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Re: GI issue reply/pulse

Posted by ravenstorm on April 15, 2006, at 11:51:10

In reply to All - my day #4, posted by pulse on April 15, 2006, at 9:54:33

Congratulations on your lack of side effects! Sorry I didn't respond to your earlier reply about GI problems. The last two days have not been good and I haven't been up to posting.

I became medication intolerant/treatment resistant after a very protracted withdrawal to paxil that left me with worse depression and anxiety than I ever had before. Celexa gave me askathesia (I know I didn't spell that right), Lexapro and zoloft made me throw up. I was about to try prozac (which was the only drug I have ever tried that I didn't have severe start up or discontinuation syndrome with) when my anti-med husband took me to a naturopath who claimed he could cure me with amino acids etc but that I had to take them on an empty stomach etc despite the fact that at the time my stomach was bad enough that taking supplements with food was enough of a problem. Anyway, that not only didn't work, it screwed my stomach up so much that I then couldn't tolerate prozac which was my ace in the hole, so to speak.

Then it was on to remeron. Which, because of its nausea blocking properties, helped me eat for awhile, but made me extremely angry, made my anxiety worse and only gave partial remission to depression. It also permanently altered my blood sugar responses. After several months on this drug, it started causing severe heartburn/gastric distress, however I couldn't just stop taking it due to withdrawal syndrome, so I had to keep taking it for two months as I weaned off and during that time erosions in my esophagus occurred which are taking forever to get under control. I basically can eat oatmeal, rice, potatoes and some chicken and thats about it. Remeron is the first medication I've taken that has done permanent damage to my stomach. The other medications would upset my stomach or make me nauseaus to the point of non functioning, but once I discontinued them I could resume eating somewhat normally.

So, come this September I'll have been in this agitated/depressive episode for three years.

I started following the patch with great interest several years ago because of my stomach issues, but then gave up on it when I delved more into selegine and discovered how activating it was (Wellbutrin and Remeron both made my anxiety/anger worse). So, I am interested to see how someone with severe physical/anxiety/agitation will do on the patch.

Also, at this point, I'm just worried about making myself even worse. When I go through withdrawal to these drugs I end up worse than when I started and I just can't face getting any worse. Its always a huge gamble for me to try another drug.

Sorry this is so long. Thanks for your continued posts and I wish you continued good luck!




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