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I had to come off Sertraline 3 weeks ago due to chronic diarrhoea. This got better but my anxiety/depression got worse. I am now on day 8 of Escitalopram 5mg,feeling very anxious and low,and to make it worse I think the diarrhoeais starting to flare up again. If all ssris are going to cause this problem (possible microscopic colitis) what do I turn to next? Snris,such as Venlafaxine or older tricyclics? I would welcome any advice as I feel desperate. 

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    Can't you try counciling? And come off tales,  try and beat it with a  strong mind, don't let it beat you, we can all beat this illness together and talking x
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    HI Justine

    How long were you on Sertraline for?  Diarrhoea is one of my most common anxiety symptoms, it's so bad when I'm anxoius that I'm scared to leave the house because I ALWAYS need the loo.  The amount of times I got halfway on the school run and had to turn back for the toilet hence making my daughter late for school was unreal.  AD's tend to make your anxiety worse before it gets better so could it be that do you think?  When I started on Citalopram back in July I had really bad diarrhoea for a few weeks as my anxiety was higher.  Glad to say it's gone, but if ever I'm nervous or anxious it's the first symptom to come back, I literally loose everything in my stomach.  Sorry for the graphic detail!

    Louise x

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      Hi Louise,thank you for your reply. Please don't apologise for the graphic detail,I know exactly what you mean. I was only on Sertraline for 5/6 weeks but it really messed my bowel up,far more than the usual anxiety diarrhoea. Glad you are better with it now x
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    venlafxine is not too bad start up wise, but hard to come off.

    Mirtazipine also an option, which is from another family of anti depressants

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