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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatment

Can laxatives relieve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms?

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  • ALawrence Friedman, Gastroenterology, answered
    Many clinicians think that some laxatives, including the polyethylene glycol preparations (Miralax) used for colon cleansing prior to colonoscopy, are safe and effective for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) when used judiciously. However, laxatives with stimulant properties like bisacodyl (Dulcolax, Correctol) or senna (Ex-Lax) may cause some cramping.
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