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Hemorrhoids and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

This may be discouraging to hear, but sometimes hemorrhoids accompany IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). That means if you suffer from hemorrhoids, there’s a good chance that you may suffer from IBS, and vice versa. Suffering from one of these conditions can be difficult enough, but suffering from both at the same time can be too much to handle for some people. The key to handling these conditions at the same time involves making appropriate lifestyle changes that can help you alleviate the symptoms of both IBS and hemorrhoids.

The IBS Connection

Why do hemorrhoids and IBS appear to be so complementary? First, it helps to understand the symptoms of IBS, and how they affect the development of hemorrhoids. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is very common, with doctors reporting it as one of the primary complaints among patients.

Plecanatide For Chronic Idiopathic Constipation Wins FDA Approval

Synergy Pharmaceuticals’s plecanatide, (Trulance), a once-daily oral treatment for chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) in adult patients, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA said the safety and effectiveness of the drug have not been established in patients less than 18 years of age. Chronic idiopathic constipation refers to people experiencing […]

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Treatment For Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Psychotherapy is as effective as medication in lessening the severity of symptoms from irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, past research has shown. Now, psychologists at Vanderbilt University have looked at different types of psychotherapy to determine which is best at improving the ability of IBS patients to participate in daily activities. They found that one […]

Therapy Can Ease IBS Symptoms For Up To A Year

Doctors have known for some time that psychological therapies can reduce the symptoms of irritable bowl syndrome (IBS) in the short term. Now, a meta-analysis finds that the effects appear to last 6 to 12 months after the therapy ends. The study looks at the results of 41 clinical trials from a number of different […]

Treatment for IBS

A variety of medications are notable for the treatment of the symptoms of IBS. The range of medications used to treat irritable bowel syndrome includes

  • Laxatives
  • Anti-diarrhea medicines
  • Antispasmodics
  • Antidepressants

Your doctor may also recommend fiber supplements and/or laxatives to ease your constipation or other medicines to reduce your diarrhea, such as Lomotil or loperamide (Imodium).

Antispasmodics and anticholinergics are commonly prescribed to help control and slow muscle spasms in the colon and diminish abdominal pain. Examples include Hyoscyamine (Anaspaz, Cystospaz, Levsin) and dicyclomine (Bentyl, Di-Spaz)

Antidepressants function on the nervous system of the gut to reduce its sensitivity to pain and other sensations. However, antidepressants can also be prescribed to ease the depression resulting from the symptoms of IBS.

Your doctor may also give you sedatives or tranquilizers for brief periods to treat anxiety that may be making your symptoms worse. Antispasmodics and antidepressants can also worsen constipation, so doctors may also prescribe medications that relax muscles in the bladder and intestines, such as Donnapine and Librax. These medications contain a mild sedative, which can be addictive and habit forming, so they need to be used under the guidance of a physician.