DOCTOR'S VIEWS ARCHIVE
Topic: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), June 2000
A viewer was prescribed Effexor 75 mg with
improvement in her abdominal pains and cramps. Are doctors now
treating IBS patients with antidepressants such as effexor?
Effexor is an anti-depressant, and it is
used to treat depression. Anti-depressants are one of the few effective
treatments for IBS. They are used generally at low doses, doses that have
little or no anti-depressant effects. They are believed to work because
they change the signals traveling through the nerves from the bowel to the
brain or, perhaps, the processing of the signals by the brain. Although
many anti-depressants have been used for the treatment of irritable bowel
syndrome studies have been limited to only a few, specifically, trazodone,
imipramine and desipramine.
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