I'm still really struggling with IBS. I notice how much worse my gut feels when I'm stressed, which is a lot of the time, and of course when you're in fight-or-flight you simply aren't digesting your food. I see a psychiatrist who is not pressuring me to take meds, but feels my anxiety/IBS might be helped by Cipralex. I hate the idea of meds, but maybe I'm making things harder than they need to be for myself. And yes, I am doing yoga and other methods of stress reduction, and I am looking for a new job that would be less frenetic and desk-bound than the one I'm in. But I would still say I am a high-strung, anxious, easily-stressed person. I am not an oasis of calm.
I am afraid that Cipralex will cause weight gain and/or make the IBS worse. The internet is full of both success and horror stories, it's hard to know what to believe, and everyone responds so differently. I was on an SSRI in college, many years ago - I recall it helped a little with my mood, but made me very drowsy.
Does anyone take this drug? Will it help me feel calmer, less reactive and possibly lessen obsessive thinking as well? Could it help my IBS? I have IBS-C (constipation predominant) with lots of spasm and bloat.
(Oh, and my diet/supplements: low FODMAPS, no dairy, no caffeine, some rice, probiotics and prebiotics (ONFH ProBio SAP-90), some fermented foods (still trying to find ones I tolerate), liquid vit D, magnesium citrate, ADHS, herbal tincture/oregano oil from naturopath to kill blastocystic hominis. meds: 50 mg elavil, 0.25 mgzopiclone and Alesse BCP. 10 mg melatonin for sleep. Just did a stool test with Doctor's Data which showed no dysbiotic flora, but I am low in two beneficial flora, lactobacillus and bifidobacterium spp.)