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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common conditions of the digestive system that causes bouts of diarrhoea and/or constipation, along with painful stomach cramps, bloating and excess wind.

What causes IBS is not clear, but it's a long-term condition that's believed to affect 20% of people during their lifetime, with women being twice as likely as men to be affected, and tends to flare up during stressful times or after eating foods that upset the stomach.

However IBS can be more manageable with lifestyle and diet changes, and medication to treat particular IBS symptoms.

If your symptoms have lasted for longer than 2 weeks, ask our pharmacist for advice.

Our Advice

  • Increase your fibre intake. Fibre can be found in fruit and vegetables and wholemeal bread.
  • Drink plenty of fluids - not cola or coffee or tea.
  • Avoid foods that can cause wind e.g. fizzy drinks and spicy foods.
  • Take regular exercise.
  • Eat regularly and avoid large meals.
  • Don't rush your food. Create time to sit and relax while you eat your meal
  • Take time to relax as stress can cause irritable bowel syndrome.
  • If you have sudden abdominal pains see our pharmacist as soon as possible.

Products we recommend for this condition are:

  • Colpermin IBS Relief Capsules 20s - Colpermin IBS Relief Capsules contain natural peppermint oil formulated in a sustained release capsule, clinically proven to provide effective, targeted relief from the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. These capsules release peppermint oil where it is needed to relieve the symptoms of IBS including painful spasms, bloating and trapped wind, constipation and/or diarrhoea.  Consult your doctor before using this product even if you know you have IBS: - If you are aged 40 years or more and it is some time since your last attack of IBS or the symptoms are different this time. - If you have passed blood from the bowel. - If you are feeling sick or vomiting. - If you have lost your appetite or lost weight, for no obvious cause. - If you are looking pale or feeling tired. - If you are suffering from severe constipation. - If you have a fever. - If you have recently travelled abroad. - If you are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant. - If you have abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge. - If you have difficulty or pain passing urine. Consult your doctor if: - You have developed new symptoms, or if your symptoms worsen, or if they do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment. Consult your pharmacist or doctor if: - You are especially sensitive to menthol or peppermint oil. Not recommended for children under 15 years. If you have any other symptoms after taking this product, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Keep out of reach of children. Always read the label.
  • Colofac IBS Tablets 30s - Relief from the symptoms of IBS.  Contains mebeverine hydrochloride.  If you have not suffered from IBS before, or you have developed new symptoms, or your symptoms have got worse, please see your doctor before using any IBS treatment. Consult your doctor before using this product even if you know you have IBS: - If you are 40 years of age or over and your symptoms have changed, or it is some time since you last suffered from IBS. - If you passed blood from the bowel. - If you are feeling sick or vomiting. - If you have lost your appetite, or lost weight, for no apparent reason. - If you are looking pale and feeling tired. - If you are suffering from severe constipation. - If you have a fever. - If you have recently travelled abroad. - If you are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant. - If you have abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge. - If you have difficulty or pain when passing water. Not recommended for children under 10 years. If you have any other symptoms after taking this product, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Keep out of reach of children. Always read the label.  Always read the label. 
  • Buscopan IBS Relief Tablets 20s - For relief from painful abdominal spasms in medically confirmed IBS.  Contains hyoscine butylbromide.  o not take if: - You have glaucoma, megacolon or myasthenia gravis. Consult your doctor before using this product even if you know you have IBS: - If you are aged 40 years or over and it is some time since your last attack of IBS or the symptoms are different this time. - If you have recently passed blood from the bowel. - If you suffer from severe constipation. - If you are feeling sick or vomiting. - If you have lost your appetite or lost weight. - If you have difficulty or pain passing urine. - If you have a fever. - If you have recently travelled abroad. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if: - You are pregnant or breastfeeding. - You have a very fast heart rate or other heart problems. - You have previously been treated by a doctor for a severe sweating disorder. - You have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars because the tablets contain sucrose. Buscopan IBS Relief can occasionally cause temporary vision problems. If affected do not drive or operate machinery. Not recommended for children under 12 years. If you have any other symptoms after taking this product, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Keep out of reach of children. Always read the label.

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