Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

129 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

How can flatulence be treated while being on Lamictal, Clonazepam and Gabapentin?

Answered by
Dr. Ashok Kumar


Practicing since :2000

Answered : 2943 Questions

Posted on Thu, 26 Apr 2018 in General Health
Question: Hi've been very helpful in the past. I have moved from Parnate to Marplan (isocarboxazid) and my current doctor knows nothing about MAOIs. Essentially it's very close to Phenelzine but without the effects on Gaba transaminase.

Side effects are low so far, but the flatulence is out of control and I can't control it when it comes. I'm also taking lamictal 100-150 mgs, clonazepam .25 at night and gabapentin 150-300mgs at night and trazodone 50 mgs at night. The combo seems to get me to sleep and help with obsessive anxiety the next day. The flatulence started when I switched from tranylcypromine to Marplan and these other drugs were already in the mix.

Is there anything that can help control this when it is clearly not related to food intake? Thank you!
Answered by Dr. Ashok Kumar 5 hours later
Brief Answer:
Yes there is solution

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for using Healthcaremagic.

First of all I like to congratulate you for achieving success in combating depression and anxiety with consistent effort. It is true that Marplan is one of the best MAOI when it comes to side effect profile as well as efficacy.

Regarding flatulence it is not common side effect of Marplan but noticed in around 2% of individuals with Marplan prescription.

I will advice following things to control the flatulence
1. Excessive intake of water - At least 3 to four liters per day
2. Regular physical exercise- at least 30-45 minutes for five days of week
3. Use of Beano tablets (contains alpha galactosidase)- Three tablets with first bite of food.
4. Avoidance of flatulence producing food items such as legumes, antichokes, brussells sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, onion, peas, tomatoes, squash and chili among others.

I hope this helps you further.
Thanks again.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,  
Drug/Medication ,   ,   ,   ,  

Recent questions on  Tranylcypromine

doctor1 MD

Hello I am suffering from episodes of extreme agitation. The episodes are so extreme they are like torture. They last for several hours at a time. I believe the cause of the agitation is down to a side effect of clonidine and/or topiramate that I...

doctor1 MD

My problem is that I am suffering from extreme agitation from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed. I suffer from anxiety and depression and I don t know if the agitation comes from having depression. I have tried the following...

doctor1 MD

I am currently taking lexapro and my doctor told me to take Mucinex DM. I read online that they may have interactions. I have noticed that I have been more anxious the past few days and that my head feels a bit out of it. Will I be ok if I stop taking the Mucinex DM?

doctor1 MD

Can aderall change the positive effects that Macaroot, found in Femmenessence Macapause-I started taking Macapause by Femmenessence February for my severe night sweats, and it was working fantastic, then mid May was put on 20mg (1/2 dose daily-10mgs) of aderall go help with hypotension and bradycardia, but my night sweats have came back almost the same time as I started aderall.

doctor1 MD

I have a friend who is currently taking a lot of pills for depression and I have heard there are certain foods to avoid whle taking this type of medication ,can you tell me if thats correct?