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

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.
Harsha Vittal, MD
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.

Continue Learning about Diarrhea

Coping with Traveler’s Diarrhea
Coping with Traveler’s Diarrhea
In 1984 Parker Bros. launched an Atari game that offered a new set of thrills: It was a treasure-hunting, puzzle-solving adventure called Montezuma's ...
Read More
Can I treat my diarrhea or excess gas symptoms with natural supplements?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
Many natural supplements are available for treating diarrhea and gas symptoms. But in some cases of ...
More Answers
What is chronic diarrhea?
Patsy CatsosPatsy Catsos
Chronic diarrhea is frequent, loose, watery stools lasting at least four weeks. Diarrhea that lasts ...
More Answers
How Does Ulcerative Colitis Affect My Body?
How Does Ulcerative Colitis Affect My Body?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.