Treatments for IBS

Below is a listing of treatments and therapies for IBS. Click on one to read more information or connect with others currently using it.

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Amitiza (Lubiprostone)

Overview
Amitiza is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) treat chronic constipation in women 18 and older who have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Amitiza is also known ... read more

Bentyl (Dicyclomine)

Overview
Bentyl is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Bentyl is also known by its drug name, Dicyclomine.

Bentyl is an antich... read more

Citrucel (Methylcellulose)

Overview
Citrucel is an over-the-counter fiber supplement. In people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fiber preparations can help treat constipation. The main ingredient in Citrucel is Methylcellulose.

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Cognitive Behaviorial Therapy

Overview
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is frequently associated with psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, and depression. Emotional distress can cause worsening of symptoms in many people with IBS. ... read more

Colace (Docusate sodium)

Overview
Colace is an over-the-counter product intended to relieve occasional constipation. Colace is also known by its drug name, Docusate sodium.

Colace is a laxative. It is believed that Colace works by... read more

Colestid (Colestipol)

Overview
Colestid is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lower blood serum cholesterol. Colestid may be prescribed off-label in cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IB... read more

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)

Overview
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments are popular with many people who have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). CAM treatments for IBS may include acupuncture, herbal or nutritional supp... read more

Dulcolax (Bisacodyl)

Overview
Dulcolax is an over-the-counter product intended to relieve occasional constipation. Dulcolax is also known by its drug name, Bisacodyl.

Dulcolax is a laxative. It is believed that Dulcolax works ... read more

Exercise

Overview
Exercise can help everyone stay healthy and feel their best. Physical activity can increase strength, promote a healthy weight, stave off heart disease and osteoporosis, and reduce your risk for devel... read more

Imodium (Loperamide)

Overview
Imodium is an over-the-counter product intended to control the symptoms of diarrhea. Imodium is also known by its drug name, Loperamide.

Imodium is an antidiarrheal. It is believed that Imodium wo... read more

Kaopectate (Bismuth subsalicylate)

Overview
Kaopectate is an over-the-counter product intended to control the symptoms of diarrhea. Kaopectate is also known by its drug name, Bismuth subsalicylate.

Kaopectate is an antacid and antidiarrheal... read more

Levsin (Hyoscyamine)

Overview
Levsin is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in conjunction with other drugs. Levsin is also known by its drug name, Hyos... read more

Linzess (Linaclotide)

Overview
Linzess is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in adults. Linzess is also known by its drug name, L... read more

Lomotil (Diphenoxylate/Atropine)

Overview
Lomotil is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an adjunctive therapy for the treatment of diarrhea. Lomotil is a combination of the drugs Diphenoxylate and Atropine.

Diphenoxylate... read more

Lotronex (Alosetron)

Overview
Lotronex is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat severe diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in women. Lotronex may be prescribed in cases where IBS has lasted at... read more

Metamucil (Psyllium fiber.)

Overview
Metamucil is an over-the-counter fiber supplement. In people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fiber preparations can help treat constipation. The main ingredient in Metamucil is Psyllium fiber.
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Milk of Magnesia (Magnesium hydroxide)

Overview
Milk of Magnesia is an over-the-counter product intended to relieve occasional constipation. Milk of Magnesia is also known by its drug name, Magnesium hydroxide.

Milk of Magnesia is a laxative. I... read more

MiraLAX (Polyethylene glycol)

Overview
MiraLAX is an over-the-counter product intended to relieve occasional constipation. MiraLAX is also known by its drug name, Polyethylene glycol.

MiraLAX is a laxative. It is believed that MiraLAX ... read more

Norpramin (Desipramine)

Overview
Norpramin is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of depression. Norpramin is also known by its drug name, Desipramine.

Norpramin is an an... read more

Nutrition

Overview
Although irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is not caused by the food you eat, your symptoms may be worse when you eat certain foods. Modifying your diet for your specific needs may help reduce IBS sympto... read more

Pamelor (Nortriptyline)

Overview
Pamelor is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of depression. Pamelor is also known by its drug name, Nortriptyline.

Pamelor is an antide... read more

Paxil (Paroxetine)

Overview
Paxil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Paxil is also known by its drug name, Paroxetine... read more

Pepto-Bismol (Bismuth subsalicylate)

Overview
Pepto-Bismol is an over-the-counter product intended to control the symptoms of diarrhea. Pepto-Bismol is also known by its drug name, Bismuth subsalicylate.

Pepto-Bismol is an antacid and antidia... read more

Prevacid (Lansoprazole)

Overview
Prevacid is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) treat digestive complaints including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and duodenal ulcers. It may be pres... read more

Prevalite (Cholestyramine)

Overview
Prevalite is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lower blood serum cholesterol. Prevalite may be prescribed off-label in cases of irritable bowel syndrome (... read more

Prilosec (Omeprazole)

Overview
Prilosec is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) treat digestive complaints including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and duodenal ulcers. Prilosec may b... read more

Probiotics

Overview
Probiotics are live bacteria that can be taken as dietary supplements or consumed as food. The goal of taking probiotics is to increase the number of beneficial bacteria, also described as “good” or “... read more

Prozac (Fluoxetine)

Overview
Prozac is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Prozac is also ... read more

Psychotherapy

Overview
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is frequently associated with psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, and depression. Emotional distress can cause worsening of symptoms in many people with IBS. ... read more

Questran (Cholestyramine)

Overview
Questran is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lower blood serum cholesterol and relieve itching associated with partial biliary obstruction. Questran may ... read more

Sarafem (Fluoxetine)

Overview
Sarafem is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Sarafem is also known by its drug name, Fluoxetine.

Sarafem is an antide... read more

Senakot (Sennosides)

Overview
Senokot is an over-the-counter product intended to relieve occasional constipation. Senokot is also known by its drug name, Sennosides.

Senokot is a laxative. It is believed that Senokot works by ... read more

Sinequan (Doxepin)

Overview
Sinequan is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat several types of depression. Sinequan is also referred to by its drug name, Doxepin.

Sinequan is an antid... read more

Surfak (Docusate sodium)

Overview
Surfak is an over-the-counter product intended to relieve occasional constipation. Surfak is also known by its drug name, Docusate sodium.

Surfak is a laxative. It is believed that Surfak works by... read more

Tofranil (Imipramine)

Overview
Tofranil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression. Tofranil is also known by its drug name, Imipramine.

Tofranil is an antidepressant of the tr... read more

Trulance (Plecanatide)

Overview
Trulance is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) in adults. Trulance is also known by its drug name, Plecanatide.... read more

Valium (Diazepam)

Overview
Valium is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat anxiety. Valium is also known by its drug name, Diazepam.

Valium is an anxiolytic (antianxiety medication)... read more

Viberzi (Eluxadoline)

Overview
Viberzi is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with diarrhea. Viberzi is also referred to by its drug name, Eluxadoline.

Viberzi is an antidia... read more

Welchol (Colesevelam)

Overview
Welchol is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to lower blood serum cholesterol. Welchol may be prescribed off-label in cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)... read more

Xifaxan (Rifaximin)

Overview
Xifaxan is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) in adults. Xifaxan is also referred to by its drug name, Rifaximin.

Xifa... read more

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