buscopan (antispasmotic)

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tipoil
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   Posted 4/13/2008 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all
 
After 20 yrs of coping with UC, I'm told now that I also have IBS.  Oh well!  I was given a prescribtion for Buscopan which apparently helps a lot with the IBS component.  I am wondering if anyone is taking anything similar with success as the Buscopan is not covered by my plan in Canada.  I'd also like to know if anyone is having a lot of success with this drug or also has anyone tried it with NO success at all ???
 
Thank you all for any response !
male Dx = UC 1987
       now also Dx = IBS 2008


quincy
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   Posted 4/13/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
You could ask the doctor for dicyclomine (Bentylol)...I'm in canada and have used it with success.

q
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Asia
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   Posted 4/13/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I used Buscopan for a few days a couple of years ago--pre diagnosis--, seems to me it helped a little, however I had to stop it because it was very hard to breath.
Diagnosed with UC in August 2005. 
Suffered for my whole life before being diagnosed. 
Told to "Eat more fibre." 
 
Currently on:

Salofalk 1500mg x 4/day
Entocort
6mg x 1/day
Entocort increased to:
9mg x 3/day as of 2.14.08


julee70
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   Posted 4/13/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
The antispasmotic drug I use is called Levsin -- in the U.S. I haven't noticed any side effects from it and I've found it very helpful for controlling the IBS/urgency symptoms. There's also a similiar drug here called Lomotil, which I don't think its an antispasmotic but just slows things down. That one has a generic here that is really cheap. I've found that both drugs really help when I have urgency issues and also when I'm afraid to eat. They seem to keep me from running to the bathroom right away. I've never used both -- just one at a time. Lately, I've been partial to Lomotil.
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Cortifoam
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine)
5ASA drugs don't work for me. Canasa seems to make me worse.


Dr-A
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   Posted 4/13/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Lomitil is my security blanket for any trips. It does dehydrate you pretty good and can make me a little tired at times. Does the job when I need it though.
Proctitis DX 1998
Lialda 1x day
Hydrocort Enema As Needed


puffed rice
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   Posted 4/13/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
In the past I used buscopan and it helps a little, Levsin also worked good but I was told it was no longer available in Canada so I could not get my perscription filled for it any more.  I currently use Lomotil once a day and its a wonder drug.  It definately slows things down, and I'm not panicking about washrooms all day long.  You feel alot calmer after it starts to work, its worth a try.  I actually have a life thanks to Lomotil.

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 1995
Salofalk Tablets and suppositories daily
Bio-K Probiotic daily
multivitamin
metamucil nightly


julee70
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   Posted 4/13/2008 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I just looked this up online and it appears that Buscopan is over the counter (without prescription) in some countries. You might find out whether there's an over-the-counter version in Canada that might be less expensive.

One website in the US says that it's $67 USD for 200 pills of 10mg.

I'm surprised that Levsin isn't available anymore in Canada. It's a mystery how these drugs can come and go after people use htem and find them helpful. But there are a bunch of similar meds, so it should be possible to find one that is covered by insurance and not too expensive if it's not.

Thanks for making me think about Lomotil. I should go back to taking it since I know it helps! Funny, how I forgot all about it.
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Cortifoam
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine)
5ASA drugs don't work for me. Canasa seems to make me worse.

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