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 Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and your IBS symptoms.

What is IBS?

IBS is a common condition that approximately 2 in 10 people in the UK experience*. IBS affects your digestive system and can cause symptoms such as stomach cramps or bloating. These can come and go and last anywhere between a few days to a few months.

It is usually a lifelong condition, but there are ways you can manage your IBS symptoms. Our Pharmacists are always here with advice and recommendations about diet changes or over the counter medication you can try.

What Causes IBS?

IBS is a common condition that approximately 2 in 10 people in the UK experience*. IBS affects your digestive system and can cause symptoms such as stomach cramps or bloating. These can come and go and last anywhere between a few days to a few months.

It is usually a lifelong condition, but there are ways you can manage your IBS symptoms. Our Pharmacists are always here with advice and recommendations about diet changes or over the counter medication you can try.

What are the IBS symptoms to look out for?

Every individual will experience IBS symptoms slightly differently, but the most common ones to look out for are:

  • Stomach pain and cramps
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Flatulence
  • Tiredness and a lack of energy
  • Nausea
  • Backache
  • Incontinence

There may be some days when you experience fewer symptoms, or days when they are worse. These are known as ‘flare ups’. You may notice them after eating certain food or drinks.

IBS Diagnosis

If you think you may have IBS, or are experiencing any of the symptoms, it’s a good idea to speak to your GP. There’s no test for IBS, but your GP can talk to you about the symptoms you’re experiencing and complete a series of tests to rule out any other conditions.

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.