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Antidepressants And Celiac

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Hi,

I just have a quick question. I read a post a while ago about antidepressants sometimes having the opposite effect that they are supposed to have for some celiacs. Does anyone have any facts, insite or knoledge about that being true? Thanks so much,

MM&J (Susie)

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Hi Susie,

I've never read anything about that specifically....all that I can say is that medications can affect Celiacs differently before and after removing gluten and before the healing of the intestine, when absorbtion ability changes. For example, I had to take at least four or five ibuprofen (I know, a lot) before gluten removal if I had a headache.....but the surface of my small intestine was like linoleum (should be more like a shag carpet). Now, I may only need two in the rare case of a headache.

Anotehr thing that was discussed here recently is the hazard of taking generic medications, including antidepressants.

But......I don't know why antidepressants would affect Celiacs differently. Let us know if you find out anything!

:)


SUSIE

Diagnosed January 2006

"I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells." ~Dr. Seuss

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I don't know about antidepressants. I was given atarax for itching, which I know has a tranquilizer in it. It did nothing to stop the itching or calm me down. Made it worse, then they doubled the dose which only made my symtoms worse. I've had many drugs that didn't work or I reacted to. I'm wondering now if it was really gluten was the problem. I went gluten free the beginning of the year. I stopped taking estrodiol about 2 months ago, with really no side effects. Took it for about 7 years. I'm wondering if my body was even absorbing the stuff? I've been taking synthroid for about 18 years. I originally had a goiter. I have become paranoid of medication. I still am on synthroid and singulair for asthma. I was taking Mobic, but when I got changed to the generic I couldn't tolerate it. I'm still trying to find out what the difference between name brand and generic on that one. It does make you wonder what good are drugs if you weren't absorbing them.

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I don't see why a celiac on a gluten free diet would react to any medication differently than a "normal" person. If you get glutened or are pre-diagnosis that's a different story, but once you're healed I don't see why there would be a difference.


Gluten-Free since September 15, 2005.

Peanut-Free since July 2006.

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Well, there's also the fact that the likelyhood of suicide rises dramatically once someone is put on antidepressants. Google "suicide antidepressants" (without the quotes, that would change your search results) and see what you get. There are a lot of different therapies out there for those dealing with depression, I could suggest a place to start, I would hope that taking a drug to correct it would be the very last resort, and under very close watch by your family as well. I had a very dear friend commit suicide mere weeks after being put on a great deal of antidepressants. It's very scary, and sad.


If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

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Hi,

I just have a quick question. I read a post a while ago about antidepressants sometimes having the opposite effect that they are supposed to have for some celiacs. Does anyone have any facts, insite or knoledge about that being true? Thanks so much,

MM&J (Susie)

I can't comment on anti-depressants, this may or may not be relevent.

Both my daughters and my son suffered from ADHD and were given 'Ritalin'

.

Most people will be aware that this is the same as the 'drug' 'speed'

which under normal circumstances would have regular people 'wired to the moon',

.

It has the opposite effect on someone with ADHD/ADD, it calms them down,

sort of switches their motor into low gear!

.

One of the strange things about taking 'Ritalin' was if my DD's drank

coffee they would fall asleep ? ?

.

This is contrary to normal.

.

It seems that there is no medical basis for believing that Celiacs

on anti-depressants will suffer from increased phychosis.

.


Chronically Ill and lost 56lbs in 3 Months Prior to Diagnosis.

Diagnosed in Nov 2005 after Biopsy and Blood Tests

Cannot tolerate Codex Wheat Starch.

Self Taught Baker.

Bake everything from scratch using naturally gluten-free ingredients.

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