Tips: combating digestive issues created my anti-depressants naturally?

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   Posted 4/16/2012 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I am having a terrible time with first Prozac and now I fear Lexapro. It does awful things to my digestive tract. It rumbles, I'm nauseous and I feel as if I have to go to the bathroom constantly. Now I saw on one board on a different site a girl talking about how her DR suggested she go to the Vitamin store or health food store and get something to help even everything out. But I don't know what it was and I can't figure it out! Is there some powder or vitamin or supplement that you have found helpful for calming the gastric tides? Something safe to use with Lexapro and Topamax and omeprazole

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   Posted 4/17/2012 1:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Medications of all sorts can play havoc with your digestive system. I don't know of anything specific such as a supplement that you may be able to get but what I can tell you is that the healthier your diet is the less problems you are likely to have.

Plenty of water, fruits, vegetables, and fiber in your diet should help a lot. You can also try eating yogurt a couple of times a day. Be sure to get the kind that has live will say so on the label if it does. Also watch your fat intake, especially the bad fats as those can create a lot of problems.
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   Posted 4/17/2012 1:35 AM (GMT -6)   

I have the opposite trouble - Seroquel bungs me up REALLY BADLY and not even heaps of heavy duty laxatives does the trick. I am in absolute AGONY! from this. It is much like the pain of childbirth. I think it is something that is really important to take to your doctor. The digestive system is such an important system - it nourishes our body - and we just don't give nearly enough attention - simply because the end product stinks and is full of bacteria. Jim is right, but it is important to remember ore water and fruit & veg might risk looser more frequent motions in some people. You will know yourself what is right for you. Yogurt with the cultures is good to keep lining of the colon full of good bacteria. Esp when meds are causing unusual motions. Yogurt is also good for mood as it is low gi and evens out peaks and troughs of sugar level.

I make up a smoothie with yogurt, oats, banana, berries, milk each morning. (Don't have cows milk or find an alternative if there is sensitivities to it).
The oats really bulk up, so they just may help slow down and balance your digestion??? the yogurt would soothe and replace any damage to the bacterial layer.

Please take the diarrhoea seriously and advise your doctor - your body is not absorbing the nutrients it desperately needs for your physical and mental health while your body is doing this.... most of the nutrients are going out with the waste ------- alert: machine malfunction!

Good luck with this IMUC - and well done for raising the issue.


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   Posted 4/17/2012 6:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Ugh, reading all that food... BLARF! I think most my problems stem from just having digestive tract and stomach that's torn up anyway and now everything is hell on it. I eliminated Gluten from my diet and that helped. Taking pills out of my diet helped too. Even my vitamins are gummy kinds. I think I might have IBS but then I have been battling doctors since I was 16 over this messy messy issue so who knows. Maybe I'll ask over on that forum though and see if they have any tricks.
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