Side Effects from Medications for IBS
Those who have seen or been given medications for IBS may
notice that there are warnings for side-effects that may occur
from the medications. If you have read the back labels, or have
been warned by your doctor, you may want to reconsider which
medication you are taking and why you should be taking it.
These side-effects can cause more complications then help,
and if they begin occurring could prevent you from taking the
medication. This will help you to determine whether the
medication is right for you.
The first problem that can be part of the side-effects of
the medications is in relation to the esophagus tract.
There are especially well-known problems when you are taking
a stronger medication that needs to be swallowed. As the
medication moves down the esophagus, it may irritate the
lining. This can lead to more serious problems, such as ulcers,
bleeding or a tear in your esophagus. This irritation can lead
to several other conditions as well. If you have feelings of
pain when you swallow or feel as though something is stuck in
your throat, you should make sure it is not an irritation from
Another problem that may occur is known as reflux.
This is where the muscle between the esophagus and the
stomach will react to the medication. This will then cause the
acid in this area to react by backing up and not being able to
move through the rest of your system. If you have
heartburn after taking your medication, this is most
likely a result from your medication.
You should also make sure that your stomach isn't reacting
the same way that your esophagus is. Often times, this area may
also become irritated with the medications that you are taking.
This will happen because the medications cause a resistance of
the acid in the stomach. If you have cramps in your stomach,
heartburn or more problems with reactions from your colon, you
should stop taking the medication to see if it is
causing the side effect. Always consult your physician about
discontinuing any medication that he has prescribed.
Another problem that often occurs with the medication is an
increase in irritated bowel movements or a domination of
different types of bowel movements. For example, you may find
that your diarrhea or constipation is increasing. You may also
find that instead of the normal problems you have with bowel
movement, it is instead the opposite. If you had more diarrhea
than constipation, this may now be reversed.
If you are noticing abdominal pain, irregular bowel
movement, nausea, heartburn or other types of pains and
irritations in any part of your digestive system, it could be a
side effect from the medication that you are taking.
It is important to stop taking this medication as soon as
possible and begin to find a different solution to your IBS. If
this isn't taken care of, it will lead to more serious
complications. Talking to your doctor about these reactions is
also important. By removing medications that cause
problems with your digestive system, it will be easier to find
a different type of cure for IBS.