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Colon Pow
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   Posted Yesterday 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Would love to hear which ones you're on and if you're having good results. I apologize if this topic has been posted before (but I'm kinda new here!).

I realize that every patient is different, but I'm curious to know which ones have worked for you. I have done some research myself via the net, but would prefer to hear from my fellow UCers!

After almost one year of a horrible flare (with no let up whatsoever), I'm not dealing w/ "life" very well. I have a "zillion" stress factors buzzing around (we're moving to caif. from chicago end of january, i'm hardly able to make it to work, we have no social life cuz i'm afraid to leave the house, there's no intimacy in my life and I haven't had a decent night sleep in a year, just to name a few).

Thanks in advance for letting me vent! I appreciate and learn so much from this board!

Sindi
aka Colon Pow
pancolitis first diagnosed 2002, but IBS throughout childhood
remission for 5 years
Recurrence/Major Flare Jan 2007 with no let up
+ C.Diff (rt colon), left colon-severe u.c. via Nov '07 colonoscopy
G.I. doc described colon as "bloodied, raw hamburger meat"!!!
Asacol 1600mg three times/day
Prednisone 40mg every am
Mesalamine Enema (1000mg) @ bedtime
Librax
Calcium/Vit. D
VSL#3
L-Glutamine
synthroid .137mg
1st Remicade infusion 354 mg, December 7, 2007


princesscolon
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   Posted Yesterday 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I can relate to how you are feeling.  Hopefully your UC will be better soon, and that will help.  It is totally normal to feel all those things with UC, probably even more so if you are on Prednisone.  I have taken Clorazepate (anti-anxiety) for 2 years.  It is used in people with IBD sometimes. I really think it helps settle my guts, dries me up which helps me not have as much D, and helps me sleep.  I only take one a day, before bed.  It makes me drowsy so I don't take it during the day.  I tried Xanax before the Clorazepate but it made my heart race and I felt excited and not good.  A lot of people like Xanax though.  I was just recently prescribed Cymbalta for depression and pain, I was really hoping it would help me with both but I vomited after taking it and haven't tried it since. 

Adrienne,27
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15
Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcourt, Colazol, Proctocort, Anamantle...
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis with rectal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade
2007:Increased Remicade dosage-660mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia
Current meds: Remicade 660mgs every 6 wks, Lomotil, Tramadol, Darvocet, Clorazepate, new meds I am about to start: Prograf, Cymbalta, Lyrica


uclife
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   Posted Yesterday 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Sindi

I hear ya when you talk about the stress factors and how they dont help you UC.  I would suggest you talk to your GI or PCP about how you are feeling.  I did and they both suggested I take Ativan for my anxiety.  It helps me.  I tried the SSRI types of meds like zoloft and paxil but they didnt help me.  I can totally relate with you as far as no social life.  In fact these last 2 days I have been unable to leave the house.  I am parked between the couch and toilet!!  LOL  I have yet to have a true remission but I try very hard to keep my spirits up!  This site helps me a great deal.  I lost my job about 2 months ago because of my absenteeism but found another and start Jan 2.  I am very scared that I will not be able to fulfill my obligation because of my UC.  Having the time off now is good but I never know how I am going to feel day to day.  The financial stress is not helping me and I am sure your move is not helping your UC either.  I find that I try not to dwell on things too much.  Just try to roll with the punches and I do yoga too.  Helps me relax. 

I hope you feel better soon and find something to help you!  If anything just know you are not alone in this battle, as you can find from this wonderful site there are many others that have been in your situation. 

Take care and happy holidays!

Amy


Amy
31 yr old
Pancolitis since oct 06
waiting on that remission
asacol 12 daily, canasa suppositories, protonix, iron supplement, ativan
Trying to stay positive!!
 


tjf
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   Posted Yesterday 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Colon Pow...like your name! My mom is on paxil and she has had good results from it. My primary really wants to put me on something....I battle insomnia and I think it is most likely brought on my anxiety.

Also can you limit your signature to 10 lines or less per forum rules? Thanks!
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ediekristen
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   Posted Yesterday 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm currently taking Lexapro for depression and anxiety and I do think that it helps with my stomach as well... Mainly because a lot of times if I'm feel really anxious, my guts will act up like crazy. And I think everything we deal with is enough to make anyone depressed so it's completely normal! I've heard people I know tell me that certain anti-depressants actually really upset their stomach but I personally have not had that problem. I had been reluctant to try them but I'm glad I did. Having social anxiety + depression + UC is a terrible mix...
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of spine from long term prednisone use

Current Meds:
40 mg Citalopram (for depression/social anxiety)
125mg Imuran
 
Should also be on supplements and probiotics and other UC drugs but I'm just not good at taking pills...


jujub
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   Posted Yesterday 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never taken anti-anxiety medication, but I do take Zoloft for depression. It's worked like a charm for me.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade. Completely off steroids for more than a year now! In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 
Now tapering Azathioprine, please pray for me.
 


Colon Pow
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   Posted Yesterday 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all your replies. Very helpful. I did phone my GP and had a lengthy discussion about this subject. He said that Welbutrin is out of the question (d/t seratonin situation) and tricyclics are definitely out of the question for those who have excessive bleeding - tricyclics are constipating. So, with that said, his other IBD patients do very well with SSRI's, namely Cymbalta. 30mg for one week, then 60 mg thereafter. I'm hoping that this will do "something/anything"...I'll keep you all posted if interested! Thanks again...

Sindi
aka Colon Pow
pancolitis first diagnosed 2002, but IBS throughout childhood
remission for 5 years
Recurrence/Major Flare Jan 2007 with no let up
+ C.Diff (rt colon), left colon-severe u.c. via Nov '07 colonoscopy
G.I. doc described colon as "bloodied, raw hamburger meat"!!!
Asacol 1600mg three times/day
Prednisone 40mg every am
Mesalamine Enema (1000mg) @ bedtime
Librax
Calcium/Vit. D
VSL#3
L-Glutamine
synthroid .137mg
1st Remicade infusion 354 mg, December 7, 2007
2nd Remicade infusion, Dec. 21, 2007
3rd Remicade infusion, Jan. 18, 2008
4th Remicade infusion, Jan. 29, 2008
Move to California Jan. 31, 2008!


TheLori
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Total Posts : 277
   Posted Yesterday 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I take zoloft for anxiety, it helps SO MUCH with the UC (by reducing stress and anxiety)
Lori
37/F
UC diagnosed 1991
Asacal, zoloft,levoxyl, prednisone 60,50,40,30, 25,20,15,10,5, 0!!!!!!!!


gaff
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Total Posts : 442
   Posted Yesterday 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I bet moving to California might relieve some stress and help you into remission. What a PERFECT time to leave Chicago's weather and move to the sunshine.
gaff
left-sided UC since 11/05
 Rowasa, Colazal, Calcium, Centrum
Natren Healthy Trinity Probiotics


Sideshowbob
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   Posted Yesterday 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL! Welcome Colon Pow! Perhaps a better question would be who ISNT on such meds?

Sindi, could you make your signature (that appears at the bottom of your posts) fit onto 10 lines or less? Not to harp, its just that it takes more scrolling the more we have in our signatures.

Thanks! :)
35 year old Male, Husband, Father of the best three kids in the universe.
First Flare was February 2005. Diagnosed June 2005-left-sided Colitis, suspect it has since spread. Started 4000 mg Oral Salofalk June 2005-stopped January 2007. Remission until November 2006. Been in a flare to various degrees since November 2006 to February 2007. Currently in remission.
Presently on 0 mg Prednisone-down from 60 mg!
Weekly 4000 mg Salofalk enemas.
Daily 4000 mg Salofalk oral.
Started Omeprazole 20 mg February 2007.
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Colon Pow
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   Posted Today 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry Bob!!! I was rambling for a change!
pancolitis 2002; IBS throughout childhood
Recurrence/Major Flare Jan 2007 with no let up
Asacol 1600mg, Prednisone 40mg, Mesalamine Enema (1000mg) @ bedtime
Salofalk suppositories in a.m.; Librax as needed
Calcium/Vit. D, VSL#3; synthroid .137mg, estradiol
Started Remicade December 7, 2007


wildfire07
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   Posted Today 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome! & welcome to California! I currently live in the Northern part of the state, Gold Country, just below Tahoe, so beautiful & I feel blessed to get to live here. My family is from San Fran area. I've lived down as far as Palm Springs, and even in Monterey. I hope that wherever you're heading, that you'll remember you're in California, people don't care...I just mean that you don't really have to worry about impressing anyone, you'll be accepted if you are just you. I spend alot of time at home with my UC, I understand. Keep coming back here, I do & it ALWAYS helps. I'm an early bird, you will be too once you get here....time change...just for a short time though...relax..yoga is great! Maybe Santa will find a low impact dvd for you, if you ask him? Or get it for yourself!!! Good Luck! Welcome! Kellee
             
 
Diagnosed with UP Sept. 2007-2nd opinion & 2nd colonoscopy confirmed UP, & UC old pain & new pain, it's spreading...Dec. 2007
misDiagnosed with Degenerative Arthritis, 2006
2 4 asacol 3x daily for UC/UP. 
Canasa suppositories, also 3x  daily,
3tsp. Donnatol every 6 hours, as needed
1 20mg tab aciphex daily
1-2 depacote 3x daily for bipolar disorder
 


UCinNC
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   Posted Today 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. First, it is totally reasonable that you feel distressed, and the last thing you should do is beat yourself up for that, as your response is completely normal. So, don't be upset with yourself for being upset, as that will just make things worse.

As for meds, I have been on antidepressants for years, way before I got diagnosed with UC. I get panic attacks - started having them when I was 20 years old - and Paxil works really well for me. I have had no problems with it as it relates to my UC, and I think it has been a great drug for me. When I got diagnosed with UC, I did start getting panic attacks again, so if that happens I can take Ativan, which is a tranquilizer, but I almost never need to these days. So, the difference is that i take the Paxil every day, and have for years, but only pop an Ativan very rarely. I also see a shrink every month or every other month, both to check in about meds and just have someone to talk to. I think that talk therapy is very helpful, as drugs only can do so much. You can also develop coping mechanisms through talking, and that's been very helpful for me.

Good luck and hang in there. As my fiance always reminds me when I freak out, we are surrounded by people who love us and who are not going to allow our lives to fall apart. If things stay bad, the people in our lives - and us - can always act to figure out how to make things better. It just may take a long time.

Feel better soon.
29/Female/NC
Pancolitis dx 3/07
12 Asacol/day
150mg Imuran/day (steroid dependent)
Various vitamins, a probiotic and fish oil.


kcknit
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   Posted Today 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
 Zoloft has been a huge relief for my anxiety issues, Don't rule out diet and exercise.. The more physically well you treat your body  th eless you need meds to get through your journey!! As a recovering opiate addict.. I will say........ Do not go down the narcotic road!!!!

Breton23
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   Posted Today 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there. I just started Buspar for my anxiety. 60mg a day.  it has helped me with mine. I would get really nervous and shaky and not handle things well.  my prednisone trip this time around has effected me quite differently than the last one a few years ago. Anyone have that trouble? -Andrew

karmalou
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   Posted 12/16/2007 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, I've been on Paxil for 3 years. I'm currently done with them, I started them because of post-partum depression in the form of panic attacks. I've tried Celexa as well but the Paxil was a bit better for me because of the anxiety I was having.

I understand how life can be so stressful especially moving across Country. I did that as well when I had my first baby and it added to the anxiety and panic attacks that I was having ( I moved from Ontario to Alberta and back to Ontario).

Since I was just recently diagnosed with UC, I'm not sure how it will affect things. Hope you find something because taking the Paxil made my life sooooo much better!

Mackster
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   Posted 12/16/2007 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Depression/anxiety/stress are really quite subjective and arbitrary conditions.

It's generally down to whether or not you're getting a good nights sleep.

I (occasionally) pop the odd lorazepam at bedtime, a mere half a miligram will do the trick.

Be very careful with this stuff though as I heard it can be habit-forming.

The point I'm making is that if you get a decent nights rest, the chances are your 'stress' or 'depression' may just evaporate.


jujub
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   Posted 12/16/2007 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
On the contrary, Mackster, depression is a very real condition separate from sleep deprivation syndrome. I'm glad that you've never experienced it, because it really isn't fun to spend half your waking time wishing you could just die and get away from everything.

Lorazepam is Ativan, and it is habit forming. Anti-depressants balance the neurotransmitter hormones in your brain and are not habit-forming.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off. 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine and Remicade.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 


dakotagirl
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   Posted 12/16/2007 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Effexor XR here. Was on the minimum dose until my last flare. It WOULD NOT go away and the anxiety was making me crazy - not the mention the effect it had on my husband! I'm sure the constant phone calls made him crazy. Haven't been flaring for a while now - knock on wood - but we recently moved and I think the Effexor kept me grounded during that time. We had major issues - not just moving - that were making life hell.

Make sure you keep in touch with your doc when you start a med - to make sure any changes you feel aren't out of the ordinary.

Best of luck!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
 
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Rowasa and Canasa as needed
Aciphex, Effexor XR, BCP, Rhinocort nasal spray
Forvia and a Probiotic
 
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use.  Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
 
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MitzMN
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   Posted 12/16/2007 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Mackster, depression and anxiety are no more subjective than blood, diarrhea or cramps. Would you advise fellow UCers to just take a nap to get over their UC?

You should count yourself among the blessed and lucky to not have experienced depression. If you ever in the future become afflicted by depression, you will realize how insensitive and ridiculous the advice to get a good night's sleep is.

Mitz
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri


chicagoatc
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   Posted 12/16/2007 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   

  I too just started Buspar (I don't know the dose, I take 1/2 in the morning, 1 at night) Breton23.  I don't know if it's helped me but I also am having a really hard time on the Prednisone this time.  Way more unpredictable, way more anxious and horrible mood swings.  I have horrible insomnia that they prescribed Xanax for (1/2 at bedtime).  I think that has helped, when you're not sleeping you're crazy!  What has your experience this time with Prednisone been?  I just wonder.... it's really been rough on me this go around.

Becky


29 years old; diagnosed since 1997 (but I've had it forever)
 
Current meds:
-Prednisone 15 mg
-Re-trying Imuran; I'm at 75 mg now.
-Asacol 12/day
-Failed Remicade (8/06-8/07)
-Calcium (for my steroid-affected bones)
-Prenatal vitamins (for the extra stuff, not for pregnancy)
-B vitamin complex
-Miralax (because surprisingly I need it sometimes)


Breton23
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   Posted 12/17/2007 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
chicagoatc, my sideffects on the prednisone this time were alot stronger.  I've had very bad nerves. I'm a manager at where i work and if something came up that was problamatic it would start to shake really bad and get very nervous. i couldn't handle the situtations.  I'd also be very emotional aka crying and stuff. my GI wouldn't help me when i asked for something for anxiety. He doesn't like tp prescribe that type of medication he said. I'm like thanks for the help. you gave me the prednisone.  I think it woukd have been helpful to get it all in one place instead of having to wait another month to get in with another dr and suffer. but that's what happened. Buspar has helped with it all thankfully.
UC diagnosis 2002 pan colitis
meds: Colazal 4 750mg, Prednisone 30mg one day, 10mgs the next, and Buspar 60mg/day


chicagoatc
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   Posted 12/17/2007 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   

  Breton 23, I'm sorry to hear you're having pretty much what I am on the Prednisone.  I took a final at school and cried the entire test!  I sat there with a box of tissues!  There was no reason other than that I had "cracked under pressure".  I totally get the crying fits and it's funny because my friends have even commented on how I'll be sobbing one minute, then it clears up the next.  Weird.  Yeah my GI wouldn't prescribe anything either.  He sent me to my primary care doctor to get a sleeping med and that's where she decided that I would probably sleep better if I wasn't so anxious.  Like I said, I don't know if the Buspar is helping, but I know for sure the Xanax is.  I take 1/2 at bedtime like I said but I take 1/4 before a test or if I feel myself having a meltdown and it has worked great for calming me down.  It sucks when you can't control the person you are and you know the "old (calm) you" is in there somewhere!  Best of luck to you.  It really helps me to hear from all of you who are having problems with anxiety and depression.  I've been diagnosed with UC now for 11 years and it's never taken this toll on me before.  It's mutating into something new.  One more reason this disease is so terrible...

Becky


29 years old; diagnosed since 1997 (but I've had it forever)
 
Current meds:
-Prednisone 15 mg
-Re-trying Imuran; I'm at 75 mg now.
-Asacol 12/day
-Failed Remicade (8/06-8/07)
-Calcium (for my steroid-affected bones)
-Prenatal vitamins (for the extra stuff, not for pregnancy)
-B vitamin complex
-Miralax (because surprisingly I need it sometimes)


MitzMN
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   Posted 12/17/2007 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I had the same kind of reaction the last time I was on prednisone. It was horrible, just horrible. I could not -- COULD NOT -- stop crying. I really felt like I needed to be hospitalized because I was so out-of-control with my emotions.

I hope I never have to be on pred again, ever.

Mitz
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri


Lou95
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Total Posts : 47
   Posted 12/17/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
We are all different in what works as far as anti-depressants. Zoloft made me suicidal. Wellbutrin XL made life too even - there weren't lows, but no highs either, just mediocrity. There was no joy. Finally, I found Effexor XR. You may have to try different ones 'til you find a good fit for you. Since I'm perimenopausal, I wasn't sleeping well....Doc prescribed temazepam. It works kind of like Ativan- relaxes you so you can sleep. I've heard it can be habit forming, too. I'll ask him about it when I see him on Thursday because he wrote me lots of refills. I've taken Ativan years ago and didn't have any withdrawal problems. I just tapered off gradually and it was fine. I can fall asleep, I just can't stay asleep.
Age/Sex:  50 & female
Diagnosed:  2005 pancolitis
Medications:  800 mg. Asacol twice a day - in remission; 1200 mg. fish oil supplement nightly,
1 Dulcolax stool softener nightly, Effexor-XR 75 mg. daily
 

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