Possible IBS Treatment Options
If IBS symptoms are mild, you may be advised to make diet and lifestyle changes to manage the condition. Suggestions may include avoiding high-gas foods, certain carbohydrates, or trigger foods, drinking more water and other healthy fluids, exercising regularly, and improving your sleep habits.
Symptoms may also be controllable with Linaclotide (Linzess), Alosetron (Lotronex), and other medications often prescribed for IBS sufferers. If underlying conditions or digestive problems are contributing to IBS issues, a GI doctor might recommend a treatment plan that includes:
- Laxatives or fiber supplements
- Over-the-counter or prescription anti-diarrheal medications
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants if depression is contributing to or related to your symptoms
- Pain meds to relieve abdominal discomfort
Because stress is also a possible IBS symptom trigger, you may be able to reduce your risk of developing this condition if you find ways to manage your stress. Some patients achieve this goal with counseling, while others see a reduction in symptoms if they combine traditional IBS treatment with mindful meditation, biofeedback, controlled breathing, and similar relaxation techniques.