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11/20/10 12:29 P

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I took Lexapro for a bout a year 10 mg /day for depression. I never noticed any NEW hunger. I just ate constantly and gained weight, same as I do no matter what SSRI they put me on.

When they first came out with SSRI's, the big benefit was that the were not habit-forming and did not cause weight gain. Guess what? After 20 years of it, my doctor finally admits to me the truth -- that they can't predict how an SSRI will work on anyone until they try it out. I have never had C or D because of any of them.

I am not surprised you are having issues - they seem all too common. But I am one that needs a med, so I put up with it. Currently I am on Pristiq and it's working for the depression.

How you anything is how you do everything...but don't let perfect be the enemy of good.

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11/18/10 8:55 P

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Thanks. Good to meet you both!

The medication is Lexapro (Cipralex in Britain and Canada), but at a 5 mg. dose only once every two days -- lower than that used to treat depression, but it is sometimes used off-label in IBS-C to stimulate motility in the bowel. It works like a dream for me in that way. I had been on domperidone before, and it had a similar effect -- intense hunger and dizziness/weakness when I didn't eat large amounts of carbs and proteins to fill my stomach.

I tried weaning off it earlier in the year. I lost 30 lbs., but I couldn't make a BM at all, so I went back on it.

If either of you have any information about this side-effect, I'd welcome it. I've done research on SSRIs, and some people lose weight, while others gain, but I've never noticed any comment on intense hunger. I almost never feel full. I used to have normal satiety before I took the medication.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

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11/18/10 6:11 P

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Here is something to look through/research and think about. I'd like to know what medication your doctor has you on? I'd like to research it.

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11/18/10 5:57 P

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Welcome to Spark. It's a great community.

What is the name of the med you are taking? Have you reported your issue to your doctor?

Pam

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11/18/10 5:45 P

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The topic pretty much says it all. Hi, everyone. I'm new to Sparkpeople, and am a woman in my early 40s.

I have IBS-C, the 'constipation' variation. Basically, without motility meds., there's no movement at all. (Sorry if this is TMI!) Laxatives did nothing. Finally, after ER visits and and countless doctors, I was placed on a medication that worked miracles by making my intestines move. So, one problem solved. But the medication also means that I clear out quickly or maybe I'm not used to 'normal' hunger. When I try to reduce calories, I become ravenous. Not just cravings, but weakness, stomach pain, dizziness. The gamut.

I can't reduce the dose, unfortunately. I'm grateful that the IBS-C is under some control, but the side effect of always being hungry is a challenge. I have about 70 lbs. to lose, but I'll be happy with 35-40 lbs. before thinking of trying to conceive.

So, hello all. Anyone else here with IBS-C and similar issues?

Best,

BritePhoenix

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