Antibiotics can put irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in remission.

  Some evidence suggests that a short course of antibiotics can relieve IBS symptoms...and benefits may last for a couple of months.

  Researchers say that IBS might be caused by an abnormal growth of bacteria. Disruption of the normal gut flora can result in gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.

  Right now, IBS treatment is symptom-driven...laxatives for constipation, anti-spasmodics and tricyclics for abdominal pain, SSRIs for well-being and some IBS symptoms, etc. But these treatments don't always work and may even worsen symptoms.

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