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News and Features Related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  1. Return of the Controversial Bowel Drug

    June 7, 2002 -- It's never happened before. A drug withdrawn after patient deaths is back on the market. The drug is Lotronex, originally approved for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). After only eight months on the market, the drug was linked to at least four deaths and nearly 200 se

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  2. Irritable Bowel Drug May Come Back

    April 23, 2002 -- Is Lotronex a lifesaving remedy or a deadly drug? An FDA advisory committee today said it is both. It recommends resuming sale of the drug -- with strict limits. Whether Lotronex maker GlaxoSmithKline will agree to the restrictions remains to be seen. The committee's final proposal

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  3. FDA Seeks Comments on IBS Drug

    Jan. 25, 2002 -- In response to repeated requests from people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the FDA is now re-examining the status of the controversial drug Lotronex. According to a letter sent to patients by the FDA's Division of Drug Information, a tentative meeting has been set for April 2

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  4. Hypnosis for Irritable Bowel

    Aug. 23, 2001 -- Relax, you're getting sleepy ... very sleepy. That may sound like a Hollywood cliché -- the glassy-eyed subject lulled by a swinging watch -- but some researchers believe the peaceful state achieved in hypnosis can help people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. At a meeting th

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  5. FDA Rejects New Drug for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Editor's Note: In March 2007 the FDA asked Novartis -- the maker of Zelnorm -- to pull the drug from the market because of evidence that it raises the risk of heart attacks and stroke. But in July 2007 the FDA ruled that Zelnorm may be used by some patients in critical need of the drug who do not ha

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  6. Real Help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Editor's Note: In March 2007 the FDA asked Novartis -- the maker of Zelnorm -- to pull the drug from the market because of evidence that it raises the risk of heart attacks and stroke. But in July 2007 the FDA ruled that Zelnorm may be used by some patients in critical need of the drug who do not ha

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  7. Peppermint Oil Soothes Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Kids

    Feb. 13, 2001 -- Over the past 4,000 years, many claims have been made about the medicinal benefits of peppermint oil. But a new study shows that its curative powers may not just be folklore after all. Researchers have found that using peppermint oil helps relieve pain in children suffering from a s

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  8. Breath Test Helps Sniff Out Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Dec. 13, 2000 -- Up to 80% of all irritable bowel syndrome sufferers may be infected with bacteria that overgrows in the intestines. And researchers found that a special breathalyzer test can detect the condition, which is treatable with antibiotics. "This is very dramatic, in my opinion," says lead

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  9. IBS Drug Withdrawn After Less Than a Year on the Market

    Nov. 28, 2000 (Washington) -- The first of a new class of drugs being developed to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has been withdrawn from the U.S. market less than a year since its approval. Glaxo Wellcome, the U.K.-based drug manufacturer, said Tuesday that it would immediately withdraw its h

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  10. More Upsetting News About Irritable Bowel Treatment

    Oct. 31, 2000 (Washington) -- Following 49 reports of a serious bowel condition called ischemic colitis and five reported deaths among people taking Lotronex, a drug for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), U.S. health officials are re-evaluating the risks and benefits of the drug. Though the FDA has yet

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