Fighting constant nausea

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judy-m
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   Posted 9/2/2007 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm taking 2ml xanax aday(.5 about 4 times) and fighting nearly constant nausea every day. Still having PA's daily and still can't find any meds that I can tolerate. Anyone had the same problems and found an answer? I know, most everyone here is still fighting for some relief but less nausea would sure be a blessing. Thanks..judy

ocean1
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   Posted 9/2/2007 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Judy,

I take .25 mg of Xanax 3 times a day and it does help with me not caring so much about the physical symptoms of the anxiety.  I, like you, cannot tolerate antidepressants - cause heart problems.  I deal with the anxiety every day and am in the midst of trying to find a way to cope with it without other medications.  I know this does not answer your question about how to deal with it but I just wanted you to know you are not alone. 


loveangel
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   Posted 9/2/2007 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Judy-
I too have constant stomach upset. I have become addicted to ginger ale - it is the only thing that helps my upset tummy. I have read something about the ginger having a calming effect or something. Maybe give that a try and see if it helps?
loveangel

judy-m
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   Posted 9/2/2007 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the input. Ginger also seems to help some but only for a short time. I found some pickled Ginger on the net and eat a couple of tablespoons at a time. You might try it. It works a lot better than ginger ale. Much stronger. I guess I'm trying for a couple of hours relief, maybe. Thanks..lol....judy

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   Posted 9/2/2007 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Judy,

Checking in to see how your doing? What about Dramamine or one of the OIC meds for nausea?  Of course you should discuss the use with your physician.

Take care and keep posting.


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debaser
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   Posted 9/2/2007 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
If you're taking that much Xanax and still are experiencing panic attacks (which could very well be the source of your nausea), then it's time to have your meds re-evaluated again. Benzodiazepines are generally very well tolerated, but Xanax is very short-acting so you might be on a bit of a roller coaster. You could ask your doctor about switching to Klonopin or Valium and see how that works.

And it could also be that your nausea is what is causing your panic attacks. Initially I had a bad gall bladder that took a bunch of doctors forever to diagnose, and during this period I was so sick all the time I developed panic disorder. Most of the time when a gall bladder goes bad, it's stones and the symptom is pain. I had no pain. I had a small tumor that blocked the bile duct. It did not show up on ultrasound. It wasn't until I finally had a HIDA scan that they knew for certain what was wrong, and I was in surgery a week later.

It could be something totally different with you, but the point is stomach problems can be very difficult to diagnose. Find the best gastroenterologist you can, and consider working with a psychiatrist at the same time. If you've tried several "brain" medicines and none have worked, odds are you're seeing a GP. A psychiatrist is expert in these meds, and that's who you want to see.

Don't give up.

When I was sick, I tried everything for nausea. Everything from simethicone to antacids to emetro to pepto bismol to Dramamine. Most of them worked to some extent or another, but you need a diagnosis to feel truly well.

Best of luck to you.
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judy-m
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   Posted 9/3/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks debaser for your input. I've been to many different specialists in he last 2 yrs. Still no difinative diag. I'm pretty sure the xanax is causing the nausea but it is the only drug I seem to be able to tolerate. Haven't tried valium or klonipin, their on the list next. I'm so sensitive to all meds that if I try to switch to anything new, I can't seem go back to the old meds. Buspar seemed to help but my last trip to the Hosp. and the Physc dr. took me off Buspar. Now I can't tolerate it anymore. And the merry-go-round keeps going and going. lol...judy

debaser
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   Posted 9/4/2007 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
For Xanax to cause nausea would be extremely rare, but it's possible. You could be one of the unlucky ones.

Good luck. Stick with the path, no matter how frustrating it gets, and you'll eventually get a diagnosis. You really have to assert yourself sometimes.
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peacesoul
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   Posted 9/5/2007 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
loveangel said...
Hi Judy-
I too have constant stomach upset. I have become addicted to ginger ale - it is the only thing that helps my upset tummy. I have read something about the ginger having a calming effect or something. Maybe give that a try and see if it helps?
loveangel
Great advice but cut out the ale. Pop is all sugar and will just exacerbate your anxiety.
You can buy pure ginger in the store and grate it in some tea or boiled water.
Also good is peppermint tea.
I have IBS and get so many sore stomachs, it's an awful feelings.
Oh and also, Gravol now makes a natural format made with ginger. Those worked great when I was on meds for my lupus.



peacesoul
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   Posted 9/5/2007 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
judy-m said...
I'm taking 2ml xanax aday(.5 about 4 times) and fighting nearly constant nausea every day. Still having PA's daily and still can't find any meds that I can tolerate. Anyone had the same problems and found an answer? I know, most everyone here is still fighting for some relief but less nausea would sure be a blessing. Thanks..judy
by the way, that is a lot of xanax. If your PA's are stil present, it's time to find maybe an alternative approach.
Do you exercise? Do you eat well (no sugar or caffeine)?
What is your enviroment like? Do you live in a moldy home?
These all things you need to look at.
Meds are not always the answer and there really is no quick fix.
 

debaser
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   Posted 9/5/2007 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, somehow I missed that. That much Xanax is quite a lot, and that particular drug is easy to develop tolerance to (in a pretty short amount of time). That's probably why it's not working. I'm not a doctor, but would like to ask you to ask your doctor about switching to a long-acting benzo like Klonopin or Valium, and taper off of that. Afterwards don't take any benzodiazepines for maybe six months, and then try to re-establish with one of the longer-acting ones.

Meds aren't always the answer but many times they're an indispensable part of the answer. In one manner of speaking there is a "quick fix" for anxiety to some degree, and it involves being prescribed the correct med initially and a bit of carpe diem. For example, I was lucky in that they found the right med for me, and once it started working I KNEW it wasn't the whole answer. I had to "re-design" my life, and I did just that. I still have bad days sometimes, but the worst of it is in the rear-view mirror. I'm quite confident in that.

However, in this case you were dealt a bit of a bad hand. It'll take some time to correct the course, but you can do it.

Just to summarize, you need off of the Xanax (in my opinion) and it will likely require switching to the long-acting benzo class for a taper. That is going to be a long process in and of itself. While doing so, obviously you need to make absolutely sure there's nothing wrong with your GI system, and I'd recommend going to a teaching hospital for that. You'll find highly motivated doctors there, and in my experience they're better about communicating with each other, which is very important.

There's probably not going to be a quick fix for you, unfortunately, and it saddens me to say that. However, never give up hope! And remember that medicine is an art AND a science. Find the right group of doctors and they'll work wonders. Maybe not like on TV, but you know. Good luck to you.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/27/2007 4:03 PM (GMT 0)   
Hi there
I agree with what has been posted about the xanax....that is a fair amount and perhaps you need to talk with your doc about alternate tx ,meds and a whole new plan for you including Self help techniques ....

There are so many self help techniues out there and spoken about in the forums

Please check on pages 1 ,2 and so on and you will read what I am talking about

I have never heard of this med causing nausea even in this amount so I would really think about having a thourough GI and total check up to rule out other reasons for it .

Plz keep us posted and STAY with us and get the support you need..........Many great ideas and lotsa good input here,........as always ppl are the best when it comes to trying to help here
JUST my half penny worth

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