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erinbeth13: From Celexa (citalopram) to Wellbutrin (bupropion)


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Hi everyone,


Brand new here. I recently tapered myself off Celexa 40 over the course of a month, with the goal of starting Wellbutrin.  I realize now that I found this forum that I probably did this too fast (Went from 40 to 20 for 2 weeks with no ill effects, then 20-10 for 2 weeks, then 10mgs with 150mg of the Wellbutrin for a week until I stopped the Celexa completely last Friday.  Withdrawal has been...weird, I'm shaky and foggy and sleep is terrible.  Has anyone else switched from Celexa to Wellbutrin?  I've been on an SSRI for so long, the weight gain is a huge factor to why I'm switching. Any input is welcome!


Thank you!

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Welcome to SA, erinbeth13.


Very likely your symptoms are due to withdrawal from Celexa caused by a too fast taper.   Insomnia is a very common withdrawal symptom; it is also one of the side effects of Wellbutrin.  


What is withdrawal syndrome.


Glenmullen’s withdrawal symptom list.


You will heal from the withdrawal. Unfortunately, we can't predict how long it will take. 


We don't recommend a lot of supplements on SA, as many members report being sensitive to them due to our over-reactive nervous systems, but two supplements that we do recommend are magnesium and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 


Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker 


Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil


Add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems.


Some members have found Melatonin helpful with insomnia.   


Melatonin for sleep   


It's best to start at a very low dosage, such as .25mg, and gradually increase if needed to the lowest effective dose.  


This is your Introduction topic, where you can ask questions and connect with other members.  Again, welcome.














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 taper at 6mg

End 2022 year 2 of taper at 2.75mg 

Current dose as of Feb. 25, 2023 2mg

Taper is 89% 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

Taper is 87% complete.  


Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg

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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