Imodium For IBS

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   Posted 9/2/2007 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys!
I'm just curious to know if anyone actually takes imodium on a fairly regular basis for their Ibs ... if so do you take it only after a bad attack of "D", when it starts to go downhill, or even to prevent the onset? And how regular?
My doctor did suggest it might be best for me to take it for a while. But I don't want to get reliant on it ... or am I really sure when I ought to be taking it, to make it work best for me.
Up to now I'm only taking one when I feel I'm on the wane or desperate for a break ...
So just wondering if anyone using this as a preventative or something has any input ...
Many thanks in advance
Tizz :-)

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   Posted 9/2/2007 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish I could take Imodium on a daily basis, but it's probably not the best idea.  So I take it when I absolutely can't have diarrhea (like when I'm dissecting in gross anatomy lab).  Other times I figure I just have to suck it up and go whenever I need to.  I wouldn't recommend taking it daily unless you talk to your doctor about it and even then I would still be hesitant.  Have you tried anything other than Imodium?  Like a calcium citrate supplement, perhaps?

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   Posted 9/4/2007 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I think calcium carbonate is what you want to take to try and control the D. Calcium citrate is better for people that suffer from C.

The problem with long term Imodium is that people start using it as an everyday preventive even when not needed instead of using it just when they are having problems. Imodium can stop you up and dry you out very easily and cause more problems. When my doctor told me that my diverticulosis may be because I abused Imodiums and caused constipation all those years (I was IBS-D at the time), it caused parts of my colon to weaken and developed pockets.

Like Sarita said, there are times when its absolutely imparitent to take as a preventive but not good on a daily basis.
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