February 8, 2023

In this episode, I discuss my experience using bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) after my first week of therapy.

Hey everybody welcome back to drug talk as always i’m your host gary campbell in today’s video i want to give an update to a video that i made about a week ago when i said that i was starting bupropion early because of the depression i was feeling associated with my bipolar disorder i’ve now finished the first week of therapy with bupropion or wellbutrin so i just

Want to kind of share my thoughts and my experiences with it up to this point the first thing i’ll come right out of the gate and say uh since i started the medication my anxiety has kind of gone through the roof um it’s something that i’ve been experiencing very intensely uh probably more intense than i’ve really experienced it in the past when i made that last

Video saying i was starting this medication i said that i was experiencing thoughts of depression uh kind of early on nothing too intense but i was having some depressive thoughts and with those thoughts comes anxiety i was already experiencing anxiety but after starting the medication i could feel it right away in the first two days anxiety kind of just went

Way up um and i’m still experiencing that now but luckily as you know if you’ve watched my other mental health videos i do have clonazepam to kind of combat that just for these first couple weeks until it kind of levels out and my body gets used to the medication so as many of you probably know the big thing with antidepressants is that when you experience most

Of the side effects associated with them um the side effects kind of happen early on and then taper off as you as you get used to the medication and then benefit kind of takes a little bit longer to stir but then rises up kind of opposite as side effects so side effects start off early on go down benefit kind of takes a little bit of time a lot of people stop

Using the medication while the side effects are kicking in before they have a chance to really experience that benefit so knowing this obviously i’m going to keep pushing through these side effects especially the anxiety and get to that point where i know i can get maximum benefit which i’m hoping will be around the one month mark i think i will see some some

Progress along the way but for me it’s really that that first month i think is when i’ll see some benefit and i’m basing it off my experience with this medication last winter other side effects that i’m experiencing um one would definitely be a rapid heart rate so tachycardia i don’t know if this is associated with the anxiety but i do know that this is a side

Effect that can happen uh i believe greater than 10 percent of the time with bupropion um so i am experiencing that and also a little bit of dry mouth or xerostomia um with that i just drink extra water and it kind of gets better throughout the day but other than those three side effects so dry mouth rapid heart rate and anxiety i’m not really experiencing any

Other side effects i think i’ll be able to successfully push that one month mark like i just talked about i’m still feeling really good about my decision to start this medication early um i don’t know if this is placebo or what it is maybe i just feel a little more secure being on it but i already feel a decrease in the depressive thoughts that i was experiencing

So it’s interesting i don’t know if i can get this much benefit in the first week some people say you could get 10 benefit in the first week so maybe i’m experiencing that but i do notice a decrease in my um depressive thoughts that i was experiencing it’s just that anxiety that i really need to go away some good news with my therapy i got a phone call from the

Psychiatrist office the other day i do have an appointment scheduled for october 17th so that’s perfect timing especially when i just started this medication you know making the medication change and experiencing side effects experiencing changes in the thoughts of depression that i’m experiencing but these are all things that i can bring to the psychiatrist and

We can have a really rational good discussion about it and kind of make a plan moving forward and he may have some suggestions of medication changes i can make or even dose adjustments i can make to kind of get through this winter better but overall it’s really good to have him to follow me through this time is because like i said in some other videos last winter

Was really tough uh experienced depression very hard well that’s all i really have to share in this video i just want to give you guys a quick update after the first week of using bupropion or wellbutrin mainly talk about the side effects and the decrease in depressive thoughts that i’ve been experiencing and then share that good news with you about um have my

First psychiatrist appointment so i can kind of get some some backup when i’m making these decisions about medication um i’ll probably give you guys a one month update as well uh just to see if you know the depressive thoughts are completely gone or just where we’re at in general i’ll make that video in three weeks time other than that if you want to help grow

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Transcribed from video
First Week of Therapy with Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) | Review By Drug Talk