Antidepressant question w/colectomy

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JoJosMom
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   Posted 12/28/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Is there a particular antidepressant that works well that is not extended release?
56 year old
Endometrial cancer, hyst 1992
Invasive breast cancer, 1999 w/rad & chemo
Lacunar infarc (stroke, 8/01 & 05/02)
Benign falcine meningioma, 3/04 (watch & wait)
Bilateral mastectomy 2005
Bilateral salpingo oopherectomy & breast reconstruction 2006
Genetic diagnosis of HNPCC MSH2 (Lynch Syndrome II) (have had previous cancers related to Lynch)
Colectomy w/ileorectal anastamosis 11/25/08, clear path
 


2much2bear
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   Posted 12/29/2008 5:26 AM (GMT -6)   
not sure what you mean by extended release but I take Amitriptyline - for anxiety and depression. only on a small dose - it helps with panicky feelings and good for helping to sleep.
as with any medication it is just seeing what you get on with really and the dosage.
Karen 46 yrs
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic floor repair surgery (rectocele/cystocele)
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstruction
2006: Diagnosed with slow transit constipation
2007: Sigmoid resection because of partial volvulus resulting in immediate colonic inertia
 
15 JAN 2009: scheduled for T/C
 


HisWill
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   Posted 12/29/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I had been on Celexa for 10 years, but after my illeostomy in April 2008, I found that it was no longer working. My doctor put me on Wellburtin. I started on 150 mg per day, which didnt help. Then he put me on 350 mg per day. I am still very, very anxious and very depressed and emotional. In the past I have tried Zolfoft and Paxil. But those had too many side effects for me. I am going to talk to my doctor at my next appt. I will let you know if I find something that works.
Thanks,
Marie

JoJosMom
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   Posted 12/29/2008 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
HisWill,
I've had bad effects with Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac, Wellbutrin, and now the Cymbalta. Doc's trying Elavil (thanks, Karen, since it's the same type you found works for you). Since I thought the Cymbalta has been working the last 10 weeks, I had a "crash" and am trying to soldier through. Funny how "normal" changes.

Annie
56 year old
Endometrial cancer, hyst 1992
Invasive breast cancer, 1999 w/rad & chemo
Lacunar infarc (stroke, 8/01 & 05/02)
Benign falcine meningioma, 3/04 (watch & wait)
Bilateral mastectomy 2005
Bilateral salpingo oopherectomy & breast reconstruction 2006
Genetic diagnosis of HNPCC MSH2 (Lynch Syndrome II) (have had previous cancers related to Lynch)
Colectomy w/ileorectal anastamosis 11/25/08, clear path
 


suebear
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   Posted 12/29/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   

And I have had sucess with Celexa.  Everyone is different and ADs are not all equal.  Work with your doctor to figure out what is the best match for you.

Sue


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


peggy113
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   Posted 12/30/2008 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had good luck with a continued low dose of Paxil - 9 years now. Also, on occasion, Amitriptyline is added, but believe it or not, it was prescribed to help my JAWS!!! I have had jaw surgery in my past and when I am overly tense, I sometimes have flares of TMJ... dentist recommended the amitriptyline and I believe it works for that. BTW, Paxil, in a low dose helped my hot flashes go away! Sorry guys if that is too much info for ya. But it did really work for me and that is the real reason that I have continued it to date. Amazing what controlling those can do for your attitude and sleeping patterns too, and overall sense of being.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


JoJosMom
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   Posted 12/30/2008 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Vanity rears it's attractive head (ha ha)....does the amitriptyline make you gain weight? If so, I'm not taking it, and will just be Eeyore forever.
The pharamacist mentioned it might (and I'm thinking maybe if I had a large colon it might...) but unless you're in the midst of something, you really don't have as much info as one would think you should. (Okay, I'm OCD about info, and it's part of my in the world job, to which I must return Monday...sigh

Annie
56 year old
Endometrial cancer, hyst 1992
Invasive breast cancer, 1999 w/rad & chemo
Lacunar infarc (stroke, 8/01 & 05/02)
Benign falcine meningioma, 3/04 (watch & wait)
Bilateral mastectomy 2005
Bilateral salpingo oopherectomy & breast reconstruction 2006
Genetic diagnosis of HNPCC MSH2 (Lynch Syndrome II) (have had previous cancers related to Lynch)
Colectomy w/ileorectal anastamosis 11/25/08, clear path
 


suebear
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   Posted 12/30/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hah! Don't thinkt that being colonless means that you will be skinny! If you are vain about weight gain it might be best to try something else or get into a daily exercise regime and watch calorie intake. I don't have a colon or recutm and have to battle weight gain every day!

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


peggy113
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   Posted 12/30/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
While I, on the other hand, have to battle keeping weight on. Just depends on your system, and hereditary stuff I guess.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


pepperann27
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Total Posts : 147
   Posted 12/30/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
how about Effexor?
thanks, Dusti

Diagnosed with colonic inertia at 13 years old, had my colon removed.
Diagnosed with rectal inertia at 16 years old, had my rectum removed and had a jpouch made.
Diagnosed with small bowel inertia at 18 years old, and got an ileostomy wich I still have. I am 27 now.

If you want to know more, just ask me!


2 RIS K
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   Posted 12/31/2008 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I've taken 20mg of Lexapro every day for 5 years now and it doesn't seem to have changed since my TC. It still seems to be working great for me. Have you tried that one? I love it because I have no side effects whatsoever, not even the sexual side effects caused by some of the others. I swear by it!!

Hope this helps.
Amanda
35 years old
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - 3/13/07
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
Take Down Surgery Scheduled - December 15, 2008
 
The whole world is at your feet; so paint your toenails Red!
 


JoJosMom
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Total Posts : 24
   Posted 12/31/2008 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I did try it, but am going ahead with the Elavil -- I don't think there is any particular consistency among anyone with a colectomy. We must all be amazing anomalies. But I don't gain weight easily, and since I'm only a month out from the total colectomy, I am keeping a food journal, and tracking weight (mostly loss).

Thanks for the response.
56 year old
Endometrial cancer, hyst 1992
Invasive breast cancer, 1999 w/rad & chemo
Lacunar infarc (stroke, 8/01 & 05/02)
Benign falcine meningioma, 3/04 (watch & wait)
Bilateral mastectomy 2005
Bilateral salpingo oopherectomy & breast reconstruction 2006
Genetic diagnosis of HNPCC MSH2 (Lynch Syndrome II) (have had previous cancers related to Lynch)
Colectomy w/ileorectal anastamosis 11/25/08, clear path
 


2much2bear
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Total Posts : 624
   Posted 1/2/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   

I never gained with with Amitriptyline but i have put on a little weight slowly over last 5 years but that is due to elimination diets before i was diagnosed with STC .  I have been on it since 2004.  It is a tryicyclic medicine whereas prozac and newer ones are SSRI's - dont ask me the chemical differences but i dont get on with SSRI's - they give me insomnia and make me feel like i am in another world.

i only need 20mg a night as i am very sensitive to medicine (except senna ha).  could be cause i dont smoke or drink maybe.

hope it helps you.


Karen 46 yrs
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic floor repair surgery (rectocele/cystocele)
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstruction
2006: Diagnosed with slow transit constipation
2007: Sigmoid resection because of partial volvulus resulting in immediate colonic inertia
 
15 JAN 2009: scheduled for T/C
 

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