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Current Pharmacologic Treatments of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Pharmacologic treatments for IBS are usually aimed at improving the predominant IBS symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain. The most common classes of drugs currently used are laxatives, antidiarrheals, antispasmodics, antidepressants, and 5-HT modulators. A review of indications, methods of action, and side effects associated with commonly available agents used to treat IBS.

Topics: Brochure, Fact Sheet, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

About the Author

  • Anthony J. Lembo, MD

    Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Division of Gastroenterology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

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