Severe IBS and Crohn's Disease...how to tell the difference?

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Bobafett
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   Posted 4/14/2007 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I have IBS and Crohn's, never know which is causing me trouble though...however, I have a sad suspicion that the IBS is actually causing me more discomfort than the Crohn's Disease does.  Man, what medicines are there for IBS?
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   Posted 4/14/2007 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bobafett,
Welcome to the IBS board!  :-)
I feel for you... I can't imagine having IBS and IBD.  There are, however, a couple members on this board that do have both.  Hopefully they'll be around to share some tips.
Sadly, there aren't too many meds out there specifically for IBS.  The main ones seem to be antispasmodics and even anti-depressants/anti-anxiety meds.  Others are more basic like fiber and probiotics.  Here is a list I had posted in a separate thread:
  • Antispasmodics - Levsin, Bentyl, Donnatal, Pamine, etc.
  • Antidiarrheals - Immodium, Lomotil, Calcium
  • Fiber supplements - Psyllium, Metamucil, Citrucel, etc.
  • Laxatives - Miralax
  • Anti-Depressants - Elavil, Paxil, Prozac, Effexor, Zoloft
  • Anti-Bile - Questran, Welchol
  • For constipation there is Tegaserod (Zelnorm) that is supposed to keep the bowels functioning properly and regularly.  It treats constipation, bloating, and abdominal discomfort. -- THIS MED HAS JUST BEEN PULLED BY THE FDA
  • For diarrhea there is Lotonex.  It reduces cramping, discomfort and urgency.
  • Probiotics - Promotes a healthy gut flora... it is "good bacteria" that helps push out the bad.
  • Digestive Advantage is for all IBS symptoms: bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal discomfort

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xxtamakitxx
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   Posted 5/9/2009 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
plz can either of u help me i really need help. my girlfriend has both of these and somehow she is dying from it i dont want to lose her is there anything to stop this? plz reply as soon as possible plz
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