Can you take Immodium AD before or after eating does it help much to keep away the dreaded D?

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   Posted 4/29/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Today is my birthday and I spent it alone on top of that the dreaded D visited me.I get it so easily even with taking my digestive enzymes but this does not happen everyday thank God but it just bothers me so much as you all know I hate going through it and feel horrible after when I should be feeling good it's ended.I'm really trying to stay strong the two symptoms of my IBS that bothers me is getting diharrea and having gas.I should have been celebrating my birthday eating birthday cake but no I was to scared to go to the movies for fear my symptoms would act up I hate living in fear I passed on spending time with a dear friend to be alone on my birthday.I'm feeling so lonely I should be feeling happy and excited but I am thankful to see another birthday but theres tomorrow a new day hopefully things will get better.My question is can you take Immodium AD before or after a meal will it hold off diharrea from happening? I need help with this issue,other then that I'm thanful for this site always feels good to come and vent on here as always wishing all good stomach and digestive health. cry :-)

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   Posted 4/30/2009 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I would think taking 2 immodium AD 30min. prior to meal would best in controlling the big D, but if it still occurs would take another 1 according to instructions on bottle. Not going over 4 ina day. But it still does not help I would seek advice of pharmacist or doctor. Best Wishes and Good luck.

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   Posted 4/30/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
My colon doctor has told me I can take up to 12 Immodium pills a day.

If I remember correctly he said to take it before I ate. But since it's never really helped me much - long term - I found that watching my diet and sticking to a low residue diet is what has helped me the most.

But he always said it's a safe product.

Last November, I was on a family trip with my 4 sisters-in-law and 2 nieces in their 20s. I could feel myself getting into a D pattern or the stage I hate the most - messy, putty like bm's. I started taking Immodium. I ended up taking about 8, in a 3 hour period.

And the next day, I had formed stool!

But be careful, it is very dehydrating. Keep your fluid intake up and go easy at first. When I take it, I take 2 pills at a time. The bottle states you take it after every bm.

It seems to work great with people without IBS, I've given it to my daughters for D. When they both went to college, I bought them meds and made up a first aid kit. They both rolled their eyes at me when they saw the Immodium. LOL I just said - hey, do you want to have D at 2 am while sharing a college dorm room? No, I don't think so.....

But it just seems like for us, IBS sufferers, we almost need to take more? Does that make sense? When I take it, it doesn't stop bm's, but it does seem to thicken the stool.

I have never taken 12 pills in one 24 hour period though. My limit has probably been the 8.
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!

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