I guess it's time to try an anxiety/depression medication again...

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dakotagirl
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   Posted 10/14/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hubby and I had a talk tonight and he says it's time to get on a med again. He thinks my anxiety problems are causing my flaring. He said he'd like to see me on a more even keel again - and not having my emotions bounce all over the place. I think it's a valid point. I only wish he would have said something sooner! I'd been thinking about this, but was hesitant to take another med again. Had I known he felt this way, I would have done it to prevent damage from my mood swings to our relationship.

So, for those of you on anxiety/depression meds, which do you like and which do you not like? I have used Effexor XRin the past, but tapering off was very difficult. (I tapered off earlier this year because of sleep issues.)
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Vin
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   Posted 10/14/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
paxil has been good to me thus far. not too activating and it keeps my panic disorder under control.

i had been on lexapro for years and did well, but i guess i pushed it to its limits with anxiety and not going to therapy, coping mechanisms... and so it pooped out on me, or i pooped out on it.
UC since age 22, now 27.  Several huge flares since then.
 
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UC Dude
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   Posted 10/14/2008 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Is your husband an MD? Have you worked with a therapist counselor to learn new ways to deal/cope?
 


Kiss520
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   Posted 10/14/2008 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I just recently started Zoloft, and I can tell that I'm calmer now.  I don't think its helping my UC symptoms much, but at least I'm not a lunatic anymore.  I guess that's something.

Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Asacol 1200 MG 3X daily, Cortenama 100 ML nightly, Iron 325 MG 2X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG as needed, Multivitamin.
Diet/Exercise:  Spinach/sunflower and low-residue.  Yoga and walking.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa.
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kops2da
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   Posted 10/14/2008 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Anxiety is my problem and Xanax definitely helps - helps me stay calm and also helps my UC (I am sure of it).  I take very low dose. 

My husband takes Zoloft and Xanax.  He has PTSD from Vietnam.  They both help his anxiety and depression.  If you can get some help from counseling I highly recommend it especially if you are younger.  Group therapy  helped my husband a lot.

ElaineNY


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New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
10/3/2008 - agreed to try one Lialda and one Canasa every day due to my sensitivity to all medications and side effects. Colonoscopy 10/28 to reaccess.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


kops2da
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   Posted 10/14/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   

UC Dude regarding your comment about her husband being a doctor.  He very well may be but you know my husband would know way more about whether I needed help with anxiety or depression than any doctor I have. 

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
10/3/2008 - agreed to try one Lialda and one Canasa every day due to my sensitivity to all medications and side effects. Colonoscopy 10/28 to reaccess.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Samynic
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   Posted 10/14/2008 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
zoloft! love it
22 years old
Diagnosed with UC June 2005 at age 19
Just graduated from Virginia Tech

Have taken:
Cortifoam, Sulfasalazine, Cipro, Flagyl, Codine, Hydrocodone, Roxicodone, Canasa, Aloe Vera Juice

Currently:
Asacol, Dicyclomine, Prednisone,Zoloft, Probiotics, Flintstones Vitamins with Iron


Old Hat
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   Posted 10/14/2008 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you ever done yoga, DG? I'd say look into Iyengar-- illustrated guides & DVDs are available at Borders. Can be better than habit-forming anxiety meds. Mood swings are hormonal + you were on high doses of steroids recently-- so time is still needed to work that out of your system. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

jujub
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   Posted 10/14/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
The only one I've taken is Zoloft. Until I broke down absolutely in my doctor's office and she recommended it, I really didn't know how depressed I really was. I'd forgotten what it was like to find any joy in life or look forward to anything. I'd been living like that for years, and a small dose of Zoloft made it go away.
Judy
 
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JOVIGIRL71
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   Posted 10/14/2008 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
I've taken Lexapro for about 4 1/2 yrs now and its done wonders for me.
Good luck with finding the med that fits you.
Donna
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Diagnosed with UC in 1987 at age 16
Imuran ~ 2 1/2 pills a day,Pentasa 2x4 a day
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WeirdBeard
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   Posted 10/15/2008 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I am taking the the generic version of Celexa. It is called citalopram. It has done wonders for me. I resisted doing anti-depressants for years. I tried all the alternative stuff (SAM-e, St. Johns wort, etc.). I wish I done this a lot sooner, it has helped with my anxiety and depression and I think it has helped some with the UC.

I like the fact that it's a generic, since I would still be able to afford it if I lost my health insurance. It was suggested to me that I should take a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) because there is more serotonin in the gut than in the brain and that it might help my UC. (This suggestion was not from a doctor, so take note it is only a theory.) I think it does help.

But even if it didn't help the UC it would be worth it. I am enjoying life again - and that is worth a lot.
49 - male
Asacol 9/day
Cortenemas
Citalopram (anxiety/depression)
experimenting with fish oil and probiotics


dakotagirl
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   Posted 10/15/2008 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I forgot to add originally - I have a family history (on both sides) of anxiety and depression issues.

I do enjoy yoga and would be doing it more often; however, I have been studying for a major test for the past few weeks and taking time out to do yoga is not really an option for me. It's unfortunate, but many things in life have fallen by the wayside. Although even when I did have time, the yoga did not do enough to alleviate the anxiety. I know it's my hardwiring.

My husband is not an MD. He is the one who has to deal with my mood swings most often. He is also the one who has to listen to my anxieties. I see him as the one who (besides me) knows me best.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Mild Flare
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and a probiotic
Remicade: 1st infusion 06/17/08:  Next infusion: 12/02/08
Last Prednisone dose:  7/15/08
 
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kops2da
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   Posted 10/15/2008 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   

You are so right about your husband, dakotagirl!  We have been married 47 years and both taking small doses of medications has helped keep us sane, together, etc.  Exercise works wonders but neither one of us can do yoga or much exercise.  I used to walk every evening after dinner for about 20 minutes - that was very helpful but my knees are too bad now.

As for getting addicted - yes, that could happen, unfortunately.  Sometimes we have to weigh one against the other.  I am not concerned at our age but would be if younger.  However, you said your "problems" run in the family.  Me too!  I saw my Mom actually "go to pieces" in front of me because she refused to take what she called "nerve pills". She did not want to get addicted!  I don't know what she was on - I think Paxil.  It sure helped when we could get her to take it.  She lived to be 92.

Good luck and talk over your situation with a doctor or therapist you trust - that is the best way to approach it.  I tried Lexapro and a couple others but felt too "dopey" - Xanax works fine!  Here (at least) I cannot get a prescription for more than doctor recommended for 20 days and I have to pick up the prescription in person.  It is well regulated.

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
10/3/2008 - agreed to try one Lialda and one Canasa every day due to my sensitivity to all medications and side effects. Colonoscopy 10/28 to reaccess.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


basa0806
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   Posted 10/15/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I just started effexor xr Tuesday for what we are thinking is general anxiety disorder. IBS was acting up and I don't need a flare now so I took the med route...again! It runs in my family, my mom is on effexor for anxiety and my dad is on zoloft for depresseion, so I can't say I'm surprised. I think its definitely worth a shot. You never know how bad it is until something happens. Plus your husband sees it from another perspective.
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Remission since January/April 2006 (incident with mono)
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bookworm21
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   Posted 10/15/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I've taken Prozac before and it worked well. I stopped it earlier this year since I was feeling much better, but unfortunately right after I stopped it a flare began. Some days I feel like I could use it again but I'm pretty sure my parents won't let me (it was hard enough to convince them the first time around!).

Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
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Beth75
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   Posted 10/15/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
my personal theory is that it is easier to grasp traditional chronic illnesses than it is for mental health needs. We have to take meds for UC, so if you need them for mental health that is ok too.

I always think it's good to try therapy, it worked for me, but my Mom needs meds.
Beth, 33 ~ hoping to taper pred successfully, wish me luck!
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07.  Flare May 08 (from aspirin?).
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Old Hat
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   Posted 10/15/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you think the anxiety/depression come from your "hardwiring" or are you a perfectionist? The latter can be unlearned-- at least enough to change your coping patterns. I think perfectionism is more common among females than males & can lead to anxiety/depression from thoughts that we're not accomplishing enough, being a great wife, taking the best care of house & kids, etc., or letting the boss down on the job & such. That's the "take" I get from reading posts to HW from "older" young women-- those already thru college & married. (The older teens & twentysomethings tend to have "social" anxiety; post-40s have aging issues.) The push to accomplish also runs in families, I think-- often passed from one generation to the next. Make sure you like who you are & value what you've been able to do (to-date) with your life & in spite of UC, then pat yourself on the back. I don't think it's normal or even desirable for anyone to be perfectly even-tempered all the time so your husband should not expect that, either. I think that's what UC Dude was implying in his post above. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

dakotagirl
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   Posted 10/15/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to be a perfectionist. I quit expecting that of myself when I came to terms about having UC. It took time and lots of reasoning with myself.

I usually like me. Right now it's hard to as I am not myself. I do tend to be high strung, but the anxiety the last few months is well past the "norm" for me.

I know that my mood will still "swing" and that is normal, but right now it's like a crazy rollercoaster and I can hardly hang on. (I'm not a fan of real life rollercoasters!)

I have a call into my PCP. He is booked into December! I explained the situation (and not wanting to wait that long) and a nurse is going to see if they can get me in sooner.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Mild Flare
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and a probiotic
Remicade: 1st infusion 06/17/08:  Next infusion: 12/02/08
Last Prednisone dose:  7/15/08
 
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