IBS and conventional treatments

What conventional drugs are available to treat IBS?

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An introduction to IBS and conventional medications

If you have implemented dietary and lifestyle changes and tried herbal remedies for the management of IBS with no significant improvement of symptoms, a trip to your doctor may be required.

Further investigation may be necessary to rule out more serious conditions such as IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease). For an overview of the difference between IBS and IBD please refer to our page via the above link. Always visit your doctor if you are in any doubt.

If IBS is identified your doctor may be able to administer drugs that will offer temporary relief.


Anti-spasmodic medication work to reduce and stabilise uncoordinated contractions in the gut. This is often particularly useful if diarrhoea is present.

Anti-diarrhoeal medication

Anti-diarrhoeal medication can be prescribed that can help to reduce gut motility, add physical bulk to stools or reduce the amount of water being released into the gut.


Laxatives may be required to help relieve constipation. Laxatives can work by drawing more water into the bowel to soften stools, stimulating gut contractions or by adding physical substance to your stools to promote movement.

Mild anti-depressant medication

Mild anti-depressant medication may be an option in appropriate situations. These are often administered if anti-spasmodic medication hasn’t been successful in controlling your symptoms. They work by affecting the nerves that control your gut. 

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