Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Triggers (cont.)
4. Drugs That Can Trigger IBS
Some drugs can trigger spasms of the colon and symptoms of IBS. These spasms
can lead to constipation or diarrhea.
- Talk with your doctor about switching to a drug that won't worsen your IBS
symptoms. Don't stop taking a drug without consulting with your doctor.
- If an antidepressant is worsening your diarrhea or constipation, talk with
your doctor about switching medicine. Older antidepressants (called tricyclic
antidepressants) can cause constipation. One type of newer antidepressant
(called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, which include
Zoloft) can cause diarrhea. Your doctor can help you find an antidepressant that
will not worsen your IBS symptoms.
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