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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 12/15/2005 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone!  I'm new here but I've been reading lately and it's been really helpful.  Anyway, I was wondering if anyone here has tried everything (change in diet, probiotics, exercise, Zelnorm, etc) with not much improvement and has tried antidepressants for IBS-C.  Anyone have good results?  My last GI doc said that would be the next step after Zelnorm.  Thanks!

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 12/15/2005 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sophie,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
I have tried almost everything except for antidepressants. For me, and many others, IBS seems to be a real doozey.
I hope someone else will come along shortly who can give you some input.
Take care.
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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 185
   Posted 12/16/2005 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Ive tried only probiotics, because my IBS isnt horrible enough to really need medication (although sometimes I think im gonna die haha) and without probiotics, I would be wayyy worse than I am now. Opt for a good brand, even tho they can be expensive. It'll be well worth your money! I think you want to have like, at least 10 Billion live cultures or something??

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Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 49
   Posted 12/16/2005 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   

I am new here also, and just very recenlty found out (by colonoscopy)I have IBS-C. about a month before my proceedure, my gp put me on 50mg of Zoloft for anxiety, (I then switched drs because I felt like I was being ignored) I told my new dr about all my symptoms and that I had been put on 50mg zoloft for anxiety, and he, right off the bat, scheduled a colonoscopy and upped my zoloft to 100mg because he said that anxiety can make IBS worse, and zoloft should help relieve the tiny, narrow stools and it did! after a few days of taking the higher dose, I was having more "normal" sized bms.

I hope what I wrote doesn't sound like I was rambling too much! The long and the short of it is: Yes, I take antidepressants for my IBS and they really do help me :)

Hope this has helped,

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."

– Sir Winston Churchil

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