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Hi, I am brand new to this group and have a couple numerous questions. I have IBS-D. Have been taking medication for it about 7 years. Presently I am on Bentyl, but only use as needed. Approx 2 months ago I started having a LOT of mucus with my stool and had a general "not well" feeling. Started taking Bentyl 3-4 times a day. I also bought ImmuProbio made by HealthAid. I started feeling better in a couple of days and the mucus was almost gone. I bought a 30 day supply and am on the last few capsules. I was expecting no constipation at all anymore because this brand has a total of 50 billion cultures. It was the most I could find at the health food store, so I thought it would work the best. I went without Bentyl about a week and did "ok" but still constipated. I also, on this final week, started having spasms again so I went back on Bentyl. I spoke to a Dr about continuing it and she told me not to. Should I take a probiotic still? what is a good one to take? Maybe continuing taking one but wth less cultures? What about Probiotic Advantage from Dr. David Williams. Has that worked for anyone? I have also tried stool softener for a couple of months with no results whatsoever.I am probably asking a lot of questions that have already been answered but there are so many topics and feeds there's no way I can go through the ones that apply to me, so I appreciate anyone who would take the time to respond.Thanks so much,lifeislike
 

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hi mate welcome to the board.Probiotics can be very hit and miss. there are some people that they wont help that much, some that they will help alot. the thing is to keep on trying different types untill you find a strain or brand that do seem to give you good results. (this can take quite a while because of the huge amount of choice). also, constipation when you start taking the probiotic is a very common thing. it *Should pass* on its own but if it dosent stop taking the bacteria and either switch to a different type or strain, or give them a break for a week or so. the bifidus family of probiotics where teh ones that sorted me out, if you hunt about there is some clinical info on different strains of probiotics, sadly though not that much. keep on plodding on and see what works for you.cheersIan
 

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Ian, Wow that was fast! Thanks for your response. Anything helps as I don't know anyone else with this.lifeislike:)
 
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