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Lithium/Wellbutrin combo

Ok, so I keep telling my psychiatrist that I am having suicidal ideations.  I also mentioned it here.  Well folks, a very scary incident happened last Saturday, which is hard for me to say.  I just cant believe I wanted to die so badly.  Anyhow, my fiance called 911, luckly and I was taken to a wonderful facility where they were very saddened to hear that my psychiatrist refused to put me on an anti-depressent.  She stated that they all cause mania.  I was assured in the hopstial that Wellbutrin does not.  I will research on it a bit when I leave the forum, but I wanted to post here and ask for some support on using it with a mood stabilizer.  Has anyone else had success with the combo of antidepressent/stabilizer?  I am hopeful and am praying this is the answer for getting my BP under control.  Thanks for listening.  
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Oh honey I feel so bad for you. It is soooo important for us bi polars to be on both a mood stabilazer and an anti deprressant. I take cel\exa and zyprexa and they have worked wonderfully for me. for 7 years now. fire your doc and get another one that will work with you.
If you start feeling bad again just message me. you are in my prayers.I will listen anytime you need me to.
Love Venora
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Thank you so very much for your comforting words.  I am on the mend, but it is a slow process.  So far, I feel a tiny bit more perky and getting over a horrible respritory flu I caught in the hospital.  My fiance is having a difficult time adjusting to everything and I pray every day that he will have the strength to deal with all of this.  I am stronger and feel better about knowing how to deal with suicidal ideations from now on.  I did fire my psychiatrist and switched to a psyc nurse practitioner.  I am hoping it will be a better fit.  I am also migraine sensitive and hoping the wellbutrin will not cause headaches like other meds I have tried.  I am so hoping this is the answer.  Thank you again.  
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Actually, antideppressants don't only increase suicide ideation for teens--I went through wanting to die early on my med.  The doctor was right in not giving it to you at that time.
I have actually attempted suicide--ten years ago--and they did not put me on for that reason.

You might do best with a drug akin to Zyprexa.

Hope you get to feeling better.  I know how hard it is.

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That is scary!  I used Wellbutrin about 7 years ago when I was still unpolar.  I thought I was well, because I felt wonderful, so I asked my doctor to put me on a weaker antidepressent.  He put me on prozac instead of reducing my wellbutrin to see how I would do.  I believed that I was just depressed from my first marriage and that it was not a real disorder for me.  LOL!!  Bit me in the behind, I started having smaller manic episodes on the prozac not knowing what it was and eventually quit taking it.  A year after I quit taking it I had my bad manic episode and was finally diagnosed.  I did really well on wellbutrin the first time so I am egar to see how it will work with the Lithium.  I am hopeful.  I just hope someone that uses it can share their story of how it works for them!  I tried Zyprexa.  I do poorly on atypical antipsychotics.  I am a mixed state BP and read it is bad to use for that anyways.  I have tried them all and they make me a zombie woman.    
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Yeah--zombie woman is not good.  Prozac made me nuts too.  Because of Prozac, my husband hates the idea of me taking anything.  I hope the wellbutrin does well for you.  If it doesn't, try Lexapro.  I did have some bad feelings at the beginning about dying--but nothing like Prozac--I just hung in there and it kicked in.

Well--I hope it works out--and you get to feeling better:)
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Thank you so much.  I am just trying to take each day with a better outlook.  The doctor told me that Lexapro would be the next one to try.  I am hopeful!  
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I take lithium & Zoloft, 150 mgs. Zoloft, every day.  I don't care for the Zoloft because of the sexual side effects but otherwise it works for me.  My doc's view on anti-depressants & manic-depressives is that as long as the lithium is continued as prescribed (or whatever anti-manic drug is used) is that the anti-manic drugs will "keep a lid" on any mania the anti-depressants may cause.  I'm having more of a struggle with falling into depression (winter) right now than rising into mania.  I can't imagine how I'd be feeling if I wasn't on the Zoloft.  Best to you-  
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thank you for writing.  I hope I hear from some folks here that take the wellbutrin too.  The side effects are bothering me.  I am angry at my psychiatrist, whom I an now NOT seeing, when I told her I was having ideations and interested in using an antidepressent to get out of my funk.  I wonder if I can sue?  It really erks me.  Thanks again.  
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