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Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

There is no cure for IBS. Many are able to control their symptoms with lifestyle changes and medicine. Stress management and alternative treatments may also help.

The goal of treatment is to decrease your symptoms and improve quality of life. Treatment for IBS includes:


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Last reviewed May 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daus Mahnke, MD  Last Updated: 6/27/2018