How can I manage diarrhea from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

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Harsha Vittal, MD
Gastroenterology
In patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), anti-diarrhea medicines can be used. In this video, gastroenterologist Harsha Vittal, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital suggests using this treatment sparingly so patients don't become reliant.
Celeste Robb-Nicholson
Internal Medicine
If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fatty foods, coffee, and alcohol can trigger cramps and diarrhea. So can chewing gum and drinks containing sorbitol or fructose, a component of honey and certain fruits that is used as a sweetener in many food products. Loperamide (Imodium) reduces intestinal contractions and fluid secretion in the gut. It helps relieve diarrhea, but not pain. The prescription drug diphenoxylate (Lomotil) may also be useful.

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