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Subject:depression meds for carcinoid

I had chronic depression before my diagnosis for carcinoid tumor of the small bowel. I read a study that warns against using most SSRIs if you have carcinoid. So I switched from Zoloft to Wellbutrin, which makes me jittery and unable to sleep without taking ambien. Is there another medicaion suitable for carcinoids who are clinically depressed?

Posted: 11 May 2007 12:14 AM
Originally Posted: 11 May 2007 12:15 AM
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Subject:depression meds for carcinoid

Do you happen to have the study name about not using SSRIs with carcinoid? We have used it successfully in patients with this.  Also, you might ask your physician to consider giving you an SNRI such as Effexor or Cymbalta instead of Wellbutrin which is causing side effects that you have to manage with more medications.

Mary K. Hughes, R.N., C.N.S.
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Psychiatry Department
1515 Holcombe, 453
Houston, TX 77030
Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Posted: 11 May 2007 02:50 PM
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