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Peppermint Oil Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Peppermint Oil: Studies seem to suggest that peppermint oil has roughly equivalent efficacy in managing ibs with less side effects than anticholinergics. I would recommend peppermint oil versus peppermint candy as candy will contain increased sugars and other preservatives that would not be advisable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Peppermint (Mentha piperita), a popular flavoring for gum, toothpaste, and tea, is also used to soothe an upset stomach or to aid in digestion. Because it has a calming and numbing effect, it has been used to treat headaches, skin irritations, anxiety associated with depression, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and flatulence. It is also an ingredient in chest rubs, used to treat symptoms of the common cold. In test tubes, peppermint kills some types of bacteria and viruses, suggesting it may have antibacterial and antiviral properties. A number of studies support the use of peppermint for indigestion ...Read more
Is it safe to take IBgard (over the counter) long term for irritable bowel? Each capsule contains 90 mg. ultra purified peppermint oil. Acid reflux?
Irritable Bowel: I understand your distress of Irritable Bowel and desire for Relief Its side effects can be heartburn which is a symptom of Acid reflux. Stress can cause or increase Acid reflux or Irritable Bowel. Let the Wise Woman within you Reflect: •Stresses of relationships, separation, divorce, , finances •Severity of symptoms •Seeing Gastroenterologist •Anxiety •Therapy, , Medication by Psychiatrist. ...Read more
Can help cramps, but: Peppermint tea can decrease muscle contractions in the gut. May help with spasm in bowel. Can decrease muscle contractions in lower esophageal aphincter which could increase reflux (back flow), and heartburn symptoms. Enteric coated peppermint oil may be helpful as an adjunct rx. If that is all it takes to control symptoms in ibs, cool. See your doc, be sure it's ibs, you're treating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am taking Rabeprazole-20 twice. Can I take Peppermint Oil capsule for bowel problem with the medicine. Thanks. ?
Rabeprazole: Hi, it depends why you are taking it for, if you are taking it for acid reflux I don't think it's wise to take peppermint as that might increase your reflux symptoms. Also Peppermint decreases the clearance of Rabeprazole from your body, therefore you might not need to take it twice a day, talk to your Gasteroenterologist. ...Read more
IBS: There is really no specific test for irritable bowel syndrome at this time. It is a diagnosis of exclusion. In-other-words, you have certain symptoms such as bloating, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea and/or constipation. A multitude of tests are done and nothing is found. What you can do is alter your diet and see if it helps. For example; eliminate wheat and/or dairy. Good luck! ...Read more
What to do if I have irritable bowel syndrome as I have the synptoms. Does anyone have any suggestions for me.?
Abdominal Discomfort: Ibs is a functional disorder affecting how food moves through your GI tract. Lower abdominal pain, cramping, bloating with diarrhea, constipation or both are common signs. It can be triggered by stress/anxiety or different foods. The diagnosis is usually made by ruling out other disorders. ...Read more
No. Just similar: Sounding names. Ibs is a functional disorder that causes pain and motility problems such as diarrhea or constipation. Treatment is largely symptomatic. Ibd is an inflammatory disorder of unknown cause, such as crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. This is a much more serious condition when you get it, and treatment could require anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, and surgery. ...Read more
I am a 64 year old woman, and my doctor has diagnosed me as having irritable bowel syndrome. What can I do?
IBS explained: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated w/ abdominal discomfort, altered /alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet & emotional stress play significant roles here in such patients. Need to rule out first inflammation, ischemia, & infection. ...Read more
R/O IBS: IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion. IUC/CROHNS DZ/IBD is inflammation usually DX by BX IBS SX can be managed .You need a full exam and blood work. Especially screen for H pylori . Also stool screen x 3 for occult blood /parasite/ &colonoscopy./EGD While you are getting these items checked out you should stick to a gluten free diet . Ie gutbliss.com and Wholeapproach.TX: PROBIOTICS/LEVSIN/BENTYL ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please tell me, could amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis?
With supervision: The key is to have amitryptiline supervised by your doc. He/she will need to potentially monitor your heart rhythm and to counsel you against the potential side effects of the medication, which can include constipation, dry mouth, and dry eyes. However, if it is working, then it is potentially a good long-term medication. If it is not helping after 3 months, you should stop it. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with an irritable bowel syndrome, had taken medicines.Is dat life threatening?What wud be the best food for me to eat for ibs.Thanks!
Rome 3 criteria: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a non-critical condition w/ abdominal discomfort, altered/ alternating stool pattern, accompanying nausea, bloating, gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet (keep a food diary) & emotional stress may be a factor but first rule out inflammation, ischemia, infection, malabsorption. ...Read more
Is it true that Sjogren's Syndrome can cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other bowel disorder? My rheumy hv told me & I get Braxidin for this reason..
Not exactly...: Irritable bowel syndrome is persistent bowel distress in the ABSENCE of a known physiologic cause. If your Sjogren's is the cause of your GI symptoms then by definition it is NOT IBS. It is bowel symptoms due to Sjogren's. Certainly Sjogren's can make existing IBS worse. ...Read more
Yes: One of the factors that increases the severity of symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome is stress. Exercise generally decreases stress for most people and thus may help with treating irritable bowel syndrome. Fiber (either natural or supplemental) typically helps as well as meditation and yoga. Some prescription medications do exist and work to varying degrees. ...Read more
Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free. ...Read more
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
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