Antidepressants are used to treat depression, anxiety, or
both by correcting imbalances in brain chemistry. For people who have
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), doses much lower than
those usually used to treat depression can help relieve symptoms of IBS such as pain, bloating, and feeling like you are unable
to pass a stool.1
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.
When fingers and hands start to ache, we immediately think of arthritis. But aches and muscle pain can be symptoms of many conditions, including depression. It's important to see a doctor for a medical evaluation to determine the cause.
Depression and pain are interrelated. Thus, when you're depressed, vague aches and pains -- such as joint pain -- become more apparent to you.
Could your aches and muscle pain be related to depression? Find out by keeping a symptom diary, which can help you...
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.)
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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