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Re: IBS and depression/anxiety

Re: IBS and depression/anxiety

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Posted by Tricia on October 02, 2000 at 17:45:37:

In Reply to: IBS and depression/anxiety posted by Roger on October 01, 2000 at 18:59:17:

: Hi All, I have been here only a few days and have been reading the posts and have gained a lot of insite. Here is my problem. I have been having diarrhea a lot (sometimes intermittent, sometimes chronic) since June. I only get constipation if I take too much Imodium. In march my doctor took me off amitryptiline (elavil) and xanax (alprazolam) that I was on for depression and anxiety. But he left me on the Luvox (an SSRI) and then put me on Remeron and Klonopin to replace the elavil and xanax. My question is...does anyone know if these meds will cause a withdrawl effect to cause IBS to start? Before this time, I would only have bouts of diarrhea perhaps once a month or every other month. I hardly ever get constipation. Also, I am wondering how many IBS'ers have also depression and anxiety disorder. I recently went though a divorce and some major depression. I had just about every test in the book and everything was negative (I wish something were positive, so they could treat it...instead of the cop-out diagnosis of IBS). Harry, you seem to have a lot of knowledge on this nasty illness. Thanks everyone. Have a nice day :)

Roger,
I too have a panic/anxiety disorder and now IBS on top of it. Mine really started full force during the transition of my oldest starting college 900 miles away. I just started on Paxil about two weeks ago--the IBS pain is better, but I still have the lovely gas and I can't figure out what to eat. I hope the Paxil will help with the anxiety end of it too, because I really think it doesn't help my stomach that I'm obsessing about it! I've had the anxiety disorder for about 18 years and I have avoided drugs like the plague, except for Xanax. Decided to give drugs a try this time though because I haven't been managing it too well. Good luck!




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