Frequently asked questions

This section of the Kolanticon website provides answers to some commonly asked questions about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Kolanticon.

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  • How many people have IBS?

IBS affects up to one in five people in the UK. IBS is the most frequent reason for people with altered bowel habits to see a primary care doctor. It is also a very common reason for being referred for specialist or hospital-based assessment.

  • At what age does IBS start?

IBS can affect people at any age. The usual age for people with IBS to seek medical help is between 20 and 40 years, but it can start during the teenage years or in later life.

  • Does IBS get worse with age?

There is no evidence that IBS causes worse symptoms as you get older. IBS is a life-long condition and the symptoms experienced may change over time. It is important to tell your doctor about your current symptoms and if these have changed so that you may receive the best available treatment.

  • Is IBS caused by stress?

It is unlikely that stress causes IBS by itself. IBS is a valid medical condition and there is evidence that leading a stressful life of experiencing a stressful event can make symptoms worse. Managing stress and other lifestyle factors can help some people with IBS.

  • What are the main symptoms?

The most common IBS symptoms are abdominal pain and/or cramping, bloating and flatulence (excess wind), constipation and diarrhoea. Symptoms may vary from person-to-person and some people may be affected more by constipation or diarrhoea, while others may alternate between experiencing both.

  • Does IBS cause cancer or other serious medical problems?

IBS does not increase the risk of cancer or of developing colitis (inflammation of the bowel). It also does not cause malnutrition or require surgery.

  • When should I see my doctor?

If you suspect that you have IBS it is advisable to consult a medical professional as soon as possible to obtain an accurate diagnosis and ensure that there is no other condition responsible for your symptoms.

  • How is IBS diagnosed?

A diagnosis of IBS is based upon the symptoms experienced. There is no specific test for IBS. Your doctor may perform some investigations to ensure that you do not have another medical condition.

  • Can I treat IBS myself?

Once diagnosed, many people with IBS learn how to manage their condition by themselves. There are medicines available from your pharmacist without a prescription that may help you. However, you should ensure that you have a confirmed diagnosis of IBS before taking any medications. Please talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you think you may have IBS.

  • Should I avoid certain foods?

Doctors are not certain of what causes IBS and what (if any) role that certain foods play in the disorder’s development. You should ensure that you eat a healthy and well-balanced diet. Seek the advice of a qualified dietician if you are unsure of what foods you should eat.

  • What is the best treatment for IBS?

If you suspect that you have IBS it is important that you visit your doctor, they can advise you on what treatment options are available for IBS and how these may help you. A medicine like Kolanticon may be useful as it combines several ingredients to; reduce pain caused by cramping, ease bloating, and also soothe any associated indigestion or heartburn.

  • Where can I find out more about Kolanticon?

Please read the patient leaflet to find out more about Kolanticon. Please also talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you still have questions about how to use this medicine or to check if it is right for you.

  • Have you used Kolanticon?

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