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Posts (19)

Sat, May 18 7:17am · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Wrong, wrong, wrong!!! You must do this at the advice and consent of your doctor. There are serious side effects of going cold turkey, not to mention that you might be mentally impaired doing it this way. Please, please, please call your doctor

Thu, May 16 11:01pm · Protracted Benzo withdrawal in Depression & Anxiety

I actually had this conversation with my psychiatrist this week because I've seen some of those same articles. Her wise and experienced reply was that the meds MAY cause dementia somewhere down the road but at this point, there is nothing definite and it could be just as easily dementia from genetics, old age, alcohol etc. Rather than worry and stress about what MIGHT be, I would rather live with some more mental stability in the here and now. I equate this concern to those who need a knee replacement but are only in their 50s so they plan to wait till they are in their 70s so it doesn't need to be done twice. 20 years of pain and reduced mobility vs. the unknown? Seems like a no brainer to me

Sat, May 11 9:07pm · How is your experience with antidepressants? in Depression & Anxiety

I take escitalopram too. 2 years ago, dr. tried Abilify. I developed ticks and memory issues. I'm now on Lamictral and Seroquel-no ticks or unusual movements-just some weioght gain

Tue, May 7 6:49pm · Severe Bloating and Distention in Digestive Health

Yeah, I know about the bone loss. I had chemotherapy and am on Letrazole (hormone inhibitor) for life which also affects bone loss. I have a bone density test yearly. I think I can control the acid reflux if I avoid chocolate and caffeine. I don't drink alcohol or soda. I'll see what the dr. says on May 21. Thank you for your concern

Tue, May 7 6:11pm · Severe Bloating and Distention in Digestive Health

I'd rather have heart burn/acid reflux and take omeprazole for the rest of my life than deal with this side effect from the Nissen. It all happened so fast that I didn't really have time to do research other than on the surgeon, top-rated in Iowa, over 3000 of these surgeries. Plus the week before the surgery was scheduled, our basement flooded due to 7 1/2 of rain in 2 hours!! Last summer was a major bummer!

Tue, May 7 5:47pm · Severe Bloating and Distention in Digestive Health

I had a massive hiatal hernia-one third of my stomach was in my chest. I could only eat a little-very little at a time and was having trouble breathing. I have heart burn for years, but that went away with the surgery. That is all gone, no more omeprezole

Tue, May 7 12:46pm · Severe Bloating and Distention in Digestive Health

I don't have reflux at all. It is the bloating, gas and constipation. I'm back to using Miralax daily, took a Senna and stool softeners last night and so far nothing.The only thing that works is ducolax. Then it is a day sticking close to the toilet. I am researching other surgeons. Thanks for your input

Tue, May 7 9:47am · Severe Bloating and Distention in Digestive Health

I've got an appt with my GI doctor on 5/21. I don't ever have diarrhea, just constant constipation. Even the prescribed Lactulose doesn't work. Drank over 80 oz of water yesterday, walked, ate veggies. I blame it on the Nissen fundulation they did with the hiatal hernia surgery. I want a reversal