How to Treat Diarrhea Caused by IBS?

Q:
How to treat diarrhea caused by IBS?

A:
In some chronic cases, diarrhea is caused by IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).

IBS-D

IBS-D refers to the condition when IBS causes increased diarrhea.

Symptoms of IBS-D

  • belly pain and other IBS symptoms
  • frequent bowel movements
  • loose stool, though not always

Causes of IBS-D

In fact, doctors don’t know what causes IBS or IBS-D.

With IBS, your brain and colon are more sensitive than normal. So much so that it can react to things like stress, bacteria, and even certain foods.

When it happens, your intestines squeeze too hard, making food move too quickly through your system. Then you may suffer from pain, diarrhea, and other problems like gas.

Treatment of IBS-D

Remember a treatment plan fit for all is impossible. Therefore, you should work with your doctor to figure out a plan effective for you.
Here are some common treatments for option:

Diet changes

  • Avoid alcohol, drinks with caffeine (such as coffee and soda), carbonated drinks, chocolate, fried food, and milk
  • Give up fiber
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stress relief
  • Do more exercise
  • Try some massage, yoga
  • Have some relaxing talk with your friends

Over-the-counter medications

  • Anti-diarrhea medications such as loperamide (Imodium)
  • Probiotics: in supplement form or from foods like pickles and yogurt

Prescription medications
Consult your doctor for your specific condition, for example,

  • Eluxadoline (Viberzi) for bowel contractions, belly cramps, and diarrhea.
  • An antidepressant for depression or anxiety
  • Anticholinergic dicyclomine (Bentyl) for bowel contractions and diarrhea

No matter which means you try, never hesitate to call your doctor and have him track your condition. Above all, you yourself should take it seriously.

 

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.