Doctors often recommend over-the-counter fiber laxatives or stool softeners for relief of constipation associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Ask your doctor which is best for you. Doctors sometimes may prescribe an anti-spasmodic or other medications.
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In cases of diverticulosis, drink plenty of fluids and increase the fiber in your diet. In cases of diverticulitis, antibiotics may be prescribed to clear up the infected diverticula and a liquid diet may be suggested.
Fiber laxatives and stool softeners should be used only as directed. Different treatments work in various ways; let your doctor choose the best one for you.