You might be wondering why a doctor would prescribe an antidepressant to treat your irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Sometimes low doses of antidepressants are prescribed for IBS, even if the IBS sufferer is not depressed. Research has shown that two main types of antidepressant (SSRIs and TCAs) help IBS symptoms. Antidepressants can reduce pain sensations and other symptoms in IBS sufferers. Using antidepressants to treat IBS is what doctors and pharmacists call an ‘off-label’ use of the drug. Off-label means the medication is used in a way not specified by the FDA or Health Canada on the drug packaging label. Off-label medication use (which should only be prescribed by a doctor) is legal and common, and often supported by scientific studies. If you are the site owner (or you manage this site), please whitelist your IP or if you think this block is an error please open a support ticket and make sure to include the block details (displayed in the box below), so we can assist you in troubleshooting the issue.
Or, perhaps like many IBS sufferers, you do suffer from depression or. oxalate; Prozac fluoxetine; Paxil paroxetine; Zoloft sertraline. I'm back on the Zoloft and haven't felt better in months. I am my old self again!