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What are some of the best OTC remedies for ibs?

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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Fiber

Oddly enough, sometimes even diarrhea responds well to fiber which can act as a "bulking" agent and give stool more consistency and form. Metamucil is one name brand, and psyillium husks are also available, although there are plenty of generics.
Constipation symptoms can be treated with fiber as well as laxative- such as miralax (polyethylene glycol). Pro-biotics may be of benefit and are also available otc.

In brief: Fiber

Oddly enough, sometimes even diarrhea responds well to fiber which can act as a "bulking" agent and give stool more consistency and form. Metamucil is one name brand, and psyillium husks are also available, although there are plenty of generics.
Constipation symptoms can be treated with fiber as well as laxative- such as miralax (polyethylene glycol). Pro-biotics may be of benefit and are also available otc.
Dr. Michael Klein
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Dr. Ioana Bina
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Peppermint oil

Peppermint oil capsules are the best.

In brief: Peppermint oil

Peppermint oil capsules are the best.
Dr. Ioana Bina
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Chinese Medicine may also offer you a lot of great information and tools to help improve your IBS. Often diet changes make a big difference as well. Avoid processed sugar and flour. AVOID genetically modified foods (read labels). Eat more 'clean". Check out a magazine called Clean Eating for ideas on simpler foods.
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Peppermint oil,flax&

Agree peppermint oil is good- as enteric-coated capsules 0.
2-0.4 ml 2-3x/day. Agree fiber & probiotics are good; flaxseed powder has been shown to be better than psyllium for ibs. Melatonin 2-5 mg may help. Agree with dr. Franz's comments re: diet under dr. Bina's answers; gluten, dairy and other food intolerances may be a factor. See http://www.Umm.Edu/altmed/articles/irritable-bowel-000098.Htm.

In brief: Peppermint oil,flax&

Agree peppermint oil is good- as enteric-coated capsules 0.
2-0.4 ml 2-3x/day. Agree fiber & probiotics are good; flaxseed powder has been shown to be better than psyllium for ibs. Melatonin 2-5 mg may help. Agree with dr. Franz's comments re: diet under dr. Bina's answers; gluten, dairy and other food intolerances may be a factor. See http://www.Umm.Edu/altmed/articles/irritable-bowel-000098.Htm.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Butyric acid

Butyric acid heals large intestine available as butyric cal mag from biotics.
Kapparrest which has curcumin and bioperin is anti-inflammatory takes away bowel irritation- need 10 caps bid, glutaime for IBS need 15gm per day.

In brief: Butyric acid

Butyric acid heals large intestine available as butyric cal mag from biotics.
Kapparrest which has curcumin and bioperin is anti-inflammatory takes away bowel irritation- need 10 caps bid, glutaime for IBS need 15gm per day.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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