You have to be comfortable with what you take and what you don't take to relieve your symptoms. If you don't feel comfortable with an antidepressant, then you need to be adamant about
it with your doctor.
The fact is that most of our serotonin (~95%) is in our gut and any imbalance can cause effects which is why doctors are not ruling out anti-depressants for IBS patients. Zelnorm acts on this also and is not an anti-depressant. Anti-depressants also have been found to work on pain and the body's receptors to pain.
There are other options however be prepared for a lot of trial and error, unfortunately that is the reality. I know its frustrating but don't give up hope.
I have had IBS for 18 years and I don't have enough fingers to count the number of ways I have been treated (either self treated or under doctor's care). And to make matters worse, my IBS fluctuates between diarrhea and constipation so finding that magic treatment has been very hard. I have gone both conventional and unconventional medicine and have found good and bad with both but where I am today with my treatment has given me a better quality of life which to me is the most important thing.
I hope you find what works for you and please let us know how you do.
Co-Moderator ~ IBS Forum
Dx: IBS 1989, Diverticulosis 2004, Idiopathic Acute Colitis 2006, UCTD 2007 (Lupus? Sjogren's? overlap?)
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg, Chlorzoxazone 500mg, Lyrica 50mg, Protonix 40mg, Naproxen 1000mg, Xanax XR 2mg, Miralax 17g, Supplements