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Hello! My insurance will no longer pay for my Wellbutrin so I’m going to stop taking it. Can anyone tell me what type of withdrawal to expect? Is it as bad as Lexapro? I stopped taking that over a year ago and withdrawals were hell for almost 6 months. I’m hoping Wellbutrin won’t be as bad. My doc says there aren’t really any tapering options. 

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Welcome to SA, NicoleL.


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Doctors are woefully ignorant about tapering.   There are numerous tapering options.


To start, we recommend tapering by no more than 10% of current dose every four weeks.


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


Wellbutrin is one drug that, in some cases, can be tapered more quickly after seeing how you do for a couple of months tapering at 10%.  The following link is specifically about tapering Wellbutrin, including XL, as well as how to get the doses you'll need for your taper.  It is an excellent blueprint for a Wellbutrin taper.


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



On 11/30/2020 at 2:46 PM, NicoleL said:

Can anyone tell me what type of withdrawal to expect? Is it as bad as Lexapro? I stopped taking that over a year ago and withdrawals were hell for almost 6 months.


Withdrawal varies from person to person and depends on a number of factors, including rate of taper.  There's no way to predict how yours will go except to advise you to go slowly, to listen to your body and to hold if symptoms become difficult.  Wellbutrin is not regarded as one of the more difficult psychiatric drugs to taper.


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Gridley Introduction


Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.


Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper of 18.75mg Valium 

End 2021  year 1 of Valium taper at 6mg

End 2022 year 2 of Valium taper at 2.75mg 

End 2023 year 3 of Valium taper at 1mg

Jan. 24, 2024: Hold at 1mg and shift to Imipramine taper.

Taper is 95% complete.


Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan.-Sept. 2016 tapered to 14.4mg  

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5mg and shift to Valium taper

Jan. 24, 2024: Resume Imipramine taper.  Current dose as of May 2: 6.1mg

Taper is 92% complete.  


Supplements: multiple, quercetin, omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg, iron, serrapeptase, nattokinase

I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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