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What is IBS?


Irritable bowel syndrome (or IBS) is a common disorder which leads to abdominal pain and cramping (or spasms) and/or alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhoea. Everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time, but if you regularly experience abdominal pain and cramping and other symptoms, then you may be suffering from IBS.

Doctors do not know exactly why people suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, but it is very common as 10-20% of the population are believed to suffer from IBS. When the signals between the brain and the bowel do not work properly, this causes the muscles of the bowel to squeeze (contract) more frequently causing IBS. It can happen at any age, but it often starts when people reach teenage or early adult years. Women are more likely than men to be affected by IBS and unfortunately the condition can persist for a long time or re-occur. .

What is IBS?


How do I know if I have IBS? Check your symptoms...


The symptoms and severity of IBS can vary from person to person, but if you have this condition it can be uncomfortable, painful and embarrassing. It is recommended that you see your GP if you have some or all of the symptoms listed below. The UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) advises GPs to check for IBS if people display one or all of the 'ABC' symptoms listed below for at least six months:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Changes to bowel movements, such as constipation, diarrhoea or both

Other less common symptoms include:

  • Excess gas or wind
  • Feeling as if your bowels have not emptied properly after going to the toilet
  • Occasional symptoms such as nausea, tiredness, back or joint pain.

You can find out more about the symptoms of IBS at the COLPERMIN® website here.


How can you treat IBS?


Although there may be no outright cure for IBS, there are effective steps you can take to both treat and manage the condition. Small changes to your lifestyle and diet can help to reduce the severity of IBS – or even stop it recurring altogether.

Stress and anxiety can trigger IBS by causing disturbances in your digestive system, which in turn can result in further stress and anxiety. It can be a vicious cycle. However, when you have been diagnosed with the condition and IBS strikes, you can break the stress-upset cycle and obtain relief with effective products you can buy yourself from pharmacies or supermarkets.

COLPERMIN® IBS Relief can help relieve some of the symptoms of IBS such as painful spasms, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation as it contains natural peppermint oil often making it an effective remedy. COLPERMIN® effectively targets the areas where the disturbances in your digestive system are taking place. For more information you can visit the COLPERMIN® website.

If you are suffering from severe diarrhoea symptoms, you could also try Imodium Original Capsules. For more information and other products from Imodium, visit

If this is the first time you have suffered from these symptoms, you should speak to your doctor first.

Always read the label. COLPERMIN® IBS RELIEF CAPSULES contain peppermint oil.

IMODIUM® Original capsules contain loperamide to relieve diarrhoea. Always read the label.

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