Medicines from a GP
Watch a video guide from NHS dietitians
Our 35-minute video guide can help you learn more about managing your symptoms.
It's similar to the advice you'd get if you saw a dietitian.
The guide covers things like:
- general diet tips for IBS
- advice on certain types of food, like dairy and gluten
- basics of the low FODMAP diet
- allergy testing
If you want to see a dietitian privately, make sure they're registered with the British Dietetic Association (BDA).
IBS medicines from a GP
If pharmacy medicines are not helping, a GP may prescribe a stronger medicine, such as:
These are antidepressants, but they can also help ease IBS symptoms.
They may take a few weeks to start working and can cause side effects.
Your GP may refer you to a specialist if you have severe symptoms and other medicines have not helped.
Psychological therapies for IBS
If you have had IBS for a long time and other treatments are not helping, a GP may refer you for a talking therapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
This can help if stress or anxiety is triggering your symptoms. It can also help you cope with your condition better.
You can also refer yourself directly to an NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT) without a referral from a GP.
These offer psychological therapies like CBT for common mental health problems like stress, anxiety and depression.