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Are antidepressants used to treat IBS-C?

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Your doctor may prescribe you a low dose of antidepressants for your IBS. This doesn't necessarily mean that you are depressed. Antidepressants can block the brain's perception of pain in the gut.   For IBS-C, your doctor may prescribe small doses of a medicine like citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft). Their side effects may include nausea, loss of appetite, and diarrhea.

SOURCES:

Philip Schoenfeld, MD, professor of medicine, University of Michigan.

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, Bethesda, MD.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Acupuncture."

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

About.com: "Herbs and Supplements for IBS."

Medscape: "Probiotics Significantly Reduce Symptoms of IBS, Ulcerative Colitis," "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD."

FDA.

Harvard Health Publications: "Understanding and treating an irritable bowel."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Philip Schoenfeld, MD, professor of medicine, University of Michigan.

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, Bethesda, MD.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Acupuncture."

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

About.com: "Herbs and Supplements for IBS."

Medscape: "Probiotics Significantly Reduce Symptoms of IBS, Ulcerative Colitis," "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD."

FDA.

Harvard Health Publications: "Understanding and treating an irritable bowel."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 25, 2018

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