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I am new to this bulletin board so please bear with any mistakes I may make. I am a Spec. Ed. teacher with IBS. I have had it for several years. I found a miracle with Lotronex, but soon it was taken from me. Lately my IBS has shifted into "high gear." I am absent from work a lot due to this syndrome. Has anyone had any luck with another medicine, or do you have any suggestions for me?
 

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Hi Linda:Working is a really tough issue for those of us with severe IBS. Unfortunately, there aren't any miracle medications that definitely work for everyone. Some people get relief from dietary changes alone. There is a woman who posts frequently about her success with calcium supplementation. Some people find relief through hypnosis, relaxation, yoga, meditation, etc. Some others find that certain types of medications can be helpful. Some of these include the anticholinergic/antispasmodics which include Bentyl, Levsin, Librax (which also contains a mild tranquilizer), Levbid, etc. Other medications fall into the antidepressant category with strong anticholinergic effects such as Elavil and Pamelor. Other antidepressant medications called SSRIs help some IBS sufferers who mainly suffer IBS with anxiety and/or depression. These include Paxil, Zoloft, and Prozac. All drugs have side effects, however, and sometimes these can be quite difficult to live with. Do you have a good gastroenterologist who is able to work with you on your problem?I hope this information helps you a little and I'm glad you found this board. It is really helpful to be able to share experiences with other people who know what you are going through.Good luck. ~JR~
 

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Hi Linda:Working is a really tough issue for those of us with severe IBS. Unfortunately, there aren't any miracle medications that definitely work for everyone. Some people get relief from dietary changes alone. There is a woman who posts frequently about her success with calcium supplementation. Some people find relief through hypnosis, relaxation, yoga, meditation, etc. Some others find that certain types of medications can be helpful. Some of these include the anticholinergic/antispasmodics which include Bentyl, Levsin, Librax (which also contains a mild tranquilizer), Levbid, etc. Other medications fall into the antidepressant category with strong anticholinergic effects such as Elavil and Pamelor. Other antidepressant medications called SSRIs help some IBS sufferers who mainly suffer IBS with anxiety and/or depression. These include Paxil, Zoloft, and Prozac. All drugs have side effects, however, and sometimes these can be quite difficult to live with. Do you have a good gastroenterologist who is able to work with you on your problem?I hope this information helps you a little and I'm glad you found this board. It is really helpful to be able to share experiences with other people who know what you are going through.Good luck. ~JR~
 

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Well, there are lots of things you could try.For D a lot of people use calcium, which seems quite effective. Look for threads on it. Its called caltrate. Post so,ething for LNAPE and she'll tell you all about it.Also lots of people use Hypnotherapy, which has been very effective for many people. Check out the hypnotherapy forum. Success storues and what not. I hope you find stuff to help you.
 

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Well, there are lots of things you could try.For D a lot of people use calcium, which seems quite effective. Look for threads on it. Its called caltrate. Post so,ething for LNAPE and she'll tell you all about it.Also lots of people use Hypnotherapy, which has been very effective for many people. Check out the hypnotherapy forum. Success storues and what not. I hope you find stuff to help you.
 

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Hi Linda, welcome to the board. You can ask your doctor about the medication 'Remeron' (the generic name is 'mirtazapine), which works similarly to Lotronex. It is a NaSSA antidepressant that works on the 5-HT3 receptors like Lotronex did.
 

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Hi Linda, welcome to the board. You can ask your doctor about the medication 'Remeron' (the generic name is 'mirtazapine), which works similarly to Lotronex. It is a NaSSA antidepressant that works on the 5-HT3 receptors like Lotronex did.
 
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