Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience and a medical advice columnist for Newsmax Magazine. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Can I Treat My IBS?

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 05:25 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: What is your recommendation on how to treat IBS?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects your large intestine (colon) causing cramping, abdominal pain, bloating gas, diarrhea, and constipation. Despite these uncomfortable signs and symptoms, IBS doesn't cause permanent damage to your colon. Mild signs and symptoms can be managed by reducing stress and making changes in your diet and lifestyle.
 
With moderate or severe symptoms, your doctor may suggest fiber supplements. Psyllium (Metamucil) or methylcellulose (Citrucel), with fluids, may help control constipation. Over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications such as loperamide (Imodium) can help control diarrhea. Pain and depression may need selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). You could try to eliminating high-gas foods such as carbonated beverages, salads, raw fruits, and vegetables — especially cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower.

Currently approved medications specifically for IBS include alosetron (Lotronex) in women with IBS, and lubiprostone (Amitiza) in adult women and men who have IBS with constipation

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