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.

    ... read more

  • 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.
    ... read more

  • 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

  • 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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