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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 1/2/2008 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
what exactly do they do?  Do they help with the pain, eliminate the gas or bloating?  Do they make it possible to eat without feeling like you have swallowed a basketball after the first three mouthfuls?  Do they help the colon move food along to elimination?  Thanks
DXed with left sided UC in 1983 at 20 years of age
-Used prednisone for long periods in the early years (1983-1992) which resulted in severe osteoporosis
-remission through two pregnancies 1993/94 and 1996/97 no meds taken other than prenatal vitamins
-flare in 2000 didn't respond to methasalazane supps or enemas tried methatrexate; mostly in remission for 7 years
-July 2007 new flare with additional never before seen symptoms.....hormone related?, not responding to meds

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 1/2/2008 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi...I've only used dicyclomine (Bentylol/Bentyl)...started out with 10mg for about 16 years, then graduated to 20mg.

The feeling you have when swallowing food would be caused by reflux....consider to try Zantac. I use it (because I have a stockpile), but Pariet is the best I've tried. That will help that feeling.

The antispasmodic will settle smooth muscle spasming, so it could help that discomfort as well.

It does settle stomach and gut spasming, pain, discomfort, nausea for me. When I'm super nauseated, I usually take Bentyl and a half Gravol (not often, however).

Regarding moving food along...depends on if the spasming hinders or forces. I would think that it could help both. A digestive enzyme would help as well...depending on what you eat. What symptoms are you having that you feel food needs to be moved along quicker?

Antispasmodics can help even the peristalsis, it can slow it down too much if you take too much, for constipation can be a side effect...but for some with constipation from tense or distressed bowel, it can help.

It will cause some relaxing of the vision, and it was noticable once my eyes started to change with age...just be aware of it. It doesn't affect me in a negative way, however....but I don't take too much if I'm out and about driving, etc.

hope this helps.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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Date Joined Nov 2005
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   Posted 1/2/2008 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah i've tried Spasmonal Forte when i was really ill and having constant spasms. I found that they do help a little bit but not much. That is the only one that i tried.
                                     keep the faith 

         asacol/proctifoam/Zoton (lansoprazole)/propranalol


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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 1/2/2008 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried Bentyl when I was flaring really badly before first diagnosis and didn't notice any relief from it, but that was probably because I was super sick and in incredible pain. My doctor told me they are supposed to help with the pain. I think they are often given to IBS patients as well.
23 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007
Current inflamation in the rectum
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - as needed for flares
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D) for Osteopenia; flaxseed

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