Treatments for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

The range of options to manage your IBS symptoms include medications, diet, exercise, cognitive behavioural therapy and hypnotherapy, it is likely that most people will require a combination of these to see the most benefit.


The recent Management of IBS Clinical Practice Guidelines from the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG)1, recommend that all patients should be advised to take regular exercise and given dietary advice.

Soluble Fibre & Probiotics

Soluble fibre can help treat global symptoms and abdominal pain in IBS, but patients should avoid insoluble fibre such as wheat bran. Probiotics may be effective for global symptoms and abdominal pain, but currently, there are no specific species or strains that can be recommended.


The first-line medications for people with IBS-D can include Loperamide which may be effective for diarrhoea but has many common side effects which can limit its tolerability.

Peppermint oil and certain antispasmodics may be effective for global symptoms and abdominal pain, although antispasmodics can also have side effects such as dry mouth and dizziness.

Polyethylene glycol may be effective for constipation although abdominal pain is a common side effect.

Second-line Treatments

The low FODMAP diet can help symptoms but should be supervised by a trained dietitian.

Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be effective second-line treatment for global symptoms, but also have a range of side effects.

A New Safe Treatment Option

Oral intestinal adsorbents are drug-free as they are not absorbed by the body but remain in the gut where they capture harmful molecules that can cause IBS before being expelled with the stools.

Doctor Gut IBS Relief contains the intestinal adsorbent diosmectite which is a natural mineral clay and has been used in Europe for over 20 years to treat gastrointestinal disorders.

The clay binds to toxins, bacteria and rotavirus, preventing them from adhering to the intestinal membranes and causing diarrhoea. It also helps form a protective gel coating on the gut lining, against harmful substances.

Doctor Gut IBS Relief also contains simethicone which can help all the excess small gas bubbles in the gut to join together, and help pass more easily with less pain.

What makes Doctor Gut different?

Doctor Gut is different from other products designed to treat diarrhoea, IBS and bloating as it is drug-free.

Doctor Gut contains diosmectite which binds to bacterial toxins, viruses and harmful substances which can cause gut-related disorders and remove them from the gut.

The diosmectite can also help form a protective layer to the gut wall providing a barrier to harmful substances.

Whereas, other products designed to treat gut-related symptoms such as anti-diarrhoeal medicines work by slowing down the contractions of the gut, but do not treat the underlying cause of the symptoms.

Doctor Gut Range

IBS Relief

Relieves IBS symptoms of:

Contains simethicone + diosmectite which relieves IBS symptoms by removing harmful substances from the gut and forming a protective barrier to the gut lining.

Diarrhoea Relief

Relieves IBS symptoms of:

Contains diosmectite in easy to take liquid sachets and is suitable for children aged 2+ and adults.

Bloating Relief

Relieves symptoms of:

Contains diosmectite + simethicone which helps gas bubbles in the gut to combine more easily, allowing for easier less painful passage of gas.