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What is alsetron and how can it help treat my irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

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Alosetron (Lotronex) works by blocking messages from the gut to the brain. It’s used only in women with very bad IBS-D when other medicines don’t work. It can cause serious side effects and should only be considered if your diarrhea makes it impossible to lead a normal life.

From: How to Manage Your IBS-D WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Wolters Kluwer Health: “Patient information: Irritable bowel syndrome (Beyond the Basics).”

Office of Women’s Health, US Department of Health and Human Services: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) fact sheet.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Antidiarrheal Agents.”

US National Library of Medicine: “Diphenoxylate.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Anticholinergic/Antispasmodic Agents.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Antidepressant Medications.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Lotronex.”

Prometheus Therapeutics and Diagnostics, “Lotronix.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Eluxadoline.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Rifaximin.”

Salix Pharmaceuticals, “About Xifaxan.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for IBS.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Relaxation Techniques to Manage IBS Symptoms.”

Ruth Geller, mindfulness meditation instructor, Central Islip, NY

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “6 Tips: IBS and Complementary Health Practices.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome: In Depth.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: “Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

Wolters Kluwer Health: “Patient information: Irritable bowel syndrome (Beyond the Basics).”

Office of Women’s Health, US Department of Health and Human Services: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) fact sheet.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Antidiarrheal Agents.”

US National Library of Medicine: “Diphenoxylate.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Anticholinergic/Antispasmodic Agents.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Antidepressant Medications.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Lotronex.”

Prometheus Therapeutics and Diagnostics, “Lotronix.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Eluxadoline.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Rifaximin.”

Salix Pharmaceuticals, “About Xifaxan.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for IBS.”

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: “Relaxation Techniques to Manage IBS Symptoms.”

Ruth Geller, mindfulness meditation instructor, Central Islip, NY

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “6 Tips: IBS and Complementary Health Practices.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome: In Depth.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

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