I’ve been suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome for the last 10 years. The severity comes and goes.
My doctor has prescribed me Paxil. I, however, do not like the side effects. It makes me really drowsy. The medicine also makes my mouth dry. And Paxil has dampen my libido. Please explain to me why a doctor would prescribe me an Anti-depressant for IBS in the first place?
He said I can try muscle relaxers to calm down the cramping. I read the list of side effects, and I find the possible side effects quite scary.
I am looking into alternative treatments. I just started a calcium/magnesium supplement. I haven’t noticed any changes so far. Has anyone tried any supplements that successfully tamed IBS symptoms?
I also have questions about diet. Some foods seem to set me off, but it’s really hard to tell if it’s from IBS or something else like food poisioning or just a normal reaction to harsh foods. I would like to compare notes.
Peanuts and Peanut butter
Caffeine and alcohol
Large cups of slushies