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Sherman Tank
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   Posted 3/23/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
My uncle in law thinks I ought to go on some valium derived med (sorry- I forgot the name) for anxiety. I know alot of my flares are caused by anxiety and I tend to hold my anxiety in my gut, as I'm sure many of us do. As I get older and my life more complex (two kids, not a lot of money, a morgage, etc) I get more flare ups.
In some ways it comes down to the question of what causes the Colitis. But I just don't know if I want to medicate my brain quite yet.
Have any of you had any results- positive or negative, with going on something like this?
thanks
Diagnosed proctosigmoiditis/ UC 2004
Misdiagnosed with just Hemeroids since I was 12!!
Bad flare after birth of first son in 2004,
another bad flare pregnant with 2nd baby summer 2006
recent reallly bad flare Dec 2007- 1st time w/ prednisone
Asacol for last 4 years 3pills 2X's, ROWASA as needed up to 3X's a day,
now just Asacol 3 pills-2X's a day, probiotics 2X's, fish oil, diet
Tryed-acupuncture, herbal remedies


quincy
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   Posted 3/23/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...I've taken ativan and have recently taken clonazepam... .25mg. I also take Effexor XR..75mg for depression. Neither are for my UC, however.

If you're flaring..what meds are you on at this time?

You should start using the rectal meds...Rowasa enemas once at nighttime...to get your flare under control and then to taper to find a maintenance dosage.

Stress doesn't cause UC...but being is a distressed state can cause us to not think of using our medications during those times.
 
Here's the biggie....do you have enough help at home?  Do you do everything or are you able to delegate some responsibility to your husband..family..friends..etc?

quincy


*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


Old Hat
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   Posted 3/23/2008 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Is your uncle-in-law a doctor? Whatever-- it's rather typical of males to think that women who are stressed (have anxiety) can immediately solve every problem by swallowing Valium. No matter that they can eventually become dependent on it. I say: "Baloney!" The better way is to think about & identify sources of stress in your life, then consider what you can do to reduce or eliminate them. Can you do something restful or pleasant that doesn't cost much at least for an hour or two every week? (With or w/o kids in tow.) This is a classic problem even for totally healthy mothers of young children-- so you are not alone, though it may seem that way as you deal with daily chores. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

mbx5
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   Posted 3/23/2008 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   

I am a 33 year old guy...have had UC for almost 14 years.  I feel that the disease causes a social anxiety that worsens with time.  I have taken them all - xanax, lorazepam (ativan), and anti depressants - paxil, effexor, effexor xr, and zoloft...  For some time my wife and I were trying to get pregnant so I got off all of them...well, our attempts were successful, so I am getting back on things.  I am taking ativan for anxiety, and am going to get back on an anti-depressant for a more long-term solution.

Honestly I feel these things help part of the puzzle...they help put a break in the cycle in some people and the disease is less likely to cause its own anxiety.  Paxil, effexor, and ativan have all helped me.  Paxil was a bit harsh - i.e. I lost all urgencies to accomplish things - like paying the bills...didnt work out so well but it did help me feel more calm.  Effexor was effective (no pun intended) as well, and didnt make me into a zombie as much.  Ativan is a great quick fix, helps me sleep, but can be addictive....

I am also probably going to now head down the road of Remicade.  Ever since my brain surgery (looong story), and my dog dieing (saaad story), I have had a wicked flare that will not stop even with pred....


33 yr old male. UC for 14 years. 5mg pred (tapering off), 12 pills Asacol per day, Dicyclomine (for cramps), 0.5 - 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety), Fish oil pills, Culturelle probiotics. Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (And I am still more afraid of my UC!!)


BumTum
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Total Posts : 304
   Posted 3/23/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   

I have been on Zoloft for 12 years.  I also take Xanax as needed to help calm my gut when I go into uncomfortable social situations.  My gut and my brain are in cahoots together to make me suffer.

BumTum

 

 


  • Pancolitis since 5/06 at age 50, IBS since childhood
  • Degenerative Disc Disease/Spinal Stenosis - L4 and L5
  • Prescribed: Asacol, Atenolol, Zoloft, Synthroid, Menest
  • Prescribed: Xanax & Hydrocodone as needed
  • OTC:  Probiotic 15-35, Multi Vitamin, B Complex, Turmeric, Fish Oil, Biotin
 
 
 


BigLucy
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Total Posts : 413
   Posted 3/23/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
For chronic anxiety the standard of care is antidepressants in combination with individual therapy (also in our managed care society most, if any, health insurance co. do not pay for on-going therapy). Be cautious of anti-anxiety medications: Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, etc. they work in the short term, but dosage needs to be increased to reach the same effect and addiction is very common. Withdrawl is brutal and potentially life threatening, needing medical supervision. I also recommend consulting with a psychiatrist before going on any psychiatric medications--I know general practioners can and do fill psych meds (but there is a reason we go to a GI MD to treat UC and not a pediatrist).
Dx Ulcerative Colitis 1999; IBS; GERD; CP: Asacol x3 x3/day, Rowasa, Proctofoam, Prilosec, Prozac, Endocet (as needed), multi vit, probiotic, fish oil, calcium 1200 mg./day, Prednisone (off/on, unfortunately).


mbx5
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Total Posts : 365
   Posted 3/23/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Agreed...anti depressant withdrawal is very harsh!
33 yr old male. UC for 14 years. 5mg pred (tapering off), 12 pills Asacol per day, Dicyclomine (for cramps), 0.5 - 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety), Fish oil pills, Culturelle probiotics. Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (And I am still more afraid of my UC!!)


Sherman Tank
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Total Posts : 34
   Posted 3/23/2008 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
no- my Uncle in-law is not a doctor. He's on it himself-but in a self dosed kinda way. Thanks for the comments- sounds like it wouldn't be worth going down this path unless I really have to. My husbands a great helper but starting a financial buisness so busy busy. Just gotta get to the point when my boys arn't so young-in school-then maybe I can try Yoga or something instead!
Thanks
Diagnosed proctosigmoiditis/ UC 2004
Misdiagnosed with just Hemeroids since I was 12!!
Bad flare after birth of first son in 2004,
another bad flare pregnant with 2nd baby summer 2006
recent reallly bad flare Dec 2007- 1st time w/ prednisone
Asacol for last 4 years 3pills 2X's, ROWASA as needed up to 3X's a day,
now just Asacol 3 pills-2X's a day, probiotics 2X's, fish oil, diet
Tryed-acupuncture, herbal remedies


jujub
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   Posted 3/23/2008 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on a very low dose of Zoloft for about three years. It made a world of difference for me. My issue was not anxiety but depression, however for many the two go hand in hand.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 
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Meesh
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   Posted 3/24/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I have Xanax for times when I am feeling anxious. I think it's the Prednisone that makes me feel that way. I don't take it often, but when I do find myself getting very anxious for no reason they really do help quickly. They also help when I cannot sleep. If you have a good doctor he or she will monitor your use and be careful about giving you excessive refills so you don't get addicted.
Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97; 1/26/08; 3/8/08
Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Protonix; Prednisone 4/27/06-present, tapering attempt, down to 10/5 mg. alternating daily. Daily supplements: multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums
12/1 - 12/29/07 weekly Venofer (iron) injections; <S>9 mg Entocourt EC</S>; Xanax as needed; Lexipro 10 mg, <S>Rowesa;</S> <S>Asacol; Colazal</S>; Bad reactions: Imuran (2/07)


chicagoatc
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Total Posts : 133
   Posted 3/24/2008 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have trouble sleeping from the prednisone (and the flare in general) and I take 1/2 a 0.25 mg Xanax at night to sleep. I also have recently been put on Lexapro 10mg per day for anxiety. I used to think I didn't have an issue with anxiety and now I believe I do. I get all worked up about the UC and take the pred and then don't sleep and get all depleted and then that rolls into anxiety. Go figure. I do think that these things have helped me to not feel so emotional and so up and down as you feel on the pred.

Becky
29 years old; diagnosed since 1997 (but I've had it forever)
Current meds:
-Prednisone 7.5 mg!
-Re-trying Imuran; I'm at 100 mg now...but it's making me so tired!
-Asacol 12/day
-Failed Remicade (8/06-8/07)
-Calcium + Vitamin D(for my steroid-affected bones)
-Prenatal vitamins (for the extra stuff, not for pregnancy)
 


Susiebuddy
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   Posted 3/24/2008 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
 
  Just wanted to share my story.. I have been taking Effexor 37.5 for anxiety for 3 years now. I gained about 30 lbs the first 6 months after going on it and now that I want to get off of it, the withdrawl side effects are so bad that I had to go back on it since I couldn't handle them.. . I tried tapering and it was too hard for me, so now I'm forced to take a pill every day that I don't want to take just so I can get by until I figure out a better way to get off this med....  If you are truly having anxiety and need to take something, try and do it for as short a time as you can and at the lowest dose you can... Getting off antidepressants is verrrrrrrrrrrrrry difficult.  Good luck!
Diagnosed with U/C January 31st, 2004, IBS on July 21st, 2006 
 
In Remission since December 11th, 07, with no U/C meds at this time! But, I do take:
         Bentyl 10mg. As needed - Nexium 40mg. 
         Xanax .5mg as needed - Effexor 37.5mg. - Culturelle 1x a day
 
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braillegirl
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 66
   Posted 3/25/2008 6:22 AM (GMT -6)   
susiebuddy, Is your Dr. helping you to get off this drug? If not contact him/her. I was on Paxil for years and tried 3 times to get off it on my own by tapering, got down to like 5mg...could NOT do it and had to go back up to 20mg...with a 10lb weight gain EVERY time I went back up. Saw my dr. and told him I HAD to get off it. he put me on Welbutrin low dose and started tapering the paxil. Within two months I was off Paxil...but on welbutrin...At least Welbutrin helps you lose weight!! Lost 25lbs within the first 6 months!! Was not hungry and craving like I was on Paxil. Could not figure out why I could workout 1 hour 45 minutes 6 days a week and not lose. Also eating healthy...well as much as can with cravings. :-)
Now I am down 35 lbs. But gaining a little with the pred.
my advice is see your dr.
jan
 DX: 1993: sulfasalazine; 1998: Pancolitis UC. asacal 2 2X daily, cortifoam,; 2003: Protitis UC severe flare. asaca 2 2X daily, canasa, cortifoam, cortenema
2008: Proctosigmoiditis severe flare. asacal 3 2X daily, canasa/discontinued while on pred, cortifoam/discontinued, Prednisone 40 mg to be tapered each week
Back on Prednisone 30 mg for 2 weeks then taper to 20 mg then we'll see. Back on Canasa at night.


princesa
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   Posted 3/25/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
They put me on anti-anxiety meds back when I had an IBS diagnosis. Never helped the gut problems and made me a walking zombie in combination with anti-spasmodics. I even fell down the stairs at my house. No thanks. Meditation and yoga were more helpful to me in managing stress - and taking a hard look at things you need to change in your life as Old Hat mentioned.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.
 
 


NMcP
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 212
   Posted 3/25/2008 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I take ativan as needed for anxiety. I don't get them thru the GI; I get them thru my gp. I get 12 pills per year and never go thru all of them. It just helps knowing they are there if I need them.

Lots of people with UC have symptoms that get worse with stress. For me, exercising, holding my breath, chanting, whatever...didn't help. In fact pushing my body harder made my symptoms worse. So some of us do need that med crutch. I guess that's just one more issue where all us UC'ers are so different. Talk to your real doctor about all your questions and concerns and see if this is a good alternative for you or if it isn't. I think you will feel more comfortable about this whole thing after you have that discussion.
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