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I have not been diagnoised exactly with ibs-d, but have all the symptoms. I am scheduled for a colonsocopy later this month. I got a prescription filled yesterday for 10 mg of generic Paxil for 1 week and then 2 tablets per day. I am hesitatant to try this medication because I do not want to have to take it forever. I would greatly appreciate your feedback good or bad on anti-depressents. Thank you in advance. I have been suffering with these symptoms for almost 4 months. Loosing weight, trouble sleeping, stomach cramps, pain, diarrahea and small narrow stools. The bloating is awful. I hestitate to eat because of the results. Mind fog too. Please help!
 

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Hi Nancy A, I'm from the IBS-C section of the board but saw your post and wanted to reply.

Yes, definitely try antidepressants. I was on and off them for awhile about 20 years ago when I got clean and sober and they helped greatly.

Depression runs in my family tree, half of us are on antidepressants. I don't take them anymore, haven't for years and years and have found regular exercise helps me just as much. Plus with antidepressants? Side effects include possible constipation. Believe-you-me, I don't need anymore of that! lol! But maybe they'll help you twofold then?

Good luck and keep us posted.
 

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Thanks you Flossy for your reply. Much appreciated. My family also has a family tree of depression. I agree that exercise helps me more mentally than physically. Although I feel so bad from these symptoms, I do not have the energy to do so right now. I feel my body needs a rest to heal. Plus I have lost 5 lbs and only eating a fraction of what I was eating. I do not want to loose any more weight. I am using CBD oil for sleep, anxiety and depression. I will call my Dr. Monday to ask should I stay on the CBD oil and forget the antidepressants? I guess I should wait until I get my colonoscopy on the 19th and see what the Dr. says. Thanks for your concern!
 

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I've struggled with depression most of my adult life. Now in my 70s, I can't take the SSRIs any more and their efficacy usually ebbed after a few months in the past. I now break out in a rash on day three or four of taking them. I discovered Niacin is becoming used more frequently. Did a little research, including on Consumer Labs, and have been taking the non-flushing type (inositol hexanicotinate) for about six months now. I started out at 500mg/day and gradually increased it to 1500mg/day. I'm delighted with the results! I still have "sinkers" from time-to-time but overall am no longer wrestling with daily depression.

Do your own "homework" and find the best quality inositol hexanicotinate you can find. I subscribe to Consumerlabs.com and it's worth every penny to find the best quality and reasonably priced supplements. They are the only lab that I'm aware of that tests supplements for efficacy and if the label contains what is declared.
 

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I've tried every AD out there. The "normal" ones (lexapro, paxil, etc) made me feel like a zombie and did nothing for my IBS-D

Then my GI gave me an tricyclic AD. We went from 5mg to 100mg over the course of a year. Little to no difference. At least coming off those was easy... Lexapro was a brain zapping trip.

I must not be depressed... although my IBS-D does make me very frustrated and angry/sad sometimes. The only thing I've found that does anything to help is a couple drinks and THC. But of course I don't want to be high all day either. And getting THC in a state where it's not "legal" is never fun.

Scotch it is. :)
 

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In fact, this is an extreme measure. You have the ability to cope with depression without this shit. Communicating with people is a difficult and not very pleasant activity for a person with depression. Human society can be replaced by contact with a pet – a pet will help you feel loved, useful and needed. In addition to useful communication, constant care of the pet allows you to switch from your personal problems to other thoughts. This prevents you from dwelling on depressive ideas, eliminates longing and negative thinking.
 

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I have not been diagnoised exactly with ibs-d, but have all the symptoms. I am scheduled for a colonsocopy later this month. I got a prescription filled yesterday for 10 mg of generic Paxil for 1 week and then 2 tablets per day. I am hesitatant to try this medication because I do not want to have to take it forever. I would greatly appreciate your feedback good or bad on anti-depressents. Thank you in advance. I have been suffering with these symptoms for almost 4 months. Loosing weight, trouble sleeping, stomach cramps, pain, diarrahea and small narrow stools. The bloating is awful. I hestitate to eat because of the results. Mind fog too. Please help!
I think IBS causes lots of mental distress, leading to diagnoses of anxiety and depression, etc. The fact is, IBS (either kind) is very stressful. Doctors seem to have concluded that the mental issues cause IBS, but I think they may have it backwards. Or at minimum, there is a strong feedback loop.
 
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