full 150mg
Doctor :   yes, starting sideeffects are common with bupropion
Doctor :   hence it has to be increased gradually over a week
Doctor :   well bupropion has many undesirable side effects , if you are unable to cope with the initial effects then i would rather advice you to go for another drug
User :   I've tried cymbalta, which was also was difficult to tolerate. Which drug is good for anxiety with little/no undesireable side effects?
Doctor :   i am sorry , this would be well decided by the doctor who has examined you
User :   ok, well, I appreciate your insight and will take your advice into consideration as I make a decision. good night
Doctor :   you are welcome
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