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Experts Issue Guidelines for Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Posted 8 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 – Newly released guidelines for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and a type of constipation known as chronic idiopathic constipation reveal a number of proven treatments for these two common conditions. "There's a greater variety of approaches which reflect a greater understanding of the disorders," said guidelines co-author Dr. Eamonn Quigley, chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Houston Methodist Hospital. "We now have a better opportunity to improve the lives of our patients," Quigley said. The guidelines are published in the August issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. An estimated 5 percent to 15 percent of the world's population has irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, cramping and bloating, and gas. It can affect people at any age but is ... Read more

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Constipation Treatments Not Equally Effective: Review

Posted 28 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 28 – Some treatments are more effective than others for relieving constipation in seniors, according to a new review. And laxatives aren't always enough, researchers say. Constipation is common in seniors and can have serious health consequences and affect quality of life. Excessive straining in frail elderly people can cause them to faint and put them at risk of injury or falling, or restrict blood flow to the heart and brain. Chronic constipation can lead to fecal impaction, a large lump of hard stool that remains stuck in the rectum. Fecal impaction can cause nausea, pain and loss of appetite. "Given the growing proportion of older adults in North America, effective management of constipation by health care professionals will be increasingly necessary," Dr. Dov Gandell, of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, and colleagues wrote in an article appearing Jan. 28 ... Read more

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Linzess Approved for Irritable Bowel, Chronic Constipation

Posted 30 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 30 – Linzess (linaclotide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat forms of chronic constipation that don't respond to traditional treatment, and irritable bowel syndrome accompanied by constipation, the agency said Thursday in a news release. The National Institutes of Health estimates that some 63 million people are affected by chronic constipation, and about 15.3 million have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the FDA said. Linzess is taken once daily on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before the first meal. The most frequently noted adverse reaction is diarrhea. The drug's label contains a boxed warning that it shouldn't be taken by people aged 16 or younger, the FDA said. Linzess is produced by Cambridge, Mass.-based Ironwood Pharmaceuticals. More information Medline Plus has more about constipation. Read more

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FDA Approves Linzess to Treat Certain Cases of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Constipation

Posted 30 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

August 30,2012 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Linzess (linaclotide) to treat chronic idiopathic constipation and to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in adults. According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 63 million people are affected by chronic constipation. Chronic idiopathic constipation is a diagnosis given to those who experience persistent constipation and do not respond to standard treatment. Additionally, an estimated 15.3 million people are affected by IBS. IBS-C is a subtype characterized mainly by abdominal pain and by hard or lumpy stools at least 25 percent of the time and loose or watery stools less than 25 percent of the time. Linzess is a capsule taken once daily on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before the first meal of the day. Linzess helps relieve constipation by helping bowel movements occur ... Read more

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Fiber Beats Other Remedies for Constipated Kids, Study Says

Posted 27 Sep 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 27 – Many children in western countries suffer from chronic constipation, and when the going gets slow, fiber seems to beat all other non-drug remedies, new research from the Netherlands suggests. A review of nine studies with 640 children up to age 18 with functional constipation, which has no known physical cause, found that fiber supplements were somewhat better than placebos at reducing kids' abdominal pain and improving frequency and consistency of stools. Other common non-drug treatments – including prebiotics and probiotics, which help restore the digestive tract's balance of "good bacteria," increased water intake or behavioral therapy – were deemed to be of little use, a finding that puzzles some doctors. "Treatments we typically use were not, in fact, proven by these studies to be effective. I find that very difficult to believe and put into practice," said ... Read more

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Experimental Drug May Help Ease Chronic Constipation

Posted 10 Aug 2011 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10 – An experimental drug called linaclotide can help reduce the symptoms of chronic constipation, according to new research funded by the drug maker. In two randomized 12-week trials, about 21 percent of participants taking the drug had at least three spontaneous bowel movements a week, compared to no more than 6 percent of those taking placebo, the study results showed. "People who received the drug had improvement in symptoms, and the treatment was generally well-tolerated," said the study's lead author, Dr. Anthony J. Lembo, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the GI Motility Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The study, which was funded by Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, was published in the Aug. 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Between 12 percent and 19 percent of Americans have experienced ... Read more

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Chronic Constipation Appears to Be Increasing Among Kids

Posted 1 Nov 2010 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 29 – An increasing number of American children require treatment for serious and chronic bouts of constipation, according to experts. Lack of physical activity, low-fiber diets and insufficient consumption of water may be contributing to the problem, they suggest. Gastroenterologists at Johns Hopkins Children's Center reported seeing a 30 percent rise in the number of such cases between 2008 and 2009. The center has opened a new clinic to provide medical and behavioral therapy for children with the condition. It's not clear whether the increase in children requiring treatment is due to an actual rise in the number of severe cases of constipation or whether it's the result of delayed diagnosis, insufficient treatment, and referral at more advanced stages, said Dr. Maria Oliva-Hemker, director of pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition at Hopkins Children's. Constipation is ... Read more

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Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes

Posted 30 Mar 2009 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 30 – Japanese herbal medicines may help people with gastrointestinal disorders – such as constipation and indigestion – that don't respond to conventional treatments, a new study suggests. Many drugs used for these gastrointestinal "motility disorders" don't work or cause unwanted side effects, the researchers noted. "Japanese herbal medicines have been used in East Asia for thousands of years. Our review of the world medical literature reveals that herbal medicines serve a valuable role in the management of patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders," lead researcher Hidekazu Suzuki, an associate professor at the Keio University School of Medicine, said in a news release. The researchers analyzed data from studies that examined several different Japanese herbal medicines, including Rikkunshi-to and Dai-Kenchu-to. The results showed that Rikkunshi-to, which is ... Read more

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What You Need to Know When Your Stomach Aches

Posted 28 Mar 2009 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, March 28 – If your tummy feels funny, it could be a one-time bellyache, but it also could be a sign of something more serious. Dr. C. Richard Boland, chief of gastroenterology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, says that everyone should know five things about serious digestive disorders: Symptoms: Alert your doctor if you have persistent symptoms, such as abdominal pain or discomfort, nausea, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn or blood in the stools. Diagnosis: Because many digestive disorders are not detectable with blood or imaging tests, they can be difficult to diagnosis. Irritable bowel syndrome, for instance, is usually diagnosed by first ruling out all other disorders. Talking to your doctor: Symptoms and your health history play a major role in diagnosing digestive disorders, so be frank with your doctor. Recording your eating habits and symptoms ... Read more

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