Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder (3,17)
- Causes bouts of cramping, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation
- Affects 10-20 % of people at some point in their life
- Is twice as prevalent in women as in men
What is IBS? (14, 17, 18)
It is characterised by recurrent abdominal discomfort or pain accompanied by at least two of the following: relief after having a bowel movement, change in frequency of stool, or change in consistency of stool.
The gentle squeezing and relaxing of the intestinal muscles, move food through the digestive system. When you suffer from IBS, this rhythmic process is interrupted, resulting in food moving slower (or faster) through the digestive system. This then leads to abdominal discomfort.
What causes IBS? (17-19)
Generally, it is agreed that IBS is caused by an increased sensitivity to pain in the entire gut; or as a result of a food-related illness like food poisoning; or psychological factors such as stress. The exact cause is unknown.
What are the risk factors for having IBS? (17,19)
You are more likely to develop IBS if you:
- Are female – twice as many women as men develop IBS
- Are young – if you are under the age of 45
- Are genetically predisposed to it – a family history will make you susceptible to it
- Have mental health problems like anxiety, depression or suffer from stress
Signs and symptoms of IBS: (3, 17, 18)
- Abdominal pain and cramping – often relieved by emptying your bowels
- A change in your usual bowel habits – such as diarrhoea, constipation, or sometimes both
- Bloating and swelling of your abdomen
- Excessive wind (flatulence)
- An urgent need to go to the toilet
- A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement – even if you have just been to the toilet
- A feeling you have not fully emptied your bowels
- Mucus in your stool
Agiolax® is not indicated for the treatment of IBS, if you are taking Agiolax® to treat constipation brought on by IBS, it should be done under your doctor’s supervision.
Agiobulk® is indicated for the treatment of constipation brought on by IBS and dosages should be individualised as per your doctor’s recommendation.