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   Posted 5/25/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm convinced that elevated stress levels can cause flareups. I am a very stressed out individual that has tried several different relaxing techniques with little success. I'm going to see my GP about some stress medication to try and get it under control. I'm just wondering if anybody has taken any stress meds and if it worked with there UC.

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   Posted 5/25/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Xanax works wonders for me!!
Diagnosed Friday, February 13, 2009
Colazal 3 tabs 3X daily
Prednisone 40 mg since 3/4/09
Zantac 1 tab 2X daily

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 2865
   Posted 5/25/2009 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   

I seond that on Xanax.  I take the generic and it helps a LOT!!  I tried a couple others that made me feel "spaced out" but this does not.  I have been luck taking 1/2 dose every 4 to 6 hours rather than all at once. 


Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008   Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred. No mesalamines!!
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. - upped prenisone to 25mg. on my own (bleeding returned) - 6MP - 50 mg. 2/28/2009 
Now 75mg. and 15mg. prednisone for a week. 
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.

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   Posted 5/25/2009 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   

It sounds like you might benefit from taking a long-term "SSRI" medication (ie Celexa, Lexapro).  These are daily meds taken once a day.  They don't take full effect for a couple of months or so, though, so sometimes doctors will prescribe the short term anti-anxiety meds (ie Xanax, Ativan) to "fill in" until the long terms take effect. 

Hope you get some relief...

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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 678
   Posted 5/25/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on Effexor XR for a little over a week. I'm really happy so far. One of the side effects is constipation - good thing for most of us UC'ers!
32 yr old female
Mild Pancolitis
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Cannot tolerate mesalamine - starting 6mp soon?

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 1916
   Posted 5/25/2009 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on antidepressants for years and they work for me. I currently take cymbalta. I think they have an affect on the motility of the bowels and intestines. Some cause constipation, others diarrhea. At least that has been my experience. Good luck with the stress reduction!
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis & diverticulitis
 54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta
good results w/ acupuncture

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   Posted 5/25/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Since you have continual stress, learning to recognise what's going on through therapy or counselling is helpful.

It won't eliminate the "stressors", but it can help a LOT as to how you perceive them.

If you do have depression, antidepressants can help.

Antianxiety meds can help as well....but can become a dependency if one isn't able to cope at all.

Looking at the whole picture and setting up methods to deal can help you the most long-term. That would include therapy, research, relaxation, exercise, meds, changing friends, limiting stressful situations, etc.....

I wish you the best.
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 5/25/2009 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd try natural before going onto prescription, but that's just me.

TMG + L-Methionine (Cheap sub for SAM-E)
L-Theanine (Suntheanine)
NOW makes a decent mood formula.
Low Vitamin D can contribute to depression.
Bad diet can contribute.

I don't get depressed or stressed out too much but started using all of them to try and see what physiological effects I get from them so I can better suggest the different types to patients. Seems over half the people that come in the office is on a depression med nowadays. It's really sad. TMG should be great for UC anyway since it contributes to methylation process, so I think I'll continue it for a while.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
Probiotis/VitD3 5000IU+Ca/1000mg DHA

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 365
   Posted 5/25/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I am currently on paxil and it helps quite a bit for me.... I also have taken ativan for anxiety. I am experimenting with alternative methods that I cannot mention on this forum.
Stats:35 yr old male. UC for 15 years.
location:North Western PA
DX: Left sided UC, most recent scope 5/20/09 UPMC Pittsburgh Presbeterian
Medications:20mg pred (as of 4/27/09), 12x pills Asacol per day, 100mg Imuran per day, 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, 20mg paxil per day, Super-omega fish oil pills - 1x per day, Flax oil pills - 1x am, 1x pm, Culturelle probiotics - 2x am, 1x pm, Vitamin B-12 injections weekly.
Surgeries: Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (and I am still more afraid of my UC!!)

"I poop in the woods because I can"

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 5/26/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I use Ativan when I'm on Prednisone to take the edge off.  Otherwise I'd have serious relationship issues.  I stop taking it otherwise though, becaue I'm scared to become dependant on it.

28 Years Old.
Diagnosed Dec 2007
3 Asacol 2x a day; Prednisone During Flares
Typically flare once a year.

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 5/26/2009 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the replies. I saw my GP and he prescribed Cipralex for depression and Ativan for stress. I guess I'll just have to see where this all takes me. If I can ever achieve remission maybe I won't need these meds. Lets hope for the best.
Diagnosed with moderate UC left side 2005
Salofalk 3pills x 3 times daily - No effect
2006 moderate to severe UC
Prednisone 25mg daily cycled down 5mg per week
Asacol 3pills x 2 times daily
Remission achieved
2009 severe pancolitis
60mg prednisone cycled down 5mg per week
2grams fish oil, multivitamin
Currently at 10mg prednisone, starting to flareup again.

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