Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder affecting the large intestine. It’s a chronic condition that must be managed long term. IBS doesn't cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer, but it represents a change in function that can be debilitating to some patients. Recent studies indicate that most people who say they have IBS have never been evaluated by a physician for the condition, but have self diagnosed and are self medicating. Many believe their symptoms to be too “random” or they feel they can not express their situation well. It is important to know that there are many new medications and treatments for IBS and there is no reason to suffer alone. There is help and support for IBS.


  • Cramping
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea, constipation, or both
  • Mucus in the stool


Treatment is focused on relieving symptoms in order to live normally, and may include:

  • Changes to diet
  • Changes to lifestyle
  • Fiber supplements
  • Anti-diarrheal medications
  • Laxatives
  • IBS specific medication, such as Xifaxan or Linzess

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