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What drugs that relax muscles are used to treat IBS with diarrhea (IBS-D)?

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Drugs that relax muscles, called anti-spasmodics, such as dicyclomine (Bentyl) and hyoscyamine (Levsin). Muscle spasms in your digestive tract can cause belly pain. Many doctors prescribe these drugs to calm them, but some studies have found there’s no clear evidence that they help everyone with IBS.

Side effects of these drugs include decreased sweating, constipation, dry mouth, and blurred vision.

SOURCES: 

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

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, Bethesda, MD.

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

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable bowel syndrome." 

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

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 8, 2020

SOURCES: 

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

Jeanine Blackman, MD, PhD, Bethesda, MD.

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

Mayo Clinic: "Irritable bowel syndrome." 

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

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 8, 2020

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