Thursday, April 29, 2010

Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

A gastroenterologist may recommend antibiotics such as Xifaxans for infection. It will be a good idea to ask your doctor for probiotics. They help promote growth of healthy bacteria and prevent bad bugs that cause bloating, gas and other symptoms if taken regularly. A Dannon Activia yogurt or Digestive Advantage supplements might also be recommended.
Since many people with IBS have problems with serotonin, drugs that work on serotonin can help. Those who suffer constipation, Zelnorm can help strengthen neurotransmission, making the gut goes faster, while those that suffer diarrhea, Lotronex is the best choice. It can also take away pain, bloating and discomfort.
Cutting back on lactose and fructose can trigger symptoms such as cramping, bloating and diarrhea. Limit hard-to-absorb sugar alcohols such as maltitol and xylitol as well. Fiber supplements can help ease constipation, but you might want to talk with your doctor about it.
IBS is often related to anxiety to most, so a trained hypnotherapist can help you learn how to relax which eases pain, bloating, diarrhea or constipation.
Hypnosis can also work best in conjunction with drugs and other life-style approaches.