Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea
IBS-D is a condition that causes abdominal pain and diarrhea. Management of IBS-D can be complex and the best treatment depends on many factors. People with IBS-D should have an informed discussion with their doctor to develop an effective treatment plan.
FDA-Approved IBS-D Therapies
Lotronex can help reduce diarrhea symptoms and abdominal pain in people with IBS-D. It works by slowing the movement of stool through the intestines. Currently, Lotronex is only FDA-approved for use in women with severe IBS-D.
Viberzi can help reduce diarrhea symptoms in people with IBS-D. It works by slowing the movement of stool through the intestines.
Xifaxin is an antibiotic that can help reduce diarrhea symptoms, abdominal pain, and bloating in people with IBS-D.
Other IBS-D Therapies
Although antidepressants were originally developed to treat mood conditions, doctors discovered that these medicines can also treat IBS symptoms.
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.