6 Tips for Outsmarting IBS - Don't self-medicate without guidance.

Bothered by tummy troubles? Beyond changing your diet, here are six other ways you can soothe an upset stomach and prevent bouts of IBS.

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Don't self-medicate without guidance.
You may be tempted to take control of IBS by stocking up on over-the-counter laxatives or antidiarrhea medication. Don't do it unless you get the go-ahead from your doctor. IBS is a chronic disorder, and over-the-counter medication is a short-term fix. Laxatives in particular can be hard on the intestines if used inappropriately. If you find yourself relying on OTC meds, talk with your doctor to find a better solution.