Imodium for ulcerative colitis?

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Jokerlola
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   Posted 6/27/2010 4:16 AM (GMT -6)   
My Dad's been having a bad flare for several months. His worst time is at night when he goes up to 10 times. He is currently on prednisone, lialdia and VSL3 ds. His gastro put him on one dose of Imodium at night to help slow down the diarrhea so he can get some sleep. It does seem to help, cutting down his bms to 1 or 2 a night and 2 or 3 during the day but they are all still loose watery stools. I have read that Imodium is not good for colitis. Could this hurt him in the long run?

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   Posted 6/27/2010 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I use Lomotil (perscription) to slow things down and it was ok'd by my GI to take daily.  I only need to take one and it seems to control things.  I have taken it in the evening when I was flaring and I found that by slowing down the BM'S my rear end was less irritated by all the loose stool . I tried taking the immodium but I found it bloated me and gave me gas pains .  Does your Dad take any kind fibre like Metamucil? Metamucil helps to bulk up the stool by absorbing the liquid in the colon.
Is your dad using any rectal meds?  Rectal meds should be used as well to cut down on the amount of BM'S that he is having.
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imagardener2
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   Posted 6/27/2010 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I have used Immodium in a crunch when I had an event that was must-be-OK type and it sounds like your dad is in a very bad flare. Sleep is important for both the brain and the gut. But as a permanent addition Immodium is not good because it will hurt the gut's natural rythym in the long run. But for a short while it won't cause any permanent harm and can be very helpful to stop a dangerous cycle of D which can deplete his body of fluids and nutrients.

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pam222
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   Posted 6/27/2010 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI said I could use it sparingly. I would take one in the morning before my internship 3 days a week. I didn't notice that it actually helped anything, though
27/F Diagnosed with unspecified UC 11/08 (symptoms for over a year before)
Asacol, Prednisone, Remicade with no success--no remission for over 2 years
8/09 colonoscopy shows that the whole colon is affected
12/18/09 Removal of colon, creation of J-Pouch and ostomy; recessed stoma; 12/30/09 Takedown too soon; RV fistula;1/9/10 Second Ileostomy Surgery;
1/25/10 Stoma Revision Surgery; 3/30/10 Takedown again; 6/9/10 Scope and Biopsy--Diagnosed with Crohns Disease (maybe...)
Tried gluten free and dairy free with no noticeable improvement; Was on TPN and IV fluids 2/10-6/10. Currently:Prednisone 40 mg, Culturelle, D, B12, Iron, Prenatal vitamin, Lomotil, Lortab, Starting Humira 6/28


kops2da
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   Posted 6/27/2010 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
All three gastro doctors that I have had ok'd Imodium for me.  Imodium can help but does not stop the problems and sometimes just covers what is going on.  I use it sparingly - usually 1/2 pill when going out to slow down possible urgency.  I feel I am in about 90% remission but I also have IBS and Imodium definitely helps if you eat something that "goes right through".  Never tried the prescription version but many here have.
By the way, my doctor also said Pepto Bismal is ok to calm my stomach - nausea and cramping. 
As long as his doctor agrees - why not? If he is on prednisone - is it not strong enough to help?  I would be more concerned that all his prescriptions are not working.
ElaineNY
 
 
Senior - diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008 Cannot tolerate mesalamines including rectal meds, etc. 
Prednisone for about 5 months - tried 6 MP with no help. 
No prescriptions now except for Cortifoam and anusol about once a week.  Now treating only with Imodium and Pepto Bismal and below....
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.
 
 
 


Dr-A
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   Posted 6/27/2010 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Imodium isn't going to hurt but I wouldn't expect results from taking one. I found that 3 usually equals what one Lomitil would do for me. Have used it for years to slow things down. Won't do anything in terms of actually making the UC better. Just makes the symptoms more tolerable. Take it a few hours before you want it to begin working though.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
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kops2da
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   Posted 6/27/2010 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dr. A - remember how different we all are!  I take 1/2 and works for me.  If really bad I might take another 1/2 in an hour or so.  Doctor told me important to take only the dose necessary to slow things down. 
Hope you are getting settled down with new home, new baby, etc.
ElaineNY
 
Senior - diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008 Cannot tolerate mesalamines including rectal meds, etc. 
Prednisone for about 5 months - tried 6 MP with no help. 
No prescriptions now except for Cortifoam and anusol about once a week.  Now treating only with Imodium and Pepto Bismal and below....
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.
 
 
 


Dr-A
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   Posted 6/27/2010 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
kops2da said...
Hi Dr. A - remember how different we all are! I take 1/2 and works for me. If really bad I might take another 1/2 in an hour or so. Doctor told me important to take only the dose necessary to slow things down.
Hope you are getting settled down with new home, new baby, etc.

ElaineNY


Lomitil would plug you up for days then, lol.

Spent week up in new clinic last week covering for the doc while he was on vacation. Moving up there permanently in a few weeks.... Hate packing, but looking forward to seeing people again.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Remicade, Sulfasalazine 3g/day, Rear meds as needed
Psyllium (palm full twice daily)
Probiotis/VitD3 5000IU+Ca/1000mg DHA

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