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schmoo
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   Posted 11/7/2005 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
i have both c and d..recently the nurses on call thought it was the stomach flu cause i'd have cramping and d and nausea(also from panick attacks). but this is the third time in 2 months i've had this it lasts about a week-two weeks long cramping d not many times a day just about 4 but its keeping me from work so i went to the pharmisist and he said to take imodium i just tryed it today just 1 dose, and the cramping subsided quite a lot, i also take gravol for nausea . i was woundering whats the best long time meds or how long roughly should i take imodium?
just for flare ups ? i aslo when i have these flare up's i cant eat much cause the best way to describe it is like throughing a steak into a pack of hungry wild dogs (stomach just goes nuts ) girgling gassy but cant really fart. so i just eat mabey a pbj sandwich or some crackers ..but my stomach feels like its dying lol is there anyone out there with any advice on this/
 

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   Posted 11/7/2005 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi schmoo,
Immodium works wonders and I always carry it with me (1 bottle at home, 1 in my purse & 1 in my desk at work). With that said, Immodium is not good long term. I say take it only when you absolutely feel like you have to. I take it once every month or 2 when I have a prior engagement and I can't seem to get off the throne. I also take it before ANY road trip or if I'm flying anywhere. I'm not sure how well Pepto works for cramps but you may want to try that for the D instead (it also doesn't give you C like Immodium).
Also, I think you should speak to your doc about your cramps and get an antispasmodic that works for you.
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   Posted 11/7/2005 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
OT --- Does anyone know how to spell Immodium?  Imodium?  I Googled both and found them both!?!  confused


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   Posted 11/7/2005 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Imodium is how the docs spell it when they write an order for it.
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   Posted 11/8/2005 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi schmoo,
I would talk to your doctor about using the Imodium as long term therapy and get his blessing on that. Antispasmodics are used for cramping and spasms. My doctor had me on Nulev but switched me to Symax SL because the Nulev was only helping a little. The Symax is working really well. Antispasmodics are available by prescription only so you may want to talk to your doctor about your options.
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Toadman
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   Posted 12/5/2005 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I usually take two Imodium daily - have been for a dozen or so years just to be a little safer.  I also take Lomotil if I am in a situation that will not allow me easy access to a toilet - which is quite often.  I have had IBS for over twenty years.   

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   Posted 12/5/2005 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Toadman, welcome to HealingWell! :-)
The daily use of Imodium has been sort of a controversial topic.... Have you spoken to your doc about the effects of continual use? Some of us have been told it can cause permanent damage. Just wondering your thoughts....
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Toadman
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   Posted 12/5/2005 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the welcome aboard - I have IBS-D. Was at the Hospital today. Yep - had an appointment with the GI doctor. The GI Docs always ask me what over the counter meds I take to ease the D. Imodium is what I tell them and they never flinch or warn me about any adverse problems for long term Imodium usage - there have been many days when I found it necessary take four to six Imodium tablets. Been doing this for twenty plus years.

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   Posted 12/5/2005 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried anything else? Like Calcium? That seems to work wonders for most. I only say this because dbab (the other mod on this forum), according to her doc, has permanent damage due to Imodium abuse. I know that a combination of Calcium and Probiotics can do wonders. Just a thought....
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   Posted 12/6/2005 12:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Toadman,
Welcome!! You are usually going to get all kind of opinions about Imodium. If your doctor has told you to take it than that is another story but I was abusing Imodium on my own everyday for many, many years. My GI doc is thinking that this has caused my diverticulosis. I was literally constipating myself and the pressure from not going was building and weakening my colon which caused the pockets. This is what my GI thinks. I'm not sure but it makes sense to me. However I am not a doctor, I would follow your doctor's advice.
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blondie15
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   Posted 12/6/2005 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah..my mom said taking Imodium every time you have D (which is tempting for me to do cuz im always out and about) is really damaging because its basically going against nature. IBS isnt really natural, either, but who knows. I only take it if im out somewhere, or if its really really horrible.

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   Posted 12/6/2005 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Dehydrated banana chips. I'm not lying about those things, girls (and boys). They'll stop you up naturally in a heartbeat. In fact, I've been right as rain since consuming a bag of them (judiciously--never more than a third of the bag at a time). I dropped my twice a day calcium pill and dropped my Welchol down to once a day from twice a day too. And even now I'm a tad on the constipated side a lot of mornings. But after daily diarrhea for two months, I'm not complaining! I certainly don't think the banana chips alone cured me, but before I ate them I needed more medicine than I do now, so maybe there's a connection there. Maybe whatever was wrong with my intestines finally healed up at about the same time I ate the banana chips, or maybe they helped finish the healing by sopping up whatever excess water and the like I had floating around in there. I do credit them for my survival of the grease-fat-fast food binge I went on the weekend after eating them; fried chicken sandwhiches, loaded baked potatoes, sausage and bacon, bratwurst, pizza--didn't phase me!

Toadman
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   Posted Yesterday 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I'll double check with my Doc concerning longtime imodium use . This Thursday I will get another colonoscopy - good time to ask. RAY

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   Posted Yesterday 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck with the scope! Please come back and let us know how it went.
Take care...


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JRBear
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   Posted 1/22/2012 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering about the imodium thing too.  I was just recently told that my doctor after a colonoscopy finding nothing pointing to the other stuff thinks my tummy issues are IBS related.  He suggested I use imodium.  I wondered how safe this was for a regular use type deal.  I use gasx at night two or three times a week.  I might hold off on the imodium until i can talk to him more about it.  I just don't want to get involved in trying a bunch of different meds that really won't help things anyway.  I see him in about six weeks.
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