How can anti-anxiety drugs help my irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
Your doctor might prescribe anti-anxiety meds if anxiety triggers your symptoms.
Clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium), and lorazepam (Ativan) can help take the edge off.
Usually they’re not used for a long time because of the risk of addiction.
Can anxiety medication help with IBS?
Anti-anxiety medications – can be helpful for some people with IBS, mainly those with emotional distress. There are also effective medications available that relieve the pain and improve the changes in bowel habit. Antidepressant medications can reduce the intensity of pain signals going from gut to brain.
What is the best antidepressant for IBS?
For IBS-C, your doctor may prescribe small doses of an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant, such as citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft). Their side effects may include nausea, loss of appetite, and diarrhea.
Do antidepressants help IBS symptoms?
Patients who have taken antidepressants for their IBS symptoms have reported significant improvement in their abdominal pain and reduction in other IBS symptoms, such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, nausea or urgency.
How can I settle my IBS diarrhea?
There are many different ways to try to control your diarrhea caused by IBS.
Here are some suggestions to help you manage your diarrhea caused by IBS:
- Take fiber.
- Take an anti-diarrheal.
- Avoid trigger foods.
- Eat foods that can help solidify your stools.
- Manage stress.
- Try therapy.
- Ask your doctor about medications.