Introducing an Advance in the Dietary Management of IBS
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that impacts 15-20% of the U.S. population, but only a small portion of IBS sufferers seek medical attention or know what management options exist. While the cause of IBS is not completely understood, symptoms appear to be the result of an overly sensitive GI tract, and problems can worsen with certain foods and stress. IBS symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, urgency, gas, pain at evacuation, and a sense of an incomplete bowel movement. There is no cure for IBS, but there are ways to manage IBS and its symptoms.
Diet and IBS
Monitoring what you eat is an important part of the management of IBS. Food triggers can vary from person to person. It is recommended that you monitor your eating habits to better understand which foods may trigger your IBS symptoms. Diet alone may not be enough to manage your IBS, but it should be part of your overall IBS program implemented with your physician.
Start with IBgard®
Start with your physician and discuss an IBS management plan that may include IBgard®. IBgard® uses the precision of SST® (Site Specific Targeting) technology. This technology delivers microspheres of peppermint oil and l-Menthol quickly and reliably where they are needed the most for IBS – in the small intestine. IBgard® helps normalize the digestive system, which enables proper digestion of food and enhances absorption of nutrients.
IBgard® is the only peppermint oil formulated into tiny microspheres to help deliver product quickly and reliably to the lower gut while minimizing the potential for heartburn, which is a common side effect of peppermint oil. In a recent randomized, multi-centered, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, IBgard® was shown to start working in as early as 24 hours, and this benefit grew when measured at four weeks*.
IBgard® should be taken as directed by your physician. The usual adult dosage is: 1-2 capsules, as needed, up to three time a day. Take at least 30 minutes before or after food, with water. Do not exceed eight capsules per day. Swallow capsules whole or mix contents with applesauce. Do not chew.
Like all medical foods regulated under the Orphan Drug Act of 1983 in Section 5 [360ee](b)(2)(D), IBgard® should be given only to patients receiving active medical supervision for their IBS. Your physician should provide a management plan for your IBS and instructions for use of IBgard®. Once a plan is in place, be sure to follow up with your physician to monitor your progress and adjust the plan as needed.