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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Treatment & Prevention Options
Since the physiological causes are not well understood, IBS is treated
symptomatically with the help of
medication and changes
to the patient's diet.
Constipation is treated with Tegaserod, Cisapride or Propulsid.
Diarrhea is treated with Loperamide (Imodium) and diarrhea with abdominal
discomfort is treated with Alosetron or Lotronex.
Abdominal pain is treated with smooth muscle relaxants such as nitroglycerine,
hyoscyamine and methscopolamine.
A diet high in fiber is often recommended to patients suffering from
Preventing and/or reducing stress can alleviate the symptoms of IBS,
(as well as other disorders). Stress can be prevented by following methods:
Counseling: A psychologist or psychiatrist can help
Regular exercise, yoga, massage or meditation: These
are effective ways to relieve of stress.
Progressive relaxation exercise: Help in relaxation
of muscles in the body.
Deep breathing: Deep breathing can help relax abdominal
muscles leading to normal bowel activity (12).
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