Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common long-term condition, affecting around 12 million people in the UK. Typically causing abdominal pain and altered bowel movements, its symptoms vary between individuals, and can range from mild to severe. The condition can have a profound effect on everyday life.
Unfortunately, the precise causes are unknown, meaning there are no targeted medications capable of addressing what has gone awry. Although your doctor may prescribe certain drugs (for example, antidiarrhoeal or anti-constipationmedicines), no single IBS drug will work for everybody. For people living with IBS, self-care strategies are essential.
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