pain meds and antidepressants

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MissCris
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   Posted 5/20/2010 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI won't give me pain meds because I am taking Effexor and he's worried that I'll get serotonin syndrome. I was wondering if anyone here has had similar troubles and what they did about it. My psychiatrist said she was thinking about trying a new medication called Emsam because it's in patch form and sometimes I'm not able to digest the Effexor. I'm not sure if this has the same potential issues. Of course right now I feel fine because of the meds so part of me is saying...screw the Effexor, I don't want to be in pain...but then of course if I stopped it I'd be a wreck :( Any suggestions?

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mmckenna
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   Posted 5/20/2010 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never heard of that, and I'm on EffexorCR 150mg a day.
I've been on Vicodin, Vicodin ES, Norco, Methadone, Dilaudid, Demorol, and never had an issue. I was on Dilaudid and Methadone in the hospital for a month straight with no issues. I take Vicodin and Norco (2x vicodin basically) as needed and never had an issue.

I've never even heard of an issue like that with Effexor. Maybe time to try and new Doc?

Hang in there.
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ivy6
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   Posted 5/20/2010 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I believe it depends on the type of pain med used, Matthew.

Serotonin syndrome is definitely not something to risk or mess with, so I"d consult with your doctors but still be very firm that you need both pain control *and* an antidepressant, Cris. (not much help, am I?)

Perhaps you could write down the list of all the pain meds Matthew has been on, and ask your doc if any of those would be suitable for you?
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mmckenna
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   Posted 5/20/2010 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Right, don't take my word for it. There are a lot of pain medications to choose from, so maybe you and your doctor can find one that works for you.

It is possible to be on both, so maybe a second opinion is needed.

sorry about the new doctor crack, that's just me... I had a really bad GI many many years ago, and what he did/said to me still hurts. I'm not a big fan of doctors who think they have all the answers.
Matthew McKenna,
Joey's dad.
Crohn's Disease and Guillian-Barre' Syndrome.
Remicade, 6MP and a few of their friends.

"I'm just along for the ride."


Homeboy
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   Posted 5/21/2010 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I think you should find a pain doctor.

Your g.i. is not a good place to get pain meds from, they just don't seem to like the responsibility associated with these meds.
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