I was on the antidepressant Effexor and doing really well. Then I felt like I was gaining weight so I asked my doctor to switch my antidepressant to Wellbutrin because I had read that it helps with weight loss. She immediately said yes and then she said she didn’t have any appointments for a few months so she would see me then. The problem is that I was also going through a terrible time in my life. I had lost my job and I was going through a divorce. She did say that Wellbutrin doesn’t help with anxiety and I have a lot of anxiety. I asked her what to do about anxiety and she just said to take a blood pressure reduction medicine to stay calm. She would not give me any anxiety medicine like valium because she said it’s addicting.
The Wellbutrin did not agree with me and I had serious suicidal thoughts. It may have been because my psychiatrist didn’t give me anxiety medicine as well. It did state on the directions that there are suicidal tendencies with Wellbutrin but not in my age group. Anyway, I stopped taking the medicine and I called my internist this time instead of my psychiatrist. She switched me back to Effexor and I am fine.
But I think that it was wrong of my psychiatrist to switch my medication without a swift follow up. I am not sure if Wellbutrin didn’t work for me due to anxiety or because I was going through so much at the time. But I prefer to see my internist over my psychiatrist who really couldn’t be bothered with how I feel.