DON'T Jump to SSRIs for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Patients often ask about options for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)...to relieve gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhea, or constipation.

Encourage minimizing stress and foods that worsen symptoms.

Tell patients to be aware of "trigger" foods. Common culprits are hard-to-digest carbs called "FODMAPs"...fermentable, oligo-, di-, and mono-saccharides and polyols...in some fruits, veggies, milk, grains, etc.

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