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How can you treat IBS with constipation (IBS-C)?

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There's no single, best approach to treating IBS-C. Often, people use a mix of therapies to get relief. They can include changes in diet, exercise, stress management, and medication.

The goal of treatment is more than just easing bowel problems. It's also to soothe the stomachaches, pain, and bloating that are also common symptoms of IBS-C.

Don't try to treat yourself without talking with your doctor. You need to be sure IBS-C is the cause of your symptoms. There are health risks that come with taking laxatives and supplements regularly.

SOURCES:

Philip Schoenfeld, MD, professor of medicine, University of Michigan.

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, Bethesda, MD.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Acupuncture."

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

About.com: "Herbs and Supplements for IBS."

Medscape: "Probiotics Significantly Reduce Symptoms of IBS, Ulcerative Colitis," "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD."

FDA.

Harvard Health Publications: "Understanding and treating an irritable bowel."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Philip Schoenfeld, MD, professor of medicine, University of Michigan.

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, Bethesda, MD.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Acupuncture."

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

About.com: "Herbs and Supplements for IBS."

Medscape: "Probiotics Significantly Reduce Symptoms of IBS, Ulcerative Colitis," "Highlights from Digestive Disease Week: An Expert Interview with Lawrence R. Schiller, MD."

FDA.

Harvard Health Publications: "Understanding and treating an irritable bowel."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

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