Which antidepressants has your doctor prescribed for your IBS-D
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Posted 4/29/2018 9:48 AM (GMT -7)
It has been 6 years since my life radically changed. I battled IBS for 9 years of my life having to quit 6 different jobs due to my symptoms and was even house bound for 1 year. I tried every medication and therapy I could find during those 9 years including hyperbaric oxygen but to no avail. The only treatment which successfully treated my IBS was amitriptyline. I was never offered this medication as an option for my IBS during those 9 years even though many studies support its effectiveness. I requested that my doctor prescribe this drug after finding success stories on similar IBS forums. It was extremely sedating for the first 4-6 weeks but I slowly adjusted over time. I was not convinced it was improving my condition until about 4-8 weeks into taking it.
I am wondering if others have had a similar experience as I have with not ever being offered this type of drug. During those 9 years I was prescribed many different anitidepressants (mostly SSRIs) even though support for these medications is very small compared to numerous studies which support amitriptyline use for IBS-D. I am now 37 years old and living a full life. I discontinued using this medication 2 years ago and my IBS has not returned. I would like to hear from anyone who has had a similar experience.
Posted 6/14/2018 8:23 AM (GMT -7)
Hi: I'm normally on the fibromyalgia forum, but saw your question.
In the mid-1990s, I began having chronic diarrhea which came out of nowhere! Had the usual tests, including a flex sig, which could not be completed because of the spasms. The gastro doc put me on Elavil, also. It took literally a few years to get a lot better (I couldn't even leave my home--food went in and out). He also suggested a 'careful diet' of plain meat, mashed potatoes, cooked carrots, toast, and the usuals like applesauce. I was on 50 mg Elavil for those years, and was so thankful things got better.
Fast forward to 2011, when I had a colonoscopy and that doctor told me my digestive system doesn't function correctly, for unknown reasons. Since I have fibro and a neuro condition, I would guess there's a connection to those.
I'm so glad you are better! Elavil is considered an "old" medication from what I've heard, but despite the fatigue in the side effects (which really was quite tough, I recall), it certainly can be effective.
Pray, hope, and don't worry." St. Padre Pio