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Hello, Bill,Welcome to Just Answer and thanks for your question. Both Levsin and Bentyl are anticholinergics to help prevent muscle spasms that cause pain. Neither is a pain-reliever per se. Levsin sub-lingual is my first choice since it dissolves on the tongue and provides almost instant relief whereas Bentyl is a tablet that is taken 4 times a day.
Exercise will help immensely for intestinal gas pains. So will use of the over-the-counter drug Beano before eating anything that tends to produce gas (onions, garlic, yeast breads, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, etc.). If the Beano doesn't help enough, then avoiding those foods is the next step.
Anti-anxiety medication is probably a good idea since stress and anxiety have a HUGE impact on physical symptoms. You can also consider cognitive behavioral therapy (with a psychologist or licensed counselor) to help you manage anxiety without drugs. It is the stress and anxiety that cause the IBS symptoms to worsen, not the other way around. There are SSRI and combination SSRI/SNRI drugs that will treat both anxiety and depression. Sexual side effects are individualized so what causes a problem for some men using any particular drug won't cause a problem for the next man. It is a matter of trial and error to see which drug works for you with the fewest side effects.
Thanks for the reply,
The problem is that Levsin isn't helping.
This morning I woke up with very severe lower abdominal pain and levsin did nothing for it.
I exercise 3-4 days a week for about 1 hour each day. Anaerobic exercise though.
Is there one that maybe is known to have lesser? Like I know Wellbutrin statistically has a lower chance, problem is that it causes constipation which would just worsen my problems.
Thank you again!
You need aerobic exercise to help with gas.
Wellbutrin is neither SSRI nor SNRI. It is indicated for major depressive disorder, not for anxiety. It can actually worsen anxiety in some patients. Buspirone is also a non-SSRI non-SNRI that has a very low side effect profile. However, you won't know what gives you side effects until your doctor puts you on a drug for a month or so.
Getting the anxiety under control will help (or even eliminate) with the pain.