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   Posted 2/21/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
If you're first dependent upon Imodium to slow output down and keep hydrated, what way do you all use to wean yourself off of it?  Reduce dosage?  Increase interval between doses?  How long has it taken some of you?

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   Posted 2/21/2009 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never really tried...I've read some here take it on schedule everyday since their doc wants me to use it more than I do, but I cannot always be bothered.

Why? are you worried?

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   Posted 2/21/2009 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Have had to have my ileostomy reveied two times in the last four months. The first one that was revised died from scar tissue. Just would not put out anything and I kept getting small blackages.
I had it revised three weeks ago and just keeps running so I have imodium to slow it down.
Is it to early to take it?

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   Posted 2/21/2009 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Jan,
You poor thing. I hope this one works out for you.
I don't think it's too early to take it.
But how often are you emptying it?
I was told to take it, but I chose to wait it out. It finally slowed down, but it may not have been as juicy as yours.
Have you tried foods that are supposed to slow it down? Someone on here suggested salty foods. So I found cornchips really help to thicken and slow down my output. But, since you've had probs with blockages, make sure you chew them really well.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

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   Posted 2/21/2009 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think that it is too early to take it. If it was prescribed, start with low dosages, maybe just one pill. I've been prescribed 3 pills prior to all 3 large meals (9 per day). BUT, I have only been taking 3 pills a day, all 3 in the morning before breakfast. Seems like that is the time of day that I need it most, esp when I drink coffee even tho it is decaf.

Check with your dr to be sure... and let us know.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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