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    Has anyone gotten constipation from Lexapro? I don't know if it's my IBS acting up or if it's the Lexapro. I'm only on 5 mg though.

  • #2
    How long have you been on Lexapro and has it made you hungry?
    bunnykinb

    6/04 dx Mild IC; 3/06 2nd hydro/cysto w/2nd uro; Moderate IC now. IBS dx 11/03. 6/08 dx Vulva Vestibulitis/Pelvic Floor Spasms. 7/20/15 Feels like I have moderate IC now. Burning again.

    tried & failed treatments: Urocit K 2x/day, Prelief & Atarax 25 mg 3/05-6/06; elavil 10mg 11/30/06-2/28/07 (stopped due to hunger); elmiron orally but had throat tightness;heparin instills 1x/mo 9/04-2/05;elmiron instills every 2 wks 7/05-2/06;20 DMSO 7/28/06-9/07.nortriptyline 10mg 4/07-10/07current meds/treatments:Tofrinal 25mg;Yasmin bc. Heparin instills every 2 weeks 2/08-present. Mix: 8cc lidocaine, 8cc heparin (40,000 units), & 3cc sodium bicarb. main symptoms: frequency & labia/clitorial burning

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    • #3
      I've been on and off Lexapro for about a year and a half. Yes, it has definitely increased my appetite, and has made me gain weight.

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      • #4
        I have been on it for a few years and haven't noticed constipation, but it may be a side effect for others that I just haven't had. Have you looked at the side effects listed at www.rxlist.com ?

        I gained weight on it as well. Bleh! But I was able to lose all of it on South Beach.
        Kim

        Diagnosed August 2001

        Current IC meds: Elmiron (since 2001), Levaquin (one pill after intercourse to prevent UTIs), Effexor (for depression & anxiety)


        Past IC meds: Amitriptyline (Elavil), Hydroxyzine (Vistaril), Detrol LA, Lexapro (for depression & anxiety, but also helped my IC) (They all helped, but I was able to discontinue them.)

        I've been virtually symptom free and able to eat & drink whatever I'd like for about 8 years now.

        *****************************

        “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” ~ Viktor Frankl

        “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” ~ Brian Tracy

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        • #5
          Another person I PM has been on Lexapro for 5 weeks now and has lost 15 pounds of the weight she put on with Elavil. But, I know everyone is different. I am getting awful hunger pangs on Elavil but so far haven't gained weight.
          bunnykinb

          6/04 dx Mild IC; 3/06 2nd hydro/cysto w/2nd uro; Moderate IC now. IBS dx 11/03. 6/08 dx Vulva Vestibulitis/Pelvic Floor Spasms. 7/20/15 Feels like I have moderate IC now. Burning again.

          tried & failed treatments: Urocit K 2x/day, Prelief & Atarax 25 mg 3/05-6/06; elavil 10mg 11/30/06-2/28/07 (stopped due to hunger); elmiron orally but had throat tightness;heparin instills 1x/mo 9/04-2/05;elmiron instills every 2 wks 7/05-2/06;20 DMSO 7/28/06-9/07.nortriptyline 10mg 4/07-10/07current meds/treatments:Tofrinal 25mg;Yasmin bc. Heparin instills every 2 weeks 2/08-present. Mix: 8cc lidocaine, 8cc heparin (40,000 units), & 3cc sodium bicarb. main symptoms: frequency & labia/clitorial burning

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          • #6
            I know that both Lexapro and Celexa can trigger an attack of IBS-D.
            In particular, SSRI anti-depressants (Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft and Paxil) stimulate serotonin production and can trigger severe IBS attacks in diarrhea-predominant patients, but they may be helpful for constipation. Conversely, tricyclic anti-depressants (such as Elavil) have the best track record of success for reducing diarrhea-predominant IBS symptoms, but patients with constipation are usually not treated with these drugs because of the possibility of exacerbating this symptom. Tricyclic anti-depressants tend to be anticholinergic – that is, they block the activity of the nerves responsible for gut motion. The long-term consequences of taking low-dose anti-depressants for Irritable Bowel Syndrome are unknown, and this is a matter that should be discussed with your physician.
            Somewhere there's a reason /Why things go like they do /Somewhere there's a reason /Why some things just fall through /We don't always see them /For what they really are /But I know there's a reason /Just can't see it from this far /Maybe I don't like it, /But I have no choice /I know that somewhere, /Someone hears my voice / I thought I knew it all /I thought I had it made /How could it end this way? /I thought I knew Somewhere there's a reason /Why things don't go my way /Somewhere there's a reason /That I cannot explain /Just like the change of season, /Just may not be my turn /But I know there's a reason, /The lesson's mine to learn

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            • #7
              Hi
              I've been on lexapro and celexa both, (not at the same time). I usually have IBS-D, but have not had trouble with it. I think it is because I am also on a pain mgmt med daily, and those usually have the side effect of "slowing down" the GI tract. When I tried anything other than Paxil in the past, I always had diarrhea, so I think it is the pain meds that are making the difference. I have not had any significant weight gain. But, when I am stressed, etc. I tend to not eat...Good luck to you all,
              Kan
              Always try to do the right thing; it will astonish some people and gratify the rest- Mark Twain



              DX: IC-2003, Systemic Lupus w/secondary Sjogren's-2009, Total Hysterectomy with BSO-2005, IBS-forever it seems, Renal Tubular Acidosis, Vitamin D deficiency-2008, Vulvar Vestibulitis-2002, Pudendal Neuralgia-2008
              I also try and manage depression/anxiety, Migraines, Too many kidney stones to count-starting in 1991 to the present
              I had my 1st urethral surgery at age 4, have had urethral syndrome from then on.
              Failed treatments: Elmiron both instilled and oral caused severe increase in liver enzymes
              Elavil and Ditropan-severe bladder retention
              Currently on pain mgmt, lidocaine gel topically also gives some relief after initial 2-4 min burning when applied.
              Prior treatment included pelvic floor therapy and TENS unit, both of which I still do as needed.

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              • #8
                The only thing that happened with Lexapro for me was fatigue! Wellbutrin constipated me so bad I had to stop taking it. Hope this helps
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                Jen
                Medically diagnosed Post Menopause 9-13, unsure for how long! Have: IC, IBS-C, arthritis, carpal tunnel, hypoglycemia, RLS, seasonal sinusitis, depression, anxiety, infertility, hormone imbalance.

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