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New Interactive Tools From ACG Aim to Bring Hope to Millions of IBS Patients Searching for Relief
Date:5/29/2009

issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology, offering graded recommendations on the full range of options for testing and treatment of IBS. The study, which addresses everything from new IBS drugs to alternative therapies including psychotherapy and acupuncture, provides expert assessments based on a thorough evaluation of the evidence surrounding each therapy.

"So many of the IBS patients that I see are frustrated, confused and just plain miserable -- as treatments and treatment combinations wreak havoc, don't work, work intermittently or cause side effects perceived as worsening IBS symptoms," said Eamonn M.M. Quigley, M.D., FACG, a gastroenterologist and one of the authors of ACG's Evidence-Based Recommendations. "Our aim with the evidence-based recommendations, and in launching this tool, is to help guide patients and their doctors through the maze of potential treatment options and to give them hope that relief is possible."

About the Tools

Over the last 20 years, a number of scientific studies have demonstrated that people with IBS tend to have higher levels of sensitivity in the intestines compared to individuals who do not have IBS. The IBS Test interactive tool allows individuals to quickly distinguish whether they are experiencing the most common symptoms associated with IBS through a series of easy-to-answer questions. Capturing this data enables a patient to have a more comprehensive conversation with their doctor concerning their unique symptoms.

Once diagnosed, IBS can still be extremely challenging to treat. There are many treatment options to consider -- from therapies which act on bowel symptoms to new agents and alternatives including antidepressants, antibiotics and even probiotics. While there are a staggering number of choices for patients and physicians few treatments are proven effective at improving the global symptoms of IBS in well-designed clinical
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