Doctor just tried me on a low dose of Zoloft (sertraline, an SSRI) for the anxiety, but it's making me extremely constipated. He said to give it 2 weeks for side effects to subside, but I'm on day 9 and wondering if I should bother continuing if this is how my body reacts to this drug. I'm not looking for suggestions about treating constipation, but more like, does anyone know if a side effect like that is indicative of how I react to this drug generally (in which case I'll stop taking it), or could it actually go away in two weeks? Because of my IBS and sensitivity to trapped gas, constipation is pretty much the worst side effect possible for me. Are serotonin levels in the brain and peripheral serotonin levels actually related to each other? I don't think serotonin itself crosses the blood-brain barrier. Do you know if the gut actually uses the same reuptake mechanism that's SSRIs target in the brain? My copy of Michael Gershon's 'The Second Brain' (about serotonin in the gut) is in a removal box so I can't look it up, however from what I remember the reuptake mechanism is similar, hence antidepressants resulting in constipation. In care homes and institutions, staff are trained to keep a tab of how often the inmates pass stools, to avoid fecal impaction, bowel obstruction. Many doctors will systematically prescribe a laxative with an antidepressant. Zoloft (generic name: sertraline) is part of a large family of antidepressants known as SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) which increase serotonin in the brain. It is used for many different conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder. Zoloft is similar to the other SSRI’s with side effects such as dry mouth, insomnia or fatigue, and nausea and vomiting. Cara4503/zoloft and pregnancy I posted this on the other thread about vannila wafers, but here it is again I went to the doctors and she said Zolft at 100mg was fine while being pregnant. Have you noticed if your Zoloft has helped your for several months and have been advised to continue taking it for a full year. That's fine, since it seems to be helping and isn't causing any side effects. However, I'm need some information about drug interactions.
As far as scientists know, irritable bowel syndrome doesn't cause depression, and depression doesn’t cause IBS. Sometimes, one condition can make the other one worse. At the same time, treatments that usually relieve the mood disorder can help some people with their IBS symptoms, too. They can give you even more options to consider when you’re looking for relief. The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can cause a level of distress that looks like depression. Some people are so worried that their diarrhea, constipation, or other symptoms will flare up that they avoid going to work, school, or out with friends. On the other hand, the mood disorder may influence the way people handle IBS. They may focus less on their social lives and lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. They may feel too tired or hopeless to bother changing their diet to ease digestive symptoms or think they can't treat their constipation or diarrhea well enough. Some depression meds can treat the mood disorder and some of the symptoms of IBS. But they're used in different ways for each condition, so it's important to talk with your doctor to learn how you should take them. Even people with irritable bowel syndrome who aren’t depressed can get relief from antidepressants. Please welcome our newest member, Rgsafety.166 Guest(s), 8 Registered Member(s) are currently online.
I have struggled with depression and anxiety for years. I also have ibs which doesn't help as it makes it worse and have had it since I was 4. Last 4 years it has been pretty awful.i have been on fluoxetine, however started to be ineffective so they put me on citalopram which did work for my depression and anxiety and is apparently the best for ibs however it did nothing for my ibs.after seeing specialists, holistic therapists, trying the FODMAP diet and seeing soooooo many doctors for my ibs, my recent doctor has said basically "sertraline is something you haven't tried for ibs; that could work for your ibs as well as helping the d and a." I was like yeh do it, let's try everything. I was on 40mg citalopram and he told me to reduce it by 10mg a week for a month. Done, however after 3rd day of no citalopram at all, I had all the side effects Iv read on this forum; dizziness, head zaps, electric shocks, anger, extremely emotional etc. I am a full time worker with quite a full on PA type offic manager job. I'm so scared about starting sertraline after all the side effects Iv read. You might be wondering why your doctor would prescribe an antidepressant for your irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) if you are not depressed. Or, perhaps like many IBS sufferers, you do suffer from depression or anxiety alongside your IBS, so the idea makes a little more sense, but you are curious as to what effects an antidepressant might have on your IBS symptoms. The following overview will answer the question of why antidepressants are sometimes used as a treatment for IBS and educate you as to the types of antidepressants that are commonly prescribed to IBS patients. Although medications in this class are labeled as antidepressants, they have effects that go beyond stabilizing a depressed mood. Antidepressants have been shown to reduce anxiety and pain sensations while having positive effects on the digestive system. Physicians may prescribe an antidepressant to an IBS patient, but this is considered an "off-label" use of the drug, as no antidepressant has received FDA approval as an IBS treatment. However, the American College of Gastroenterology, after an extensive research review, concluded that there is enough research support on the effectiveness of two classes of drugs – TCAs and SSRIs – to recommend their use in treating IBS.
Medications for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Most IBS patients are initially prescribed an anti-spasmodic drug upon diagnosis, though you may have received a low-dose antidepressant, anti-diarrheal, laxative, or even one of the newest and thus potentially riskiest Irritable Bowel Syndrome drugs, Zelnorm, Lotronex, Amitiza, or Linzess. Zoloft has worked for me with my IBS. Right now I am going through a bad time as I am on Xanax and Synthroid with the Zoloft. Too many meds. Yuck. I have to wean off the xanax to get better.