The vast majority of people who have contracted IBS are able to seek help with little to no issues. Those who are only experiencing a mild form of this condition shouldn’t need to opt towards treatment. There is an abundance of treatments available for IBS, but there are none that exist that can work for everyone. You’ll have to decide on a specific course that suits you and effectively manages the symptoms you’re facing. Treatments don’t tend to completely eradicate symptoms, but they will often ease them and improve your day-to-day life.
There are many ways in which IBS can be triggered, it could be anything from certain foods to medicines, to emotional stress, etc. It is imperative that you learn what your triggers are. You can take efforts to make lifestyle changes from home, such as managing your stress levels and changing your diet.
Some of the most important factors you should take on board are:
- Refrain from smoking
- Regular exercise
- Keep your fluid levels replenished
- Increase the amount of fibre in your diet (fruit, vegetables, etc.)
- Limit the amount of dairy product you consume (milk, cheese, etc.)
- Learn how to reduce stress through relaxing or getting more exercise
- Avoid caffeine as much as possible (coffee, tea, energy drinks, etc.)
Although there are many forms of treatment for IBS, we only stock two: colpermin and mebeverine m/r, which are antispasmodic medicines. This type of medication is used specifically for treating pains in the abdominal region. We believe them to be extremely effective in treating IBS and should help to relieve the pain significantly, sometimes completely.
Sometimes, an antidepressant is also used to treat IBS. It reduces the pain.
Sometimes, the main symptom of IBS is constipation. You need to control this. Increase fibre intake in your food; this will help reduce constipation. If this is not enough, laxatives are advised, but for a short period. Moreover, avoid lactulose during IBS. There is another medicine known as linaclotide which also helps reducing constipation. It also prevents the pain, bloating, and other symptoms associated with constipation.
Diarrhoea is another important symptom associated with IBS. An antidiarrhoeal medicine is required to treat this if the condition worsens. Loperamide medicine is an effective way to control diarrhoea.
Peppermint oil can help if you happen to suffer from bloating symptom. It also reduces abdominal pain and spasms.
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