Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Colpermin IBSColpermin IBS

Colpermin IBS Relief Capsules are indicated for the relief of symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) such as bowel cramps, bloating, trapped wind, and diarrhoea or constipation. The active ingredient in Colpermin IBS is peppermint oil contained in a sustained release enteric-coated and gastro-resistant capsule. This coating ensures that peppermint oil is released slowly through the lower bowel and can act directly on the bowel wall, causing it to relax.

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Alverine citrateAlverine citrate

Alverine Citrate is an antispasmodic medicine used for bowel and abdominal spasms and cramps, bloating associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticular disease, and painful periods. These symptoms may get worse when the patient is worried or experiencing a period of higher levels of stress. The effect of alverine citrate is to relax the muscles of the intestines and uterus.

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Buscopan cramps reliefBuscopan cramps relief

If you are having stomach cramps, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhoea or constipation, or both, period pain, and bladder pain. Then Buscopan cramp relief is an effective solution for that, a medicine that comes in tablets that works remarkably quickly, easing painful cramps and other symptoms within just 15 minutes. The medicine itself is comprised of the active ingredient, hyoscine butylbromide and the other ingredients, which are:  calcium hydrogen phosphate, maize starch, soluble starch, colloidal silica, tartaric acid, stearic acid, sucrose, talc, acacia, titanium dioxide, macrogol 6000, carnauba wax, white beeswax, and povidone.

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Buscopan IBS ReliefBuscopan IBS Relief

Buscopan IBS relief is the perfect medicine when you're combating Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which is a fairly common condition that causes quite a lot of pain and discomfort, with the symptoms being stomach cramps, bloating, constipation and probably the most inconvenient, diarrhoea. Buscopan IBS relief is a wonderful, easy to take, tablet-based medicine that is perfect for IBS, as it is designed specifically for treating this condition and takes 15 minutes for it to begin to ease the cramps. The medicine itself is comprised of the main active ingredient, hyoscine Butylbromide and the other ingredients, which are:  calcium hydrogen phosphate, maize starch, soluble starch, colloidal silica, tartaric acid, stearic acid, sucrose, talc, acacia, titanium dioxide, macrogol 6000, carnauba wax, white beeswax, and povidone.

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Mebeverine is a medication that falls under a category of treatments classified as antispasmodics. It contains mebeverine hydrochloride as an active ingredient, which works to alleviate symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS). Mebeverine is also used to treat spastic constipation and colitis, constipation and chronic irritable colon.

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What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome or otherwise commonly known as IBS is a condition of the digestive system. It is a frustrating and often life-long condition with symptoms that come and go over time and can last for days, weeks or months when they strike. The exact cause is unknown, but changes in diet and medication may help ease symptoms. Sometimes you can develop it with age. It is important to seek medical advice to rule out a more severe condition. 

What are the symptoms of IBS?

Symptoms of IBS include stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. Other common symptoms include: farting, passing mucus from the bottom, tiredness and fatigue, nausea, backache, urinary tract problems including a frequent need to pee and bladder not fully emptying and bowel incontinence. These symptoms can be very similar to a much more serious health condition such as bowel cancer. Seek urgent medical advice if: lost a lot of weight without trying, there’s blood either leaking from your bottom or in poo, hard lump or tummy swelling or shortness of breath, noticeable heartbeats and pale skin. 

The dangers of IBS?

There are no specific tests for IBS, but tests need to be done to rule out more serious health conditions. The GP may order blood tests and stool samples to rule out cancers and other bowel diseases, some of which can be life-threatening. 

Common IBS triggers include alcohol, caffeine, spicy or greasy foods and stress and anxiety. Keeping a diary can help identify if these are a trigger. If a trigger is identified, it can be managed. Keep a food journal to monitor what is eaten and drunk and what, if any symptoms occur. Trigger foods can become known and therefore avoided. Keep a stress journal so stressful situations can be identified and coping strategies employed for better stress manageable and fewer IBS. 

Eat homemade foods, even if it means setting aside a cooking day each month and freezing meals in friendly portions for your own homemade ready meals. Exercise can help manage both stress and symptoms. Find ways to relax, even set aside some “me time” and establish boundaries. Some people find symptoms kept at bay or more comfortable to manage with probiotics. These are live yeasts and bacterias found in some yoghurts or taken as a supplement. Look for “good” or “friendly” bacteria on the label if going the yoghurt route. Try for one month, if they work, keep taking and if not, then discard or try a different yoghurt brand. 

Do not skip or postpone meals. This can trigger symptoms. Don’t rush eating. Avoid eating a lot of fatty, spicy, greasy or processed foods. Do not eat more than three portions of fresh fruit in one day or drink more than three cups of tea or coffee. Avoid alcohol and fizzy drinks as these can trigger symptoms. 

How to relieve IBS?

A pharmacist can advise on over-the-counter treatments to treat the symptoms of IBS. Tell them if you have the IBS diagnosis or if it is suspected. 

To ease bloating, cramps and farting; eat oats, up to one tablespoon of linseeds per day and avoid hard to digest foods such as cabbage, onions, beans and dried fruit. Avoid trigger foods identified in the food journal. Avoid a sweetener called sorbitol, which is found in some foods. This may involve a lot of label reading as it is very common. 

To reduce diarrhoea, cut down on high fibre foods such as brown bread. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. 

To relieve constipation drink plenty of water for softer poo and increase soluble fibre found in porridge, carrots, peeled potatoes and pulses. 

Speak to a GP if the diet changes and over-the-counter medications bring no or little relief or if a lot of foods need to be avoided to manage symptoms. A GP can make a referral to a dietician to help monitor trigger foods and provide food intolerance testing. The GP can also prescribe low dose anti-depressant medications that are effective in controlling the symptoms of IBS, amongst other non-depression related health conditions. Anti-depressants come with a long list of side effects, somewhat ironically these include a loss of appetite, nausea and diarrhoea, regardless of why they are taken and are not suitable for everyone. 

Talk to other people with IBS. IBS can be a very isolating illness, speaking to other people with it, even online, can help relieve isolation and provide advice on how to get out and about. Other people who have gone through the same things can help with food diaries and offer a sounding board for venting. Other people with the same condition can relate in ways than non-IBS suffers can’t. There are support groups for people with IBS. Other suffers can also provide advice for ways to reduce stress when non-suffers expect too much. 

With the correct support and trial and error of identifying triggers, IBS symptoms can be managed for a more fulfilling life.