IBS Diarrhea And Treatment

On this page you will find IBS DIARRHEA guidance including remedies for your symptoms and much more.

Commonly referred to as IBS-D, you will know the features already - persistent bowel motions, urgency, abdominal pain, wind and bloating to name but a few, sound familiar?

The worst thing of all is that it can occur at any time, but is most common in the mornings. Night-time symptoms are rare. 

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If you find your SYMPTOMS are occurring at night, the diagnosis should be reconsidered as this is really very unusual.

In this section, I will discuss this further, the diet that may help and other treatment options available to you.

What Causes Diarrhea Predominant IBS?

No one knows the underlying cause for your symptoms, but it is likely to be multi factorial including influences such as foods, infections, environment, lifestyle and maybe genetics too as some families have multiple members with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Its interesting that it often occurs after a bout of GASTROENTERITIS making an infection a possible reason for it, although this has not been isolated.

Perhaps the infection changes the bowel handling of fluids, foods and waste products?

IBS Diarrhea Treatment

There are many REMEDIES for diarrhea predominant symptoms.

You can try a dietary change, removing any high fiber foods and replacing with low fiber alternatives

Soluble fiber is another option such as:

  • Flaxseeds
  • Acacia
  • Benefiber

By far the most common way of dealing of dealing with IBS diarrhea is through special diets such as the low FODMAP diet.

The saying “you are what you eat” really does have some bearing in Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

You probably know some foods which have already upset you. Avoiding complex carbohydrates, gluten, fats and dairy products can all be helpful in reducing symptoms.

Remember, diets don't work straight away, they can take months so this is more of a long term strategy, but I'll leave you to read more about this in the diet section.

Avoid foods with sugar substitutes aspartame and sorbitol as these have laxative properties.

They can be found in a lot of products, including fizzy drinks and chewing gum.

A honey from New Zealand called Manuka may help you. There is definite evidence of benefit in gastroenteritis, but there is anecdotal evidence that it may help in IBS.

If its particularly bad, you can buy loperamide (Immodium), Codeine or Co-Phenotrope (Lomotil) which will help ease symptoms.

Methylcellulose tablets (Celevac) can also bought and these work by soaking up water from your stools.

Calcium is one of the little recognised remedies for diarrhea which really can work! It's certainly worth considering, but discuss this with your doctor if you have any history of parathyroid adenoma, gallstones and kidney stones.

Sometimes IBS DIARRHEA responds to drugs normally given for a condition known as bile salt diarrhea.The drugs you can try are Cholestyramine (Questran) and Colestipol (Colestid). Both these drugs are "bile salt sequestrants", which work by binding your bile salts.

If you've had your gallbladder removed, it is definitely worth a try. They come as sachets which you mix in water.

In the longer term there are a lot of strategies that you can try. A lot of these can be found in the digestive health and treatment sections of this website, which you can go on to read.

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