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Which conventional prescription medications are used to treat ibs?

Which conventional prescription medications are used to treat ibs?

Meds: Antispasmodics include bentyl, levsin, and librax. Meds for visceral hypersensitivity include tca's like Elavil and ssri's such as celexa. Meds for constipation include Amitiza (lubiprostone) and linaclotide (on the market soon). Probiotics. Antibiotics such as Flagyl and rifaxamin can be helpful. And even Mesalamine agents have been beneficial in case reports. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. Additionally, patients with IBS usually have problems with gut motility. Triggers for IBS include certain foods, and elevated stress levels. Lastly, symptoms of IBS ...Read more


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Do you know if there are any good prescription medication for colitis/ibs?

Do you know if there are any good prescription medication for colitis/ibs?

Yes: There is no lack of good medication for colitis and/or ibs. My advice is work with your doctor who you can trust for evaluation and specific treatment. At times, you may need GI consultation. This is what they are trained to do. Stay well! ...Read more

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Can IBS be hereditary? Can it show up in teens? And is it treatable?

Can IBS be hereditary? Can it show up in teens? And is it treatable?

Unsure, yes and yes.: As far as I'm aware, there's no definite genetic link in IBS. It can show up in teens. It is treatable, yes. Now, treatment should include physiologic and emotional considerations. ...Read more

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Ibs for ten years.It is very inconvinient as i loose weight regularly.Can i gain weight.What would be the prescription?

Yes. You can.: If you are underweight or with bmi less than 18, the first question will be if you eat enough food more than you body uses. Assuming you do but still can not gain weight, consideration should be giving to hypercatabolic states like hyperthyroidism and chronic infections. Also malabsorption syndromes should be consider.Anecdotal evidence from my practice show a subset of people lose weight w stres. ...Read more

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Is there any prescription that is safe to take for IBS when breastfeeding?

Is there any prescription that is safe to take for IBS when breastfeeding?

Not when breast feed: I don't believe than any weight loss deugsmaremsafe. But especially when you are breast feeding, you don't want your baby to get any drugs through your milk. ...Read more

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IBS, no prescriptions or dietary changes have seemed to relieve the constant pain, why is it so resistant? Very frustrated and always in pain

IBS, no prescriptions or dietary changes have seemed to relieve the constant pain, why is it so resistant? Very frustrated and always in pain

IBS comes in many...: ...varieties with regard to stool pattern, pain presentation, associated complaints, & it may change. You have not indicated what tests have rendered this diagnosis (& ruled out others), what drugs have been tried (at what doses & for what durations), or even where/when/for how long you experience pain. I hear your frustration, but we can't offer much help with the very limited info you supplied. ...Read more

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Would vasodilators, sympathetic nerve inhibitors or what medicine be a good prescription for ibs?

Would vasodilators, sympathetic nerve inhibitors or what medicine be a good prescription for ibs?

IBS drugs: Once ibs has been confirmed (disease states excluded), treatment is symptom-directed. In your case, is your goal to address pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating/gassiness, or variable stools? What have you tried so far, and with what success? Have sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), lactose intolerance, celiac disease been ruled out? ...Read more

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Acute IBS attacks. Have prescription levsin (hyoscyamine) .125mg. It's old (aug'11) & little help. Has med potency waned? Can i boost dose amt & or freq til i can get new rx?

Acute IBS attacks. Have prescription levsin (hyoscyamine) .125mg. It's old (aug'11) & little help. Has med potency waned? Can i boost dose amt & or freq til i can get new rx?

Can increase the dos: Levsin (hyoscyamine) could be taken every 6 to 8 hours as needed and you can take it orally or sublingual which is faster acting.If .125mg is not working for you , you can increase the dose to .25mg.Also if you not responding as before need to look for other factors including your stress level and dietary habit. ...Read more

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Stopped Librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide) after 1 week on Dr's prescription for IBS but now feel depressed all the time, lost appetite, is it due to side effects of librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide)?

Stopped Librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide) after 1 week on Dr's prescription for IBS but now feel depressed all the time, lost appetite, is it due to side effects of librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide)?

Yes,: Librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide) contains a benzodiazepine, which is addicting. Stopping it will give you withdrawal symptoms. Your depressed feelings are due to withdrawal & not to clinical depression. Stay off it & you'll get better! Exercise & eat right (lots of fruits and veggies). Both help withdrawal as well as IBS. You may do even better off Librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide), with higher fiber in your diet. Take it slow though use Gas-x prn. ...Read more

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