Elavil and Exffexor UGH!

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basa0806
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   Posted 11/15/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I am/was taking 25mg of amitriptyline for my ulcerative colitis and about a month ago I started taking effexor xr for GAD. Two days after starting I starting having this really weird diarrhea. Now diarrhea isn't unusual for me but this was normal of my UC. I saw the CNP at my school and she said that the amitriptyline is interacting with the effexor and that's whats giving me the loose stools. I called my gastroenterologist to see if it was okay if I stopped the ami and he said it was fine but I have to decrease to 10mg for two weeks. Two nights ago was my last dose of ami and I still am having weird d. It says online that it takes 12-50 hours for the drug to be completely out of your body. I guess I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this? It's just a pain because I am doing really well on effexor and I don't want to stop it but I'm in remission from my UC and I don't want stopping the ami to take that away! UGH!
Sam
19 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

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nervymeg
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   Posted 11/15/2008 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

I can understand why you might be frustrated! I would just go with the effexor, stay off the ami for a few weeks and see what happens. I am sure there must be other meds out there that won't interact quite so badly. I wish you the best of luck.

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percycat
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   Posted 11/16/2008 12:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Sam,

Just wishing you lots of luck and good thoughts in deciding what sounds like an either/or choice. I surely hope the physical discomfort does stop soon!

percycat

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   Posted 11/16/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Sam,

You must be close to the 50 hours for the Amitriptyline to have worn off.

Amitriptyline is in a group of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants. Amitriptyline was released for sale by the FDA on 3/2/1984
 
Effexor belongs to the group of meds known as SSRI/SSNIs. Effexor was released for sale by the FDA in 1993.
Please follow your physician's orders and stay on the Effexor.
 
If you continue to have problems, I would contact your physician for further instructions.
 
Remember as you read through your posts from members, we are not profesionals and  broad comments re meds need to be taken with a grain of salt.
Take care
Kitt
 
 

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basa0806
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   Posted 11/16/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I know they are both antidepressants. I wasn't put on ami for depression. I spent a week in the hospital and my colon healed but my brain was still saying I was sick so I was put on ami to hush my brain up. I just needed to vent. Its frustrating especially with finals coming up. If this don't improve this week I'm calling my GI and primary to see what to do.
Sam
19 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
Maya Angelou

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