IBS Treatment

Your health care provider will create a care plan for you based on:

  • Your age, overall health, and past health
  • How serious your case is
  • How well you handle certain medicines, treatments, or therapies
  • If your condition is expected to get worse
  • What you would like to do

Treatment for IBS may include:

  • Changes in your diet. Eating a proper diet is important if you have IBS. In some cases a high-fiber diet can reduce symptoms. Keep a list of foods that cause you pain, and talk about this with your health care provider.
  • Medicines. Your health care provider may prescribe fiber supplements or have you take something now and then to loosen your stool (a laxative). Other options may include medicines that ease nausea and vomiting (serotonin antagonists), stop muscle spasms (antispasmodic medicines), make you calm (tranquilizers), or help ease symptoms of depression (antidepressants).

Good fiber sources may include:



Moderate fiber

High fiber


Whole wheat bread, granola bread, wheat bran muffins, Nutri-Grain waffles, popcorn


Bran Flakes, Raisin Bran, Shredded Wheat, Frosted Mini Wheats, oatmeal, Mueslix, granola, oat bran

All-Bran, Bran Buds, Corn Bran, Fiber One, 100% Bran


Beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, corn, green beans, green peas, acorn and butternut squash, spinach, potato with skin, avocado


Apples with peel, dates, papayas, mangos, nectarines, oranges, pears, kiwis, strawberries, applesauce, raspberries, blackberries, raisins

Cooked prunes, dried figs

Meat substitutes

Peanut butter, nuts

Baked beans, black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans, lima beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, chili with beans, trail mix

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