So my PCP wants me to get off of wellbutrin and ativan because he says that it is only putting a bandaide over the wound and not healing it.
So naturally his first step was the SSRIs.
I tried Paxil and got a lot of D from it and it made me very very out of it. The D never stopped so I stopped taking it after about 5 weeks. Then I did some research and noticed that a lot (especially the Paxil) can cause "inderterminate colitis" or something along those lines in up to 40% of patients. And if I am already at risk of colitis flares then why would I want medication that would make it happen?
Dr said that it wont cause colitis- so I took his word again. Tried Zoloft and while that didnt cause as much D I still was running to the can more often.
So now we are trying Celexa- I havent started to take it just yet. The next ones to try will be Lexapro and Effexor- then I dont know where to try. I think Lexapro and Effexor have less severe side effects because they target a smaller area than the rest of the SSRIs.
My questions are:
What antidepressant or anti anxiety med do you take?
What side effects did you encounter and how long did they last?
Do you feel better now that you are on the anti depressants?
Usually my flares seem to pop up when I am stressed and depressed and then the flare makes it even worse. Thanks for the advice and experiences.
March 2005 Dx'd with Ulcerative colitis
Took: asacol, colazal, rowasa, entocort, VSL probiotic
2.14.06 Test results positive for gluten and dairy sensativity! (enterolab)
July 2006 normal c scope and biopsies
Taking: Wellbutrin 150 mg Ativan .5 mg as needed
Gluten Free Dairy free since May 20, 2006 and feeling great