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Do Wellbutrin side effects fade away with time? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 11-Apr-2014
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User:hi Im on wellbutrin xl 300ml and lamictal 100mg for depression for 7 weeks. I'm feeling more motivated and energized, and less obsessive about food, and my mood is lighter, but Im having some side effects: Insomnia which started right away, constipation which started in week 5, stiffness in neck, shoulder and hands which started yesterday. My questions are; Will the side effects go away? Should I change meds? I do like how im feeling on a whole.
Doctor:The side effects will most likely go away
Doctor:You can wait for a few weeks and see how it goes
User:hello, Ive read that the insomnia does not go awa, my dr gave me seroquel. Do you think this is too many medsy
Doctor:if you don't see any improvement, then you can discuss with your treating psychiatrist about changing medicines
User:ive tried other sleep aids and this is the only one that has worked but the sleep does not seem restoritive
Doctor:I am sure your doctor has a good reason to put you on 3 medicines for depression
Doctor:I can understand
User:i understand but i wanted a second opinion
Doctor:But if your insomnia and other side effects are getting worse, then it is time to consider lowering the dose of welbutrin
Doctor:Initially you might have required higher doses to achieve good results
Doctor:but now, since you are better, lower doses, carefully titrated should reduce the side effects
Doctor:it is a fine balance and it does take some to achieve that
User:Do you know if 150mg of wellbutrin is enough ofor the treatment of depression?
Doctor:it can be enough
User:my hands are so stiff, its difficult to type
Doctor:the dose depends on how well you are doing
Doctor:if your do not have any depression and side effects are more prominant
Doctor:then it is time to lower the dose
Doctor:I would highly recommend you to request your doctor to lower the dose gradually
User:what is a healthy way to treat the constipation, eating high fiber hasnt helped and lots of liquid. The only thing that has helped just a little bit is laxatives and stool softners
Doctor:and fix a dose that is enough to keep you not depressed at the same time not causing too many side effects
Doctor:Laxatives are a good way along with stools softeners
User:ive read that taking laxatives reg. is dangerouse
Doctor:since the constipation is not due to lack of fiber, laxatives and stool softeners will be a better option
Doctor:not necessarily
Doctor:you can take the laxatives sparingly if you are worried
User:how often should I be going ?
Doctor:Lowering the dosage of your medicines will improve constipation as well
Doctor:Once a day to once in two days is sufficient
Doctor:If you don't pass stools at least once in 3 days, then we say you have constipation
User:okay thank you. Ill be seeing my dr thursday
Doctor:or if your stools are hard and difficult to pass we cal that constipation
User:well that me for sure
Doctor:is there anything else I can help you with?
User:no thanks
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me here
Doctor:have a good day ahead
Doctor:take care
Doctor:bye bye
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