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Antidepressants and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

Antidepressants are commonly prescribed for the treatment of functional gastrointestinal disorders; they are unique drugs, which have a number of properties that make them particularly useful. In order to fully understand their usefulness in functional gastrointestinal disorders, three areas should be understood: how they work, the brain-gut relationship, and the role of antidepressants in treatment. 

Topics: Brain-Gut, Esophageal Disorders, Fact Sheet, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Pain Management

About the Author

  • Kevin W. Olden, MD

    Assistant professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, Mayo Medical School, Division of Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ

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