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Re: IBS and depression/anxiety

Re: IBS and depression/anxiety

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Posted by agatha on October 03, 2000 at 18:25:25:

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,

About 17 years ago I had major depression with D. Three months ago with a serious bout of IBS i began to have some of the same symtoms like feeling shakey. I am not sure if IBS came first or depression but if I had not gotten it under control this time I think I would have been depressed again. Thank God for Lotronex I got better. Be sure you have what you need for the depression and also treat the IBS. You are not alone. I still take 25 mg of pamelor every night as a preventive for depression. God Bless


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