Untangling IBS from IBD

Although they sound similar, share some symptoms and are not mutually exclusive, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease are two distinct conditions that require different approaches.


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Correction: This infographic lists methotrexate as a treatment for moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis. This is an error. Methotrexate has no role in the maintenance of remission in ulcerative colitis.


Sources: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence; Crohn’s and Colitis UK; IBS Network; J Neurogastroenterol Motil 2017;23(2): 151–163; Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y) 2017;13(1): 36–45.

Editorial advisers: Anja St.Clair Jones, consultant gastroenterology pharmacist, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust; Mikin Patel, lead gastroenterology pharmacist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Illustration: Alex Webber

Last updated
The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ October 2020, Vol 305, No 7942;305(7942):DOI:10.1211/PJ.2020.20208495

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