Hello, I'm a 42 year old male, been suffering with IBS for about 5 years now.
I have been taking 100mg of sertraline for depression for those 5 years.
I also suffer from anxiety, which seems to be directly connected with IBS episodes, sometimes only just making it to the bathroom in time.
I have to plan well and load up on loperamide prior to "going out".
I stopped taking the sertraline December 2016 without advice of my GP. Best not to ask what I was thinking at that time, however I am now back on the sertraline after seeing the GP this week narrowly avoiding another breakdown.
GP is focusing on trying to stabilize my mental state first and then hopefully look at ways of IBS management.
There I've said it, it's out there.