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A 28-year-old female asked:

any otc meds that work for ibs?

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Dr. Howard Shapiro
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Probiotics : probiotics are often helpful and certainly worth a try
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Fiber in various OTC formulations also is helpful.
Oct 2, 2014

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