Thursday, August 12, 2010

Exploring IBS medications

As some of you regular readers might know, I sometimes break the fun with some seriousness in this blog. I suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndroms, commonly known as IBS. If you read the earlier posts I've made about my IBS you'd see that I've tried pretty much everything under the sun to get rid of this annoying and life altering condition. Nothing has worked. Two medications have made it somewhat better, which is Imodium and Lomotil. They don't cure.....they ease the symptoms.

I have yet another medication to put down on not working: anti-anxiety and anti-depressants medically referred to as TCA's (tricyclic) and SSRI's (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). I've tried two different SSRIs and one TCA and no IBS improvement. I can say that the TCA did improve my mental well-being a little but no improvement of my IBS symptoms yet. I say yet because I'm still taking it in hopes of it starting to relieve my symptoms soon.

So what's next? Who knows. There's a lot of experimentation and research in this area now as IBS is starting to become a public pain for the masses.

I'm crossing my fingers. :-)

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