Table 2

 Influence of citalopram and placebo on the severity and frequency of abdominal pain and bloating

Before citalopramCitalopram 3 weeksCitalopram 6 weeksBefore placeboPlacebo 3 weeksPlacebo 6 weeks
*Significant compared with run in: p<0.05.
†Significant compared with placebo: p<0.05.
No of days abdominal pain5.3 (0.3)4.5 (0.2)*†3.3 (0.3)*†4.9 (0.3)5.0 (0.3)5.1 (0.2)
Severity of abdominal pain7.2 (0.5)6.0 (0.3)*†4.7 (0.3)*†6.8 (0.5)6.5 (0.4)6.7 (0.4)
Worst episode of abdominal pain7.8 (0.5)6.9 (0.5)*†6.0 (0.5)*†7.5 (0.5)7.7 (0.4)7.6 (0.4)
No of days bloating4.5 (0.4)3.8 (0.4)*†3.1 (0.3)*†4.5 (0.3)4.5 (0.3)4.2 (0.4)
Severity of bloating5.8 (0.6)4.4 (0.5)*†4.0 (0.5)*†5.5 (0.5)6.0 (0.6)5.6 (0.6)
Worst episode of bloating6.9 (0.6)5.8 (0.6)*5.4 (0.6)*†6.7 (0.6)6.6 (0.6)7.1 (0.6)