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Is there such a thing as too much Immodium?I've been taking it starting every Thursday 1-2 tabs per night through Saturday.I am making an attempt at having a normal weekend with my husband.I was on Calcium for awhile and it helped but not all the time. My Dr. mentioned a medication to me about 6 years ago. He said it had been pulled because there were deaths related to it but now it was back on the market and "safe"Well, I've learned all about "safe" new meds the hard way so I told him I wasn't interested. I already have heart damage from a new "safe" medication.Well now I am interested. I can't stand that my life has been dictated, for the last 10 years, by my D. Does anyone know the name of the medication?I have strictly IBS-D and never IBS-C, ever! I told my Dr. this. In the morning is the worst. First meal 90% of the time I am in big trouble! That is when he mentioned this med. So I know it's not Zelnorm.
 

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Every gastro I've ever spoken to has said Imodium is safe to take daily long-term. My GI has patients on 8 per day.The medicine you are referring to that was pulled and reintroduced is called Lotronex.You can read more about it in the Diarrhea specific forum.Many people have been given their lives back because of this medicine.I hope to start taking it again soon. If you're scared about Lotronex, Zofran is another option (it's Lotronex's "sister/cousin" medication). I don't think it has the same risks associated with it (ischemic colitis). Keep in mind that these risks are very small (less than 1% of the people that take it have severe side effects - I think around .03-.05%).
 

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Does anyone know anything about Dicetel? I asked previously but no replies. My GP gave it to me, but I also shy away from meds because of side effects. I haven't taken it yet.I suffer mainly from IBS-D but I do get some IBS-C as well. Also, does anyone else feel like I do after a bout of IBS-D. I feel positively drained, weak and sometimes a little nauseated as well. It takes about half a day to recover after a trip to the bathroom when I am in that state. If I take an immodium I feel better, but my GI specialist dosen't approve of its use, so I feel I am between a 'rock and a hard place'. Any suggestions and/or comments about the meds etc?
 

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I just started taking Immodium daily a little over two weeks ago and have been pretty much successful so far. I take half a pill in the middle of the day and half when I go to bed. If I eat big, I take a whole pill at bedtime. For the most part my urgency when I get up has diminished and I usually end up going about a half hour after I eat breakfast, which is how I was before I developed postinfectious IBS. Anyway, my main concern is developing a tolerance to Immodium. Once that happens I'm afraid of having nowhere else to turn. Anyone here develop a tolerance to Immodium?
 
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