A 35-year-old female asked:
I got some enteric coated peppermint oil capsules for ibs cramping. you take 3 pills a day. it helps a little. is it ok to take for months or years?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Yes, however...: Peppermint oil often reduces symptoms of IBS and appears safe to take for years. While safe and effective, it provides only symptomatic relief. I advise also trying to address the underlying causes, which are often related to overgrowth of yeast or unfriendly bacteria in the intestines and food sensitivities. See http://bit.ly/17hz82A
A low FODMAP diet may help. A holistic doc can help treat this.
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