Imodium-is there something better?
Posted 09 August 2010 - 01:53 PM
Posted 09 August 2010 - 05:57 PM
Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:09 AM
Not to my knowledge, other than Lotronex (which doesn't work for all Diarrhea types) there isn't. The meds you mention are antispasmodics and are meant to slow gut contractions down. The really are not specifically for stopping diarrhea. Anti-diarrheal meds that I know of are: Imodium, Kaopectate or Pepto Bismol. For me imodium works best.If you find you have pain when using imodium.. try using an anti-gas product (something containing simethicone).Since you are so young a GI specialist may not do a whole bunch of tests either. This is because statistically speaking the odds are greater that you have IBS rather than anything else. And, be forewarned, some of the "specialists" are less helpful than the GP's! But what I would do is ask your Dr straight up if she thinks you need to rule out other GI illnesses with a GI specialist. So if you & your Dr decide you need a specialist... ask if she knows of one that is good and specifically good with IBS.But be prepared... once an official diagnosis is reached.... the Dr's can't really do much but perhaps guide us a bit (if you get an Dr knowledgeable about IBS) or prescribe the few prescriptions available to help manage symptoms. The rest of symptom management is up to us! We must.. via trial and error... try different treatments ourselves to see what works best on our symptoms.Most folks find a combination of several treatments working together can help manage symptoms best. But there is no quick fix...sorry to say. Everyone must go through the trial & error. And no Dr can do that for us. But!!! by all means.. WE can do that for ourselves!All the best
Is there another medication that could work better than Imodium?
Posted 10 August 2010 - 08:32 AM