Can antidepressants help my issues?

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Nal
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   Posted 3/17/2012 5:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I was prescribed Effexor ( for a different condition). I haven't started taking it yet but I wonder if it can help calm the GI tract? Any thoughts on that?

Nancy
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aeshleyrose
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   Posted 3/17/2012 6:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Nal,

I've heard of GI's giving SSRI drugs to alleviate esophageal hypersensitivity. If that's an issue for you, maybe it will help. I know that Effexor is an SNRI, but the classes may be similar enough that it helps you with your GERD also. It might help too if your GERD is exacerbated by anxiety.

It would be very nice if the Effexor killed two birds with one stone! I hope it does.

Take care,
Ashley

dencha
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   Posted 3/17/2012 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nancy,
Since your surgery you have been under tremendous stress.  When your body is undergoing recovery from surgery of this kind, anxiety and depression can definitely undermine your recovery. 
 
If Effexor can help bring you into more equilibrium it can definitely help your GI tract's adjustment. 
 
I have heard of the use of SSRIs that Ashley is referring to.  Since esophageal spasms and irritation have been part of your recovery difficulties, it would make sense that it might help you feel better.
 
It's certainly worth a try.  It makes all kinds of sense.
Good luck...hope you find it makes a big difference!
Denise

stkitt
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   Posted 3/17/2012 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Nal,
 
Good Evening.  If you have been prescribed Effexor for another condition I would guess it is connect to anxiety/depression or along those lines.  .  Our emotions cause complex physical symptoms. It is the intensity of our emotions that can send our body into overdrive producing gastrointestinal upsets so I would hope by reducing your stress that your symptoms will decrease.  
 
In clinical studies, the most common side effects with EFFEXOR   were constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, and  nervousness. Some of the common side effects with Effexor  may lessen as your body adjusts to the medication. In general, it takes 4 to 8 weeks for antidepressant medication to work, and you may also begin to notice positive changes in your mood and behavior at this time. 
 
I used this drug and when starting it I went very slow in increasing my dose until I felt OK and tolerated it well.  I am looking at going back on this medication if the one I am now taking does not work for me.
 
Remember I am not a Dr. so always keep in close contact with your physician.
 
Kindly,
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Nal
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   Posted 3/17/2012 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
They want me on Effexor for mu fibromyalgia. I'll be starting it in about a week or so. It may help, who knows. I also have to start a beta blocker since I have rapid heart rates. Not connected to GERD or a serious heart condition. Will only do one at a time though and start both Meds very, very slowly so I don't irritate my sensitive system too much. I have to do the beta blocker because a holter test showed my heart rate can easily go from about 68- 130 in just seconds. Try did a tilt table test to confirm it and many other tests to prove it wasn't a life threatening heart condition
Nancy

"life is 10%what happens to you, 90% what you do with it"
Injured back during a horse riding accident 1995 Diagnosed fibromyalgia 1999 at age 27. Later diagnosed with Lyme disease, acid reflux , interstitial cystitis
Currently on:
Felexeril
Hydrocodone
Hydroxyzine
Ativan
Nexium
Flonase
5 amazing kids ages 8-22. Newly remarried sept 2011. Hernia repair with fundoplication dec 2011
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