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.
FDA-Approved IBS-C Therapies
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.
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.
Other IBS-C Therapies
Although antidepressants were originally developed to treat mood conditions, doctors discovered that these medicines can also treat IBS symptoms.
Eating fiber-rich foods can help with some IBS symptoms. Fiber keeps fluid in the intestines to soften stools.
Fiber supplements can help with some IBS symptoms. Fiber keeps fluid in the intestines to soften stools.
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 can help with some IBS symptoms. It causes the intestines to relax so they are less likely to spasm and cramp.
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.
There is some evidence that psychological therapies, like cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, relaxation breathing, and mindful meditation, can help with IBS symptoms.