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Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 3/25/2010 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
This a pill for cholesterol but my Dr.gave it to me for diarreah. Has anybody ever used this medicine? If so how did you do on it. Did you have any kind of side effects from it or problems with it?

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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 3763
   Posted 3/25/2010 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
This is basically the same as Questran, but in pill form. I have used both, and they are commonly used "off label" for D. They do the job well. I prefer the pills just because they are easier to take than the powder. But, I only take them if I will be traveling or some place where bathroom access is unreliable. It tends to give me cramping and bloating. For me, I can deal with my D more than the discomfort of the side effects. Also you have to be careful about when you take it because it will bind to other medications. So I find it is more of a pain in the neck than a help.

That said, there are others on the board whose D is such that without this medication, they would not be able to leave the house and they suffer no adverse side effects. So it is one of those things that you will need to try and see how it works for you.

One word of advice, you may not need the prescribed dosage. You may find that just a small amount does the job. I can take one pill every other day and have the desired effect vs the 4 a day the doctor told me to take, thus minimizing the side effects.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 41
   Posted 3/25/2010 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 8 pills a day. no side effects. It does't stop d for me but does help. If i am going to leave the house I also take imodium. Colestid helps but it does not stop me up and I really prefer it over Questran. I can't stand the powder.
Crohns dx in 2002. ilieum and colon resection 2002. Ilieum resection 2007.
Started Humira dec, 08
colestid 4 pills 2 x  a day

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Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 3/25/2010 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info. I've had Crohns for 20 years and have only gone into remission one time ( when I was pregnant with my first set of twins ) The drs.tried me on different drugs and the only one that helped was prednisone and even that stopped working. I just started the cloestid this week and I can already see a difference. The "D" has always been bad for me and it is very hard to the bathroom when I have two 2 1/2 year olds running around. I do get bloated but hopefully I will be able to deal with it.
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