Anti spasmotic drugs

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   Posted 5/31/2009 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
     I read some posts in the past where people take anti spasmotic meds for their UC.  What do you take and from whom do you receive the doctor or GI doctor?
     The reason this interests me is that years ago I suffered from spasms of the stomach.  I felt that my food just wasn't getting a big lump in the upper part of my stomach.  I had all kinds of tests which ruled out blockages, etc..  My family doctor at the time put me on some liquid medicine which didn't do squat.  My mom took me to a chiropractor and he helped me majorly.  That was when I was fifteen years old....seems like centuries ago.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/ see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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   Posted 5/31/2009 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Lomitil, you can either get your GP or specialist to give you a script. I just started keeping immodium too in case I need some milder stuff. I have found just taking 1 lomitil every morning right when I get up does pretty well. It really doesn't stop the morning BM's but what it does help with is that 3-7th bm, lol.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
Probiotis/VitD3 5000IU+Ca/1000mg DHA

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   Posted 5/31/2009 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   

When I had UC I took both Levsin and Levbid.  Neither did squat for me but it doesn't hurt to try if you think you have a spasmodic problem.



dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 5/31/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
My understanding is that drugs like bentyl and donnatal keep the GI system from spasming, just like the title says. I think the anti diarrhea drugs like imodium work to slow the system down and may be a bit stronger. They give anti spasmodics to people with IBS. I have taken my share of them.
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis & diverticulitis
 54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta
good results w/ acupuncture

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 5/31/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I just started the levbid last Wednesday. I'm afraid to be hopeful but the cramping and urgency have decreased dramatically. I still have problems if I choose to eat something I know will bother me but that is a big improvement with EVERYTHING sending me running for the bathroom.
Diagnosed Friday, February 13, 2009
Colazal 3 tabs 3X daily
Prednisone 40 mg since 3/4/09
Zantac 1 tab 2X daily

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   Posted 5/31/2009 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
KS1905 (Keith) posted not too long ago that his gastro, who sub-specializes in IBD treatment, RXed Tylenol with codeine for him during a severe flare. He was skeptical about it at 1st, but found that it gave him amazing relief from urgency. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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   Posted 6/1/2009 3:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Bentyl (Bentylol/dicyclomine) works amazingly for me....they also lessen stomach cramping.

It sounds as though you probably have reflux....have you tried Zantac?

*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~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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   Posted 6/1/2009 5:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't have any doctors help at the time my stomach was in spasms. The doctors said it was just IBS symptoms and left it as that. I started to research as the pain was so bad I could not stand up for long. I found a book called Great Taste no Pain. It is about combination eating. Now I have been doing that and I have had no pain. It was true what the author said.
Female 32 years old
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication- 1/2 X 500mg pentasa in the morrning= 250g pentasa (I reduced this to see how my diet will effect me) and 1 X250g Asacol every other evening
Diet- Tried raw food diet with 80% raw foods, found some pro's and cons. Started to add more products to keep up weight as mine did not balance. Still eating raw spinage and still am combination eating. No dairy No gluten.  
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.

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