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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 15 (2001), Suppl B, Pages 12B-13B
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2001/823906

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: New Approaches to Its Pharmacological Management

Gervais Tougas

Intestinal Disease Research Program, Division of Gastroenterology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Copyright © 2001 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The present paper examines approaches to drug therapy for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Because IBS is associated with multiple symptoms, no single therapy is effective in all patients. However, issues such as affective and emotional factors also need to be addressed when treating patients with IBS. This paper emphasizes the importance of identifying new pharmaceutical approaches to treat a multitude of symptoms and obtaining a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms of IBS.