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I was curious for those that often have bouts of diarrhea, what is your preferred medication?

Personally I used to take Kaopectate though I don't think it worked that well. Today I tried Loperamide. (2 caplets).  Normally I don't take

anything. I eat a low fat, low fiber diet, plus toast and not quite ripe bananas.  That often helps.

Thanks for your thoughts on the matter!

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I use over counter Loperamide Anti-Diarrheal from CVS (Imodium). It does work. Seems to slow things down and firm things up. I only take 1 after it happens but some folks take 1 before each meal.

GI doc wants to put me on meds but I still hesitate. I know cheese is my trigger for sure but seems like theres No rhyme or reason sometimes.

Hope you got some relief

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On 9/7/2023 at 5:28 PM, Rumble said:

I use over counter Loperamide Anti-Diarrheal from CVS (Imodium). It does work. Seems to slow things down and firm things up. I only take 1 after it happens but some folks take 1 before each meal.

GI doc wants to put me on meds but I still hesitate. I know cheese is my trigger for sure but seems like theres No rhyme or reason sometimes.

Hope you got some relief

Well, playing devils advocate... loperamide is a medication. If you go back 30 years it was only available by prescription. Now it is over-the-counter.

If cheese is a trigger, have you looked into lactose intolerance or trying lactose-free cheese?

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8 minutes ago, Jeffrey Roberts said:

Well, playing devils advocate... loperamide is a medication. If you go back 30 years it was only available by prescription. Now it is over-the-counter.

If cheese is a trigger, have you looked into lactose intolerance or trying lactose-free cheese?

Thanks for the reply. Interesting about loperamide being a prescription once.

I have tried the lactose free and the taste was horrible. Also tried the organic stuff and tasted like plastic. Problem is whenever Im back to normal and feeling great I go get a block of cheese and forget what it does.  

My GI doc prescribed 2 meds for me the other day. I will post them when I pick them up. Im gonna hold off taking them until it happens again I guess. I may just try doing more of the overcounter stuff

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On 9/9/2023 at 5:41 PM, Jeffrey Roberts said:

Well, playing devils advocate... loperamide is a medication. If you go back 30 years it was only available by prescription. Now it is over-the-counter.

If cheese is a trigger, have you looked into lactose intolerance or trying lactose-free cheese?

Hey Jeffery, so I picked up 100mg Viberzi and 20mg of Dicyclomine. Not sure why my GI doctor prescribed both but the pharmacist said side effects are the same with both meds. I always hesitate with taking meds (I try not to) but this past week has been rough. Stomach growling at me like its collapsing on itself. 

 

I dont have intolerable pains, just bloat, cramps, and diarrhea every week and now every 3 days. What are your thoughts on those medications?

 

Thanks

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While they might have similar results, Dicyclomine is an anti-spasmodic which might help with abdominal pain and slowing down the gut. Viberzi is a very different kind of medication.

First of all, do you have a gallbladder? Viberzi has a warning that those people without a gallbladder should not use Viberzi.

Viberzi might help with abdominal pain,  but most people find its main mode of action is to stop diarrhea.

Did you receive instructions to try the dicyclomine for a period of time and if that you don't see any relief to try the viberzi? I don't think it is a good idea to take both at the same time. You might end up with very severe constipation. Trying one at a time for a while is the best plan if you decide to take them.

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I have been prescribed medications multiple times and have taken them but honestly-Imodium (any store brand)works better for me and I only take them when I need them,not everyday like you have to do with prescription medications,though there have been times I have to take 2 a day for several days.

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35 minutes ago, Jeffrey Roberts said:

While they might have similar results, Dicyclomine is an anti-spasmodic which might help with abdominal pain and slowing down the gut. Viberzi is a very different kind of medication.

First of all, do you have a gallbladder? Viberzi has a warning that those people without a gallbladder should not use Viberzi.

Viberzi might help with abdominal pain,  but most people find its main mode of action is to stop diarrhea.

Did you receive instructions to try the dicyclomine for a period of time and if that you don't see any relief to try the viberzi? I don't think it is a good idea to take both at the same time. You might end up with very severe constipation. Trying one at a time for a while is the best plan if you decide to take them.

Thanks Jeffrey! Yes I have a gallbladder. Doc said take both but I hesitate. She said I have colon spasms in the past and suspects it again. 

I may try Immodium just once a day before taking the meds. See what happens. I had 2 good days then boom today I taste test a salad with chicken and back to square 1. Diarrhea  

 

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I strongly do not recommend taking imodium with either of these medications. I would separate them by at least 2 days. You may end up with severe intractable constipation if you take them close together.

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5 hours ago, Jeffrey Roberts said:

I strongly do not recommend taking imodium with either of these medications. I would separate them by at least 2 days. You may end up with severe intractable constipation if you take them close together.

Got it. Thanks! But now I got blood down back of throat hopefully from a nose bleed which didnt come out the front. Im a mess. Not to mention Lithrotrispy next week for kidney stones

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I know this conversation was happening a while ago but I'd like to add a couple of things:

1) If cheese is a trigger it is often the lactose in it. Not all cheese has lactose, cheddar & parmesan, for example are lactoes free and my lactose intolerant family member can eat those without trouble.

2) Dicyclomine, also known as bentyl, is contra-indicated in older adults. If you are over 65 and dealing with IBS-D you should make sure your physician is thinking about your age. Sadly, not all US physicians have the training in geriatrics they should and they often prescribe things for those who are 65+ without proper consideration of "Beers criteria" a compendium of information on medicating older adults.

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