Anti-depressants

Do you take an anti-depressant
17
Yes - 60.7%
4
No - 14.3%
2
Have thought about it - 7.1%
1
Would never take it - 3.6%
4
Have in the past - 14.3%

 
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Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 8/20/2007 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I want to know how many of you are taking anti-depressants?  I was put on one last year for general anxiety disorder (GAD) before I found out I had Crohns. Who doesn't have anxieties when they have teens.  I didn't like it and didn't feel I needed it so I stopped taking it.  Then I found out I had CD and three months later I developed steroid induced diabetes.  I was working really hard to lose weight and getting extremely frustrated and obsessing over it.  Felt like I was aneroxic without losing the weight.  For 8 months I've been going to the Y and eating extremely healthy and nothing.
 
When I found out I had Crohn's I was "Okay, I deal with this"  When I found out I now had diabetes I was "That's sucks but I will do what I have to to get it together."  I start doing what I have to and I just couldn't lose weight.  Only lost 11 lbs in 6 months.  I talked with my GI and she recommended Cymbalta because it can work on not only anxieties but on pain and can cause appetite suppression.  Anyway,  I've been on it a month and feel so much better.  I've lost 10 lbs in 4 weeks and no longer have joint pain and muscle aches. 
 
I just wanted to know what the percentage of people taking anti-depressants because they are dealing with chronic illness.


Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
 
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
 
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression


Lady G
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 321
   Posted 8/20/2007 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I take anti depressants off and on right now, can't say its for my health really, but I guess having crohns might affect me somehow into needing them, if they help, stay on them until you feel you can go without. I've had them long enough I'm in a stage now of trying to live without them and seeing what happens.
26 year old, married. Diagnosed with Crohns at 17, suspected of having for at least a year or so before that.  Alot of Crohns in my family history.  No surgeries yet.  2 bad Flares so far. Taking Entocort.


Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/21/2007 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I have taken Celexa..........it helped me IMHO but I have now stopped ( weaned with docs help) and take Valium or Lorazapam when needed..........

We have many ppl on a/p forum that have Crohns or other Chronic illnesses.............
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sbcgrace
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   Posted 8/21/2007 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I am currently taking Wellbutrin XL. I had a hard time getting off of Celexa. I had major withdrawls. Once I had finally weaned myself off it threw me into a major flare with my CD. My doctor whole-heartedly believes that the reason why my flare blew up so big was because of getting off of the Celexa and the anxiety that was building due to the coming off of it.

The Wellbutrin is so much better for me. If I miss a dose it doesn't make me dizzy or out of sorts like the Celexa did.

Currently 3 x per day 1000mgs Pentasa, Aciphex, Lortab, Ambien, Librax (for spasms) & VSL#3 (for probiotics) or activia yogurt, back on the prednisone (10mgs this week) and Entocort (9mgs).

Headed back down the CT, SBFT road for a potential SBO.  Great.


Mormor Vicky
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 8/22/2007 4:29 AM (GMT -7)   
eyes   eyes After reading the results of this survey, and I know it is by no means scientific, I don't feel like I failed because I'm on an anit-depressant. I didn't realize that this many people were taking them. Thank you so very much for contributing. Makes me realize that I'm not abnormal after all. cool cool
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
 
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
 
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression


Krysta
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 340
   Posted 8/22/2007 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Anti-depressants have a bad stigma. There's nothing wrong with taking them. I look at it this way... There is no human who has a perfectly functioning body. Some people have kidney problems, heart problems, intestinal problems, ovary problems... so why wouldn't peoples' brains (or the neurotransmitters within them) need a little help, too? It's just another organ in the body! :-)

I am on trazodone for sleep and depression. It's a 2 for 1!

I feel so much better on it, and it's definitely worth it.
Finally Dx- April 13 2007 (age 26) ilio-crohn's-colitis. Surgeries:appendectomy, cholecystectomy, tonsillectomy, pinidal cyst removed,emergency abdominal surgery for hemorrhaging ovary from burst ovarian cyst, LEEPcervix, emergency abdominal surgery for grapefruit sized ovarian cyst removal, D and C of uterus, lumpectomy of breast.
MEDS: remicade, prednisone, Asacol TID, protonix, metformin, buspar, trazodone, multi V, B complex, flaxseed. Vegetarian, leaning towards vegan. no nuts, seeds, or wheat.
Many allergies. Polycystic ovarian syndrome, anxiety, depression, ITP 
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Lady G
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 321
   Posted 8/22/2007 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Krysta...cause ever since I started them, I know I became a much friendlier easy going person to deal with when I wasn't so depressed and sad or angry all the time....My husband calls them my 'happy pills' since I am actually happy, laugh and better to get along with in our relationship too, so they helped, probably not just with me myself, but also our relationship and all. Mine I take is called Cipralex, and I rarely hear of anyone who actually knows what they are or takes them for some reason, even doctors have to look it up for some reason to figure out what I am taking. So not sure how I ended up with them, but they are great, effective and don't seem to cause any side effects for me either, including weaning off, I just plain dropped when I felt like it to see, and I have still been fine.
26 year old, married. Diagnosed with Crohns at 17, suspected of having for at least a year or so before that.  Alot of Crohns in my family history.  No surgeries yet.  2 bad Flares so far. Taking Entocort.


Howlyncat
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Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 8/22/2007 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Never have shame in having to take AD's or Benzo's

Chronic illness is hard enough to live with day to day IMHO

I wish you all the best
Keep us posted

LYN
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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 8/22/2007 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I use to be on Paxil, when my exhusband started to decrease his by Drs orders I followed the same decreasing schedule. I gained 35 pounds on Paxil which made my joints hurt more and the weight gain made me depressed ( I was 131.5 on paxil...a few yrs later and I tend to hang around 103 of no steroids are involved). I am however on Elavil, I started this for migraine prevention but it was created initially for depression the migraines is an off label use. I am cutting down on it though I was on 100mg and I want to decrease slowly since I want kids in the next yr or 2 and this is 1 med you should not be on so I am slooooooooowly decreasing it...rather do it slow and have no side effects than cut down like a "normal" patient would. Also I recently found that Elavil can cause motility issues and toxic megacolon...yeah neither is fun I found out the hard way it wasnot caused my meds the DRs dont think since the toxic megacolon was post emergency resection. Elavil can cause heart trouble too and that runs in my family, myy dad was on 100 I think when he had his heart attack at age 49, he is now on 25mg (which is my dosage goal until I become pregnant)
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 

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