When will Wellbutrin XL stop making me not sleep at night?
February 19, 2010 10:01 AM Subscribe
I started taking Wellbutrin XL on Monday and I have been experiencing insomnia since then. Will this go away, how can I make it go away, etc?
posted by tweedle to health & fitness (16 answers total)
On Monday night it took me 6 hours to go to sleep and then I only had time to sleep for like 2 hours. Then Tuesday night I decided to take some melatonin before and that helped a little... I didn't sleep for more than 5 or 6 hours but I actually slept in that time period. Wednesday night I slept for four hours and last night I got probably around 4-5 hours of sleep.
Normally, when I'm not on the Wellbutrin, getting this much sleep would be very not good. Usually when I don't sleep I feel terrible all day, like terribly depressed and tired. The Wellbutrin makes me not tired at all and mildly irritable, which I know is a known side-effect but I think it might be more a side effect of the insomnia for me. (Depression + a stimulant seems like it would equal increased irritability)
This is the only side effect I'm having that I can see and I know side effects are supposed to subside in two weeks or something?
I took melatonin this morning at 6:40 when I awoke prematurely as I had til 12 to sleep but I'm pretty sure I didn't sleep at all in that time period.
If this doesn't stop by the time I've been taking it for two weeks then I will call the doctor.
So, what would make this better? I feel fine during the day thanks to the Wellbutrin, but I feel terribly exhausted when I wake up and I don't think it's healthy for me to get so little sleep every night. I need at least 7 hours of sleep to function normally.
If it matters I'm on the TEVA generic, which I know people have problems with, but it seems to be the people who went from the name brand to the generic who have the problems because the generic releases the drug faster than the name brand and their bodies aren't used to that. My body has never experienced this before so the fact this releases faster shouldn't matter, from what I know, and should probably actually give me less insomnia, it seems to me.
Would switching to the immediate release work better? Or the SR?
I think I could tough this out if I knew this side effect would subside soonish.