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Can medicines relieve IBS symptoms?

Your doctor may prescribe fiber supplements or occasional laxatives if you are constipated. Some doctors prescribe drugs that control colon muscle spasms, drugs that slow the movement of food through the digestive system, tranquilizers, or antidepressant drugs, all of which may relieve symptoms. In 2000, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved alosetron hydrochloride to treat IBS in women. Alosetron slows intestinal movement and may reduce nerve problems that could be contributing to IBS. Refer to the Medication Guide from the FDA for information on the potential risks of alosetron.


It is important to follow the physician’s instructions when taking IBS medications--particularly laxatives, which can be habit forming if not used carefully.