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IBS is a common condition that affects both men and women. There is no single management plan for everyone. Management of the condition will depend on the individual person’s symptoms, potential triggers and lifestyle.

You should keep a diary of what you eat and your symptoms for a month. This will help identify potential irritating foods, which you can then look to reduce or eliminate from your diet.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for IBS. However, these general tips on effective treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can help:

  • Cook homemade meals using fresh ingredients when you can
  • Avoid eating processed, oily or spicy foods
  • Avoid excessive intake of caffeine, alcohol or fizzy drinks
  • Eat meals at regular intervals and do not skip or delay meals. Also eat slowly and chew food thoroughly
  • Reduce stress
  • Exercise regularly
  • Try probiotic supplements
  • Use medications containing antispasmodics (such as Colofac, Senocalm, Buscopan and Colpermin peppermint capsules for IBS) to relieve stomach cramps and pain
  • Use medications containing anti-flatulents such as Windeze to relieve trapped wind and bloating
  • If you get constipation or diarrhoea associated with your IBS you should manage these individually through lifestyle (including diet) changes and medication

You should see your GP if:

  • Your symptoms are not improving after a few weeks of making your lifestyle changes and using medications
  • You need to avoid lots of different foods to control your symptoms
  • You have blood in your stools
  • You have extreme pain in your stomach or bowel

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Nov 04, 2020 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Jun 17, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm

The exact cause of IBS is still not known. It has been linked to factors like family history of IBS, stress and food passing through your gut too quickly or too slowly. However, there are many ways of treating IBS.

The factors that trigger IBS episodes may vary from one person to another, generally however triggers include:

  • Eating too quickly
  • Skipping meals
  • Eating certain foods such as fatty, spicy or processed meals
  • Changing hormones
  • Stress
  • Taking certain medications

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Nov 04, 2020 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Jun 17, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is different to inflammatory bowel disease, is a common condition that affects the stomach and bowel. It affects women more often than men. Symptoms of IBS may vary from one person to the other and diagnosing IBS will involve assessing the following symptoms:

  • Stomach cramps and discomfort
  • Bloating and excessive wind
  • Changes in bowel movement such as diarrhoea or constipation (and sometimes a mixture of both)

Symptoms normally come and go in episodes. We often get asked if IBS can last for days, which unfortunately it can, even weeks or months at a time. IBS does not have a cure and is usually a lifelong problem. Therefore the aim of treatment for people with IBS is to manage the condition and reduce the occurrence of episodes through lifestyle changes and medication.

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Nov 04, 2020 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Jun 17, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm