There doesn't seem to be much information available on this topic, so I'm hoping someone in ADD can help me out a little here. There seems to be a connection between benzodiazepines and bowel function, hence why chlordiazepoxide is a common treatment for IBS. Is this connection understood? I've tried researching it and am not coming up with much.
The reason I'm wondering about this is because of my recent experience with alprazolam withdrawal. My bowel function was significantly disturbed by the withdrawal, causing me to have urgent, loose stool for around a month. I eventually got tired of this and started taking psyllium husk fiber supplements which greatly helped. I continued the husks for about two months until bout a week ago, I decided to stop and the bowel disruption came back, but not just the bowel issues-- many symptoms of benzo withdrawal came back including blepharospasms, excessive tremors, and other sensations that I only experienced while in withdrawal.
Can anyone explain this correlation? I'm curious just how strong of a role the gut plays in benzodiazepine action and withdrawal. I notice that gut disorders like celiac and Crohn's can cause seizures and withdrawal from any GABAnergic drug seems to cause GI complications. Can anyone tell me anything more?