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   Posted 11/5/2008 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
has anyone here ever taken bentyl? i'm still not really sure what it's supposed to do! i've been told it stops the intestines from cramping up and making you feel like you have to go all the time...but i read that you shouldn't take it if you have ulcerative colitis...which is pretty darn close to crohn's so why did my doctors give it to me when i was in the hospital? i also read that it helps with the pain and cramping you get right after you eat, so taking it before you eat just still confused on what it really does and if it's safe for me to take!
21 year old female
Diagnosed with Crohn's August 2008 (hospitalized for over a month right after)
Taking...canasa, rowasa, 6mp, and Remicade every 6 weeks
As needed...zofran, lortab, tylenol 3, bentyl
Weaning off of Prednisone!

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   Posted 11/5/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I also heard you're not supposed to take it with a hiatal hernia, but my doctor prescribed medicine for that and bentyl anyway. I was fine and still seem to be.
Bentyl will probably make your vision blurry. That's the side effect I most remember anyway. It's an anti-spasmodic so you should have a lot less cramping! Always a nice thing and I was pleased with it. I hope it works for you.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, bentyl as needed, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 11/5/2008 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, LMills is right. It is an anti-spasmodic (muscle relaxer). It works wonders on my gut, but unfortunately it also gives me fish-bowl vision which I cannot tolerate. Sometimes cutting the dose in half helps with the vision thing tho.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)
Stopped Humira August 22nd, 2008.
Went Gluten-Free, noticing some definite improvement.
Started LDN October 27th, and already LOVING IT.

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure."

Texan with Crohn's
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 362
   Posted 11/6/2008 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
ImAud -

just started taking this medication a week (?) or so ago. Did a search in the box up top and read up on it... glad I did. Take it at night because it did make my vision blurry and a bit sleepy. I am sleeping better while on this medication with little side effects and only a small dent in my pocket.

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 113
   Posted 11/6/2008 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
i must be like resistant to these meds lol..i dont get sleepy on it or have blurry vision..i may have had some blurry vision with it when i was in the hospital when i first started taking it, but it doesn't really affect me now..(i think being on all types of opiates in the hospital has made my body more used to this type of stuff lol)...i honestly dont even know if it helps me! i just take it when i feel really gassy and bloated..not really sure if it helps or if the gas just goes away on its own...but atleast it's safe to take..i was worried it was unsafe to take
21 year old female
Diagnosed with Crohn's August 2008 (hospitalized for over a month right after)
Taking...canasa, rowasa, 6mp, and Remicade every 6 weeks
As needed...zofran, lortab, tylenol 3, bentyl
Weaning off of Prednisone!

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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 87
   Posted 11/7/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
bentyl did absolutely NOTHING for me, except cost money to get the script filled. i was put on it a while ago, right after i was diagnosed, so i don't really remember a lot of specifics, but i do recall telling one of my gastros that i didn't think it did anything and he whole-heartedly agreed...

hope you feel better!!
-25 year old female; diagnosed December '05.
-Fistulas of the bladder resulted in a small bowel resection in April '06; October '06 brought on another resection and bladder repair surgery
-Currently on 4000mg Pentasa and 50mg Imuran.
-Severely allergic to Remicade.
-IN REMISSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 491
   Posted 11/8/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I tried it. Told by my GI to take it for cramping & pain. I took it for abdominal pain a couple times & it did nothing. I told the GI who told me it must've not been intestinal pain then. Huh.
Live for today, for tomorrow you might just get hit by a semi.

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