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dustspeck
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   Posted 11/12/2007 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
i think i have seen in passing that a few of you are on zoloft. i would love to hear how it's worked for you and why you are being treated with it. i have had sleep problems for years and have tried all kinds of sleep aids without much luck and /or i end up with nagative side effects. my pcp wanted to put me on an anti-anxiety even before my diagnosis as he said i hed a predisposition to having anxiety issues but i've been fighting with him about it. well, i finally caved in and i will pick up my script tomorrow. i am going off of restoril and going back on trazodone. he also refilled my script for ativan. i am really worried it's going to change my personality. i do hope that it will help with my sleep and that is will help shut my brain off at times. i tend to over think and over worry and literally drive myself nuts with my thoughts. i would love to hear all positive and negative stories, i am a bit concerned going on it.

thanks muchly :)
.: stephanie :.
32 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
currently taking 15mg prednisone (getting there!), 4000mg pentasa daily & vicodin for pain


rootsmith
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   Posted 11/12/2007 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I started zoloft a few weeks ago. I took it about 10 years ago for a sleep problem which was mainly waking up early in the am and it solved that problem. Some people have the opposite problem- the drug causes insomnia! With all this CD stuff I've been a wreck and I really felt I was somewhat depressed. However, both a counselor I've been seeing and a psych consultation do not feel that I am depressed. One is calling it an adjustment disorder (I am assuming to a chronic illness) and the other depression associated with a general medical condition. I guess neither are as severe as "clinical depression" So, for a year now I've been trying to find an antidepressant. Last Dec I tried Cymbalta because it also works very well for chronic pain. I have tendonitis in my feet. The problem with Cymbalta is that not only does it increase serontonin levels it also works on norepinephrine (I think it is called a Selective Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor, or SNRI, similar to Effexor) My blood pressure started going up after a few days on it plus I felt awful. Then came the CD diagnosis so it was summer before I got to trying another antidepressant. This time tried Lexapro. Same thing, blood pressure went up and I felt awful (like I had the flu, freezing cold, etc) So, the psych person suggested I try zoloft since I was able to take it years ago. I started with 12.5 mg and have just increased to 25mg. So far no problems (not even mild nausea to start and that is a very common side effect in the beginning) However, my blood pressure has gone up a little so I'm not sure where that will go. Maybe increasing my bp meds might help that, haven't gotten that far yet. Apparently this is a very unusual reaction (more common with the norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors)

My current sleep problem (which I developed this summer) is slowly improving. I feel more focused and have greater interest in activities I used to enjoy. I have had no change in either the foot pain or my CD issues. I thought that maybe it would stop me from thinking about my feet (I have the same problem as you do in that I tend to overthink things to the point of driving myself nuts) The reason I started with 12.5 is because when I took it years ago it revved me up so much it was scary. I eventually learned how to calm down but in some people these drugs do this. Its more common when there is a history of mood disorder in the family. I haven't had that problem this time, yet. Keep in mind that many many people are on these antidepressants and most that I know don't have problems with them. Also, I have read that many people with depression present more like they have anxiety. These drugs also treat anxiety without the addiction problems of the benzodiazepines (i.e.ativan) I definitely feel less anxious.

Trazadone is supposed to be good for sleep. I never tried that one because I was also interested in the antidepressant qualities of the drug. Trazadone is too sedating as a antidepressant. I don't feel sedated at all on zoloft, but I am taking a small dose. Another problem with these drugs is that because they increase serotonin levels, you can't take other drugs that do the same thing i.e. ultram. There are a few others as well.
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft


chroniemomx2
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   Posted 11/12/2007 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
My pcp put me on it after my second child was born for depression. She told me at the time that it has the least side effects of what was out there. I didn't have any trouble while on it. I had good luck with it.

killerzoey
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   Posted 11/12/2007 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking Zoloft for about 2 months now. I felt I needed something to cope with everything that's happened this year. I think I like it. I take 50 mg a day and have from the start. I did have horrible nausea the first few days but that went away and now I don't think I really have any issues with it.
36 year old mother of a fabulous toddler. Major symptoms began after her birth, with widespread pain/stiffness and mucus in stool. Had seen blood in stool for years prior but believe (and still suspect) hemorrhoids and/or fissures for this particular manifestation.

Diagnosed with Crohn's July 2007. The only visible areas of inflammation via scope were my stomach, rectum, and somewhere in my colon. Pill Cam, SBFT, CT Scan all normal. I think I may mainly have colitis.

STARTED LOW DOSE NALTREXONE SEPT. 26TH www.lowdosenaltrexone.org. Also see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&list_uids=17222320

On Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) since late July and seeing improvement in "output" quality and hopefully therefore absorption. Taking SCD legal supplements: B vitamins, Folonic Acid 800mg, EnZym Complete DPP IV Aid by Kirkman.

Current biggest complaints: LRQ fullness and burning now gone. Gastritis symptoms are also quiet now. What was horrible right hip and low back pain has subsided about 60%. I'm pretty much feeling normal but in no way think I do not have more symptoms in my future.


dustspeck
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   Posted 11/12/2007 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
rootsmith - thank you so much for extensive information! i remember talking to you about it before and once again, you are putting my mind at ease. thanks very much. i think i am starting at 15mgs.

chroniemomx2 & killerzoey - thanks for the responses. i am feeling better about starting on it tomorrow. hope it works for me too :)
.: stephanie :.
32 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
currently taking 15mg prednisone (getting there!), 4000mg pentasa daily & vicodin for pain


Glad Bag
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   Posted 11/12/2007 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
.stephanie.


i myself haven't taken the stuff....but i had an ex-girlfriend about 9 years ago who went through quite a few diff. drugs before settling on Zoloft. It helped her immensely. I only wish she was on it before things went bad between us...even though she got better on the zoloft, it was too late for us as a couple, and we ended up breaking up and she moved out....maybe the meds helped her dump me? who knows? wait, she didn't dump me...she cheated on me....maybe they did make her crazy....

i doubt it though, i recently talked to her again and she said she had gone on and off meds over the last few years only to return to Zoloft and be better again, so I know it can be great for some.

Good luck with the pharma quest....hope you have a good week :0)
"All we need is love....love is all we need"


dustspeck
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   Posted 11/12/2007 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
hi mr. nat :)

thanks for the info! sorry about the rest of the story :/ ahhh relationships ...i just don't git em.

you have a good week as well! talk soon!
.: stephanie :.
32 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
currently taking 15mg prednisone (getting there!), 4000mg pentasa daily & vicodin for pain


rootsmith
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   Posted 11/13/2007 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Stephanie- I don't think there is a 15mg dose. It comes 25mg and 50mg. I split the 25 to make 12.5 but now I am on 25. Let us know how you do on it. The provider who prescribed it suggested I take brand name because that was all that was available back when I took it last time and she didn't want to introduce any more variables. YIKES- it cost me $89 for a 1-2 month supply (depending on whether I take 12.5 or 25mg) My insurance didn't pay a penny of it without "pre-authorization" I called them and they said it could be done after the fact so I asked her what dollar amt are we talking about and she said it would have cost me $29 less. I told her to forget it, that wasn't worth the bother for a one time thing. When I refill it I will get generic.

Are you taking trazadone and zoloft together? I wonder if I could do that, I will ask. But then there is the blood pressure problem with me, not sure if that would increase it too much.
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin and now trying good ol' zoloft


CrohnieYogi
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   Posted 11/13/2007 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Better living through pharmacology I always say! If it will help you live your life to the fullest, try it!

dustspeck
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   Posted 11/13/2007 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
rootsmith - i am apparently deaf as well, i misheard my pcp ... i am going on 50mgs. that seems like a lot to start? i still haven't taken one yet, i am actually scared to start taking them :/ i will though and i will keep you posted how i do. and yes, i asked my pcp AGAIN it's ok to take ativan, vicodin, trazodone and zoloft and he said absolutely. trazodone does work fairly well and really has the least side effects, i would definitely ask.

good luck and let me know how you make out!
.: stephanie :.
32 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
currently taking 15mg prednisone (getting there!), 4000mg pentasa daily & vicodin for pain


dustspeck
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   Posted 11/13/2007 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks crohnieyogi :) i am hoping for the best!
.: stephanie :.
32 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
currently taking 15mg prednisone (getting there!), 4000mg pentasa daily & vicodin for pain

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