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Peppermint oil, for irritable bowel, vs just using the peppermint candy. Which is better?

Peppermint oil, for irritable bowel, vs just using the peppermint candy. Which is better?

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 more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Peppermint Oil (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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Is peppermint tea an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome?

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 more

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I am taking Rabeprazole-20 twice. Can I take Peppermint Oil capsule for bowel problem with the medicine. Thanks. ?

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

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Can you tell me how I could know for sure if I have irritable bowel syndrome ?

Can you tell me how I could know for sure if I have irritable bowel syndrome ?

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

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What to do if I have irritable bowel syndrome as I have the synptoms. Does anyone have any suggestions for me.?

What to do if I have irritable bowel syndrome as I have the synptoms. Does anyone have any suggestions for me.?

Diet and fluids: and probiotics seem to help if patient is compliant. Eat a high fi=ber diet, regular meal times and portions and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily ...Read more

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Can you let me know is irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis the same thing?

Can you let me know is irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis the same thing?

Structure/Function.: Diverticulosis is an issue with the formation of outpouchings in the colon which can bleed or become infected. IBS is considered a functional issue, a hypersensitivity of the intestines to normal stimuli. ...Read more

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My doctor just told me today I have irritable bowel syndrome. Any tips on coping with it?

My doctor just told me today I have irritable bowel syndrome. Any tips on coping with it?

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

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Can you let me know is irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same thing?

Can you let me know is irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease the same thing?

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

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I am a 64 year old woman, and my doctor has diagnosed me as having irritable bowel syndrome. What can I do?

I am a 64 year old woman, and my doctor has diagnosed me as having irritable bowel syndrome. What can I do?

R/O other diseases: Make sure you don't have celiac disease or colon cancer, then start trying stopping various foods to see if by trial and error you can find a diet that decreases the symptoms. ...Read more

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I know its irritable bowel syndrome-but please explain it to me?

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

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Any remedy for irritable bowel syndrome? Please help me?

Any remedy for irritable bowel syndrome? Please help me?

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 more

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Please tell me, could amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis?

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

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Can you let me know how many mgs of prednisone for irritable bowel syndrome?

Can you let me know how many mgs of prednisone for irritable bowel syndrome?

See below: Prednisone is used for inflammatory bowel syndrome not irritiable bowel syndrome. The amount of Prednisone varies according to how active the disease is. ...Read more

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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!

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

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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..

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

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Can exercise treat irritable bowel syndrome?

Can exercise treat irritable bowel syndrome?

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

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Can irritable bowel syndrome effect children?

Yes: Both irritable bowel syndrome as well as chrohn's disease can affect children. If you are suspicious, ask for a pediatric GI consult. ...Read more

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What can I do about irritable bowel syndrome.?

What can I do about irritable bowel syndrome.?

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

Intestine (Definition)

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


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

A long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach ...Read more