Does anyone here take anti-anxiety meds for UC

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   Posted 6/23/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel like my colitis is heavily effected by stress or unneeded pressure. I was thinking about talking to my GI about it. I take 6mp and colazal, but I have flared 4+ times in the last year. Maybe I should try remicade. I am just looking for anything to keep me healthy for a solid block of time.
Male, 17
Diagnosed March 07
12 Colazal
1 Mesalamine enema

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   Posted 6/30/2009 3:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I started taking Paxil when I was on Prednisone cause it was making me nutso. My GI says I should stay on it because I'm prone to flares when I'm stressed. As far as I can tell, it's been very helpful and I would highly recommend talking to your doctor about it. I've always sort of been a high stress person, but my doctor and I both noticed the peaks of the illness seem to happen at especially stressful times.

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   Posted 6/30/2009 4:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from anxiety. I decided to go see a homeopath about it as I don’t like depression pills I believe the are dangerous and they are. She gave me some white chestnut. I noticed the difference in 3 days. I does work. Homeopathic remedies work. These natural herbs have dated back years. The pagans used to use them. Everything has to come from the earth, even paxil will have some sort of plant in it, so anything natural will work just as well as chemical
Female 32 years old
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication- 1X 500mg pentasa in the morrning and 1 X250g Asacol every other evening
Diet- Back on the raw foods.
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity

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   Posted 6/30/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I need to get something to help my anxiety but I haven't had time and I don't have insurance. I am not even sure what to ask for.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...

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   Posted 6/30/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
There are multiple non drug alternatives you can try for anxiety, I been using one called GABA. I think the GABA does help take an edge off some, but I don't take a lot of it. There is also stuff like Valerian root, L-Theanine, 5-HTP, Kava Kava, St. Johns Wart. I haven't tried them so I can't comment on effectiveness.

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   Posted 7/1/2009 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I take xanax as needed. I would say if you and your doctor have linked stress to your flare-ups, you should definitely look into taking something. I have very high anxiety and do not manage stress well. I have taken paxil before and it seemed to work the best for me and with the least amount of side effects. If the xanax doesn't control my attacks, I'm going back to paxil. Good luck!
29 yr old recently diagnosed with UC in Nov 08. Taking Asacol 3 times daily and Steriod enemas 2 times daily. no children, very active;

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   Posted 7/1/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Anxiety doesn't cause me to flare but my flares cause anxiety! lol.  The disease itself gives me anxiety so I take Xanax as needed.  I typically only take .125 mgs. 3 or 4 times a week.  It really helps me to be able to get out of the house and get on with my life. 

Female, Age 38
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03, Diagnosed with UC 2/03
Current Meds:
Lialda, 6MP
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus, Sacchromyces Boulardii, Oil of Oregano

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   Posted 7/1/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Anxiety does not cause me to flare; however, I do suffer from severe anxieties and depression. I tried natural methods. They do help, but not enough. So I finally decided to try anti-depressants. I've been taking Lexapro for about a year and a half. I was shocked at the difference post Lexapro. I cannot imagine going back to the time before Lexapro.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins, Anti-inflammatory foods, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners -- Fecal transplantation worked, Prednisone stopped working, Colazal stopped working, Asacol stopped working

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   Posted 7/1/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Zoloft, but started that for postpartum anxiety before I was diagnosed with UC. I think I'm going to try going off of it soon and see how it goes.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 pills ONCE!! daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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