Just got my new meds.

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Dansky
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   Posted 6/11/2007 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   
So I have just taken my first Citalopram Hydrobromide 20mg, my doctor said I should remain on them for 3 months and my life will once again be a happy place and my old self will be back.
 
I'm pretty certain that he's keeping a positive mental attitude and trying to convince me :-)  After all, if things were that simple, how come you are all here????
 
Wish me luck, I did read the leaflet before I took the pill, some of the side effects are a bit daunting, although Azathioprine can cause cancer and I'm still here to tell the tale after taking that med for 18 months.  So It looks like you might see me about for a further 3 months :-)
 
Take care.
 
Dave
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   Posted 6/11/2007 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Dave,  your doc and you made a good choice with medications.  That is one of the newer one's on the market and has had some good results from members here.  I hope it is as sucessful for you. 

It's good that your doc is being positive with is attitude but fact is  that depression isnt all about taking a pill and being "cured".  Depression is usually long term and we have to do most of the work, not the medication.  The meds do hopefully lift our moods enuf for us to be able to deal with what is affecting/causing our depression.

Please do keep letting us know how your doing :-)


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   Posted 6/11/2007 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Dave,

I am glad your Dr. is a positive person.  Depression that can be decreased by meds gives us the chance to work on our issues.  When your in a deep hole and feeling like you can't get out using a med to help you is a good thing.

Once your spirits are lifted  you can better talk and communicate with your therapist and others.  You start to feel hope again.

Take care of you.


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   Posted 6/13/2007 4:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with the new meds Dave...I think you are going to see the light at the end of the tunnel soon!



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Dansky
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   Posted 6/13/2007 5:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your replies,

Well I'm on my 3rd day on them now, strange I feel slightly not with it, I'm guessing it's my body adjusting to the meds and hey I'm used to that :-)

I go back to the doctor next Monday so of course I'll inform him about of the effect of these meds, hopefully I'll have a clear head in the next few days, I need to have a clear head for work, the doc signed me off work for the time being, although he said I would be able to return next Monday after seeing him, so I'll just keep my fingers crossed.

The big difference I have noticed in just 3 days is that I'm not stressed out, I'm sure I was heading for a break up with my before, I'm not really great at communicating with her, in fact I'd go as far as to say that I really wasn't in the slightest bit bothered whether she was here with me or not, which I'm sure you can imagine is a strain in itself on both parties thoughts, I just seem to be really chilled so that's not too much of a bad thing I guess.

One real down side though is that I'm not eating, I have no appetite whatsoever, I wonder if this is my UC or new meds? It is'nt the first time I have gone without food :-) UC (although a terrible disease that I wouldn't wish on anyone) has a bad habit of messing with all your body including appetite. I guess I'll just ride it out and hope my appetite returns, my wife gets annoyed when I don't eat :-)

Thanks again for being there.

Take care.

Dave
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ShynSassy
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   Posted 6/13/2007 5:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I would let your doctor know about the appetite issue. That can be a side effect of the meds.
Be careful!
I suggest try eating a few small meals during the day,at least to get the calories that you need.


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Dansky
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   Posted 6/13/2007 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Shy,

My wife served up dinner last night and I was just messing with it, I probably ate 2 small carrots, I didn't eat in the day time and so far the same again, no appetite whatsoever.

The funny thing is I rarely eat anyway in the daytime if I'm at work because I fear of the UC repercussions but normally when I get home I'm more than ready for food :-), even my favourite foods aren't appealing to me.

But you are so right it is so important to get the calories inside I know this too well, every time I have to fast I feel rotten. I will try harder to eat today.

Thank you.

Take care.

Dave
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   Posted 6/13/2007 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Dave,

For the first few days (maybe almost the first week) when I started the antidepressants, I had no appetite whatsoever either. It was a nice, but drastic change, from my ravenous prednisone induced appetite. Someone even brought me a cookie one day which usually I'd have no problem with, but I couldn't even eat a quarter of it. After the first week though it was back to normal.

Good luck and I hope it works wonders for you!
Female, 21, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia from long term prednisone use

Currently taking 5mg of prednisone (down from 40! Almost done...)
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Waiting to start back on Azathioprine...


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   Posted 6/13/2007 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hee Hee,

Hardspacecore, I have been on Pred for probably 2 years, my GI won't let me off them, although I'm only on 8mg a day now, so no real Pred symptoms but I know exactly about that Pred diet :-)

I have been thinking about my favourite food in an attempt to make myself hungry but so far it isn't working :-)

Good luck with the Azathioprine, if it does to you what it did for me you'll be so happy.

Take care.

Dave
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ShynSassy
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   Posted 6/14/2007 5:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Just be careful Dave...as you can see from my signature I have had a problem with food for a very long time. I am now able to gain weight,and have to be very careful not to "forget" to eat.



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Dansky
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   Posted 6/14/2007 5:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Shy,

Thank you, I have forced some soup down last night and this lunch time.

Take care.

Dave
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ShynSassy
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   Posted 6/14/2007 5:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Good for you,I hope the appetite comes back though.



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Dansky
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   Posted 6/14/2007 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I have lost 6lb in 4 days, part of me is pleased I have no appetite, because it makes the symptoms of UC easier, but I know the importance of food so I'll try to keep nibbling.

Take care.

Dave
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