Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome in primary care

NICE guidelines [CG61] Published date:

Review decision date: December 2013

Review decision: 

We checked this guideline and decided that it should be updated. For details, see the update decision and the process for deciding if an update is needed. The update has been published (February 2015) with further information available on this page.

Next review date: March 2016

Recommendation 1.1.1.3 in this guideline has been partially updated by recommendation 1.1.2.1 in Ovarian cancer (NICE clinical guideline 122; published April 2011).

The advice in the NICE guideline covers the care of adults with irritable bowel syndrome, including:

  • the support, treatment and advice people should be offered by their GP in diagnosing and helping to manage their irritable bowel syndrome
  • circumstances when people need to be referred to a specialist for further tests.

It does not specifically look at:

  • irritable bowel syndrome in children and young people under 18 years
  • people with other gastrointestinal disorders such as non-ulcer dyspepsia (indigestion with no obvious cause) or coeliac disease.

February 2015

Recommendations on dietary and lifestyle advice and pharmacological therapy have been added to and updated in sections 1.2.1 and 1.2.2. The guideline addendum contains details of the methods and evidence used to update these recommendations.

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