Medication after gastric bypass surgery

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

I had gastric bypass surgery in September. Before having surgery my depression medication was working fine. After surgery it stopped working. My doctor put me on a medication that disolves under my tongue. Problem is it’s not working. I have anxiety, major depression, I cry when situations get to me. I am irratible. When my meds worked I could handle things better. I am trying to find a medication that can be better absorbed, and that can be more effective than lamictal. I am currently on 200mg and it’s not working. Can you tell me what medications would work with my gastric bypass surgery?

A: I’m very sorry. I can’t help you with this because I’m not an MD. You need to work with your doctors. If you aren’t already seeing a psychiatrist regarding your antidepressant medication, I strongly suggest that you do so. Your psychiatrist should be working in consultation with your surgeon to help you. It may take a few weeks or more to discover what will be most helpful for you.

In the meantime, if you’re not seeing a counselor, I encourage you to do so. Talk therapy often provides some immediate relief while waiting for the medication to kick in.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 15 Feb 2010

APA Reference
Hartwell-Walker, D. (2010). Medication after gastric bypass surgery. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 31, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2010/02/15/medication-after-gastric-bypass-surgery/

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