What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition that causes abdominal pain and bowel movement changes. Symptoms include abdominal pain, fullness, gas, and bloating. Symptoms vary from person to person. They can be mild or severe.

Treatment for IBS includes changes in diet and treatment of the symptoms. Common drug classes used to treat IBS are anticholinergics, anticholinergic / barbiturate combinations, anticholinergic / benzodiazepine combinations, chloride channel activators, rifamycins, and serotonin antagonists.

Savings Tips for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Viberzi: Newly Approved for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    June 10, 2015

    Viberzi (eluxadoline) was approved by the FDA on May 27, 2015 as a new option for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) in adults.

    What is irritable bowel syndrome?

    Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a disorder that affects the large intestine. IBS can be diarrhea- or constipation-predominant, meaning you mostly experience either one or the other. Symptoms can include stomach pain, cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. See More

  • What Is a FODMAP Diet?

    June 27, 2014

    A low FODMAP diet equals a happy gut for some. FODMAPs are carbohydrates (sugars) found in food. FODMAPs are substances that cause problems in two ways: they aren’t absorbed well so they tend to suck water in to the gut and they stick around longer so they are fermented by bacteria. The result is gas, bloating, cramping, and diarrhea in some people.

    A diet low in fermentable oligo-, di-, and monosaccharides and polyols (FODMAPs) has been recommended in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). See More

  • Dropped by Insurance: Will Your IBD and Ulcerative Colitis Drugs Be Covered in 2014?

    December 04, 2013

    Express Scripts and Caremark have removed certain medications from their formulary starting in January 2014. These companies handle prescription benefits for more than 200 million Americans, so your prescription coverage will likely be changing in the new year.

    We’re reviewing which prescriptions will no longer be covered and the suggested alternatives to give you a better picture of your options. Caremark has made a change in their coverage of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and ulcerative colitis meds that may affect you:

    Removed medication: Asacol HD   ||   Suggested Alternatives: Apriso, Lialda, Pentasa, balsalazide, sulfasalazine, sulfasalazine DR

    Recently, the manufacturer of Asacol discontinued their 400mg dose and replaced it with Asacol HDSee More

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Popular Irritable Bowel Syndrome Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Anticholinergics 9 See Prices
Anticholinergics 38 See Prices
Anticholinergics 38 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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