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Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

There is no cure for IBS. Many people can control their symptoms with habit changes and medicine. Stress management and alternative treatments may also help.

The goal of treatment is to ease symptoms and improve quality of life. This can be done with:


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  • Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
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