At LloydsPharmacy, we’re here to help with all of your health concerns.
We understand that it can sometimes be hard to talk about stomach issues, which is why we’ve put together this guide to help you understand more about the IBS treatment options that are available.
Everyone will experience different symptoms of IBS, so there’s not one single diet or medicine that’s recommended for everyone. However, there are several practical steps you can take that can help ease your symptoms.
What Can Trigger IBS?
Sometimes IBS can flare up for no obvious reason, but there are certain triggers you can look out for, such as:
- Certain foods, such as spicy or particularly fatty foods
To identify your individual triggers, why not try keeping a diary? This can help you keep track of when you experience symptoms and help identify what might make them worse.
Try to make a note of what you eat and drink, and when, along with symptoms you experience, any exercise you do, and if you’re feeling stressed or anxious.
Top Tips to Manage IBS*
- When you can, cook homemade meals using fresh ingredients
- Try to find ways to relax, like reading a book or meditating
- Make sure to get plenty of exercise • Keep a diary to find out what may trigger your IBS
- Try probiotics for a month to see if they help
- Try not to delay or skip meals
- Ideally don’t eat too quickly
- Try to avoid eating fatty, spicy or processed foods
- It’s advised not to drink more than 3 cups of tea or coffee a day, and to avoid drinking alcohol or fizzy drinks in excess
IBS Medication You Could Try
Senocalm 20 Capsules
Senocalm capsules can help relieve symptoms of IBS including bloating and discomfort as well as spasms and cramps.
Alflorex is a food supplement, which has been clinically studied in patients with IBS and shown to manage symptoms including abdominal pain and discomfort and bloating.
Buscipan IBS Relief helps ease symptoms of IBS such as abdominal cramps which cause pain and discomfort.
As everyone experiences IBS differently, not all medications will work for everyone. If you’re not sure which one is best for you come instore and talk to one of our Pharmacists. They can help to recommend IBS treatments that work for you.
Getting the right support
If you’re experiencing IBS, there are several places you can get help and advice.
Visit your local LloydsPharmacy
Your Pharmacist can give you advice on diet and lifestyle, as well as talk you through the options for medicines that are available, depending on the symptoms you’re experiencing.
Speak to your GP
If you’re experiencing symptoms of IBS, but haven’t been diagnosed yet, see your GP. If you’ve been diagnosed with IBS and need more advice about getting your symptoms under control, your GP can refer you to a dietitian. They may also refer you for psychological therapies if you’ve been living with IBS for a long time, haven’t yet found the right treatment for you and find stress or anxiety a trigger.
The IBS Network is a national charity for people with IBS. It provides information and advice about living with IBS, where you can find local support groups and also an online forum where you can talk to other people living with IBS and share tips. Visit theibsnetwork.org to find out more.
If you’ve been diagnosed with IBS and are not sure how to manage it, come instore and talk to one of our Pharmacists. They can help you manage your IBS, talk you through diet and lifestyle changes you can try as well as over the counter medication that could help ease your symptoms. Find your local LloydsPharmacy here.