Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a chronic condition that affects many people. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses treatment options for this condition.

Dr. Hill:

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is stomach discomfort or pain that happens with constipation, diarrhea or both.

IBS is a complex condition that cant be completely cured, but symptoms can be treated. There are many types of treatments, and your doctor can help you decide what is best for you. These treatments include:

Exercise three to five times per week.

Over-the-counter laxatives, such as polyethylene glycol. This may help with constipation, but probably not with stomach pain.

Antidiarrheal medicines, including Loperamide. This may help with diarrhea, but probably not with stomach pain.

Probiotics, which are found in some over-the-counter supplements and yogurts. Common probiotics are Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium and Streptococcus Thermophilus.

Prescription medicines: Your doctor also may prescribe a medicine to help with more severe symptoms. But, these medicines could cause side effects.

Other treatments which may be recommended are relaxation, hypnosis, acupuncture, herbal medicines and peppermint oil. Some people can control their symptoms by management of diet, lifestyle and stress.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.