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.
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.