CNN has reported that an antibiotic may soon be prescribed for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The full article can be found here.
Antibiotics will kill bad bacteria, but also kill good gut bacteria. Oftentimes the lack of good gut bacteria is the cause of IBS. People do not have enough good bacteria in their gut to aid in digestion. Killing off even more does not sound like a smart approach. More good bacteria need to be put in rather than kill off all bacteria. This can be accomplished by a number of different things such as pro-biotic supplementation, eating cultured vegetables, drinking cultured beverages, and more.
The study, which was funded by the drug-maker, indicates that many people’s conditions were improved by it. However, after the patients were off it for a while the symptoms often returned. Which would indicate the doctor would keep the patient on the antibiotic for an extended period of time.
The article states that 40% of the people in the study taking the antibiotic reported improvements compared to around 33% of people on a placebo. This doesn’t seem like a great success rate. We can only hope most doctors do not decide to prescribe this to their IBS patients.
IBS is caused by digestive malfunctions – if you need an antibiotic to help it, it likely is an infection and not true IBS. However, if symptoms just return after stopping the antibiotic then it may have just been a placebo effect to start with.
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