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#1 Nikki

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 04:10 AM

Alex... I recently had the routine colonoscopy and the Propofol agreed with me. I was very worried it would not. As for your upcoming procedure....my suggestion would be to stay put at your current dose from now until after the surgery. Tell the anethesiologists about w/d. Tell the surgeon as well. Do what you can and turn the rest over. Coach yourself into believing the outcome with the w/d and anesthesia will be okay. Hugs

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 11:08 PM

In my limited experience, benzos are frequently administered for 'minor' procedures like an endoscopy or colonoscopy. In my first try, docs felt surgical anesthetic unnecessary. Attempted to put me out with a narco-benzo drip (phentanyl and versed). This was not effective. They were shocked that I entered the procedure room in full conversational mode. So the procedure was aborted and rescheduled. Propofol worked well for me and without adverse effect. Also they didn't administer a benzo, which I would today decline b/c of my benzo history. Plus its entirely unnecessary with a surgical anesthetic so I don't even know that they are paired. In the future, I will insist on propofol even if it means (as it did before) that the hospital must bring down an anesthesiologist as well, which did complicate things a bit last time. But it's benzofree and agreed well enough with my CNS. Alex

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 11:12 PM

Alex...

I recently had the routine colonoscopy and the Propofol agreed with me. I was very worried it would not.

As for your upcoming procedure....my suggestion would be to stay put at your current dose from now until after the surgery. Tell the anethesiologists about w/d. Tell the surgeon as well.

Do what you can and turn the rest over. Coach yourself into believing the outcome with the w/d and anesthesia will be okay.

Hugs

Thanks for the hugs and advice, Nikki. Happily, I don't have any surgery upcoming. I think I did start this thread but it was back in October.

I'm glad you got the propofol for your colonoscopy. It was for a colonoscopy that an alternative approach was tried (unsuccessfully) on me some time ago.

"Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me.

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now."

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 07:47 AM

In my limited experience, benzos are frequently administered for 'minor' procedures like an endoscopy or colonoscopy.

In my first try, docs felt surgical anesthetic unnecessary. Attempted to put me out with a narco-benzo drip (phentanyl and versed). This was not effective. They were shocked that I entered the procedure room in full conversational mode. So the procedure was aborted and rescheduled.

Propofol worked well for me and without adverse effect. Also they didn't administer a benzo, which I would today decline b/c of my benzo history. Plus its entirely unnecessary with a surgical anesthetic so I don't even know that they are paired.

In the future, I will insist on propofol even if it means (as it did before) that the hospital must bring down an anesthesiologist as well, which did complicate things a bit last time. But it's benzofree and agreed well enough with my CNS.

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Thanks so much for the info! I have surgery coming soon &I will talk to my doctor & anesthesiologist about it. I just hope they take me seriously.

Dec 2004 - Put on Zoloft after having a panic attack from the Birth Control Ortho Evra Patch (the doctors thought I was completely insane when I told them I think the Birth Control Patch is giving me anxiety/panic. Funny how they tell you NOW that Birth Control can indeed cause anxiety) Started at 25mg, increased to 50 mg and 100 mg in 2007. They made me too sleepy so decreased back to 50mg until 2009. Reduced to 25 mg in 2010.

Oct 2010 - Decided to come off Zoloft to try and have children. Didn't know anything about tapering because apparently, my doctor didn't know about it either. WDs included heart palpitations, dizziness, tinnitus etc. Decided to go back on Zoloft within 2 weeks of stopping.

January 2011 - Knowing a little more about tapering, I decided to stop taking taking Zoloft with my doctors help again. She told me to hurry and taper in 4 weeks because the tinnitus could become permanent. I thought this was too fast so I took another month to taper.

March 30, 2011 - Last Zoloft pill.

Had a little dizziness & sadness, but felt fine until Aug 2011 after a relative died.

Since then symptoms include brain shivers, migraine headaches on right side of head, warm/hot sensations on right side of head and ears, internal vibrations, tremor, muscle twitches, strange sensations in right side of head, anxiety, nervousness, sadness, disconnected, depersonalization, numbness on left side of body at times, neck pain, muscle/rib cage pains,  just don't feel like myself :(


#5 Nikki

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:03 PM

Alex I had colonoscopy and few months back and the anesthesia is what concerned me, not what they would find. AD's have given me issue with anesthesia. I was given propofol and much to my surprise I was A okay with it. I did not have a hangover or any other issues. Hugs

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 11:25 AM

Alex I had colonoscopy and few months back and the anesthesia is what concerned me, not what they would find. AD's have given me issue with anesthesia.

I was given propofol and much to my surprise I was A okay with it.

I did not have a hangover or any other issues.

Hugs


What painkillers did they give you after the surgery?

Dec 2004 - Put on Zoloft after having a panic attack from the Birth Control Ortho Evra Patch (the doctors thought I was completely insane when I told them I think the Birth Control Patch is giving me anxiety/panic. Funny how they tell you NOW that Birth Control can indeed cause anxiety) Started at 25mg, increased to 50 mg and 100 mg in 2007. They made me too sleepy so decreased back to 50mg until 2009. Reduced to 25 mg in 2010.

Oct 2010 - Decided to come off Zoloft to try and have children. Didn't know anything about tapering because apparently, my doctor didn't know about it either. WDs included heart palpitations, dizziness, tinnitus etc. Decided to go back on Zoloft within 2 weeks of stopping.

January 2011 - Knowing a little more about tapering, I decided to stop taking taking Zoloft with my doctors help again. She told me to hurry and taper in 4 weeks because the tinnitus could become permanent. I thought this was too fast so I took another month to taper.

March 30, 2011 - Last Zoloft pill.

Had a little dizziness & sadness, but felt fine until Aug 2011 after a relative died.

Since then symptoms include brain shivers, migraine headaches on right side of head, warm/hot sensations on right side of head and ears, internal vibrations, tremor, muscle twitches, strange sensations in right side of head, anxiety, nervousness, sadness, disconnected, depersonalization, numbness on left side of body at times, neck pain, muscle/rib cage pains,  just don't feel like myself :(


#7 Nikki

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 02:57 PM

Dani after a colonoscopy no pain killers are required. There is no pain involved. The prep is miserable, but painless. Hugs

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#8 Dani

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 05:55 PM

Dani after a colonoscopy no pain killers are required. There is no pain involved.
The prep is miserable, but painless.

Hugs


I need to have a myomectomy done for fibroid tumors & the removal of an ovarian cyst. I'll be in the hospital a few days. They will basically do like a c-section cut so I'm sure I'll need painkillers during recovery. :(

Dec 2004 - Put on Zoloft after having a panic attack from the Birth Control Ortho Evra Patch (the doctors thought I was completely insane when I told them I think the Birth Control Patch is giving me anxiety/panic. Funny how they tell you NOW that Birth Control can indeed cause anxiety) Started at 25mg, increased to 50 mg and 100 mg in 2007. They made me too sleepy so decreased back to 50mg until 2009. Reduced to 25 mg in 2010.

Oct 2010 - Decided to come off Zoloft to try and have children. Didn't know anything about tapering because apparently, my doctor didn't know about it either. WDs included heart palpitations, dizziness, tinnitus etc. Decided to go back on Zoloft within 2 weeks of stopping.

January 2011 - Knowing a little more about tapering, I decided to stop taking taking Zoloft with my doctors help again. She told me to hurry and taper in 4 weeks because the tinnitus could become permanent. I thought this was too fast so I took another month to taper.

March 30, 2011 - Last Zoloft pill.

Had a little dizziness & sadness, but felt fine until Aug 2011 after a relative died.

Since then symptoms include brain shivers, migraine headaches on right side of head, warm/hot sensations on right side of head and ears, internal vibrations, tremor, muscle twitches, strange sensations in right side of head, anxiety, nervousness, sadness, disconnected, depersonalization, numbness on left side of body at times, neck pain, muscle/rib cage pains,  just don't feel like myself :(


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Posted 24 March 2013 - 03:14 PM

I've been off meds for 9 months now and experiencing major G.I. issues for the past 3.5 months. I follow the SCD diet which helps, but I still have diarrhea, gas and a noisy digestive system which gets worse in the evenings. I've lost around 8 pounds recently which is a lot for me as I am quite slim already. The gastrointestinal distress causes me great anxiety especially at work and at social gatherings. The queasy, noisy digestion is unpredictable, I never know when to expect it. Homemade goat yogurt actually feels soothing to my system. Lately I eat pureed carrots, chicken, fish, eggs, steamed veggies and nuts. This has been probably the worst symptom of withdrawal for me. I am at my wits end trying to figure what to eat. I have an endoscopy procedure in two weeks with a G.I. doctor. I'm cancelling the colonoscopy because the prep the day before involves taking laxative stimulants and a lot of chemicals to clean out my bowels. I know any stimulants and prescription medicines would wreak havoc on my system right now.

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 07:51 AM

Hi all- I would like some advice please. I am due to have a colonoscopy next month. I am having withdrawal symptoms- anxiety, burning in the arms & neck etc. I am concerned about the drugs that they give to sedate during this procedure. Will this compound the w/d? Thanks in advance. This forum has been a true blessing for me. 


 

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 08:15 AM

I don't feel at all capable of giving advice about this since I have no medical background.  Can you talk with your nurse practitioner or doctor about this? Perhaps they can use an anesthetic that will be minimally upsetting to your system, or perhaps the procedure can be postponed for a bit.  Personally, I would hesitate to have any medical procedures that aren't urgently necessary during withdrawal, especially anything that involves an anesthetic, but that's me and my individual health history speaking.  There may be very good reasons for you to go ahead.


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 08:20 AM

It is just a routine screening - though I'm late in getting it done. I will probably reschedule it. Thanks for the input.


 

Jan. 1994 Pamelor

2000 switched to Zoloft 

2011 Zoloft pooped out- Dr. switched me directly to Lexapro15mg -had a horrible 6mths

2013 upped Lexapro to 20 mgs-pooped out

June 2013 Dr. added 150 Wellbutrin to Lexapro.

July 2013 Switched back to Zoloft 100mgs.Was still taking Wellbutrin. Lots of anxiety from the Wellbutrin

July 2013 Started to wean Wellbutrin- off by Sept.

Oct. 2013 added 400 mgs of Neurotin to the Zoloft

Jan 2014 Tapered off of the Zoloft and onto Prozac 30 mgs. Also still taking 400 mgs Neurotin

Feb 2014 Reduced Prozac to 13 mgs. Still taking 400 mgs Neurotin

Aug. 2014 Prozac 13 mgs. Finished with Neurotin. .7 Risperadol

 


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 08:54 AM

I put off a colonoscopy because I didn't want to deal with the medication. Usually, they give you a benzo, Versed, rather than an anesthetic.

 

In Japan, they don't use drugs at all for colonoscopies. I talked to a woman recently who had a colonoscopy without sedation or anesthetic (in the US) and she said it wasn't bad at all.

 

I corresponded with a man with long-term withdrawal syndrome who had a colonoscopy with Versed and he said he didn't have any problems with it.

 

There's a lot of discussion in gastroenterology about how valuable a colonoscopy is and whether alternative methods, such as ultrasound, might be used.

 

I discussed this with my internist and she agreed a stool sample test was just as good. If it shows anything suspicious, then you have the colonoscopy. Ask your doctor about this.


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 11:34 AM

I don't have any opinion, but I did have a colonoscopy this spring while withdrawing from Wellbutrin. Because of that, and because I was on a benzo, they used Propofol. Everything went fine...it was so nice to have a little nap! Just not so nice to think of what they did while I was sleeping. The prep was the hardest part because just drinking Gatorade made me hypoglycemic (backlash from too much sugar) or something. I did much better when I switched to water and bouillon, or whatever it was they allowed.
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Posted 15 September 2013 - 12:00 PM

Thank you- that is a good option 


 

Jan. 1994 Pamelor

2000 switched to Zoloft 

2011 Zoloft pooped out- Dr. switched me directly to Lexapro15mg -had a horrible 6mths

2013 upped Lexapro to 20 mgs-pooped out

June 2013 Dr. added 150 Wellbutrin to Lexapro.

July 2013 Switched back to Zoloft 100mgs.Was still taking Wellbutrin. Lots of anxiety from the Wellbutrin

July 2013 Started to wean Wellbutrin- off by Sept.

Oct. 2013 added 400 mgs of Neurotin to the Zoloft

Jan 2014 Tapered off of the Zoloft and onto Prozac 30 mgs. Also still taking 400 mgs Neurotin

Feb 2014 Reduced Prozac to 13 mgs. Still taking 400 mgs Neurotin

Aug. 2014 Prozac 13 mgs. Finished with Neurotin. .7 Risperadol

 


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 01:52 PM

I also went with propofol since I was tapering Valium at the time and didn't experience any problems.
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Posted 15 September 2013 - 03:06 PM

Thank you! I love this site- everyone is so helpful!!


 

Jan. 1994 Pamelor

2000 switched to Zoloft 

2011 Zoloft pooped out- Dr. switched me directly to Lexapro15mg -had a horrible 6mths

2013 upped Lexapro to 20 mgs-pooped out

June 2013 Dr. added 150 Wellbutrin to Lexapro.

July 2013 Switched back to Zoloft 100mgs.Was still taking Wellbutrin. Lots of anxiety from the Wellbutrin

July 2013 Started to wean Wellbutrin- off by Sept.

Oct. 2013 added 400 mgs of Neurotin to the Zoloft

Jan 2014 Tapered off of the Zoloft and onto Prozac 30 mgs. Also still taking 400 mgs Neurotin

Feb 2014 Reduced Prozac to 13 mgs. Still taking 400 mgs Neurotin

Aug. 2014 Prozac 13 mgs. Finished with Neurotin. .7 Risperadol

 


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 11:18 PM

I have massive stomach problems and not so sure how to correct it. My doctor wants me to go for a colonoscopy but i am too scared. I always feel bloated, everytime i eat or drink something i have heart palpitations, stomach swells up uncomfortably (Lots of gas build-up) i have pains everywhere, i feel nauseous and i struggle with constipation. This is just not normal for a 24 year old....



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 08:04 AM

I had a colonoscopy shortly after my final doses of Klonopin at end of long taper...they used Propofol, and I had no problems all.

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 09:31 AM

I am planning to have one in 2 weeks with no sedation or painkiller. They say it's like menstrual cramps -- I have 40 years of experience with that!
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Posted 08 February 2014 - 12:50 PM

Had the colonoscopy yesterday.

 

There were a few ouchy moments -- intense pangs lasting a few seconds each -- and I wouldn't say it was fun, but the procedure itself wasn't that difficult.

 

The staff did their best to persuade me to get the anesthesia, but I held firm. They had an anesthesia plan B ready in case I found the pain unbearable.

 

I saw my entire colon and chatted with the gastroenterologist, nurse, and technician throughout.

 

The gastroenterologist said I had the colon of a teenager. It did look pink and healthy. She praised me for being so relaxed -- she said she could see it in my colon.

 

The team was amazed I did it without drugs. The doctor said she was so proud of me about 20 times.

 

In colonoscopy, as in all things "all things must pass." Have a good attitude and you, too, can do a colonoscopy without drugs.


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Posted 08 February 2014 - 01:02 PM

Had the colonoscopy yesterday.

 

There were a few ouchy moments -- intense pangs lasting a few seconds each -- and I wouldn't say it was fun, but the procedure itself wasn't that difficult.

 

The staff did their best to persuade me to get the anesthesia, but I held firm. They had an anesthesia plan B ready in case I found the pain unbearable.

 

I saw my entire colon and chatted with the gastroenterologist, nurse, and technician throughout.

 

The gastroenterologist said I had the colon of a teenager. It did look pink and healthy. She praised me for being so relaxed -- she said she could see it in my colon.

 

The team was amazed I did it without drugs. The doctor said she was so proud of me about 20 times.

 

In colonoscopy, as in all things "all things must pass." Have a good attitude and you, too, can do a colonoscopy without drugs.

I am surprised this is not offered as an option more often. I had a colonscopy in 2010 after a pelvic weight lifting injury and I negotiated for just teh propfol (no benzo) and it never occured to me to do it without the drugs. I remember seeing the scope and thinking, jeez that thing is tiny and feeling relieved because for some reason I feared I'd be assaulted with an elephants trunk. In retrospect the propofol seems downright excessive. I had a piece of my bone sawed off last December and I endured that with only novacaine.

 

All said, good job Alto.

 

On the original topic, my experience with propofol was fine, no problems. The medication was very powerful to me though. I didn't remember going under or waking up, it was like 30minutes just disappeared from my life, very uneasy feeling but I was ok a few hrs later.


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Posted 08 February 2014 - 01:30 PM

Some people love propofol. The nurse said she wanted drugs for her colonoscopy because she liked the drugs. So there's that.

I saw my gyn a couple of days prior to the colonoscopy and she said she woke up during hers and, yep, the cramps felt like menstrual cramps.

I found them a little more intense but, big deal, I endured menstrual cramps every month for decades without begging for anesthesia.

In some cases, though, the person's colon is more twisty and I guess the procedure can be a lot more painful. Supposedly it's more difficult for women because women are smaller and have more organs packed in their abdomens. But I'm a small woman and it was fine without drugs, really.
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Posted 08 February 2014 - 02:18 PM

When I need to have one, I may try it without drugs also because of my sleep apnea and being so sensitive to meds.    Since I plan to use guided imagery MP3 recordings pre op and post op to reduce my need for meds when I have surgery on 3/6, I can see this working with a colonoscopy.


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#25 Zoe

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 02:32 PM

Thanks Alto for letting us know & glad that you did so well. I'm afraid I would be too scared to try it without some sort of drugs. Still haven't done mine yet- this will convince me to schedule it anyway :)


 

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 06:06 PM

Hey all! Hope everyone is feeling ok today..

 

I'm doing great for the most part but I recently  had to get a procedure done (colonoscopy-oh.so.fun. LOL) - it's an outpatient procedure-all was well which is good news but the 'prep' is hard on your body, and you basically don't eat for almost 2 days, and then the procedure you're given Propofol - 

 

​Coming out of it I felt ok-but that night and the next day I just felt so out of it. I was in such a haze, and I felt like my thoughts and anxieties and depression were surfacing. Now it could've been my lack of sleep and just a lot my body went through but as you all know when you've been through something if you get a glimpse of the 'old you' it can be very scary!

 

I wonder if this is a trigger? I looked at your 'non-psych drugs with psych drug reactions' and I didn't see it on there. Just wondering if anyone else has had this experience?

 

​SO SORRY if i'm posting this in the wrong place.

 

Today i'm feeling better, not 100% but better. I'm just getting a little scared-I hope I didn't do permanent damage or anything  :unsure: I also haven't exercised in a couple of weeks b/c i was sick, then the prep for this, new job, etc.

 

Thanks in advance..
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Posted 27 April 2014 - 03:56 AM

stace

 

a friend of mine who is a nurse told me that anesthesia causes short term memory loss. 

 

When I had a hysterectomy in 1999 I was on Paxil.  I woke up in the Recovery Room crying.  I asked the Nurse to hold my hand.

Anesthesia yes and when I saw the Psych he told me there is a grieving period after having a hysterectomy.  The anesthesia added to the intensity.

 

I had a colonoscopy last year and was afraid of the outcome from anesthesia.  They use propofol.  I was fine.


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#28 ikam

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Posted 02 June 2016 - 04:41 AM

Hi,

I have been referred for a colonoscopy. As I received my instructions today I started to worry about the effect it may have on me...

 

I have to use a laxative called MoviPrep. It will completely flush everything out of my body.

 

Has anybody had a colonoscopy whilst on SSRI?

 

I am thinking about cancelling this assessment...


- Started various antidepresants in 1983 (doxepin, amitriptiline, anafranil), always stopped abruptly and then reintroduced; Long term use of benzos since 1983, on and off, in times prolonged use
- 2012 re-started Doxepin 75mg, evening. Atenolol 25mg, twice a day (both as a migraine prevention); Low dose of HRT (Sandrena gel +  Utrogestan 100mg)- evening; Nasal spray Otrivine for about 3 years- evening and morning (Used to abuse nasal spray for years). PPI Omeprazole 40mg-evening

- 24.10.2014- Started escitalopram-first 5mg and then 10mg; 5.01.2015- Escitalopram- 2.5mg (I had an adverse response to escitalopram and doxepin; hence I was decreasing escitalopram faster)

- June 2015- decreased Doxepin from 75mg to 50mg; 28 November- intentional over-dose (doxepin- 250mg). 1-2 April- over-dose 350mg, 17.07.2016 Doxepin 150mg- intentional over-dose(Tendency to overdose when stressed out...)

- 22.07.2016- reduced by 1%, 29.07- reduced by 2%, 2.08- reduced by 3%, 9.08- reduced by 4%. Holding for 5 weeks

- 13.09- reduced by 5%, 20.09- reduced by 6%, 27.09.2016 reduced by 7% , 4.10- reduced by 8% = 2.3mg. Holding for 5 weeks

- 14.11- reduced by 9%, 22.11- reduced by 10% = 2.25mg HOLDING

-20.12- changed my diet and supplements protocol; Ionic Liquid Iron twice 100ml, Liquid Zynk- twice- 50ml, MegaMag Liquid- evening 100ml, Curcumin 600mg x 3 a day Burdock Root + Epsom Baths. Changed diet to Protein one + Veg; Avoiding carbs. Protein Shake (Pure Power Protein Powder by Mercola) + Supergreens + Coconut Oils, Himalayan Salt with lemon


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Posted 02 June 2016 - 08:19 AM

I'll be looking for experienced responses, since I am due to have one myself! 

 

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June 1 Reinstated Effexor XR 37.5 mg, Remeron dropped to 30 mg PM. Immediate relief of symptoms, like nothing had ever happened!  On p-doc's orders went up to 75 mg Effexor June 11-12, then back to 37.5 mg when I realized all the hell I had been through before was WD from Effexor!  Joined SA and began tapering both too soon one month later.

8/22/15: Effexor to 30.75 mg, Remeron to 22 mg. 9/9/15 Effexor 30 mg/Remeron 21 mg. 9/24/15: Remeron 19 mg. 10/25/16: Remeron 17 mg. 11/14/15:  Effexor 28.5 mg 12/2/15: Remeron 16 mg. 12/5/15: Effexor 28.1 mg. 12/17/15: Remeron 15 mg. 1/26/16: Remeron 14 mg. 3/22/16, Remeron 13.5 mg and Effexor 25.9 mg (had nudged it down by fraction of a mg since Dec).  4/28/16: Remeron 13 mg, Effexor 25.5 mg.  5/21/16: Remeron 12 mg, Effexor 24.75 mg.  6/17/16, Effexor 23.25 mg, Remeron 11.6 mg. 7/12/16:  Remeron 11 mg, Effexor 22.12 mg.  9/22/16:  Effexor 19.5 mg, Remeron 9 mg

 

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#30 ikam

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Posted 02 June 2016 - 08:29 AM

I may not expose myself for this extra "pain"...I have just managed to get a bit more settled and stronger...

 

The way I read about preparation, it takes at least of two days of complete mayhem, the side effects and drug interactions are quite worrying...


- Started various antidepresants in 1983 (doxepin, amitriptiline, anafranil), always stopped abruptly and then reintroduced; Long term use of benzos since 1983, on and off, in times prolonged use
- 2012 re-started Doxepin 75mg, evening. Atenolol 25mg, twice a day (both as a migraine prevention); Low dose of HRT (Sandrena gel +  Utrogestan 100mg)- evening; Nasal spray Otrivine for about 3 years- evening and morning (Used to abuse nasal spray for years). PPI Omeprazole 40mg-evening

- 24.10.2014- Started escitalopram-first 5mg and then 10mg; 5.01.2015- Escitalopram- 2.5mg (I had an adverse response to escitalopram and doxepin; hence I was decreasing escitalopram faster)

- June 2015- decreased Doxepin from 75mg to 50mg; 28 November- intentional over-dose (doxepin- 250mg). 1-2 April- over-dose 350mg, 17.07.2016 Doxepin 150mg- intentional over-dose(Tendency to overdose when stressed out...)

- 22.07.2016- reduced by 1%, 29.07- reduced by 2%, 2.08- reduced by 3%, 9.08- reduced by 4%. Holding for 5 weeks

- 13.09- reduced by 5%, 20.09- reduced by 6%, 27.09.2016 reduced by 7% , 4.10- reduced by 8% = 2.3mg. Holding for 5 weeks

- 14.11- reduced by 9%, 22.11- reduced by 10% = 2.25mg HOLDING

-20.12- changed my diet and supplements protocol; Ionic Liquid Iron twice 100ml, Liquid Zynk- twice- 50ml, MegaMag Liquid- evening 100ml, Curcumin 600mg x 3 a day Burdock Root + Epsom Baths. Changed diet to Protein one + Veg; Avoiding carbs. Protein Shake (Pure Power Protein Powder by Mercola) + Supergreens + Coconut Oils, Himalayan Salt with lemon


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Posted 02 June 2016 - 08:49 AM

Hi ikam,

 

What is the reason given for the suggestion that you have the colonscopy?

 

If you need to go through with it and don't have the option of postponing it, some suggestions that might make it easier.

 

1.    Do the procedure without any sedation.   Need to find an gastro who is experienced at doing this and will be gentle.

2.    Ask for propofol sedation.   My reasoning is that as someone who is very sensitive to meds, I have had zero problems with this drug.   Of course, your mileage will vary but the recovery is quite quick usually.   Disadvantage is insurance may not cover the drug for a colonoscopy.

3.   I saw this in the news but of course, I can't find the link.   Instead of being required to normally eat a clear liquid diet the day before the procedure, researchers found that eating a low fiber diet up until a certain hour works just as well and doesn't weaken you as much for the procedure.    Ask your doctor if this is an option.

 

Best of luck with your decision.


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Posted 02 June 2016 - 09:20 AM

I don't need to do this urgently. My GP referred me as I have low iron. But I read about PPI use and I think this is the reason. I have been on PPI for a very long time...

 

I expect that I would have lots of problems with MoviPrep.

I don't think I will get any understanding from my GP...

I have to take my decision myself...and I more gearing towards not having it...

 

http://www.fda.gov/d...y/UcM253840.pdf

 

http://articles.merc...-pros-cons.aspx


- Started various antidepresants in 1983 (doxepin, amitriptiline, anafranil), always stopped abruptly and then reintroduced; Long term use of benzos since 1983, on and off, in times prolonged use
- 2012 re-started Doxepin 75mg, evening. Atenolol 25mg, twice a day (both as a migraine prevention); Low dose of HRT (Sandrena gel +  Utrogestan 100mg)- evening; Nasal spray Otrivine for about 3 years- evening and morning (Used to abuse nasal spray for years). PPI Omeprazole 40mg-evening

- 24.10.2014- Started escitalopram-first 5mg and then 10mg; 5.01.2015- Escitalopram- 2.5mg (I had an adverse response to escitalopram and doxepin; hence I was decreasing escitalopram faster)

- June 2015- decreased Doxepin from 75mg to 50mg; 28 November- intentional over-dose (doxepin- 250mg). 1-2 April- over-dose 350mg, 17.07.2016 Doxepin 150mg- intentional over-dose(Tendency to overdose when stressed out...)

- 22.07.2016- reduced by 1%, 29.07- reduced by 2%, 2.08- reduced by 3%, 9.08- reduced by 4%. Holding for 5 weeks

- 13.09- reduced by 5%, 20.09- reduced by 6%, 27.09.2016 reduced by 7% , 4.10- reduced by 8% = 2.3mg. Holding for 5 weeks

- 14.11- reduced by 9%, 22.11- reduced by 10% = 2.25mg HOLDING

-20.12- changed my diet and supplements protocol; Ionic Liquid Iron twice 100ml, Liquid Zynk- twice- 50ml, MegaMag Liquid- evening 100ml, Curcumin 600mg x 3 a day Burdock Root + Epsom Baths. Changed diet to Protein one + Veg; Avoiding carbs. Protein Shake (Pure Power Protein Powder by Mercola) + Supergreens + Coconut Oils, Himalayan Salt with lemon


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Posted 28 August 2016 - 01:49 AM

I had a consultation with gastrologist on Friday. He wants me to do CT Colonography, as he wants to find the reason for my anaemia. Unfortunately I will need to take some contrast medication prior to the procedure: https://www.drugs.co...de-effects.html

I am really concerned that this will affect me badly...

I tried to talk to him about PPI, and he said "it looks you are dependant so you will need to take it for life!"...

He was talking about anaemia and iron deficiency and did not even mention they may be a result of PPI!

- Started various antidepresants in 1983 (doxepin, amitriptiline, anafranil), always stopped abruptly and then reintroduced; Long term use of benzos since 1983, on and off, in times prolonged use
- 2012 re-started Doxepin 75mg, evening. Atenolol 25mg, twice a day (both as a migraine prevention); Low dose of HRT (Sandrena gel +  Utrogestan 100mg)- evening; Nasal spray Otrivine for about 3 years- evening and morning (Used to abuse nasal spray for years). PPI Omeprazole 40mg-evening

- 24.10.2014- Started escitalopram-first 5mg and then 10mg; 5.01.2015- Escitalopram- 2.5mg (I had an adverse response to escitalopram and doxepin; hence I was decreasing escitalopram faster)

- June 2015- decreased Doxepin from 75mg to 50mg; 28 November- intentional over-dose (doxepin- 250mg). 1-2 April- over-dose 350mg, 17.07.2016 Doxepin 150mg- intentional over-dose(Tendency to overdose when stressed out...)

- 22.07.2016- reduced by 1%, 29.07- reduced by 2%, 2.08- reduced by 3%, 9.08- reduced by 4%. Holding for 5 weeks

- 13.09- reduced by 5%, 20.09- reduced by 6%, 27.09.2016 reduced by 7% , 4.10- reduced by 8% = 2.3mg. Holding for 5 weeks

- 14.11- reduced by 9%, 22.11- reduced by 10% = 2.25mg HOLDING

-20.12- changed my diet and supplements protocol; Ionic Liquid Iron twice 100ml, Liquid Zynk- twice- 50ml, MegaMag Liquid- evening 100ml, Curcumin 600mg x 3 a day Burdock Root + Epsom Baths. Changed diet to Protein one + Veg; Avoiding carbs. Protein Shake (Pure Power Protein Powder by Mercola) + Supergreens + Coconut Oils, Himalayan Salt with lemon


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Posted 28 August 2016 - 03:22 AM

Have you looked into tapering off of the PPI to see if that improves things?  What were you put on it for?

 

You also might look into getting a 2nd opinion from another doctor.  How does that work in the UK?

 

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Posted 28 August 2016 - 12:39 PM

Good idea about the PPI, compsports. Nobody is "addicted" to a PPI. It does require a fast taper to go off. See Tips for tapering off stomach acid blockers or PPIs...

 

ikam, please see discussion of colonoscopy above in this existing topic. I had one without sedatives.

 

Also, use search in this forum to see other mentions of colonoscopy.


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#36 ikam

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Posted 29 August 2016 - 01:23 AM

Thank you both. I am not going to deal with PPI as yet. Only just started Escitalopram. It will take me about two yeras or more. Dont know when to start PPI though...

I started PPI for acid reflux, I have it bad, affects oesophagus. But now I have it even worse (rebound acid) every time I try to stop PPI...

 

I will not have sedation. It is CT Colonography, less invasive. I need to have it done, but I think my anaemia relates to PPI, not to internal bleeding, as doctors want to see. They look for pathology everywhere, but they are "the main cause" of pathology themselves!


- Started various antidepresants in 1983 (doxepin, amitriptiline, anafranil), always stopped abruptly and then reintroduced; Long term use of benzos since 1983, on and off, in times prolonged use
- 2012 re-started Doxepin 75mg, evening. Atenolol 25mg, twice a day (both as a migraine prevention); Low dose of HRT (Sandrena gel +  Utrogestan 100mg)- evening; Nasal spray Otrivine for about 3 years- evening and morning (Used to abuse nasal spray for years). PPI Omeprazole 40mg-evening

- 24.10.2014- Started escitalopram-first 5mg and then 10mg; 5.01.2015- Escitalopram- 2.5mg (I had an adverse response to escitalopram and doxepin; hence I was decreasing escitalopram faster)

- June 2015- decreased Doxepin from 75mg to 50mg; 28 November- intentional over-dose (doxepin- 250mg). 1-2 April- over-dose 350mg, 17.07.2016 Doxepin 150mg- intentional over-dose(Tendency to overdose when stressed out...)

- 22.07.2016- reduced by 1%, 29.07- reduced by 2%, 2.08- reduced by 3%, 9.08- reduced by 4%. Holding for 5 weeks

- 13.09- reduced by 5%, 20.09- reduced by 6%, 27.09.2016 reduced by 7% , 4.10- reduced by 8% = 2.3mg. Holding for 5 weeks

- 14.11- reduced by 9%, 22.11- reduced by 10% = 2.25mg HOLDING

-20.12- changed my diet and supplements protocol; Ionic Liquid Iron twice 100ml, Liquid Zynk- twice- 50ml, MegaMag Liquid- evening 100ml, Curcumin 600mg x 3 a day Burdock Root + Epsom Baths. Changed diet to Protein one + Veg; Avoiding carbs. Protein Shake (Pure Power Protein Powder by Mercola) + Supergreens + Coconut Oils, Himalayan Salt with lemon