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Are anti-anxiety drugs used to treat irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D)?

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Anti-anxiety drugs may work if you feel anxious right before your symptoms come on. Your doctor may suggest medicines like clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium), and lorazepam (Ativan) to calm you down. You would only take these meds for a short time since they carry a higher risk of addiction.

From: What Is IBS-D? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Canavan, C. , 2014. Clinical Epidemiology

Cleveland Clinic: "IBS."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Similarities and Differences."

FDA: "FDA Approves Two New Therapies to Treat IBS-D."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "IBS With Diarrhea," "What Is the Relationship of Stress to IBS?"

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Fact Sheet."

Arun Swaminath, MD, gastroenterologist, Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Canavan, C. , 2014. Clinical Epidemiology

Cleveland Clinic: "IBS."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Similarities and Differences."

FDA: "FDA Approves Two New Therapies to Treat IBS-D."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "IBS With Diarrhea," "What Is the Relationship of Stress to IBS?"

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Fact Sheet."

Arun Swaminath, MD, gastroenterologist, Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

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