IBS Medication

“Basically, I’m for anything that gets you through the night – be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.”
– Frank Sinatra

In the rest of this article, you’ll find the medicines that are commonly used and prescribed for IBS diarrhea, constipation, bloating and abdominal pain. You’ll also find tips on best practices to use IBS medicines, how they work and what to do to heal your stomach beyond these medicines.

IBS Medication In Moderation

First, this is very important -  Medicines must always be taken under the supervision of your doctor. It is extremely dangerous to use drugs without proper supervision.

Second, medicines do not cure IBS. They provide quick relief in many cases. And often, they can give your overworked digestive system a little time to heal on its own. But IBS is a lifestyle-related condition, and medicines can’t completely solve the problem.

And so I recommend medicines for your symptoms for temporary relief, only under doctor supervision. Use the medicines to stay sane while we use the healthy supplement & diet regime to treat the source of your problems. You won’t need these medicines in a few weeks’ time.

Most importantly, you can not take these medicines by yourself. You must talk to your doctor to make sure these medicines are safe for you – you may very likely have special situations that I cannot foresee while writing this article. My job is giving you all the information you need, leave it to your doctor to make decisions about your medicine plan.

What Do Most IBS Medications Do?

What these medicines essentially do is just relax your brain gut (your stomach has a different “brain” than the rest of your body), slow down your bowel’s motility and stop your diarrhea/bloating/constipation attack within a few hours. If you know beforehand that you will be eating incompatible food, or encountering stressful situations, keep the respective medicine for diarrhea, bloating or constipation with you.

Remember that you won’t always need these pills – these are just crutches to help your sick digestive system. Eventually, as you balance your diet, start exercising and really achieve true peace and relaxation, your body will heal itself. Just give yourself 4-6 months with these crutches and I guarantee you will be able to live without them (It took me just 2 months to stop taking these medicines and still have the ability to eat anything I wanted).

Some people find that once they carry these drugs, they don’t even need them! Just the comfort of having a drug that can actually help your urgency is so helpful, that the system automatically starts behaving nicely.

IBS Medication For Gas & Bloating

Gassy symptoms are often hard to treat. Most doctors prescribe anti-spasmodic drugs (the same as those for abdominal pain and constipation) to relax and calm the gut. These have a pretty high success rate for patients with gas & bloating. You should also try gassy agents, antacids, activated charcoal and try eating non-citrus solid foods (banana, honeydew are good). These may help your particular case.

But for the long term, treating these symptoms is less about taking medicines or fixes, and more about avoiding certain foods. The most common causes for gas increase are:

  • Lactose Intolerance. Cut down on your milk & lactose intake for a few days.
  • Acid Reflux. Add some alkaline drinks (green/herbal teas or green/chlorophyll drinks) to your diet.
  • Gassy beans & pulses. Avoid them for a while.
  • Wheat products. Substitute wheat-based breads & foods with rice.
  • Sugar, desserts & high carbohydrate foods. Sugar is readily fermented, leaving behind gases. Stay off it for 2 days.
  • Stress & anxiety. Relaxing for a few minutes will slow down the motility of your entire system.

Having wind (especially in closed public places like offices or schools) can be extremely embarrassing. And obviously, this leads to anxiety & stress. Unfortunately, this same anxiety starts a vicious cycle and makes the symptoms even worse.

But it’s not a dead end. Thousands of patients with these same symptoms have learnt to dramatically reduce them, simply by learning to relax their gut. Changing your diet and avoiding trigger foods may take from 2-12 hours to take effect.

Also note that bloating is a sign of an imbalanced digestive system. If you supplement these diet changes with exercise, yoga/meditation and stress relief activities, you’ll find your balance coming back. Your digestive system will then be less likely to be triggered by these foods.

IBS Medication For Constipation

IBS Constipation can be treated quite often by adding extra fiber in the diet from cereals, fruit and vegetables. The extra fiber can also come from bulking agents. These bulking agents ease the passage of waste matter through the digestive system by retaining water, and making the stools softer and easier to expel.

Unfortunately for many people, these remedies produce gas, causing distension and may make the symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence and diarrhea much worse. And the sensitive guts of IBS patients do not tolerate “roughage” and gaseous distension very well. So, there is no known quantity of drugs or supplements that immediately helps constipation.

Some patients have also experimented with laxatives. But the way in which these laxatives work – by instigating strong contractions in the stomach, it sometimes does more bad than good. And since most IBS patients have really sensitive colons, these contractions can often lead to debilitating pain. In some cases, doctors would also recommend anti-spasmodic drugs (refer to the section on abdominal pain in this article).

I recommend that you solve your constipation problem by adding more soluble fiber to your diet (refer to this article on IBS diet). However, in case of emergencies, you should consult with your doctors about the following dietary bulking agents:

  • Regulan
  • Metamucil
  • Fybogel
  • Isogel

Constipation is best treated by adding natural sources of soluble fiber in the diet. While it may be hard to follow in the first one week because we are desperate for a quick-fix medical solution, it leads to a more long lasting change when adopted over a few weeks.

And always remember that our IBS-ridden stomachs are very sensitive. Any fiber should be introduced very slowly to allow the body to get used to fiber.

IBS Medication For Diarrhea

Which Anti-Diarrhea Medicines Should You Take?

If you suffer from diarrhea, then just pop two pills (5 mg) of the following medicines. They are usually available at most pharmacies over the counter:

  • Loperamide (Sold in most countries as Imodium)
  • Diphenoxylate (Sold in most countries as Lomotil)

Even if you are having a diarrhea attack, you should not take more than 2 pills in 4 hours. Typically, these pills take about 30-90 minutes to take effect and slow down your digestive system drastically.

Imodium is safe to use several times a week (you won’t need to use it more than 3 times). And if you follow the rest of this book, then you won’t even need to use them after a few weeks.

So, if you suffer from diarrhea, urgency to go to the bathroom or frequent motions, I highly recommend you keep a strip of these medicines with you at all times.

If diarrhea is part of your every day life, then you can take one pill every two days. I do NOT recommend doing this, but it is useful to know in emergencies. If you start the course on digestive enzymes as outlined in the section above, then you won’t need to use anti-diarrhea medicines for too long. ally.

IBS Medication For Abdominal Pain

Unlike diarrhea, there are no fast fixes for IBS abdominal pain. The only thing I can promise is that it will get better with time as you follow the Goodbye IBS! program. But several tests have been conducted for IBS Abdominal pain and I’ll list out the most well accepted results from those.

Just remember, you’ll need to take these results with a grain of salt. Unlike diarrhea, abdominal pain is not easily curable by drugs. But improving your overall digestive health with a healthier lifestyle will help. In case of emergencies, you may refer to the results below and ask your doctor to consider prescribing these medicines.

Anti-spasmodic drugs are often prescribed to IBS patients to help with the spasms in the stomach. While these drugs take the edge off the pain, many patients do not find them helpful. So, you definitely need to consult your doctor to check if these drugs could work for your symptoms.

Some of the most commonly prescribed anti-spasmodic drugs are:

  • Colofac (Mebeverin)
  • Spasmanol (Alvarine Citrate)
  • Buscopan (Hyoscine Butylbromide – may have side effects like dry mouth, a little blurring of vision or difficulty in passing urine)

In addition, some patients benefit from medicines containing peppermint oil

  • Colpermin
  • Mintec

Chronic pain is exhausting; it saps the energy, confidence and esteem from IBS patients. It is the probably the biggest reason for depression among IBS patients. And while drugs may help, they are best kept for emergencies only. It is also a proven fact, that pain is much worse when you are anxious or tense.

So, follow this program. Eat right. Supplement your diet with the right supplements. Exercise well. Learn relaxation and self-hypnosis. And the chronic pain will disappear over time.For IBS Abdominal pain, drugs are not the answer – Living & eating right is the permanent solution.

You’ll Need More Than Quick-Fix Medicines To Heal Your Troubled Digestive System

Medicines are not the cure, merely temporary fixes. If you use medicines, the symptoms are bound to return at another time.

The real key to kissing goodbye to IBS & chronic digestive problems is helping your body heal by choosing the right diet, supplements, exercise and many more little known tweaks. And that’s why I’ve built the Goodbye IBS! program from ground up – so that you can get quick relief along with long term healing.

If you have suffered from these chronic conditions, stop for a moment and think about what it’s cost you. Doctor visits, medicines, missed productivity. But probably the biggest cost is the feeling of being sick – of not having any more energy. And if you’re ready to move on to a healthier life, then Goodbye IBS! is the program for you.

This condition is hard and frustrating. It diminishes the quality of life of the sufferer and takes the focus away from the joy and happiness in their lives. So I’ve created several courses, books and programs (some are even free) to help you get started and figure out how to feel better.

So, if you want to learn more about irritable bowel relief and heal faster, here’re my recommendations for what to do next:

  • The 5 Day IBS Relief Program – A quick free email course that gives you the skinny on getting reasonably fast IBS relief. Learn more about that course here.
  • The 12 Week Goodbye IBS Recovery Plan – A comprehensive book and audio program that’s designed to help find your “trigger foods”, the medicines that work for you, and the little lifestyle tweaks you have to do to get your life back into control. Learn more here.


6 Responses to “IBS Medication”

  1. Pawan Nath says:

    Is the side effect like blurred vision of Hyoscine Butylbromide is temporary and if yes for how much time does it take for getting normal.

  2. Rachit says:

    Hey Pawan,

    Hyoscine Butylbromide (Buscopan) is a doctor prescribed anti-spasmodic for relief of constipation and IBS.

    But about 1 in 10 people suffer from side effects of it. As far as I know, if you do experience side effects, you need to talk to your doctor or pharmacist to make sure everything’s okay and possibly shift to another anti-spasmodic drug.

    So, I’d highly recommend you see your doctor and share this with him. He’ll be able to diagnose your condition and tell you why this is happening.

    There’s a great article on this drug and its side effects here – http://www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/30002013/

    And another one here – http://www.medicinenet.com/hyoscine_butylbromide-oral/article.htm

    Of course, if you do have constipation/bloating, the natural remedies for that are drinking lots of fluids (warm water early in the morning is particularly useful) and extensive stress relief (try hypnosis for IBS). These are free from side effects, and will help you on your path to recovery.

    Stay well, and heal fast :)

  3. Alicia says:

    I’ve tried everything for my severe IBS -C. Nothing helps. I can’t even work.

  4. Rachit says:

    Hey Alicia,

    IBS-C doesn’t respond to medication very well – but it does respond to lifestyle changes and stress seems to be a huge factor according to most research.

    Here are three things to try:
    1. Diet – See the “Foods for IBS” article here – http://goodbyeibs.com/diet
    2. Exercise – Start with simple exercises like a 15 minute jog, and see if that makes a difference
    3. Hypnosis – Try the IBS Hypnosis program to relieve stress and resolve long standing issues – http://goodbyeibs.com/hypnosis

  5. ibs-c girl says:

    is diet important for ibs?I eat a lot of fats, does this bring ibs? if so i will try to become a vegeterian being a good ibsser type c…. fibre makes me have 2 good bms at least if i compare the times i go to the bathroom with many tiny stools…and sometimes one good bm…at least i can go everyday not like when i used to eat mcdonals, i used to take like 15days to go.

  6. ibs-c girl says:

    i will take a look at the hypnoses site, i hope it helps…, coming in this site i noticed that i’m not the only one who has severe ibs c, i mean i always had ibs but it wasnt that severe, just pain in the abdomin and occasional constipation, but recently i had a lot of stress because of something personal, and it aggreviated not only my ibs but my cycles have been irregular and are on the way to adjusting themselves, also the fatigue is less, but ibs seems to persist although in less form than the time i ate a lot (burgers chips etc) thinking that i can resolve my stressful events…but it triggered a severe form of ibs c…that if i don’t take fibre and water i can stay for weks without bm…sorry for writing much but no one in the real world seems to believe i have ibs they say it’s all in my head only my gastrentologist knows about my condition…but still it seems that he is not willing to help.. he told me the probem can go away if i take a lot of fibre or stay and i have to be like this all my life…but fibre really helps…anyway i will take a look at the links..thanks for this page

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