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Are antidepressants used to treat IBS?

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Some depression meds can treat the mood disorder and some of the symptoms of IBS. However, they're used in different ways for each condition, so it's important to talk with your doctor to learn how you should take them.

Even people with irritable bowel syndrome who aren�t depressed can get relief from antidepressants. The drugs can help block how the brain processes pain.

SOURCES: 

Lydiard RB. J. Clin Psychiatry, 2001. 

Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc, co-author of American College of Gastroenterology's "Evidence-Based Position Statement on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in North America." 

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, medical director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. 

Jonathan Gilbert, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). 

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 

Mayo Clinic: "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD." 

Fadgyas-Stanculete M., Journal of Molecular Psychiatry, 2014. 

Medline Plus: "Amitriptyline" and "Desipramine."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 8, 2020

SOURCES: 

Lydiard RB. J. Clin Psychiatry, 2001. 

Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc, co-author of American College of Gastroenterology's "Evidence-Based Position Statement on the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in North America." 

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, medical director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. 

Jonathan Gilbert, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). 

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 

Mayo Clinic: "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD." 

Fadgyas-Stanculete M., Journal of Molecular Psychiatry, 2014. 

Medline Plus: "Amitriptyline" and "Desipramine."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 8, 2020

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