I'm new to this forum and was wondering if anyone else has had really bad side effects when they switched from Cymbalta to Wellbutrin XL.
I have been on a variety of depression/anxiety medication for 6 years or so. They seem to work for a while and then quit.
My last medication was Cymbalta 60mg and I was on that for 3 years. In the beginning I absolutely loved that medication. It lifted my mood and took away the anxiety. Big draw back however was complete lack of libido! But I was willing to give that up (to my husbands dismay) for feeling relatively normal. Starting about a year ago new side effects seemed to develop that really bothered me: I gained 20 pounds (on my 5 ft petite frame that's a lot!), started sweating profusely to the point I had to change the sheets during the night, and my anxiety returned.
I discussed all these things with my doctor and told her I just didn't feel right and something was wrong. Her response was that the weight gain was because I'm over 30 now and she kept questioning my workouts (4 days a week of 60 plus minutes of cardio/strength training) and my diet (I was under 1500 calories a day) like I was lying to her or something.
Never did she even hint that it could be the Cymbalta causing all this!
So I had to do my own research and read a bunch of forums to figure out I wasn't alone (Thanks guys!) and that gave me the strength to demand she change my medication.
We agreed on Wellbutrin XL since it is more weight neutral and could possibly help me be able to loose this extra weight. My transition plan was the following: 30mg of Cymbalta at night and 150mg of Wellbutrin XL in the morning for one week. Then discontinue Cymbalta and go to 300mg of Wellbutrin XL every morning.
I feel like absolute dog crap!!! I am at the end of my first week of 300mg of Wellbutrin XL and the side effects suck. I get nauseous every couple of minutes, have a low grade headache all day, and get these strobe effect brain flashes non stop (I don't really know how to describe it, but it's like a flash or jarring and lasts just a split second).
I pray that these will wear off soon, but I just don't know. Any advice out there? Has anyone else experienced the brain flashes?