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Pain and cramping

The following medicines may be used for long-term pain and cramping:

  • Anticholinergics (antispasmodics). These include dicyclomine (Bentyl).
  • Antidepressants, including desipramine (such as Norpramin). In low doses, they can help with pain caused by IBS.

Depression

The following medicines may be used if your IBS causes you to have anxiety or depression:

  • Antidepressants, including fluoxetine (such as Prozac). They are especially helpful if you have depression and IBS.
  • Antianxiety agents, including diazepam (such as Valium). These can be used short-term to help with anxiety if it makes your IBS symptoms worse.
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Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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