So it’s been a few days since I began taking the full 300mg dose of the bupropion. And so far, the patterns that seemed to be emerging before are consistent:
- Increased irritability. It’s stuck around, but I think I’m starting to get the hang of handling it.
- Much lower scores on the Burns check list: the highest this week has been a 12, with four different instances of a 9 representing the low. In fact, my weekly average dropped from a 14 to a 10 (technically a 9.8, but close enough).
- An easier time actually getting going. Four days in a row of paid work (all successfully done) is a good testament to that.
The only difference I have noticed is something I was warned about: if I take the second dose too late, the 6 hour jolt of energy is enough to make it difficult for me to get to sleep. Mostly, this is a problem when I wake up late (ie, 1 or 2pm), rather than the drug acting in some weird way. The other thing I have noticed has been an increase in headaches; but that could simply be attributed to general lack of sleep. In fact, that’s probably what it is; headaches are a fairly common result when I get less than four hours of sleep in a night.
All told, I’m mostly liking the bupropion so far. I’m thinking of doing one more part to this series after a few weeks on the full dose when I’ve gotten a better picture of how it’s affecting me.