A Digestion Question
September 4, 2013 3:34 PM Subscribe
YANMD. I take a certain daily medication and am questioning its digestion (TMI within).
posted by floweredfish to health & fitness (9 answers total)
I take Wellbutrin XL (300mg, one tab daily in the morning) for low grade depression and have been on this medication daily for well over a year. It has definitely helped me - I feel functional, even on bad days. I completely attribute it to me being able to make it out of bed and out the door and on with my life daily. It's worked really well for me and I intend to continue taking it. No issues. Great!
I don't take any other medications and besides a foot surgery earlier this year that I have fully recovered from, am in excellent health. However, I have always had a wonky stomach and was diagnosed with IBS years ago which I manage via diet and exercise. When I have an IBS flare I tend to constipate for a day or two then have diarrhea for a day or two an then its over. Alternatively, if I eat certain foods (which I try to avoid) or just something that doesn't sit well with me for whatever reason, I also get pretty bad diarrhea or (sometimes but extremely rare) throw up. My body just seems to want ALL THE BAD THINGS OUT ASAP.
In the past three months I've had a number of bouts of diarrhea for whatever reason (food related, mostly stress related or an IBS flare). When it gets to the diarrhea part, I have noticed a pill-shaped "item" in the toilet after. It looks just like the Wellbutrin pill and I really think it is, especially when thinking about what I ate in the last 24 hours or so that would be similar looking. However, most often this occurs in the evening anywhere from 6 to 10pm and I take my Wellbutrin at 6am every day. Is it being absorbed enough to be effective when this happens? I do not feel differently, or have noticed any changes in how my depression has been maintained, but I am curious/concerned. I definitely plan on bringing this up at my next appointment which isn't until November. Also - when I go through these times I keep my diet simple and bland and take in plenty of water and an electrolyte solution.
Thoughts? If you've read this far, thank you for stomaching my TMI!