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   Posted 2/20/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I am hoping that maybe some of you can give me advice on what meds seem to be easier on the stomach.  The reason being is that my mom's friend is having major issues with depression and some anxiety - but everything he takes hurts his stomach.  I really don't get many side effects with any of the meds that I have been on so I don't have any advice for him.  I want to help the guy out and I have the perfect means to do so with all of you - any advice would be appreciated!

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   Posted 2/20/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi austin

Welcome to healing well. What medications is your friend taking? I take Effexor and did have problems with stomach pains when I first started to take them but this was due to me not taking them with food, Since then I take my medication with food and a glass of water and I have not had any stomach problems since then. Effexor is the only medication I have taken which has caused me to have stomach pains. Sometimes it takes a few weeks for your body to get used to a new medication and thats when you get most of the side effects but these do tend to pass. I am not a medical professional so I would advice that your friend goes and talks to his doctor re the problems he is having with his medication, I hope he finds something which helps him without the side effects.

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   Posted 2/20/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   

I would think if he talked to his doc about his stomach problems, he/she would know which meds  are best for him. Actually, a psychiatrist may be better. A psych may know the side effects of anti-depressants and other anxiety drugs better.

Personally, I can't help. I'm sorry. I have taken Pamelor and Prozac with no lasting stomach problems. I think diarrhea and nausea may be common side effects at first with these types of meds. Good luck!

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   Posted 2/20/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
You might let him know that he should at least try taking the pills with some food, even if it is only something like toast or crackers. If this does not work, he should contact his doctor about this, because gastro problems are widespread nowdays it seems.

Good luck, and I hope all is okay!
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