They may be used to treat chronic, unremitting
abdominal (belly) pain that interferes with your daily activities. Here are some
examples of antidepressants used to treat IBS. Your doctor may give you one
that is not in this list.
Antidepressants are designed to
boost mood and relieve sadness, but for some patients, their side effects fuel
another emotion: frustration. Just ask Maryland resident Jane Niziol. Her
doctor prescribed Paxil after a difficult breakup left her feeling depressed
and overwhelmed. Niziol recalls the medicine calmed her mood. "Suddenly I
didn't care about anything."
Except that the drug started to affect her waistline. After just a few
months on Paxil, Niziol gained nearly 35 pounds. She...
For people who have IBS along with depression and anxiety,
these medicines may be used in doses that are usually used to treat
depression or anxiety. Some antidepressants may make constipation worse. Others may
make diarrhea worse. You may start to feel better in 1 to 3 weeks after taking
antidepressant medicine. But it can take as many as 6 to 8 weeks to see more
improvement. If you have questions or concerns about your medicines, or if you
do not notice any improvement by 3 weeks, talk to your doctor. See the topic
Depression for more information.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an advisory on antidepressant medicines and the risk of suicide. Talk to your doctor about these possible side effects and the warning signs of suicide.
See Drug Reference for more information about these
medicines. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)