What are the medications for IBS?
In the past, prescription medication options for IBS have been limited, but this is rapidly changing with new medications getting FDA approval, with several more drugs in various stages of development. The most common medications available are Amitiza, Linzess, Xifaxan, Hyocsyamine, Dicyclomine, Donnatol, Glycolax, Viberzi, Atrantil, IBGard, and Align. Some of these drug options treat specific types of IBS (e.g. IBS-C), so they are not typically a universal solution for all IBS patients. Your Gastroenterologist will discuss the medication options that are best suited for your specific IBS symptoms.
It is important to remember that just because natural treatment options are available over the counter, does not mean that they are always safe. It is essential that you speak with your Gastroenterologist before trying any herbal supplement to make sure that the herb in question will not negatively affect any medication you are taking or any other health problem that you may have.