Irritable Bowel Syndrome (cont.)
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What Medications Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms?
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Antispasmodic medicines, such as dicyclomine (Bemote, Bentyl, Di-Spaz) and hyoscyamine (Levsin, Levbid, NuLev), are sometimes used to treat symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Antispasmodic medicines help slow the movements of the digestive tract and reduce the chance of spasms. They may have side effects and are not for everyone. Other treatment plans are available, depending on the symptoms and condition.
Antidiarrheal medicines, such as loperamide (Imodium), a kaolin/pectin preparation (Kaopectate), and diphenoxylate/atropine (Lomotil), are sometimes used when diarrhea is a major feature of IBS. Do not take these on a long-term basis without first consulting a doctor.
Antidepressants may be very effective in smaller doses than those typically used to treat depression. Imipramine (Tofranil), amitriptyline (Elavil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), and desipramine (Norpramin) are some commonly used medicines that may alleviate irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Some other antidepressants are more commonly prescribed when depression and IBS coexist.
What Medications Treat Individuals That Don't Respond to Standard Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Drugs?
The following medications are typically reserved for patients with symptoms that do not improve with the previously mentioned treatments:
New medications for IBS-D are also being developed or are in clinical trials. Those that are most promising include:
Which Specialties of Doctors Treats Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
Irritable bowel syndrome may initially be diagnosed by your primary care provider such as your family doctor, internist, or family medicine specialist. A gastroenterologist (a doctor who specializes in disorders of the digestive system) usually will provide further treatment. An emergency medicine specialist may be seen if you have an acute flare-up of IBS symptoms and go to a hospital emergency room.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/29/2016
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