Tag Archives: irritable bowel syndrome

THE BRISTOL STOOL SCALE

Baby-Ruth-Wrapper-SmallBowel movements are a personal experience, no doubt.   We all have our own personal observations, and mothers observe their own movements and those of their children as they are growing, but as we mature, we tend to keep such topics to ourselves with a rare chance to discuss them outside the realm of humor or exaggeration.    As such, describing bowel movements runs the gamut from quaint-but-uninformative….to descriptive-bordering-on-disgusting.

To the rescue comes the BRISTOL STOOL CHART, which allows for a 1-7 scale to describe our excreta.  Take a look >>>HERE<<< to gain a new language for talking about your bowels.

 

 

LINZESS….A NEW MEDICATION FOR CONSTIPATION AND IBS

linzessLinzess (linaclotide) is a new medication for chronic constipation that has a unique mechanism of action.    It binds for receptor sites on the cells lining the intestine, causing and increase in secretion of minerals and chemicals from those cells that result in more fluid entering the bowel, and thus enhancing the bowel movement ….making it softer and more frequent.

It appears to have a very low side-effect profile due to the fact that is it not absorbed into the body, but just acts on the surface cells of the intestine.

In addition to improving bowel movement frequency, it is able to reduce pain in patients with have constipation-predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Although experience is limited, this is a promising new medication and I have had several patients have good experience so far with this medication.  In particular, those people who have chronic constipation and have tried all the various remedies, this offers a new option that is worth considering.

LINZESS OFFICIAL SITE