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Q. I have IBS and insomnia, but I do not prefer medications. Please help

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam
and medically reviewed by Dr. Lochana
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 28, 2020 and last reviewed on: Mar 19, 2021

Hi doctor,

I am a 19-year-old female suffering from IBS for three years. I always get a severe attack twice a month or more. Before two years, I started taking treatment with Libricol. I am taking Benzodiazepine for insomnia until now. Whenever I go to sleep, I feel like my heartbeat is becoming low and it is going to stop. I know that it is physiological but I cannot stop having this feeling. Now I have become a moody person. I smile, laugh, cry, get angry and regret it within five minutes. Sometimes I swear for it. It causes huge problems in my family. Most of the time, they give excuses to me. But now, they are not willing to talk with me as I am cursing them a lot. When I am normal, I do not use these bad words. When I get mad, I throw things. I regret it myself and I beg for forgiveness in my family. I need a solution to this problem. I am willing to visit a doctor soon. Please suggest.

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. According to your statement, you are suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) with psychological symptoms. Antidepressants like Amitriptyline can be taken to treat this condition. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, breathing exercise, yoga, and meditation can help you a lot. You can consult a psychiatrist for getting proper treatment.


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