DOCTOR'S VIEWS ARCHIVE
What are effective treatment options for IBS?
There are few good studies of treatment in irritable bowel syndrome.
- Fiber--dietary fiber--has been studied, but the results are mixed. That is, some studies have shown benefit and others have not.
- Anti-depressants in low doses have been shown to be effective.
- The first drug specifically for irritable bowel syndrome recently was approved. This drug is alosetron (Lotronex). Alosetron has been shown to be effective in relieving diarrhea and cramps, but only in women with diarrhea as their main problem. It has been effective in less than half of patients.
The published answers represent the opinions and perspectives of the doctors and pharmacists of MedicineNet.com and are for educational purposes only. They should not be used to replace or substitute for timely consultation with your doctor. Accuracy of information cannot be guaranteed.
Please remember, information can be subject to interpretation and can become obsolete.
Back to Doctors' Dialogue Index