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Why is Dicetel available in Canada and not USA?

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Dicetel has allowed me to enjoy my life again has anyone had any bad side effects? I was diagnosed in June after a few nightmare years and I still have my moment but nothing like before.
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Solvay, the manufacturer, decided to only market in Europe and Canada. I suppose they didn't want to go through the whole FDA process in the USA.Jeff
Re DicetelI thought the process of getting a new drugapproved was tougher in Canada than the USA , am I wrong?
What is Dicetel??I am a Canadian and have not heard of this.
On the box it says: "For the treatment and relief of symtoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): abdominal pain, bowel disturbances, and intestinal discomfort. For the treatment of symtoms related to functional disorders of the biliary tract."From Quote "As IBS is primarily a motility disorder, the use of motility regulators is indicated. These agents - pinaverium bromide (Dicetel�) and trimebutine (Modulon�) - help to restore the normal contraction process of the bowel.Dicetel�, the most commonly prescribed medication in Canada for IBS, is a gastrointestinal specific calcium antagonist that works by blocking calcium uptake and regulating the muscle contractions in the bowel." I have been taking Dicetel since March 2000. I also changed to a low carbs diet and eliminated caffeine. It is working for me. I started with 1/2 tablet 3 times a day and am now down to 1/2 tablet in the a.m. (maintenance) I sometimes take a second 1/2 tablet if I eat something I think I will react to. I do have to watch what I eat though, and if I eat something bad, I will still get an IBS attack. But if I avoid my trigger foods, no problems.
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Thanks for the info.I take Norvasc daily for high blood pressure. It is a calcium channel blocker and one of the side effects is constipation. Since I am IBS C type, this has made my IBS a little worse, although not too bad.Is Dicetel used primarily for IBS D types?
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