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collagenous colitis

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  • Posted By: jackcamel2361
  • March 5, 2007
  • 05:02 PM

I was diagnosed with collagenous colitis in 2002. I was told that there was no cure for this disease. At the time, I was taking Paxil for depression. I had chronic diarrhea for over two years, up to 33 bowel movements per day. I stopped taking Paxil, and within 6 weeks, the diarrhea had partially subsided. Within 6 months, it was gone! I had another colonoscopy, and was pronounced colitis-free.

The following year, I began taking Paxil once again. Within a week, the diarrhea was back with a vengeance. I immediately stopped taking Paxil, but it was a full six months before the diarrhea fully subsided. Has anyone else had a similar experience, or am I just extremely sensitive to the drugs in Paxil?

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  • I just saw your post and have to say I had a very similar experinece with another anti-depressant - Effexor. After trying it for two weeks, the diarrhea started and got so bad that I stopped it, as that was the only thing I could think of that might be causing this. But the diarrhea persisted, altho not quite as bad. I'm now on a drug called Colazal (for ulcerative colitis, altho I have very little inflammation and no blood or mucus) but it's been almost 6 months and I still have the problem.
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