Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation

IBS-C is a condition that causes abdominal pain and constipation. Management of IBS-C can be complex and the best treatment depends on many factors. People with IBS-C should have an informed discussion with their doctor to develop an effective treatment plan.

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  • FDA-Approved IBS-C Therapies

    • Amitiza®

      lubiprostone

      Amitiza can help reduce constipation, abdominal pain, and bloating in people with IBS-C. It works by promoting fluid secretion into the intestines to aid in passing of stool.

      http://www.amitiza.com

    • Linzess©

      linaclotide

      Linzess can reduce constipation, abdominal pain, and bloating in people with IBS-C. It works by promoting fluid secretion into the intestines to aid in passing of stool. It also calms pain-sensing nerves in the GI system.

      http://www.linzess.com

  • Other IBS-C Therapies

    • Antidepressants

      Although antidepressants were originally developed to treat mood conditions, doctors discovered that these medicines can also treat IBS symptoms.

    • Dietary fiber

      Eating fiber-rich foods can help with some IBS symptoms. Fiber keeps fluid in the intestines to soften stools.

    • Fiber supplements

      Fiber supplements can help with some IBS symptoms. Fiber keeps fluid in the intestines to soften stools.

    • Miralax®

      polyethylene glycol

      Miralax can help reduce constipation symptoms in people with IBS-C. It works by drawing fluid into the intestines to help with passage of stool.

    • Peppermint oil

      Peppermint oil can help with some IBS symptoms. It causes the intestines to relax so they are less likely to spasm and cramp.

    • Probiotics

      Probiotics, or "good bacteria", can sometimes help with IBS symptoms. Not all probiotics are the same, so speak with your doctor to determine if any are right for you.

    • Psychological interventions

      There is some evidence that psychological therapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, relaxation breathing, and mindful meditation, can help with IBS symptoms.