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What is the treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

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If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), figure out which foods are problems for you. You may try to follow a diet called Low FODMAP for a few weeks. This involves cutting out certain carbohydrates and then slowly adding them back to find out what bothers you.

You can use laxatives or add fiber to your diet to treat constipation, and you can get loperamide (Imodium) at your local drug store to treat diarrhea. If you need them, your doctor can prescribe drugs to treat stomach spasms or pain. Certain antidepressants also may help with the symptoms of IBS, but scientists need to do more research to know for sure.

From: Is It Celiac or IBS? WebMD Medical Reference

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Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: "Celiac disease hidden among IBS patients?"

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Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on April 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Canadian Society of Intestinal Research: "Celiac disease hidden among IBS patients?"

Sainsbury A. . Published online Dec. 2012. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Cash B. . Published online July 2011. Gastroenterology

Mayo Clinic: "Celiac disease."

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: "About IBS."

SutterHealth.org.

Celiac Disease Foundation.

Rubio-Tapia A. . Published online July 2012. American Journal of Gastroenterology

Biesiekierski J. . Published online January 2011. American Journal of Gastroenterology

National Institutes of Health: "What is celiac disease?"

Reviewed by Jaydeep Bhat on April 22, 2019

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