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What medications will I have to take for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

There are several medications that may be suggested to help with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but always check with your doctor before starting or stopping any medications. Medications to treat IBS symptoms include: 1) Anti-motility medications can reduce diarrhea by slowing down your intestinal movement (peristalsis). These are useful to control socially embarrassing diarrhea. Always speak to your doctor before taking any medication to stop diarrhea. 2) Pain-relief medications, such as acetaminophen. 3) Antidepressants - your doctor may suggest trialing certain antidepressants, as they can help with pain relief in some cases of IBS. 4) Anti-spasmodic medications may help relieve painful stomach cramps.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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