Getting to know IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder that affects 1 in 5 people in the UK suffer from IBS¹. Sufferers experience abdominal pain, which can’t be cured but can be treated. Read on to find out more about IBS symptoms and treatment.


  • Situations

How does IBS affect your life?

IBS can be a real nuisance. It can impact your work as well as time with your friends and family. Even if you don’t suffer from it daily, the ongoing impact of IBS can affect your quality of life.


Cancelling a dinner party

IBS strikes when you least expect it and you’re in pain. The dinner you planned with friends will have to wait.

Spoiling film night

You go to the cinema and, in the middle of the film, IBS pays you an unexpected visit. The intense stomach ache forces you to leave. You’ll have to catch the end of the film some other time.

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Hi-jacking your presentation

You have an important presentation at work, but stress triggers your IBS just before the meeting. Your stomach ache is so bad you can’t concentrate. You have to go home instead

  • IBS symptoms

Know the symptoms that affect you

Abdominal cramps are the main symptom that can impact your day. If you’ve already experienced an episode of IBS, you’ll know that if the pain becomes very intense it can prevent you from leaving the house. Changes in bowel movements – such as diarrhoea or constipation – often accompany IBS.

People with IBS also often complain of bloating, especially in the evening.2

  •  Triggers

What triggers IBS symptoms?

Our days are full of things that can trigger IBS symptoms. Learn about your triggers and how to avoid them.

  • Tips and suggestions

IBS treatment and management

IBS has no cure, but you can manage its symptoms with dietary and lifestyle changes. You can also relieve the painful cramps with antispasmodics treatment.

Choose a healthy diet

Certain types of food and drink – including greasy food, fizzy drinks and dairy – are more difficult to digest and can trigger IBS pain.

Relieve cramps

Take an antispasmodic medication to help alleviate IBS cramping pain. Buscopan® IBS Relief is a great choice. Unlike analgesics, it acts directly on the smooth muscles in your gut at the source of pain.

Learn more 

Do you have more questions about IBS?

  • Symptom checker

    Use this interactive guide and answer some questions about your symptoms to understand if they might be caused by IBS before talking to your GP.

  • Although the causes of IBS are unknown, IBS is more likely to affect people with a family history of this disease, young people, women, people suffering from stressful situations, and those who suffer from an alteration of the intestinal flora.

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) commonly appears in adolescence or early adulthood. However, it can appear at any age.

  • So far there is no test that can diagnose it. If you have symptoms that make you suspect that you suffer from this disorder or have recurrent abdominal discomfort, consult your doctor.

  • Buscopan® can help you relieve belly pain because it relaxes the smooth muscles in your belly and relieves abdominal cramps. If you are unsure or have other symptoms that may give you concern consult your doctor.

    1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, 2021. (Last Access March 2022)
    2. Bloating, 2022. (Last Access March 2022)
    3. Leapfrog research and planning 2012