How to treat IBS – Medicinal Ways
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be one of those really quite annoying conditions and it can feel like there is no end goal or hope. Over the last few years, since being diagnosed I have looked at different products available, to try to work out what works best for me, and my condition.
As you may know, IBS usually has different symptoms, from abdominal or stomach pain/cramps, all the way to diarrhea…or both, yep that’s the worst. It can be different for every sufferer and can differ in pain levels as well.
The following available products are ones that I have found work well for me, and my particular problem. As always, consult your Dr and always read the labels!
Why Pharmaceutical or Medicinal?
I believe quite a lot of the power of modern medicine. As I have said in my other article’ How to Treat IBS Naturally‘, I am not against natural remedies, if they work for you! I am just also happy to explore medicinal treatments.
So, what could work?
There are a number of pills and potions currently on the market that is geared towards sufferers of IBS, many of which contain natural ingredients such as peppermint oil or similar. Below are a number of brands that I have found to work, and where you can get them (in the UK at least).
Colpermin IBS Relief
Quite a common medicinal treatment, Colpermin is one of those pills that contains peppermint oil. It’s noted as being able to help with all aspects of IBS, including the spasms (which I get the most), but also the less pleasant side of things!
From experience, I have always found Colpermin to be really good and has always calmed my spasms down. It does also seem to do a good job of releasing trapped wind and relieve bloating.
My one problem with them is that they only come in quite small packs, usually 20s and by the time you have had their recommended amount for the day you are nearly out! Though I have now found that you can get packs of 100 online! Check them out here, if you can’t get them in stores
My go-to tablet for when my IBS kicks up! I have a blister pack of these in my car, house, bathroom, bedroom, work bag and even my suitcase! They are easily bought in nearly all supermarkets and stores these days, and I have found they are by far the best for my stomach cramps and spasms.
Unlike Colpermin, these little tablets do not contain peppermint oil. Buscopan contains the active ingredient hyoscine butylbromide that has shown to have an antispasmodic effect on the stomach and bowels. Essentially releasing the pain and discomfort you may find when having an IBS attack.
Imodium IBS Relief
Made by the same pharmacy that produces the Colpermin, Imodium IBS works by reducing diarrhoea with the active ingredient Loperamide Hydrochloride.
The feedback and the comments show that a lot of people find these brilliant for helping relieve the symptoms and the problems associated with IBS diarrhoea.
From experience, you do not have to buy ‘specific IBS’ brands if you are suffering from IBS diarrhoea, a lot of the brands contain the same active ingredient and as such work just as effectively! For example, these none branded diarrhoea tablets only cost £5.49 + get free UK delivery and you get 3 packs of 6. Compared to the £4 for the pack of 6 Imodium IBS tablets, that turns into a bargain.
Much like the Colpermin, Senocalm contains that magical little peppermint oil that has been found to be so effective. It does also contain Simethicone, which has been shown to break up the gas bubbles that are found in your stomach and gut that cause the bloating and stomach cramps. Using our trusty friend Wikipedia“Simethicone is an anti-foaming agent that decreases the surface tension of gas bubbles, causing them to combine into larger bubbles in the stomach that can be passed more easily. Simethicone does not reduce or prevent the formation of gas in the digestive tract; rather, it increases the rate at which it exits the body.”
Combining this with the proven relief of peppermint oil this makes Senocalm a great product for both calming your stomach and getting rid or reducing the amount of trapped gas and air that we have all become so used to!
My one problem with Senocalm is how hard it is to find it. I can never find them in supermarkets and it’s nearly as difficult in pharmacies these days!
I have only touched the surface on the number of products and items available for sufferers of IBS, these range from pure peppermint oil tablets or soft gels to probiotic supplements (more of these can be found on my other article into more natural ways of dealing with IBS – See below!)
As you can see, many of the products above do contain peppermint oil as their main or secondary ingredient. This is because there have been years of studies into how peppermint oil is great at reducing spasms! Check out the Natural Guide for IBS treatment.
You may also find that following certain guides may help, for instance, The IBS Miracle claims that they can reduce or cure IBS naturally. After reading the guide I felt my IBS was reduced, mainly due to stress reduction techniques and small changes in my diet.