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Forum Name: Gastroenterology Topics

Question: Colitis


 Jupi - Tue May 29, 2007 1:14 pm

What can I eat, or drink, to relieve moderate spastic colitis, or IBS? Will Penicillin help as a treatment? Thanks.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue May 29, 2007 2:30 pm

User avatar In general, with IBS, one should avoid foods that are stimulating or irritating to the intestines (caffeine, alcohol, high fats, etc.). There have been recommendations to increase the fiber content in the diet, although too much fiber may actually worsen symptoms.

Another helpful way to determine what is "safe" to eat is to keep a food diary. Write down anything that is eaten and the resulting symptoms to look for any patterns of foods that can be avoided.

I am not aware of penicillin being used with IBS. Some physicians will treat for bacterial overgrowth in the intestines with an antibiotic but penicillin is usually not one that is used.

Best wishes.

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