If you have IBS, your Aurora care team will work with you to determine the best course of treatment, which focuses on treating symptoms to improve the quality of your life. A big part of that is managing stress, which triggers IBS for many sufferers. Treatment may include relaxation exercises, deep breathing, biofeedback, counseling or therapy (which may lead to a prescription for antidepressant medication). Other lifestyle changes include:
- Eliminating foods that cause gas
- Antibiotic medication
- Fiber supplements
- Anti-diarrheal medication
- Anticholinergic medication, which relieves bowel spasms
- IBS-specific medication for severe cases that haven’t been relieved by other treatments. This includes lubiprostone for IBS with constipation and alosetron to relax the colon in female patients with severe diarrhea. Both of these drugs have side effects, and are intended for severe cases of IBS.