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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Treatment for IBS can be complex.

IBS is a common condition. It causes abdominal cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. It is a life-long problem and the cause is unknown. The two main types of treatment are dietary intervention and drug therapy. Dietary intervention seeks to identify which foods cause problems and alternatives can be sought to take their place in the patient’s diet. There are certain dietary intervention methods which have the potential to reduce the symptoms of people with IBS, such as decreasing fermentable sugars.

Drug therapy for IBS patients is typically administered to affect positive changes in gut motility. Laxatives for those with constipation and drugs which slow the bowels for those with diarrhoea. Abdominal pain is another symptom of IBS and there are some medicines which reduce spasm and relieve pain by altering the nerve signals from the bowel.

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