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How is mixed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-M) treated?

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There is no cure for IBS, so the goal of treatment is to ease your symptoms so you feel better and can tackle your daily activities. When constipation is a major problem, as it often is with IBS-M, your doctor may suggest you take a fiber supplement.

Prescription drugs also may help. They may include drugs for constipation, diarrhea, pain, and depression or anxiety. However, drug treatment is often a challenge with IBS-M. That’s because medication for diarrhea can make constipation worse, and vice-versa. The best medications for IBS-M may be those that have only a short-term effect.

From: What Is IBS-M? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology : “Irritable bowel syndrome subtypes according to bowel habit: revisiting the alternating subtype.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Fact Sheet.” 

American Journal of Gastroenterology : “Characterization of the Alternating Bowel Habit Subtype in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” 

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Living With IBS.”

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on April 22, 2019

SOURCES: 

European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology : “Irritable bowel syndrome subtypes according to bowel habit: revisiting the alternating subtype.”

Womenshealth.gov: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Fact Sheet.” 

American Journal of Gastroenterology : “Characterization of the Alternating Bowel Habit Subtype in Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” 

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Living With IBS.”

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on April 22, 2019

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