How IBS-D is Diagnosed

Help is available

A diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea (IBS-D) depends largely on a complete medical history and a physical exam, and often involves a process of ruling out other conditions.

Your primary care provider can determine if you have IBS-D, but he or she may also refer you to a gastroenterologist (GE). A GE has dedicated training in the management of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver. Gynecologists and proctologists may also diagnose IBS-D or refer you to a GE for further evaluation.

IBS-D is a long-lasting (chronic) condition that includes episodes as one of the most common symptoms, along with abdominal pain.

Always consult your healthcare provider for a proper evaluation of your symptoms.

Be ready: Questions your healthcare provider may ask

Your healthcare provider is likely to ask you a number of questions about your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history, such as:

  • When did you first notice your symptoms?
  • Do your symptoms come and go or stay about the same?
  • Does anything seem to trigger your symptoms, such as certain foods or stress?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with a food allergy or with lactose intolerance?
  • Have you been diagnosed with any other medical conditions?
  • What medicines are you taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements?
  • Do you have any family history of bowel disorders or colon cancer?

If you think you may have IBS-D...

It's important that you talk with your healthcare provider. It may not be an easy subject to bring up, but you can use the Interactive Doctor Discussion Guide to get a personalized report and to help get the conversation started. Don't want to fill it out this second? A downloadable version is also available.

Next: Living with IBS-D

CAN'T GET ENOUGH
INFORMATION
ABOUT VIBERZI
AND IBS-D?

Sign up for the VIBERZI e‑newsletter and receive

…and much more

IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION
VIBERZI can cause serious side effects, including:

Stop taking VIBERZI right away and get emergency medical care if you have new or worsening stomach-area (abdomen) pain or pain in the upper right side of your stomach-area (abdomen) that may move to your back or shoulder, with or without nausea and vomiting.

Do not take VIBERZI if you:

Before taking VIBERZI, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you have liver problems, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. If you are taking VIBERZI you should not take medicines that cause constipation, including Lotronex® (alosetron), anticholinergic medicines, and opioid pain medicines.

Side effects

The most common side effects of VIBERZI include constipation, nausea, and abdominal pain. Stop taking VIBERZI and call your doctor if you have constipation that is severe. These are not all the possible side effects of VIBERZI. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

For further information, please talk to your healthcare professional and see accompanying Patient Medication Guide and full Prescribing Information.

What is VIBERZI?

VIBERZI is a prescription medicine used to treat adults who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea (IBS-D).

See More
IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION
VIBERZI can cause serious side effects, including:
  • Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Pancreatitis has happened most often in people who do not have a gallbladder and can lead to hospitalization. Pancreatitis has led to death in some people who do not have a gallbladder. Pancreatitis usually happens within the first week of treatment with VIBERZI, but can happen after 1 to 2 doses of VIBERZI. Your risk of getting pancreatitis is increased if you drink more than 3 alcoholic drinks a day. Limit your use of alcoholic drinks while you are taking VIBERZI.
  • A spasm in a muscle of the digestive system (called the sphincter of Oddi), which may cause new or worsening abdominal pain. Sphincter of Oddi spasm has happened most often in people who do not have a gallbladder and can lead to hospitalization. This spasm usually happens within the first week of treatment, but can happen after 1 to 2 doses of VIBERZI.

Stop taking VIBERZI right away and get emergency medical care if you have new or worsening stomach-area (abdomen) pain or pain in the upper right side of your stomach-area (abdomen) that may move to your back or shoulder, with or without nausea and vomiting.

Do not take VIBERZI if you:
  • Do not have a gallbladder
  • Have or may have had a blockage in your gallbladder or a sphincter of Oddi problem
  • Have or had problems with alcohol abuse, alcohol addiction, or drink more than 3 alcoholic drinks a day
  • Have had pancreatitis or other pancreas problems, including if you have had or may have had a blockage in your pancreas
  • Have severe liver problems
  • Have had long-lasting (chronic) or severe constipation, or problems caused by constipation
  • Have or may have had a bowel blockage (intestinal obstruction)

Before taking VIBERZI, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you have liver problems, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. If you are taking VIBERZI you should not take medicines that cause constipation, including Lotronex® (alosetron), anticholinergic medicines, and opioid pain medicines.

Side effects

The most common side effects of VIBERZI include constipation, nausea, and abdominal pain. Stop taking VIBERZI and call your doctor if you have constipation that is severe. These are not all the possible side effects of VIBERZI. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

For further information, please talk to your healthcare professional and see accompanying Patient Medication Guide and full Prescribing Information.

What is VIBERZI?

VIBERZI is a prescription medicine used to treat adults who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea (IBS-D).