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SSRIs/caffeine/acid reflux

Posted by viridis on January 18, 2003, at 19:48:18

In reply to Re: Ritch Jaynee, posted by Ritch on January 18, 2003, at 13:53:13

This really doesn't address the serious digestive system troubles that people have described here, but it's related, so I thought I'd mention it.

I don't have stomach problems etc. in general, but when I first started taking Prozac (years ago -- long since discontinued), I suddenly had terrible problems with heartburn and acid reflux. It was very frustrating, and I figured that I must be having a reaction to the Prozac since this wasn't normal for me. After a while, I figured out that it invariably occurred when I took Prozac around the same time as drinking coffee. I'm not a big coffee drinker (1-2 cups/day), and as soon as I adjusted the dosing schedule so that there was at least an hour between coffee intake and Prozac, the problem disappeared. Any time I took Prozac soon before or after having coffee, the problem returned.

I stopped Prozac a long time ago for many other reasons, but the coffee (caffeine?) interaction was very real. I have no idea whether this applies to other SSRIs, and I realize it's probably not the answer to the problems people have described here, but this seemed an appropriate place to bring it up (no pun intended).




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