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Hi, I'm IBS-D, and I've started getting heart palpitations lately, but nothing wrong with my heart, so my doctor thinks it's my anxiety, which I agree with. He just prescribed Zoloft, 50mg, once a day, but on the side-effects it says diarrhea! So, now I'm anxious about taking it
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I found this one thread that had a few IBS D people trying it.http://ibsgroup.org/groupee/forums/a/tpc/f...010238#83010238From what I briefly read there seems to be a D side effect. My brother took this a few years ago for about 2 weeks and I do remember him telling me he slept alot, so that is one side effect at the start up that you may experience. BTW he took it for panic attacks and does not have IBS.I'm just throwing this out there but have you thought about asking for xanax instead? It's for anxiety and does not have D as a side effect. I took it daily earlier this year and still do once in awhile and the only side effect for me was being tired for the first month. I had the kiddie version(.25 mg) and it did help to get me on track.Good luck to you
 

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I took Zoloft for over a year, because I had developed anxiety attacks triggered by menopause (dizziness, tingling, insomnia, internal shaking, weakness and fatigue). Zoloft stopped the anxiety and associated problems. I have IBS-C, and sometimes D. But Zoloft didn't cause any problems with my IBS except for the first few days when I had excess gas and bloating. Some people do have digestive symptoms on Zoloft, though.The main reason I got off Zoloft was because I kept gaining weight, had no sense of libido, and developed hand tremors. And I often felt jittery during the day at work. Tapering off Zoloft was difficult for me. I had withdrawal symptoms for weeks (ringing ears, aching muscles, dizziness and visual lag, heavy fatigue, a shaky feeling inside). But eventually I got off it and now take a very small dose of Xanax when I need it, usually at bedtime. No side effects at that low dosage. that works much better for me. The thing is, not everyone responds to medications the same way. You might want to try Zoloft for just a short time and see how it works for you.
 

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Thanks guys, I'm still undecided, my doctor assured me it's non addictive, but it doesn't sound that way. I filled the prescription, I think I'll sit and talk it through with my husband, but when I go back to my doctor in 3 weeks, I will ask about xanax. Thanks again!!
 
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