Taking immodium or lomotil with an ostomy?

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80sChick
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   Posted 3/25/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone!
I've read/heard a few things about people taking immodium or lomotil even with an ostomy...what would the reasoning be for this? To change the consistency of the stool so it's less runny? Or to decrease output? I had always taken lomotil before my surgery, and I'm wondering if it's worth considering continuing to take it. Thoughts?
 
Thanks guys!!
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10!
 
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder...
 
Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
 
Currently on: 25mg Prednisone, Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Vitamin D, Calcium, Vesicare (for urinary retention). 


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/25/2010 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
some people have alot of frequency, and they take it to slow it down.
I take it if i dont want to have any output fora while.
Like if i am going on a long car ride, or to a club (no fun to try to empty drunk, lol) but when i do that, it all comes out later!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-


Allison77
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   Posted 3/25/2010 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I take immodium when Oscar is giving me runny poops. I have no issues with it. As summerstorm said, when you want to firm up, I also took some when I hopped on the plane back to Ontario, didn't want to try to clean in an airplane washroom!

-Allie
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


crohnielass
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   Posted 3/25/2010 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi take loperimide (same as immodium) at the moment to slow down the transit of food, Before i had this ileo I took lomotil which works when it hits the colon, as I have crohns & had part of the colon removed years ago have always had D since, but the lomotil worked wonders 2 tabs in the morning and would go the whole day without trips to the loo. Bevx
Diagnosed with crohns at 13 now 43
Reversal of temp ileostomy finally have a date 7th April 2010
Meds: Iron syrup,Loperimide,Folic acid & Citalopram 60mg (for Anxiety.)


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80sChick
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   Posted 3/25/2010 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
So if lomotil doesn't work until it hits the colon, then it's probably not worth taking, for me anyway...
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10!
 
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder...
 
Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
 
Currently on: 25mg Prednisone, Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Vitamin D, Calcium, Vesicare (for urinary retention). 


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/25/2010 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
lomotil always made me sleepy, but i didnt know it didnt work until it hit the colon, cause they gave me some when i went to the ER for dehydration a while back
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-

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