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ITP and Antidepressants/Antianxiety Meds 2 years 6 months ago #69203

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I'm looking for any input/experience folks might have with taking an antidepressant or antianxiety type of med while having ITP. I'm struggling with anxiety (mostly health related) and am considering taking a med to get some relief. I talked with doc and he suggested Wellbutrin, but it seems most all of these SSRI type of products have platelet count reduction as a possible side effect. Given that I typically travel in the range of 27-90, I'm not able to take much in the way of platelet loss. Has anybody found a med or even something in the "natural health" sphere that has helped them with squashing platelets in the process? Thanks in advance for any ideas/experiences!

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ITP and Antidepressants/Antianxiety Meds 2 years 5 months ago #69270

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You talked with your doctor - hematologist?
"Instead of wasting your time worrying about symptoms, just get it checked out" -Nieca Goldberg, MD

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ITP and Antidepressants/Antianxiety Meds 2 years 5 months ago #69273

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When my mother died my haemo offered me Fluoxetine (Prozac). Really you need to check with your haematologist before taking any medications including herbal/homeopathic remedies. GP's (PCPs in US) are not a reliable source when one has ITP. I recently broke my wrists and mine told me to take Ibuprofen !!!

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ITP and Antidepressants/Antianxiety Meds 2 years 5 months ago #69276

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@mrsb04 Thanks for the response. I talked with my hematologist about this, and he wasn't able to be helpful. He suggested I take a drive to a local tourist destination to relax. That was the sum total of his answer. He offered nothing direct in re: type of meds to take that might not be a problem. He simply confirmed to me that SSRIs can indeed be problematic. I guess he's stronger with blood chemistry than psychology, lol.

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ITP and Antidepressants/Antianxiety Meds 2 years 5 months ago #69281

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StrayKat 88
With an unprofessional attitude like that I would be looking for a new haemo

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ITP and Antidepressants/Antianxiety Meds 2 years 5 months ago #69289

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StrayKat- I read somewhere that your platelet level has an effect on your serotonin level. I think a psychiatrist would be better suited to inform you about ssris or anti anxiety meds.
Did you have anxiety before ITP? What do you mean by health related anxiety? Did it occur due to physical issues or are you anxious because of your health, because in that case meds that change your brain chemistry may not be a great solution...

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ITP and Antidepressants/Antianxiety Meds 2 years 5 months ago #69290

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@mrsb04
Yeah, I've been thinking I might need to change up my hemo. I sure have respect for the depth of learning these docs have to become a hematologist, but there is a lot more to patient care than just the meds, tests, "the mechanics" of the disease. I haven't really had any luck with the meds so far anyway, so maybe a different perspective from somebody new would be helpful. Maybe not <shrug> My sense of this is that there seems to be a psychosomatic element to this disease, and that stress and anxiety levels might be affecting the way my immune system behaves. That's just my suspicion, and a more learned mind may think I'm full of dookey, buy I'd like to pursue as "wholistic" an approach as I can. No easy answers here though.... Thanks.

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ITP and Antidepressants/Antianxiety Meds 2 years 5 months ago #69291

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@Impatient The anxiety has been with me since my teens, and I'm now in my 60s. Yeah, a constant - and unwanted - companion. In spite of it, I had a "high functioning" career, raised a family, and just went on with things. Now that I have retired and my health has become problematic, the anxiety has ramped up. The constant tests, and now different treatments (with their own attendant risks) I find very trying. I have friends and family that swear by some of the depression/antianxiety meds, and thought; "Well, maybe it's time to give it a try." I did visit a doc who suggested Wellbutrin, but he seemed uniformed (no surprise) on ITP, and I think my current situation may be a bit out of his depth. My hemo seemed understandably resistant to adding anything else to the mix. Hence...I'm at a standstill and trying to figure something out. Thanks.

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ITP and Antidepressants/Antianxiety Meds 2 years 5 months ago #69293

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Hi StrayKat- That sounds quite pervasive. Understandable that it becomes more intense in this situation. I hope you will find out what helps you best soon.

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