So for many years I took Celexa to curb anxiety and depression (had to be brand because something in generics makes my GI symptoms go bananas - specifically urgent, bloody stools 20+ times a day). This was *before* my j-pouch, when I just had regular ol' UC. Six years ago my house burned down, and the Celexa stopped working. My GP switched me to Zoloft, which wasn't good for me. I fainted twice while on it, and couldn't eat. It was more than just not having an appetite, I was flat-out repulsed by the idea of eating, which is definitely not me. Then they weaned me off of it too fast, and I had vertigo and couldn't get off the couch for a week. It was terrible, and I figured if I felt like garbage regardless of my meds, I should just try to go without. Shortly after, I found out I needed a colectomy. Since the only silver-lining that I could see at the time was finally getting off of Imuran and Pentasa after fifteen years on each, I said eff it, I want to be med free entirely. I relied on Ativan as-needed through the surgeries, and that was it beyond whatever was in my IV during my hospital stays.
I'm now three years out, and am really struggling with my old companions - anger, frustration, depression and anxiety. I've known a few people who have taken Welbutrin, but it's always seemed to exacerbate their anxiety, which I definitely don't need. Even when I had a colon, the idea of going down the trial-and-error rabbit hole of finding the right med was off-putting, but now I'm doubly concerned about how a new med could impact my j-pouch. Are any folks taking anti-depressants with success and no j-pouch upset? I know we're all different, but figured it couldn't hurt to info gather.