A recent study has found that an affordable medication can reduce the severity of symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.
This study was conducted by researchers from the Universities of Leeds, Southampton, and Bristol, and they discovered that the drug “Amitriptyline” can improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
The research paper, published in the “Lancet” journal, revealed that patients who consistently took Amitriptyline saw an improvement in irritable bowel syndrome symptoms at twice the rate compared to their counterparts.
Alexander Ford, a researcher involved in the study, stated that Amitriptyline is effective and safe for irritable bowel syndrome patients, recommending doctors to try a low dose of it if the patient’s condition does not improve after undergoing recommended first-line treatments.
Amitriptyline belongs to a class of drugs known as “tricyclic antidepressants” and was originally used for depression treatment, with patients taking higher doses of it.
This drug has declined in its use for depression treatment with the development of newer medications, and it is now recommended by doctors for patients with neuropathic and chronic back pain, as well as those suffering from migraines.