question about taking Immodium with Ileostomy

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   Posted 11/18/2006 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.....  it's been a few weeks since I've been here.  Have a quesiton.  Does anyone know if we can use Immodium if we have an ileostomy?  I had my first bout with diarrea a week ago and wondered if I can use it to slow it down or just eat foods that thicken stools?  I am 3 months post op....:)    thank you ,  Pat 

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   Posted 11/19/2006 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pat... Immodium is okay to use after the closure of your ileostomy but you might want to ask your doctor about lomotil.  I have used this for the past month and it has reduced my bm's from 10x/day to around 4x/day. 
26 year old male from Columbus, Ohio
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   Posted 11/20/2006 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   

My doctor has told me to use immodium with each meal.   I am 6 weeks post surgery and am scheduled for the reversal in 2.5 weeks.  I have been prone to dehydration and ended up back in the hospital for 4 days.  The immodium has helped along with eating and drinking enough.   Good luck



vette guy
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   Posted 11/20/2006 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Be careful with lomotil. I have an ostomy and have had chron's for 30 years.  My current GI does not recommend lomotil because it can cause dependancy. I use Immodium often with great results. Generic version is fine also.

Angel Baby
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   Posted 11/26/2006 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
scool  Hello! Pat
According to your posting do you currently have a subtotal colectomy in which you are experiencing frequent bouts of diarrhea into the ostomy bag?  I had my ostomy bag from 09/20/05 through 12/20/05 along with a TPN System in my right upper arm to help me gain weight so that I could have a reversal ileostomy.  The keep to get by the frequent BMs and potential bag blowouts is make a daily journal enter time of day you eat, what you eat, how much you eat, and how fast the outcome begins.  I keep it light foods for the first few weeks while I got use to the ostomy bag.  I drank lots of Boost Tropical Drinks along with Propel Calcium Flavored Water.  Soda was not good for me.  Then I added egg whites, bagels w/apple jelly, little butter, Butterball turkey breast on white bread little mustard, no milk, or ice cream, frozen sherbert, etc. Plus I was receiving 8 hours Vitaline Feedings through TPN system to gain weight for my reversal.  After the reversal ileostomy, three to five months, I had BMs 20xs daily, used lomitol and watched everything I ate.  Eleven Months later, I eat whatever I would like even Chinese, Mexican, Italian, no red meats, broiled fish, plain turkey breast, swiss cheese, egg whites, bagels, chips, and every now and then a Coke a Cola.
So everything takes time and one must have a great deal of patience to accomplish the biggest task of all:  Excellent Health Recovery.  So I hope you are doing better and continue to use the process of elimination technique and be positive.  Happy Holidays to You and Many More to Come! 

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   Posted 2/17/2007 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
My ostomy nurse told me to be careful with both lomotil and immodium so I was using them 1X/day before bed. My GI told me it was OK to use more often so I started taking them 1X day/in the morning. I'm not sure how many a day would be ideal for cutting down bag emptying to like 4X day - anyone have any ideas? SAP - I've had a couple of bouts of dehydration myself and it resulted in hospital stay due to low BP on one ocassion. Have you tried to switch to Gator Aid from water? It's helped me a lot. I try to drink at least 64 oz of it a day - the Gator Aid X is better tasting. They both have sodium in them which is helpful for me.

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   Posted 2/19/2007 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an ileostomy in 1989 - at same time, ileo-anal pouch was created for later re-hook, which occurred in 1990.  I've been taking 6-8 immodium every day since June 1990.
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