Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Alternate Names : IBS, Spastic Colon
What are the treatments for the condition?
Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome often
focuses on treating the symptoms and preventing flare-ups. This may include:
a diet low in fat and
calories, and high in fiber.
Eating several smaller meals during the day rather than large meals, particularly in
the evening, may also decrease
antidepressants to decrease the pain as well as the stress and
fiber supplements or
laxatives for constipation
medications to stop diarrhea
medications to decrease nerve sensitivity in the bowels
antispasmodic medications to relieve bowel spasms
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Antidepressants may cause diarrhea,
sleep disorders, headaches, irritability, and
What happens after treatment for the condition?
Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can and often do reoccur. A person with IBS
needs to continue dietary management for the rest of his or her
life. Antidepressants may not be needed after stress
management or behavioral therapy helps a person gain control over emotions.
How is the condition monitored?
Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.