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Causes of Diarrhoea – IBS - IMODIUM<sup>®</sup>


Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a very common condition, which can cause diarrhoea.

Up to 1 in 5 people experience symptoms of IBS at some point in their lives, and it usually develops when a person is between 20 and 30 years old.

Symptoms of IBS

While the exact cause of IBS is not fully understood, we know it’s a case of sensitive bowels. For some people, IBS can be aggravated by stress or certain foods. For some, the symptoms persist for years, which can mean years of frequent diarrhoea.

Here are some common symptoms of IBS, which can vary from person to person:

  • Cramp-like abdominal pain
  • Fullness and bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Persistent constipation and/or diarrhoea
  • Passing mucus as well as stools
  • Feeling like you haven’t completely emptied your bowels
  • Urgency and incontinence

Causes of IBS

A number of factors can lead to bowel sensitivity. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Stress. Many doctors agree that stress and anxiety can aggravate your natural digestive rhythm.
  • Illness. If you’ve ever had a severe gastrointestinal infection like dysentery in the past, you might continue to have bowel problems later.
  • Diet. A diet that’s low in fibre and high in fat can disrupt your bowels’ normal rhythm, while eating on the run can upset your bowels too.
  • Hormones. For women, menstruation and other hormonal changes can cause or aggravate IBS.

How to manage IBS-related diarrhoea

If you have sensitive bowels, it needn’t restrict your life. There are lots of things you can do to manage your condition, which you can find out about in our Managing Your Diarrhoea area.

Do you have IBS?

If you’re not sure whether you have IBS but you’re experiencing some of the symptoms, it’s best to see your GP to get a diagnosis.

Treating Diarrhoea with IMODIUM®

You can treat diagnosed IBS-related diarrhoea with IMODIUM®. IMODIUM® works in harmony with your body to help restore its natural rhythm, gently slowing digestion back down to a normal pace.

Find out more about IMODIUM®

IMODIUM® Original capsules can stop diarrhoea in one dose.

IMODIUM® IBS Relief helps take control of your medically diagnosed IBS diarrhoea.

IMODIUM® Instants dissolve instantly on your tongue, so they’re great for when you’re on the go.

IMODIUM® Plus Comfort tablets not only helps stop diarrhoea, but also soothe painful cramps, bloating and wind.

Where to buy IMODIUM®

It’s easy to find IMODIUM® in supermarkets, chemists and many other shops. You don't need a prescription, so you can buy it over the counter as well as online.