gas, bloating, constipation gone for me

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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 5/3/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
OK, I have mentioned this before and someone else tried it and said it did nothing for them so maybe it is not an IBS drug but because so many people post with the bloating, gas, indigestion and constipation this is working for me like a charm the last 10 days. Have had to take nothing else. It is Motilium which is not available in the US, is available by prescription in Canada and over the counter in most other countries. I have taken it periodically in the past when I felt bloated but decided to take on a regular basis cause I am just sick and tired of the doctors doing nothing for me. i had progressed to the indigestion phase the last 6 months and I know that is not part of IBS so I don't know what I have except a functional problem that I have had for years. In the US the drug similar would be REglan but this is cheaper and has less side effects but still no Doctor put me on Reglan. Of course always check with your Doctor and if you have diahrea this certainly wouldn't be for you because it increases the motility of the stomach contents but for me that feels like I  have swallowed a brick and always have the gas it is totally amazing. When I go to bed my stomach isn't even sticking out like it was and going to the bathroom comfortably without rushing everyday. Please if you have the same problems I had talk to you Doctor about Reglan in the US. It tightens the valve at the top of the stomach and relaxes the valve at the bottom as I understand. Anyway, I just hope this keeps up. Have even been able to eat salad and things I haven't been able to eat in a long time.

jrlm
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   Posted 5/3/2008 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
wow! that's amazing.. im thinkign maybe it would work for me? I have bloating gas, and abdominal pains. Bloating is my worst symptom... And i live in canada so i can probably get it. Thank you for the info canyonbabe. Are there any side effects?

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 5/3/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't had any side effects. In Canada it is by prescription so your Doctor can tell you best. In the UK it is over the counter. I get it from New Zealand. AS for the pains I guess it would depend on what they are from. I do know that people that have a paralyzed diaphragm should not use it. Just Google it and it will give you all the info. REad several sites to get the full picture.I am just kicking myself that I didn't at least give it a try sooner and would like to strangle my Doctor as he could have suggested the Reglan which is legal. The people on this forum know what a problem I have had with gas, bloating, indigestion and acid so they can appreciate how happy I am. I think once I get this under control that maybe the esophagitis, gastritis and duodenitis will subside and maybe I can be halfway normal without any meds.

gutastrophe
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   Posted 5/4/2008 12:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Canyon, I can't remember - is it mostly C that you suffer with, or D?

Did you say you never tried Reglan?


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 5/4/2008 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
It is C. No, I was never given Reglan but my Dr. did say when we talked a while ago about me using the Motilium that Reglan had more side effects than Motilium and it was much more expensive. Reading up on both I would rather take the Motilium. If they can give it to nursing mothers then I think it must be pretty safe overall. I have had no side effects yet and still doing great.

gutastrophe
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   Posted 5/4/2008 11:51 PM (GMT -7)   
How do you get it from Canada?

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   Posted 5/5/2008 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
My mother was on reglan for acid reflux and slow digestive tract. I admit to having a few of her pills because I found a need to get my stomach to empty sometimes when the gall bladder was messed up and my meals were sitting there like a ton of lead. I think I've only used it once since getting my gall bladder out--maybe two or three times, though. I can clearly recall getting up one night with pizza sitting on my stomach and about halfway up my esophagus, I took a reglan and managed to go back to sleep. Was fine the next day. I think everyone's guts hang up like that from time to time, but when my GB was on the fritz, it happened to me a bit more often. I guess because it wasn't working right and not triggering my stomach to empty.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 5/5/2008 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I get mine from New Zealand, no prescription necessary. Great company to work with, no shipping costs and usually take around a week. I actually could get it cheaper from India as I do some other meds but my inhalers and this I get from www.inhousepharmacy.com. I have dealt with them for years, nice people, have talked to them on phone.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 5/5/2008 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know anymore than if I got it here in the US. They have found their share of fakes in the US. They are branded and sealed so it is good enough for me. I have been buying from them and another site from India for years. You are welcome to call them and ask the question cause I can't answer it. I get BP med from Walgreens that is manufactured in India so who knows anything. They are very nice people, this is not a huge operation that they would be doing anything to the drugs themselves. The pills are always sealed in a prepak. I have never bought anything that was loose in a container like we get here. The pills I get from overseas have a manufacture date as well as an expiration date. We don't even get a manufacture date here cause they come out of a big jar to our little jar. I will take my chances. At least I know they didn't come out of the wrong jar. LOL

gutastrophe
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   Posted 5/5/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Canyon, I was too impatient to wait for the info so I just went ahead and got a script for Reglan.  It's only $10.00 so I figured I could spring for it! 

I've taken this before but it was many, many years ago.  And I honestly can't remember if it helped or not.  What I DO remember is that I was taking a drug called Propulsid for years and it was suddenly yanked off the market (all the good ones are, right?) so doc told me to try the Reglan.  I remember being so angry that my beloved Propulsid was gone that I can't tell you if I actually took the Reglan as directed.  So, I thought I'd give it another try, especially after reading online that it is in the same class of drugs as the Propulsid. 

I'll keep you posted!


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 5/5/2008 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Actually I think Propulsid is still available overseas but it really did have a bad track record. I could have gotten the Reglan but there were so many more side effects with it than Motilium. I could have just ordered the Reglan on my own or I guess my dr. would have prescribed it had I asked but why, may I ask do I have to ask the Dr. to prescribe something for me. Both gastro's that I have gone to have agreed I had a motility problem so Duh why did I have to do this on my own. My PCP/Pulmo now knows about it but when I get time I plan to really have a serious discussion with my gastro Dr. and find out why he never prescribed Reglan. I only have one gastro left that is held in high regard here in town. There is only one other left besides him and no one goes to him and he is the only American Doctor in the list of gastro's. The rest are all Indian but then 50% of the Doctors where I live are and they are pretty good Doctors overall. No complaints on that score. Let me know how you do with the Reglan. It is so nice to get away from the bloating especially with my breathing problems I can't handle bloat. Going out for Lobster and Coconut shrimp tomorrow and will see how this goes.

gutastrophe
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   Posted 5/6/2008 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   

Ok Canyon, you sold me. 

Spent some time last night reading horror stories about Reglan.  Now I remember why I was reluctant to take it those many years ago.  I'm not going to pick that 10 dollar script up today!  Instead, I ordered Motilium online at a Canadian website. 

Lord, I hope it helps!


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 5/6/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
How did you do that without a prescription? Canada requires a prescription. I pay $40 for 200 but I don't have a prescription since the Doctors here can't prescribe it. I have to tell you after 4 cheese biscuits, a half lobster tail, 4 coconut shrimp, ceaser salad, wine i walked away with not problems at 2 and still no problems. Normally my stomach would be sticking out like I was pregnant. I hope it works for you. Also had some cherry pie with ice cream tonight at cards. Now I am going to have to really watch my weight. Can't win. LOL

gutastrophe
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   Posted 5/7/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   

How very brave of you!  Don't know if I would have tried ALL that, but hey, guess you won't know if it really works without taking it for a test drive!

Yes, I learned about the Canadian website after I posted to you.  Cancelled that and went to the site you recommended, where I ordered the smallest amount (100) for 30.00. 

Last night, while trying to sleep (unsucessfully), I started thinking about the differences between the two meds - regland and motilium.  The first is said to increase motility where the second does not seem to have that property.  Since nausea (which motilium seems to primarily treat) is not my main problem, I am wondering if Reglan is the better med.  I'm really torn on this because of the side effect profile, but I KNOW I've taken it in the past and if memory serves me (debatable), the only side effect I had was tiredness and dry mouth. 

SO - my new action plan is to TRY the reglan first and see if it has any positive impact on the C.  That's my plan, anyway!  Don't know if I'll actually have the courage to do it!

It's amusing to me that in my youth, I never hesitated to try drugs - all KINDS of drugs - for anything that ailed me.  But now, nearing 50, I'm suddenly terrified of side effects!  I've become such a wimp!


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 5/7/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you will find they are both motility drugs. I can't find the site I was looking for but it told exactly how it worked and then when I looked up Reglan it was the same way. I think the name gives a clue Motilium? Anyway all the sites say it moves the food out of the stomach faster which helps nausea, gas, bloating, stomach discomfort and acid among other things. So let us know. Perhaps this should be on another board as it really isn't IBS but it is about bloating and discomfort.

I think the Reglan side effects will show up in a short time especially if you get nauseated.

gutastrophe
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   Posted 5/7/2008 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I am now convinced I am a complete psycho.  Didn't pick up my script for Reglan today.  Chose to suffer instead because I'm so nervous about side effects!  When did I become this total and complete neurotic!  Arghh.................!


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 5/8/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
ROFLOL! It comes with age, I guess. I am neurotic about taking a bunch of pills together and therefor forget some of mine. My friends take a handful of their stuff but I won't even take more than one at a time even in the hospital which drives the nurses crazy but I am old so I am allowed to be neurotic.

I gave my pills the ultimate test last night and they passed with flying colors. I had a Chicken Ceaser salad and this wonderful garlic Naan bread that I bake to crispy and it kills me everytime I eat it. I guess the salad and garlic do me in but last night, no problem. Looked at my stomach when I went to bed (not a pleasant sight under normal circumstances) but I am so surpised it is not sticking out like it has most my life. A little constipated this AM but I have been eating cheese so expected that but nothing like it used to be. I really hope you have the same results I have had cause it is amazing to me.

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   Posted 5/8/2008 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
My beloved dudettes, please do be careful about "trying" new medications - please always talk to your physician first. I beg you. I am very uncomfortable with the purchase of prescriptions online or ordering them from some random online pharmacy or from another country or whatever. As "simple" as some of these drugs seem to be, I assure you they are extremely complex and do have the potential to cause bizarre-o side effects, which is why it is absolutely necessary to talk to your doctor about any medications/supplements/etc. that you take, and where you are getting them from! Okay, I'm done preaching now.
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gutastrophe
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   Posted 5/9/2008 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Sarita said...
My beloved dudettes, please do be careful about "trying" new medications - please always talk to your physician first. I beg you. I am very uncomfortable with the purchase of prescriptions online or ordering them from some random online pharmacy or from another country or whatever. As "simple" as some of these drugs seem to be, I assure you they are extremely complex and do have the potential to cause bizarre-o side effects, which is why it is absolutely necessary to talk to your doctor about any medications/supplements/etc. that you take, and where you are getting them from! Okay, I'm done preaching now.

It's a necessary sermon and one I need to hear.  We become so desperate at times that we're willing to try just about anything.  It's been years since I've taken any pharmacuetical for IBS.  But my current "program" is simply not working.  I have my son's wedding next year and I feel I need to try SOMETHING to get me back on some kind of track toward living again.  Not to mention that I have to find a new job! 
The problem here is the drug I'm considering, Reglan, has such a terrifying side effect profile.  I know I took it years ago but I can't recall my experience.  Obviously I didn't react too poorly or I'm sure that would have stayed in my memory.  Chances are it had no effect at all.  The drug Canyon recommended sounds like it offers the benefit of reglan without the scary down side. 
How does one tell the doctor that they've ordered a drug online without their knowledge or cooperation?  And a drug that is not even available in the US? 

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   Posted 5/9/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
You tell him the exact same thing you told me. "I was feeling pretty desperate and didn't know what else to do. I'm telling you because I need your help in figuring out something that is going to work to ease my symptoms, because they are interfering significantly in my life." If you put it that way, most doctors will probably give you the same speech I just gave you, but then they will move forward and help you. It is not their job to judge, it is their job to take action. Honesty is the best policy, and most really do want to help. Thank you for listening to my little tirade; I just want to make sure that people are being safe. After all, that is and will be my job for the rest of my life, LOL!
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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 5/9/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I just tell them and so far none have had any problem with it. I would never normally take any med or order any med that was not prescribed but I did in the case of Motilium because I had researched it very well. In the case of my gastro Doctor he knew all about it because it had been out for so many years. Like 30. My PCP did not know about it. Yes, I am sorry that I mentioned buying drugs on line. My experience and that of my many friends with emphysema that cannot afford their meds has been nothing short of excellent since most of them are made by the overseas companies of what we think are American companies but in all cases it is buyer beware. The meds for COPD can run hundreds of dollars a month. Over $250 for one inhaler so when it can be purchased for a 10th of the price and does the job people do buy it as many people with COPD can get no medical coverage if they are under 65 or not finished with their 2 year wait on SSD. Maybe if our medical system ever gets fixed then this will not be necessary for some people. We can hope but Sarita is right in warning people. Unless you know the sites you are dealing with and have other people's experience i wouldn't touch most the drug websites that I see. I am very secure about "inhousepharmacy" as it is not in a third world country and you can pick up the phone and talk to them anytime.

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   Posted 5/10/2008 12:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Sarita, thanks for the advice.  I will call doc on Monday and tell him about Motilium.  I don't know what he'll say but I can tell you that he's been my doc for 18 years now and has seen me go through all kinds of ups and downs.  Since gastro is not his specialty, he has sent me to nearly all the GI's in Seattle and none of them have helped.  He didn't hesitate to write the script for Reglan, but I know he is out of ideas for me.  I honestly don't know how he will react to the idea of me taking a drug not approved in the US.  Guess I'll find out.

Canyon, don't worry about suggesting it.  I'm so completely neurotic, as I said before, that when the script comes, it will probably just sit here on my coffee table, along with all the other pills I should be taking (statin, iron supplement, reglan) that I'm too frightened to try!  I will check with doc before I use it!


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   Posted 5/10/2008 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Canyon,
 
Do you take one or two pills a day and is before or after meals?
 
Do you know if you can take it with Amitiza?  Amitiza has worked excellent for me but sometimes I still back up and it causes issues.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 5/10/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I take one about a half hour before my lunch and dinner but it does say you can take it later if you get bloating. I have done that before I really started using it daily and it helped but for me I would rather prevent it. I don't know anything about Amitiza as I do not have severe enough contipation to be on any med for it. Mine is the bloating, belching, gas problem so it does stop me up because nothing is moving well in me. With this it does't lay in my stomach and create discomfort. I feel like a normal person would, I think. never have been normal but thinking about what I ate these last two weeks compared to the last few years it is really helping me. It isn't a prescription drug anywhere but in Canada and due to the ridiculousness of the cost of going thru our FDA it will never be in this country as it is only about 20cents apiece on my last order. What I like the most is not having to take the PPI's for acid which they now think contribute to osteoporosis and the fact that I can actually still wear my jeans thru dinner and after without putting on a robe so my stomach can stick out.  You should always ask your Doctor. Print out the info from one of the websites on it and send or take it to him for approval. I think it is made in the UK by Jannsen. I just threw the box out as I have an order in transit.

Post Edited (Canyonbabe711) : 5/10/2008 7:27:57 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 5/10/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Canyon,
 
You've been a great help and I appreciate you sharing what is working for you.  Maybe it will help me.  Thank you!
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