Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

The following treatments are available for Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

  • Patients diagnosed with IBS are encouraged to incorporate relaxation time into their daily lives as well as increasing their levels of physical activity
  • Have regular meals and take time to eat
  • Drink 8 cups of fluid and limit caffeinated drinks to 3 cups a day
  • Reduce fizzy drink intake and alcohol
  • Avoid sorbitol (which is also referred to as also known as glucitol). This is a sugar alcohol that the human body metabolizes slowly. Sorbitol is found in apples, pears, peaches, and prunes
  • Reduce fibre intake although people with bloating and wind may benefit from soluble fibre (ispaghula / oats/ linseeds)
  •  Referral to a dietician may be required
  • The possible prescription of anti-spasmodics drugs that relaxes muscle contractions reduces cramps or spasms in the stomach, large intestine and bladder.
  • Laxatives for constipation symptoms (avoid lactulose), loperamide for diarrhoeal symptoms
  • Low-dose tri-cyclic antidepressants if anti-spasmodics, laxatives and anti-diarrhoeals have not worked.
  • Consider  psychological therapies for sufferers who do not respond to the above after 12 months.

For information on the NICE Guidelines about the misdiagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, click here.

What are the next steps?
If you think you have this condition or any of these symptoms
you will need to seek medical advice.
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