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  1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Guide - Symptoms

    An expert panel has outlined a list of symptoms common in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Doctors often use this list of symptoms, known as the Rome II criteria, to distinguish IBS from other intestinal problems.

  2. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Guide - Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Controlling Symptoms With Diet

    Key PointsMany people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) find that eating prompts symptoms of abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea (or, sometimes, alternating periods of constipation and diarrhea), and bloating. Making adjustments to your diet can provide relief.Limit or eliminate foods that may make diarrhea worse, including caffeine, alcohol, fatty foods, gas - producing foods (such as beans,

  3. Medical History and Physical Exam for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Medical and dietary historyTo determine whether your symptoms meet the criteria for diagnosing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), your doctor may ask you questions about:Recent stressful events in your life. Stress may be a strong indication that your symptoms may be caused by irritable bowel syndrome.Bowel function, including how many bowel movements you have per day or per week, whether you have ..

  4. Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Bile Acid Binding Medicines - Topic Overview

    Bile acids,which are normally present in the digestive tract,stimulate the colon. Bile acid binding agents prevent bile acids from stimulating the colon,which slows the passage of stools and relieves diarrhea. It is not common for bile to cause this problem,but if it does,these medicines can help. They usually are not tried soon after a person is diagnosed,but if symptoms don't improve ...

  5. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Guide - Medications

    Medication may be used along with lifestyle changes to manage symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

  6. Antidiarrheals for Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Topic Overview

    Antidiarrheal medicines,such as diphenoxylate (such as Lomotil) and loperamide (such as Imodium),slow intestinal movements. This allows stool to stay in the intestine longer,allowing more water to be absorbed,which makes the stool formed rather than watery when it is passed. Antidiarrheals can help with diarrhea in IBS. 1 Diphenoxylate may cause dry skin,itching,dizziness,drowsiness,...

  7. Antianxiety Medicines for Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Topic Overview

    Antianxiety agents (benzodiazepines) are used to treat anxiety and panic disorder. For some people,these medicines may be appropriate for occasional,short-term use to help relieve anxiety that is making the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) worse. These medicines may not be as useful for long-term use,because they may interact with other drugs and they may be habit-forming. Here ...

  8. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Guide - Exams and Tests

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be diagnosed based on symptoms. In most cases, only minimal tests are needed. A health professional diagnoses IBS when a person has the typical symptoms of the disorder.

  9. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Guide - Cause

    Learn what researchers believe may cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

  10. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Guide - Health Tools

    Tools to help you make decisions about irritible bowel syndrome.

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