I have heard Calcium Carbonate tablets help? Is it true?
I suffer from IBS-Diarrhea; Can anybody suggest worthwhile medicine?
Question posted by Anonymous on 17 May 2010
Last updated on 17 July 2012 by bvtimmurphy
Codine, dicyclomine. Dr. Walter Hogan's regime. Before the current regime,I was on 2 mg Lotronex ($1570 per month). I now am uninsured, cost dictates 30mg Morphine, dicyclomine is what I can afford. Codine worked best. Tramadol works. I am predominate Diarrhea severe IBS. Nothing works when symptomatic.
The last year I have suffered greatly from IBS. I was miserable - diarrhea, nausea, cramping, especially in the mornings, and EVERY time I ate. Could not go anywhere without an episode. I lost 30 lbs. I began researching other treatments and meds because whatever the doctor gave me did little to combat. Found Pro-Biotics. Cost me less than $6 for 30 tabs - a one month supply - and you can buy them almost in any store over the counter. I take one about 1/2 hr before I eat at supper time. After one week I noticed a difference - episodes down from 7-8 x day to 4-6 x day. After 2 weeks nausea & cramping very minimal, episodes down 3-4 x day. After 3 weeks I am off ALL other meds. Stool is almost back to normal - has not been that way for over 2 years !! I am now going to give canine pro-biotics to my dog suffering from acute pancreatis and hopeful for the same results. I SWEAR by this !!!
I also have IBS-D and I've recently learned that enteric coated peppermint oil is great for this. Apparently, it helps smooth the digestive tract muscles that get spastic. It also helps with stomach cramps and can help with diarhea as well. I got mine from a health food store and the brand is NOW. It also contains a couple of extra oils that are supposed to work really well with the peppermint. It also helps with bloating and gas. Just make sure you take it on an empty stomach before meals. I take them 3x a day, about 30 mins before each meal. I've only been taking them for a few weeks, but I do seem to feel better, no cramping or bloating like before. Its def worth a try b/c its natural. Do a goodle search for peppermint for IBS treatment and you'll find a lot of info about it. Apparently its a popular treatment for IBS.I'm so glad I found out about it. I really think it's helping me and with continued use, I'm hoping it gets even better. Good luck.
Yes, a common side-effect of calcium carbonate is constipation so in your case it may help.
You should check with your doctor first.
See also: http://ibs.about.com/od/medicationforibs/bb/calcium.htm
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