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hey guys, as I stated in an earlier thread, I have been taking zoloft, and one of the side effects of this is D. I want to ask my doctor to try a different anti depressant, as I have some social anxiety. Any suggestions which ones work well with IBSD? thanks
 

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I was EXTREMELY leery of taking a ssri cause I know they all can have D as a side effect. I alternate but have an abnormal fear/phobia of watery D, am scared that if it starts it wont stop. Anyway I've been seeing an IBS specialist(she trained at UNC) who thought I needed something for my anxiety. I explained to her my fears that once D starts it wont stop (or will take months). She assured me that the type of D one gets as a side effect from the ssri's isnt the same as a TRIGGER for IBS like antibiotics or abdominal surgery (I have had problems with both)and that the D (side effect from ssri)IF it happened would stop if I stopped the medication. To make a long story short (sorry this is so long)she put me on paxil which she says has the LOWEST side effect of D. I did get D a few times at the beginning but its been around 2 months and the side effects (wierd dreams at first, headache and nausea for a week)have resolved and I actually think that the drug is working on my anxiety, at least it appears to be taking the edge off of things to the point where I notice it. I am on 10mg/day which is the lowest dose. Am seeing her again in 2 weeks and will see if she wants to increase the dose.So I would suggest that you try paxil if you can. Again pardon the length of this post.Also check in the antidepressant area of the BB. Hope this helps
 

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I take Elavil and it is helping me tremendously or in combination with some other therapy. Or who knows, maybe I was due a reprieve from the diarrhea. I have picked up 25 pounds though, but I think that will level off now I am not as restricted in my diet.
 

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I also take elavil. I thought it was wierd to take both paxil and elavil but my GI who is an IBS expert says both meds work well together. I take 30 mg elavil at bedtime and 10 mg paxil in the morning.
 

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Just got back from doctor, she wants me to try going off zoloft to see if that cures my bowel problems, since D started around the same time. She also wants me to see a therapist because of my anxiety, panick attacks and D. I'm so depressed
I was crying in her office. I'm not comfortable talking to people about my problems.
 

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Countrygirl-I know what you mean about talking to people about your problems. I'm not comfortable going to new DR's for just that reason. I get all nervous and sweaty. What helps me since it has to be done (go to DR's)is to write things down so I can just sort of read it of the page. After the first visit I'm usually much more comfortable. Also I think that some doctors, especially therapists know how anxiety producing it can be and have interviewing techniques that minimize patients discomfort. Sorry you are feeling so down. Hope this helps
 
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