Good ol anxiety meds! *help* Kay Pea 1 child; williamsburg, HI, United States 422 posts
Jun 11th '13

Sooooo I recently got prescribed wellbutrin XL 300mg for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The first day was a little hard for me. It felt like a took speed! Anyways, I can tell a difference in my attitude(a good difference!) since I've been taking it. According to SO, I don't b***h nearly as much as I used to. ha.. BUT the pill will keep me up at night and it is not helping with my anxiety, just my attitude. I need something to take to help my anxiety, and also "level" me out during the day so I don't feel like I'm in the amazing race. I've done some research and Ive concluded that ALOT of people have the same problem as me and are on some sort of benzo(Xanax,Valium,Klonopin). I've also concluded that these drugs can be very addictive and thats the last thing I want. I've taken Xanax before for a few months with no ongoing problems or withdrawls. I've read that Klonopin is longer lasting, less euphoria, and less addictive. So I'm kinda leaning towards that one. I have a Dr appt tomorrow morning to talk to my doc about it. Just want some real experienced answers before I go in there. Anyone have any thoughts to weigh in here? Any first hand experiences with one or more of these drugs? Any suggestions on any other drugs? ANY help/advice would be greatly appreciated. TIA :)

roflcopterrr Arkansas 478 posts
Jun 11th '13

A couple of my long time friends (male and female) were on Wellbutrin and bluntly put felt like complete and total shit after a month or two of taking it. The girl completely stopped, the guy went completely off the deep end. My doctor refused to put me on it but had me on Paxil for a short stent until he realized I didn't need it because my anxiety/depression wasn't as bad as he had originally thought.
I have been prescribed benzos off and on since I was sixteen. I was on Xanax for a little while. It was okay but I wasn't afraid of taking more than I was prescribed to get rid of the attacks. He switched me over to Ativan at eighteen. I was on that off and on before I got pregnant and after I had DS, he kept me on it for a year or so. I didn't have any attacks for six, seven months until I was hospitalized for a kidney infection, which that time they put me on Valium and he kept refilling the prescription until last June when I was in a really bad car accident and he put me back on Xanax (that I never really took, my dad would have rather given me his Klonapin because I was scared of it than the Xanax that I had tried ODing on twice).

I have been off the anxiety meds entirely since last October when I finally moved back home. I break down a lot more now that I'm pregnant but I haven't had any earth shattering attacks.

Personal recommendation : I would ask to get off the Wellbutrin, just from what I've seen happen to a couple of close friends. For long term every day use, I would ask about Paxil, my mom has also been on it for twenty years and has no need for any other intervention along with it. As far as a every once in a while thing, I would ask for Valium. It isn't a rollercoaster ride like it is with Xanax, Ativan, and Klonapin. It takes longer to hit, but it levels out for four to six hours before it comes down.

Kay Pea 1 child; williamsburg, HI, United States 422 posts
Jun 11th '13

Wow! I'll def take all that into consideration! I'm sorry about your past and happy that your off them now! I hope your dealing well with your pregnancy breakdowns! Congrats on the LO! :)