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What supplements are used to treat IBS with constipation (IBS-C)?

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  • Some people use bulking agents, commonly known as fiber supplements, to treat IBS with constipation. These include: Wheat bran
  • Corn fiber
  • Calcium polycarbophil (Fibercon)
  • Psyllium (Fiberall, Metamucil, Perdiem, and others)

These agents may help with constipation, but they don't seem to help with other IBS symptoms such as stomachaches, discomfort, and swelling. The extra fiber may make belly pain, bloating, and discomfort worse.

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 March 25, 2018

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 March 25, 2018

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