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How do you treat irritable bowl and what diet?
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Dr. Gary Gottlieb
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on what kind
Ibs can be diarrhea- or constipation- predominant or mixed-type.
Ibs-c can be treated with fiber supplements, stool softeners, mild magnesium-based laxatives, or peg 3350. Ibs-d can be treated with loperamide or prescription drugs. Important to rule out celiac disease, lactose intolerance, or colitis. Dietary treatment includes avoiding stimulants (caffeine), alcohol, and stopping tobacco use.

In brief: Depends on what kind
Ibs can be diarrhea- or constipation- predominant or mixed-type.
Ibs-c can be treated with fiber supplements, stool softeners, mild magnesium-based laxatives, or peg 3350. Ibs-d can be treated with loperamide or prescription drugs. Important to rule out celiac disease, lactose intolerance, or colitis. Dietary treatment includes avoiding stimulants (caffeine), alcohol, and stopping tobacco use.
Dr. Gary Gottlieb
Dr. Gary Gottlieb
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Consider Lotronex for severe IBS-D, or Amitiza (and soon linaclotide) for C-IBS.
Holly Barth
General Practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: Based on Symptoms
Treatment of IBS is symptomatic.
Some patients have diarrhea and others have constipation so a physician's treatment plan is based on symptoms. Diet: slowly increase the fiber in the diet. Avoid high fat diets, cabbage, beans, legumes and lentils.

In brief: Based on Symptoms
Treatment of IBS is symptomatic.
Some patients have diarrhea and others have constipation so a physician's treatment plan is based on symptoms. Diet: slowly increase the fiber in the diet. Avoid high fat diets, cabbage, beans, legumes and lentils.
Holly Barth
Holly Barth
Answer assisted by Holly Barth, Medical Student
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Dr. Mark Mattar
I agree. I would also try probiotics, like Align, for 2-4 weeks if you have mainly diarrhea and pain.
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