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1/19/09 11:25 A

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A lot of people have reflux with their IBS symptoms which is why Prilosec works sometimes. If you don't get reflux or an acidy stomach it probably won't help.

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1/18/09 12:02 P

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I don't know anything about Prilosec. Thought it was for acid reflux or something. Doc says as long as you don't take any more than 8 immodiums a day you're fine. I'm taking one in the a.m. and one each time I eat. I had absolutely horrible results with that "good bacteria" in yogurt. Horrible stomach pains every day, and fiber just makes me go more.

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How about taking the Prilosec? Before it became over-the-counter, that is what was prescribed for me and it did help. I'm not sure if taking Immodium every day is good for the system either, but, I know, whatever it takes to get it under control is key.

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1/18/09 10:45 A

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I have IBS-D. I was on Lotronex for a while, but it caused so much gas and bloating I had to stop. Now I'm back to just trying Immodium several times a day. So far so good.

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1/17/09 8:14 P

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I have been taking Dicyclomine since October 2008 and have felt okay. The first few days I felt better than ever and then it felt like my body slipped back in the same old rountine of stomach pain and frequent diahhrea. I went back to my doctor again and she upped my dose to twice a day and added on Prilosec 1-2 times a day as needed. I hope I can nip this in the bud, I feel like it controls my life. I did not have any intestinal probelems before September of 2008. I did not have any illness or surgery.

I just wanted to get my story out there...I am slowly learning how to deal with IBS since it is such a PIA (pain in the a@@) but finding this group I feel will be very beneficial.

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Good am! I'm a newcomer, but I just wanted to throw in my opinion and experience with Dicyclomine. I have had IBS probably since my late teens -- gallbladder removed at 20, polyps removed from colon 2 times and, at the age of 48, still experience the ups and downs of it all. But, when I started with the gastro specialist I was prescribed Hycoscamine (know I'm spelling it wrong-sorry). It worked wonders and I loved it. Then last year the company took it off the market. So, onto the Dicyclomine. So many of my symptoms and problems came back -- cramping, etc. Luckily, the drug company brought the, I call it "Hyco" back with a new name! Thank God! So, I'm back on the Hyomax (what they call it now and at a higher cost) and the cramping and the restroom urgencies are under control again. So, I definitely found that everyone's body chemistry is different and I'm just glad I found the one that works the best for me.

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I take dicyclomine as needed and have for about two years. It's made such a huge difference in my daily life!

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1/16/09 3:19 P

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Dear Kelly: I'm so sorry to hear about your discomfort and misery. I have been there and totally sympathize with you. I finally got my problem under control with a substitute for Lomitil. Thus far, I have been living a pretty normal life. Give it a try or at least ask about it. Good luck and hang tough - there IS something out that will work for you - you just have to eliminate lots of other meds before you do. Best to you. emoticon

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1/16/09 1:28 P

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Hi Guys! Going back to my Gastro doctor today to see if there are any other meds. out there that can help. I'll be sure and let you guys in on anything i find out...The problem is that the dicyclomine only worked for me about 75% of the time and the other 25% of the time I'm miserable... I get so bloated that I have days where my pants barely fit, it's crazy. Stress has been making my IBS out of control over the last couple of weeks too. I've been drinking mint tea to try and ease my stomach and that helps a tiny bit. I haven't even been able to go to the gym much because of the stomach pains and discomfort, it's driving me crazy!!! BAKERGURL2 I hope the med. helps you better than it did me. Good luck all!


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1/15/09 9:11 P

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I have started taking Dicyclomine today, hope it helps. emoticon
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1/14/09 5:34 P

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I am on dicyclomine and it helps about 80% of the time. There are still situations where my abdominal pain is just going to be awful no matter what I do, but I really like the med and have not had side effects. I have just started a very low dose of Elavil last night for my symptoms as well. I guess I'll se how it works. I hate taking meds, but with IBS there's just not a lot of choices out there.

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1/14/09 4:06 P

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From Iowa!
I have been on Dicyclomine for some time and found that it helps..it you take it! LOL I didn't for quite some time and I suffered for it. It helps keep my bloated feeling down and the sick feeling in my intestines at bay. How is anyone doing with losing weight while suffering from IBS? I have a horrible time trying to even "feel" thinner when I bloat from time to time. Any suggestions...raw veggies just make matters worse and some fruits are a definite no-no.

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1/14/09 2:51 P

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Hi everyone, I am new here and so I'm sure my profile is pretty boring! Sorry :) Anyway, I wanted to add my two cents. I was prescribed Bentyl when I first when to a psychiatrist about my IBS. Unfortunately, it totally knocked me out with fatigue (and I was on a high school band trip at the time...don't recommend trying new drugs when on vacation :) ). I have been on imipramine for the past 10 years and it totally changed my life! I used to have attacks (spasms) in class in high school and very painful bloating, etc. Imipramine is a tricyclic antidepressant but one of the side-effects is slowing down the smooth muscle movement in your body. So, I use it for the side effects. I take 50mg but started out on 150 mg. If bentyl does not work for you (or makes you really tired) I would talk to your doctor about imipramine. I'm not kidding when I say medication changed my life with regard to IBS. I was severely depressed in high school and middle school (my IBS started around 8th grade) but discovered what I had and began medication just in time to go to college. Thank God for these forums...there was not much on the internet about IBS when I was trying to figure out what I had 12 years ago! emoticon

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1/14/09 1:49 P

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I have taken dicyclomine in the past and it did nothing for me. Unfortunately not all of us can take natural medicines and eat foods that might help us due to severe allergies. This is my plight. However I am taking Librax which is an antispasmodic and anticholinergic. I also drink peppermint tea for the gas and bloating. I can't take any natural medicines in capsule form because everytime I do I have an allergic reaction. I am also intolerant of dairy products. Librax has helped about 20% but I have only been on it for a month. I would recommend this to anyone whose IBS is caused by stress. It keeps you pretty calm without putting you in a comatose state. I would talk to your doctor if you are interested in trying it.

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1/14/09 1:10 P

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Dear Friend: I thoroughly understand your plight. I was housebound for months and struggled with the very same symptoms for years. I am lactose intolerant too and this did not help my situation. I was getting very depressed because many doctors could not get a handle on my problem. Finally, I moved to another county and had to find new doctors. I explained my IBS problem to my new doctor and she prescribed DIPHENOXLATE-ATROPINE TABLMYL it is a substitute for Lomitil. I take two pills every morning whether I need them or not and they seemed to get my bowels back to a normal state. After taken them for a couple of years I know I can skip a day if I know I am going to be home just to give my body a chance to move my bowels. The pills do not constipate me but I like to give my body a chance to relax. It works for me most of the time. Once in a while I have an attack but I know it is because I have cheated and have eaten the wrong foods. Good luck to you I hope this helps you. Signed, much happier these days emoticon emoticon

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1/14/09 12:46 P

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I took dicyclomine 6 years ago, when the doctor first told me I had a very mild case of IBS. I've been to a gastro dr only once, and while I was taking the meds, I learned what my body likes and what it doesn't like. I don't take any medicine for it now, since I've learned what flares it up and what doesn't. A big thing for me is eating too late and anything with a cream sauce (I'm not lactose-intolerant, it's just the heaviness of it) and a few other foods can too, but I stay away from them.

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1/14/09 11:03 A

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I did the same thing for 4 yrs....then they discovered with an ultrasound that it was my gallbladder. It was removed and the pain and vomiting is gone. I still have IBS, but without the intense pain and vomiting. Two yrs ago, Christmas morning, my youngest daughter, 21 at the time, had the same symptoms. We took her to the ER and after millions of tests, they listened to me, and checked her gallbladder. It was removed in surgery 2 hours later. She still has symptoms of IBS and bloating but no pain and no vomiting. Have them scan her gallbladder just to rule it out! The ultrasound is a painless test.

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1/14/09 8:37 A

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Hi there
I haven't ever taken anything for my IBS but was telling my Dr the other day that I take immodium when the need arises and it is quite often lately. Of course that starts a whole new week of issues when I take it so he suggested Dicetel. Has anyone heard of, or had any experience with this drug?



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1/10/09 7:16 P

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I too take Bentyl as needed. It does help. I try to only take it when absolutely needed. Sometimes in the evening I'll take a heated corn sack and just lay it across my stomach. The warm heat seems to help.


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1/8/09 2:02 A

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A few weeks ago, I went to the dr. for a sinus infction. He was talking to me about the colonostopy i had this summer. He said the results looked good, and wondered how I was doing with my IBS and I told him not god.
e said the colonsstopy showed they removed a palyp, and I have diverticulous, and the dr. said I have a al ba case of IBS or spastic colon. He said most of his patients find dicyclomine or Bentyl works great for them, but for me it does not
e said I need to try to calm down what is causing the spastic colon and he put me on welchol. So that is what I am taking along with Healther Tummy Fiber.
I had potatoe chips the other night with a sandwich. I had not eaten chips for so long, and boy, did it ever give me a flare up with my IBs and for two days now, I am still running to the bathroom. I should have known better
good luck everyone
this is a losing game I think
It seems discouraging to me so much and sometimes I feel like i am getting housebound again and do not ant that
I know it is like a mind game but I just can not help it
i have been through this so much, and it is to the place i need to know exactly where a bathroom is should I go anywhere
Not fun
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1/7/09 8:34 P

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My doctor prescribed Bentyl and it has really helped me. I use it as needed. I still have a problem with all sorts of food. I don't like to be so dependant on drugs.

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I was just prescribed bentyl as well. I broke my ankle Dec 3 and required surgery to fix my ankle. I came home from the hospital Dec 5 and my IBS took on a new life of its own. Things that once didn't bother me now did and my symptoms were cranked up two fold. The doc prescribed bentyl as needed. I have not had any flares since the new meds. My sleeping is off anyway from the cast on my ankle so I am not sure if it is the meds or the ankle that is causing the sleeping problems. It is helping my IBS and that is what matters.

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Sorry it made you sicker. I actually just stopped taking it; it didn't make me sick, but I had problems sleeping and stuff. I like the activia as well, but that alone doesn't do it for me. Hope you have a great New Years!!


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i was prescribed that medicine to, but it made me sicker. What worked for me is the activia it makes it much easier on me.

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That's great. I take it 4 times a day and it seems to work; I'm glad it's working for you as well!

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I was prescribed Dicyclomine (Bentyl) as an "as Needed" drug. Prior to taking it I had been in the emergency room twice with extreem stomach pain. Since I have started taking it I have had 3 minor and 2 major flares. The drug has enabled me to control the pain and stay out of the hospital.
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It's great to know that the Dicyclomine is helping!!!

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Wow, congrats to you! That's great news!

My 10 year old, I believe has it. I'm considering taking her back to the doc & see if they can give her something. She is up at least 1 night a week with pain most of the night, then vomits at least once. That's unacceptable to me!

Thanks for the info!

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Last week my doctor prescribed me dicyclomine for my IBS and I have to tell you all that it seems to really be helping me already. I haven't been as gasy and system seems to be more on a steady track. The only side effect that I'm having is my sleeping has been a little screwy since starting the medication. Thought I would share the information with you all; I know how frustrating IBS is hopefully for those of you that aren't taking this med. you can ask your physicians about it and hopefully it will work for you all. Hope everyone is having a good week! ~Lyndsay

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