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Drug Treatment for IBS

Because irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic digestive condition, there is no cure for it. However, there are several treatment options that can help provide relief for IBS symptoms. The first line of treatment a healthcare provider will recommend is lifestyle changes, such as diet changes and stress reduction.
If lifestyle changes alone do not help improve IBS symptoms, there are several drug treatments available. Some of these medications include:
  • Antispasmodics
  • Laxatives
  • Antidiarrheals
  • Antidepressants or antianxiety medications.
There are also many herbal medications available to treat the symptoms of IBS. Probiotics and peppermint oil are two natural remedies that are popular in the treatment of IBS. However, because both over-the-counter and herbal medications can be harmful in some cases, and can interact with other medications, you should talk with your healthcare provider and/or pharmacist before considering any additional medication to treat your condition.
(For more information on drugs used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, click IBS Medications. This Web article provides detailed information on the various IBS medications and explains why certain products may work better in some people than in others.)
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