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I have been taking Wellbutrin IR for about 3 months, 300mg.  I am attempting to taper.  I am down to 175mg.  I have cut the pills into fours.  After I take 100mg in the morning, I feel nauseous and almost as if my blood pressure is low (light headed when standing.)  I started taking a Calcium/magnesium/zinc supplement about a week ago.  I'm not sure if it is the supplement that's giving me the symptoms or the broken apart Wellbutrin pills.  I was wondering if, even though the pills are IR, it shouldn't have been broken apart.



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Please read Tips for tapering off Wellbutrin, SR, XR, XL (buproprion)

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Hey Mary


I had the light headed feeling upon standing when I was on Zoloft and zyprexa.  It was awful.  Every time I would squat down on my haunches to look at a low shelf at a supermarket or maybe at a bookstore, when I would rise again, I would nearly black out and would have to hold on to shelving for up to a minute until I regained my vision and sense of balance.  It went away within  a couple of weeks of quitting the drugs, only now I suffer from horrible insomnia and poor shallow non-restorative sleep.  Hopefully, you won't have that problem should you ever try to quit Wellbutrin. The nausea is probably from the Wellbutrin as well.  I would get it everytime I tried to quit the pills.  Within a day or two of not taking them I would get nauseous so maybe it's your taper that is causing it for you as well.  My nausea went away after about 5 or 6 days straight of throwing up and going without sleep when I quit Zoloft and zyprexa cold turkey in feb of 2014.



Court committed to take Prozac, Paxci, and Respiradol from 8/95 to 3/96.   developed severe akithisia and brain damage.  Was unable to speak and walking in circles 15 hours a day.  Went in for 5 sessions of ECT during a 10 day period in March of '96 and my forced medication was discontinued at that time.  My akithisia and brain damage cleared up within a few days of stopping the meds.


On Zoloft (200 mg) and Zyprexa (17.5 mg) March 1998- Feb 2014

In between was placed on Effexor 200 mg and Abilify for six months in 2004.  Developed mild akithisia which went away once I stopped the Abilify.  Developed severe GI issues in Dec 2001 and from that time on suffered from fatigue and hypersomnia where I would sleep between 12 and 20 hours a day and rarely ever left my apartment. 


Had tapered to 100 mg of Zoloft and 7.5 mg of Zyprexa at the time of going cold turkey Feb. 2014

Went 5 days without sleep at the beginning while vomiting all over my apt.  Had brain zaps for a number of weeks and also lightheadedness which both eventually went away.  However 2 1/2 yrs later I still struggle with insomnia, depression, and fatigue.





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Hi Mary and welcome to SA,


It will be helpful if you would Please put your Withdrawal History in Signature with details of the last year to 18 months and a summary of anything prior.  Please include ALL drugs, dates, doses and how you decreased/increased (did you skip days, alternate doses, cold turkey).  Please remember to update your signature whenever you make a change so that is remains current and can be seen at a glance.  Thank you.


Here are some information links for you to check out:


Introduction to AD Withdrawal Syndrome

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

Dr Joseph Glenmullen's Symptoms Checklist


These helped me to understand SA's recommendations:


Brain Remodelling (Rhi's Description of Brain Healing)

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