Is it ok to take Immodium during a flare??

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   Posted 10/29/2007 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been doing it maybe twice a day during this flare Im currently having  and it seems to be helping  Im only having 3-4 loose/semi-formed stools per day      normally during a flare I may experience around 10 BMs daily..... Thanks

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   Posted 10/29/2007 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd probably check with your doc to get his opinion.  Some say it is OK, others not.  I think using it sparingly is fine, which is what I do.  Two a day might cause some problems, but I know others who do that and are fine. 

Dx Left-sided UC Dec. 2006
Azathioprine (Imuran) 125mg/day
Prednisone 2.5mg/day (trying to taper-started at 60 6/1)
Lialda 4/day
Multivitamin, B complex vit., fish oil, calcium, fiber supplement, probiotic

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   Posted 10/29/2007 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I used it a few times, for a wedding, party and a dinner I had to go to. It helped me out during those times, but that was it.
Beth, 32
UC Diagnosed March 2000
Azathioprine 100mg 1xday;Remicade tests pending;Hydrocortisone enemas 1xday;Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Potassium 600mg 1xday, Probiotics.
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   Posted 10/29/2007 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree that you should ok this with your doc. But I don't think sporadic use of it will harm much. Of course many docs and literature say not to use it long term or frequently because it can increase the risk of toxic megacolon. I personally can't use the stuff, it gives me the most horrible gut pain in addition to the rebound affect.
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   Posted 10/29/2007 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I would be carfeul in using this. It did back fire on my once and things got worse. I would call your GI.

Current meds are:
Asacol 6 pills a day
Lexapro 20 mg once a day
Ativan .5 mg when needed

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   Posted 10/29/2007 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
It never had much of an effect at all for me during flareups.
12 Asacol
100 mg Imuran
6 or 9 fish oil pills
4 Acidophilus pills

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