IBS Digital Therapeutics, Devices, and Apps

Digital Therapeutics are new treatment options for IBS. They have been developed after years of clinical research. Moving to a digital approach allows for greater access to self care and self treatment using an Integrated Model of care. Some devices are used to diagnose and treat the symptoms of IBS.

Digital Therapeutics are available now for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)Gut Directed Hypnotherapy, Breath testingAbdominal painChronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) reliefLow FODMAP Dietary Guidelines

The treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has three main goals:

  • Achieving remission (the absence of symptoms)
  • Maintaining remission (ease of symptoms or life impacting flare-ups)
  • Improving your quality of life

To accomplish these goals, treatment is aimed at controlling the ongoing IBS symptoms. There is no standard approach to managing all people with IBS. The symptoms, severity of disease, and how the disease might impact vary considerably.

Your healthcare provider will work with you to help decide the right treatment for you. It may take some time for a treatment to take effect, or sometimes a treatment may stop working. The management of IBS involves dedication to taking your treatment as prescribed, and maintaining open communication with your healthcare team so you can work together towards achieving a better quality of life.

PDT = prescription digital therapeutic, App = Apple / Android app, Device = proprietary device
NameTreatment typeTypeFDA clearedComments
Mahana IBSCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)PDTYesA prescription app that uses cognitive behavioral therapy to reduce IBS symptom severity - in 10 minutes a day. Link
ZemedyCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)AppNoAccessible, personalized care for IBS that transforms digestive health and restores mental wellbeing.Link
ReguloraGut-directed HypnosisPDTYesSelf-administered prescription app through Apple or Android devices authorized treatment for the abdominal pain brought on by irritable bowel syndrome in adults.Link
Nerva for IBSGut-directed HypnosisAppNoSelf-managed gut-directed hypnotherapy.Link
IBS Audio Program 100Gut-directed HypnosisAppNoHome use program for gut-directed hypnotherapy.Link
Aire and Aire 2Digestive breath testing basedDevice + AppNoPersonal hydrogen (Aire + Aire 2) and methane (Aire 2) breath tester and app.Link
IB-StimElectrical-nerve field stimulatorDeviceYesNon-surgical device that works by sending gentle electrical impulses into cranial nerve bundles located in the ear. This stimulation targets brain areas involved in processing pain and aids in the reduction of functional abdominal pain associated with IBS.Link
VibrantVibrating capsuleDeviceYesDrug-free alternative for adult patients with chronic idiopathic constipation using a vibrating capsule to resynchronize your biological clockLink
Low FODMAP Diet AppDigital appAppNoOn-the-go guide to the Low FODMAP Diet from Monash UniversityLink

Last updated on Jan 23, 2023