Certain Food and Drinks

Drugs & Supplements

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3. Drugs & Supplements

Drugs can influence the function of the digestive tract and some will trigger IBS symptoms, especially spasms of the colon, constipation or diarrhea. Some are prescription drugs (i.e. antibiotics, especially when used long term), antidepressant drugs or over the counter medication that contain sorbitol (i.e. cough syrup).

Carefully read the labels of any drugs you take, as well as vitamins and supplements, which may include artificial sweeteners and preservatives. If your doctor prescribed a new drug and you experience more or new symptoms you should talk to him or her and find alternative solutions.

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