Anyone try Levsin or Bentyl for IBS-C?
Posted 05 December 2020 - 01:35 PM
I've suffered IBC-C for more than 40 years and have taken every available prescription drug. I've been on Motegrity for over a year, and it helps; not as much as when I started. I use MOM and/or Miralax as an adjunct for their osmotic properties. Now, the IBS part of my condition is giving me fits. I do have a BM daily, but usually incomplete. After a meal, I feel as though I should have a BM and feel the "urge" transversely along my lower abdomen. Lot's of gas. To actually go, I have to strain slightly, which produces meager results, but makes me feel better. It's as though having a BM "makes room" for more material to pass along my colon too soon, where it wants to come out.
Maybe I'm taking too much MOM. My recent colonoscopy was fine, and I had a right hemicolectomy six years ago. The GI-NP has given me Levsin to try, 0.125 mg, sublingual when symptoms begin. I've taken it a couple times thus far, with no or very little improvement; I can try 0.25 mg. Has anyone with similar symptoms tried Levsin? I also understand the Bentyl is an alternative, but have no idea whether it would work better/worse. Thanks.
Posted 05 December 2020 - 01:46 PM
both levsin and bentyl are antispasmodics and, as such, can be constipating. i'm a bit surprised they prescribed these for you
these are just my own thoughts. for expert medical advice please contact a health care professional.
Posted 05 December 2020 - 02:09 PM
Thanks. I did see that when I studied the drugs, but the Levin hasn't done that yet, though my dose is minimal. In a way, having a constipating effect could be a good thing after meals, as long as it doesn't go too far. I've considered taking a couple Pepto Bismol tabs, but they also may be constipating and work against my MOM.