Medications commonly used for IBS symptoms include:
- Fiber supplements and occasional use of laxatives (for constipation)
- Antispasmodics -- drugs that control colon muscle spasms and help with diarrhea and pain
- Tranquilizers and antidepressants to help with stress, anxiety, and depression
- Alosetron (Lotronex) -- a drug called a nerve receptor antagonist, only for those with diarrhea-predominant IBS
This drug has severe potential side effects
and was removed from the market for awhile. It is now prescribed only by gastroenterologists.
- Lubiprostone (Amitiza) --
A medicine for patients over age 18
who have severe constipation resistant to all other therapies; it increases fluid secretion in the small intestine to make stool passage easier. Side effects can include diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain.
A capsule taken once daily on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before the first meal of the day; Linzess helps relieve constipation by helping bowel movements occur more often. The drug should not be taken by those ages 17 and younger
. The most common side effect is diarrhea.
Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions for use of all medicines. Some IBS drugs, including laxatives, can be habit-forming, and all drugs have side effects.
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