Irritable bowel syndrome is a condition that can cause bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and constipation. As well as the physical symptoms, living with IBS can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for the sufferer.
The cause of IBS symptoms is often unknown but it can be triggered by a history of IBS in your family, stress, certain foods and drinks, and a sensitive gut.
It is important to speak to your GP if you believe you have irritable bowel syndrome. It may be beneficial to keep a diary of foods that you have eaten and how they have made you feel before visiting your GP. This will make it easier to diagnose. The GP can then make recommendations on how to help your symptoms.
Some OTC products may help ease symptoms of IBS. At Phelans Pharmacy we have a wide selection of products and as always, our pharmacists and staff are on hand to help.
Browse of full selection of IBS products here.
The unique 35624® culture found in Alflorex has been tested in clinical trials and has been shown to transit through the digestive system and reach the bowel with its properties intact. It may help with abdominal discomfort, passage of gas and bloating.
Buscopan can help target the source of abdominal cramps and pain associated with IBS. They can be used at the first sign of a flare up and start to work in 15 minutes.
Colpermin IBS Relief Capsules are designed to delay the release of the active Peppermint Oil until it has arrived in the lower bowel. They help to relax muscles in the intestine and relieve discomfort and bloating.