Although there is no cure for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), there are many options available for treating and eliminating its symptoms.
Because stress and feeling mentally or emotionally tense, troubled, angry or overwhelmed can stimulate intestinal spasms in people with IBS, your doctor may suggest relaxation techniques, such as yoga, exercise and meditation. Tranquilizers and anti-depressants also may relieve symptoms. In addition, a healthy diet that includes lots of water, fiber and small meals may reduce flare-ups.
Fiber supplements or occasional laxatives may help with constipation, while medicines to decrease diarrhea and control intestinal muscle spasms may help reduce abdominal pain.
Medications available to treat IBS specifically include the following:
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.