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News and Features Related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  1. FDA OKs Constipation Drug for IBS

    April 30, 2008 -- The FDA has approved the use of the constipation drug Amitiza to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in women aged 18 and older. Amitiza is the first FDA-approved prescription drug therapy for IBS-C. But it isn't a new drug. The FDA approved Amitiza in 2006 to

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  2. IBS Drug Zelnorm OK'd for Some

    (Editor’s Note: On April 2, 2008, Zelnorm’s manufacturer voluntarily discontinued Zelnorm. It is no longer available.) July 27, 2007 -- The irritable bowel syndrome drug Zelnorm, which was taken off the U.S. market earlier this year, will be allowed for some patients under tight restrictions, the FD

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  3. Combination of Therapies Offers Help for IBS

    If you -- like more than 50 million Americans -- suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you know all too well the symptoms of the disorder: abdominal bloating, gas, cramps, diarrhea, and/or constipation. IBS is a functional disorder one which has no anatomical or structural abnormalities. While

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  4. IBS Drug Zelnorm Taken Off U.S. Market

    March 30, 2007 -- A popular drug for irritable bowel syndrome and constipation was pulled from the U.S. market Friday amid new evidence that it raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Novartis, the manufacturer of Zelnorm, confirmed that Food and Drug Administration officials asked for the dru

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  5. Anxiety During Illness May Trigger IBS

    Feb. 26, 2007 -- People who are overly anxious or refuse to slow down during a bout of food poisoning or other infection-related gastrointestinal illness may be prone to developing irritable bowel syndrome, according to a new study. The findings reinforce the view that emotional factors like stress

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  6. Antibiotic May Aid Irritable Bowel

    Oct. 16, 2006 -- Ten days' treatment with the antibiotic Xifaxan reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a small clinical trial suggests. IBS is a condition of the intestinal tract that causes symptoms of bloating, gas, abdominal cramping, diarrhea , and constipation . Xifaxan, now appro

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  7. Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Many False Fears

    Oct. 31, 2005 -- New research shows that many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) mistakenly think that IBS can lead to digestive diseases including colon cancer. IBS hasn't been shown to lead to any serious diseases, including cancer, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Som

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  8. Exercise Cuts Irritable Bowel, Other Gut Woes

    Oct. 3, 2005 -- Obese people have fewer symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and less gut pain if they exercise, researchers report. It shows that a healthy lifestyle is an important part of overcoming abdominal pain, diarrhea, and other intestinal woes, says Rona L. Levy, PhD, of the University of

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  9. Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Linked to Foods?

    July 14, 2005 -- Are people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) more sensitive to certain foods than other people? And if so, what are those foods? Science doesn't yet have an indisputable answer to that question. But a report in July's American Journal of Gastroenterology may provide more insight.

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  10. Constipation Myths Debunked

    Jan. 4, 2005 -- Constipation has been misunderstood for far too long, and it's high time that changed. So say four doctors who want to set the record straight on constipation. The doctors come from Germany, England, Italy, and the U.S. They pooled their knowledge to see what does -- and doesn't -- m

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