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Symptoms, Treatment and Medication for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

According to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD),  between 25 and 45 million people in the United States are affected by irritable bowel syndrome. Of those, 2 in 3 are female.  While most people with IBS are under 50 years of age, older people may be suffering from IBS as well.

Here are more facts about irritable bowel syndrome:

(Fact source: IFFGD)

How is IBS diagnosed?

Anyone suffering from bowel discomfort should seek medical attention.   In order to make a clear diagnosis of IBS your doctor will first run tests to rule out any other possible medical conditions. After that your doctor will use one of three diagnostic criteria to further diagnose IBS:

Manning Criteria:  These criteria focus on the changes in stool consistency, mucus in the stool, pain relief experienced by passing stools and having incomplete bowel movements.

Rome Criteria: These criteria focus on the pain the patient experiences, including pain and discomfort related to defecation, abdominal pain and discomfort experienced which may have been ongoing for at least one day per week in the last 3 months.  It also looks at how regular defecation frequency and stool consistency has changed.

The Type of IBS:   There are three types of IBS – constipation-predominant, diarrhea-predominant and mixed.

Your doctor may also order imaging tests such as x-rays, CT scans, and/or a colonoscopy to rule out other causes of your abdominal pain.

What are the Symptoms of IBS?

Prescription Zaxine for the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Zaxine is the Canadian equivalent of Xifaxan.  Both contain the active ingredient rifaximin.

One of the most popular prescription medications for IBS is Xifaxan®.  Manufactured by Salix, this strong antibiotic is used to fight intestinal bacterial infections.  Unlike other antibiotics, it is not absorbed into the blood stream, so the active ingredient, rifaximin, only treats the infection in the intestinal tract, not other parts of the body.

Zaxine is available in 550 mg tablets.

Zaxine is also a known treatment for travelers who have eaten food contaminated with E. coli bacteria.  Known as “travelers’ diarrhea”, this condition presents with symptoms such as nausea, stomach pain, bowel pain, and fever.

Zaxine is a prescription medication for irritable bowel syndrome.

Lifestyle changes to help treat irritable bowel syndrome

While prescription Zaxine for irritable bowel syndrome offers relief, there may be some changes that can be made in day to day living to help ease symptoms for some patients:

Further information on Zaxine  can be found at the following link: Learn More

If you have questions about this prescription medication or other medications, please contact our team at Jason’s CanadaDrugstore.com at 1-800-991-0282. One of our pharmacy representatives will be happy to answer your questions.

This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnosis or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).

In a time when people are trying their best to save money on prescription medications, one of the most common questions they ask pharmacists is “is a generic drug as effective as a brand-name drug?”

For many medications, the answer is usually yes.  For example brand-name Glucophage® has the same active ingredient as generic metformin, used by millions of type 2 diabetics in the United States.

Generic drugs, by law, must be identical inactive ingredients to the brand-name drug which was approved by the FDA. The dosage must be the same, as well as the listed side effects, usage, safety warnings and strength. 

The FDA states: “When a generic drug product is approved, it has met rigorous standards established by the FDA with respect to identity, strength, quality, purity, and potency.”

Still, there may be some differences in the inactive ingredients.  Inactive ingredients may be things like the flavoring, dye, excipients (aka the fillers or agents used to give the pill its size).  If a patient has a sensitivity or allergy to any of these inactive ingredients they may not be able to take that particular medication.

The other difference between prescription brand-name medications and generic medications is the cost. According to the Association for Accessible Medicines, generic medications have saved Americans over $1.67 trillion over the last decade.

If you are taking a prescription medication and are curious about the difference between generic and brand-name medications, we invite you to speak to one of our pharmacists.

If you have questions about your medications, please contact our team at Jason’s CanadaDrugstore.com at 1-800-991-0282. One of our pharmacy representatives will be happy to answer your questions.

This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnosis or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).

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