IBS with diarrhea is my diagnosis and also just had an endoscopy for GERD which has been keeping my throat raw for about a year. The gastroenterologist gave me dicyclomine 20 mg to take 4 times a day "as needed". I'm not sure if that means take it like immodium, only after you have diarrhea or take it all the time. Or take it for 5 days or what? I took it one day at work when I had loose bowels and a few hours later had a bowel movement with no warning. (resulting in the embarrassing dash to the bathroom, cleaning up, then coming back to my desk to retrieve underpants and going back to the bathroom to put them on). Running to the bathroom urgently is the problem I want to solve. My life is run by my bowels and I have to plan trips carefully and meetings at work are awful. grocery stores must have a bathroom. etc.
I am on other medications that make me sleepy and dry already. I've read the comments below on bentyl (dicyclomine) and wonder if it has helped anyone with the urgency without destroying the feeling that you have to go when you really need to?
Instead of taking it as needed, it's probably a better idea for you to take it on a regular schedule. It may take a couple of days for it to build up and regulate your system, but you should be ok after that. I have the same diagnosis as you and dicyclomine has been a lifesaver for me for more than 20 years. I still have the occasional bad day when nothing seems to help, but that's the exception instead of the norm. I no longer have to have the location of every bathroom in the city before I can leave the house! Stick with it and give it a chance to regulate your system before making any decisions about it. Like I said, it seriously did change my life for the better. Hope this helps!
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