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Is Anyone Taking Peppermint Oil for IBS?
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FibroGal - January 13

Is anyone taking peppermint oil for IBS? My doctor has recommended I take a couple drops with each meal. I've been reading about it on the internet and I have mixed feelings about it. It seems it's use has been highly successful in studies, and yet adverse effects and toxicology results in lab rats and some humans sounds very frightening. I've also read it's not recommended for those with reflux. Well, I have GERD in addition to IBS, all par for the course in fibro, you know. I don't know what to do. Feedback needed and welcomed!


Fantod - January 13

I had a look around the Internet too and came to conclusion that like any other medication, you are damned if you do and damned if you don't...

I did find this little tidbit which may be useful.
Peppermint oil is available in many forms, it should only be used in enteric-coated capsules otherwise the oil can relax the lower esophageal sphincter and cause heartburn. That should help with the GERD issue.

I think if I had to deal with IBS on a daily basis, I'd at least try peppermint oil to see if it helps. Personally, I think you can drive yourself mad looking at all the medical stuff on the Internet. Sometimes you just have to jump off of the cliff and hope for a safe landing.
Take care.


Fantod - January 13

By the way, if your doctor is recommending a couple of drops as opposed to a capsule, you could have a compound pharmacy make a enteric coated pill or capsule up for you. There are compound pharmacies everywhere. If there isn't one close to your home, the script can be faxed and the medication mailed to your home. Take care.


cathymg - March 19

I take probiotics for my ibs seems to calm things down. also started aloe juice to coat my stomach and seems to be helping.


Noca - March 19

Never tried it. Fantod's idea sounds good.


bmcgovern - March 19

I do take it for IBS. I take peppermint Oil Pills that are Enteric-Coated and i have noticed when i do take this it really has helped me. I have had such bad nights and get really sick to my stomach from the IBS and once i take these pills it calms it right down. I would recommend these pills.


Noca - March 19

I asked my pharmacy if they sold them and they told me "no".


bmcgovern - March 21

You can get these pills from any health food store that has a big medicine section. I go to Whole Foods Store. It's called PEPOGEST Enteric -Coated Peppermint Oil.


Canada17 - March 25

I don't use peppermint oil but I do drink peppermint tea when my GERD/IBS really starts to act up and it always settles things down. But, I wouldn't say I drink a cup a day, or even a week, just as needed.

Green Tea works well at calming down the digestive tract. For me, it makes my heart flutter and my blood pressure rise so I can't drink it, but for many it's rather benign in terms of adverse effects and helps to alleviate a lot of discomfort.

If you doctor is recommending only a couple of drops with your meals, it is worth a try. Animal testing is usually done with doses far more than what is considered safe because they need to find out just how much is unsafe. Same with clinical trials, they try to get away with as much as possible.

Just remember, too much of anything can be bad for you.



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