Do Over-the-Counter Remedies for IBS Really Work?

Safety and Effectiveness

Due to the fact that there is no one medication that can cure IBS, patients are faced with the difficult task of trying to choose among the wide variety of over-the-counter (OTC) products that are advertised for IBS. To help you in your search for symptom relief, here's an overview of some of the more popular IBS remedies, research support for their effectiveness, and the information you need to decide if the product is right for you. Don't forget to make sure you get the go-ahead from your doctor before trying any new treatment option.

Products for Overall Digestive Health

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As puzzling as it may seem, there are products that are helpful in relieving digestive distress regardless of whether your primary symptom is diarrhea or constipation. The multiple factors that may contribute to IBS symptoms are reflected in the purported actions of these various remedies, whether it be aiding gut motility, improving the bacterial balance in your digestive tract, or soothing hypersensitive or inflamed gut walls.

Constipation Remedies

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It seems that you have to walk in the shoes of someone who suffers from chronic constipation to truly understand the suffering involved. Constipation can be a very vexing problem with no easy solutions. For some individuals, one of the following OTCs may be all that is needed, while for others the OTC is only a part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

Diarrhea Remedies

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The unpredictable and intrusive nature of chronic diarrhea lends itself to the very human desire to “MAKE IT STOP NOW!” Although not the miracle cure that is so desperately needed, the following products may serve to provide some relief, either alone or as part of an overall treatment strategy.

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