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Old 04-21-2012, 07:08 PM   #1
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Could This Be a Side Effect of W/D?

Ugh... there is no lady-like way to put this, so I'm just going to come out with it.

I started weaning my lexapro in January, but for the past month or so, I have had terrible diarhea! I thought at first that it was a bug, but it seems like it's here to stay!

I am so upset right now because I was supposed to go see Hunger Games with some girlfriends. I was getting ready, and WHAMO... the stomach cramps started. I had NO anxiety, and still don't, so it's not that. I do have that issue with anxiety, but this is different.

Sure enough, 15 minutes later, I was in the bathroom. Then again 10 minutes after that, and another 10 minutes after that. I had to call my friend and tell her I couldn't make it.

Here's the kicker... I don't feel sick. No nausea or anything like that. In fact, I am now starving! I do though get HORRENDOUS, painful craming, lots of rumbling, gas and bloating. In fact, I am going to have to stop typing this soon because I am sitting and constricting the cramping/gas bubbles and it's really painful.

One night last week, and one night the week before, this woke me up out of a deep sleep and I had to run to the bathroom. SO annoying!

Could this by any chance be a side effect of w/d? Regardless, I am wondering if I should have my doctor run some bloodwork for a gluten intolerance or something?
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:15 PM   #2
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Re: Could This Be a Side Effect of W/D?

Yes, this can be wd related. Ninety % of the bodies serontonin is the gut, so diarrhea can definetly occur in wd. Also if you are having any anxiety this can cause diarrhea also.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:32 PM   #3
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Re: Could This Be a Side Effect of W/D?

Thanks for the reply! I know anxiety can cause it because that's what got me on paxil years and years ago. This is totally different though. These are very close to IBS symptoms. Humm... maybe that's what it is.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:40 PM   #4
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Re: Could This Be a Side Effect of W/D?

I am sure it is WD related but just to play it safe, have your doctor run a test of your xxxxx to see if there is some infection or bacteria.

Serotonin is 90% in your gut and as you taper this changes. I had some loose stools when I reinstated, and had to go several times a day. Now that I am tapering it is not like that and has improved.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:49 PM   #5
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Re: Could This Be a Side Effect of W/D?

Wow. I had the exact same symptoms. Last year when I droppped a big dose (never put this info together until recently), I had the EXACT symptoms as you. It last 5 weeks then totally disappeared. My doc checked for parasites (was fine) and she thought I had IBS but also tested me for Celiac. That blood came back positive for Celiac. Althought its just an antibody test (I have since learned from my celiac dietitian that this test could show positive even if you aren't celiac). This blood test isn't confirmed until you have a biopsy of your intestines. Well my biopsy came back negative. Although because of my symptoms (that lasted a whole 5 weeks) he insists I'm celiac. So now I live gluten free and am wondering if I am indeed NOT Celiac and this was all caused by lowering doses!!
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:23 PM   #6
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Re: Could This Be a Side Effect of W/D?

Interesting lmac! Maybe it was w/d... or maybe I have celiac disease! Here's to hoping its w/d!!!
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:25 PM   #7
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Re: Could This Be a Side Effect of W/D?

Stomach issues are very common in withdrawal unfortunately I had some diarrhea for a little while but mostly nausea.

Lmac, I am highly suspicious that I have celiac disease because when I eat wheat (gluten) I don't get diarrhea perse, but instead I get very grainy (almost sand-like) BMs (sorry for TMI). Did you have that issue? I've cut gluten and my BMs are now normal, but if I eat more than a certain amount of wheat the BMs change to grainy again. My celiac disease is self-diagnosed as I'm still very afraid of doctors...but basically my BMs changed in texture in my last trimester of pregnancy (a common time for celiac disease to show up). I love my wheat but thank God it's getting easier and easier nowadays to find gluten free food even at restaurants (not that I visit any ).
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:42 PM   #8
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Re: Could This Be a Side Effect of W/D?

I really am wishing for this to be wd. I'm thinking of going to the USA and getting tested for Celiac gene. That could completely rule it out if I don't have the gene. Miriza - you could just be wheat intolerant. If you're celiac you have to eat all gluten free. It would affect you even if you eat salad dressing, lunch meat etc. There is gluten in almost EVERYTHING. I didn't have grainy BMs. Although I've made so many changes to my diet AND with wd, my BMs have been different many times now. Celiac symptoms are more of gassy/bloating, major stomach cramps. Either runs or constipation. Actually mimics same digestion probs in wd!!
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:54 AM   #9
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Re: Could This Be a Side Effect of W/D?

Since the start my taper, I would get diarhea when I ate gluten.....also severe bloating and painful gas. So I stopped eating it about a year ago. All the symptoms disappeared. The interesting thing is that when I eat out, which is seldom, I sometimes get diahrea. I believe it is due to hidden gluten in the food. I have been really careful when ordering, but sometimes gluten has a way of ending up on my plate. There is a good website for celiacs at celiac.com Lots of good info there.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:04 AM   #10
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Re: Could This Be a Side Effect of W/D?

Lotusflower - sounds like you could actually be celiac, or just gluten intolerant. I get the same when eating out. I know if my food has been cross contaminated. Although I wonder if this happens now because my body is used to being without it because when I was eating gluten, I didn't get symptoms other than feeling sluiggish and brain foggy (but that could have been the 13 yrs of ADs) other than that one 5 wk period after dropping a dose. Althogether, I've been tapering ADs and in wd for 13 mnths but also been switching meds and dses for a good 6 mnths before that. So for 19 mnths now my system has been changing constantly. I never had problems with my digestion before any of this. Its good to know if you're actually celiac or just gluten intolerant becaus they both have the exact symptoms except celiac is indeed an autoimmune disease and can cause major problems and other diseases. Just gluten intolerant is just that. Makes you feel yucky but doenstn cause issues or damage to your insides!
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:10 AM   #11
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Re: Could This Be a Side Effect of W/D?

For me the grainy stools started in pregnancy prior to meds
A google search for grainy stools brings out celiac and gluten intolerance as most of the results. Once I cut out gluten from my diet the grainy stools went away completely within two weeks and when I reintroduce it they come back as grainy...so I have gluten issues for sure. Didn't know about the gene test...maybe I should find out about it.
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Imipramine:
37.5 mg -> 0 (1 mo,10/08/11): akathisia!
5 mg -> 0 (1 mo,11/29/11)
Now in w/d hell and missing my old self.
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