Imodium Surpose To Work Good?
Posted 04 July 2004 - 03:39 PM
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Posted 04 July 2004 - 03:50 PM
Posted 04 July 2004 - 04:32 PM
Imodium can mask some of the symptoms. A lot of what you are describing could be caused by the diarrhea and the subsequent malnutrition. If you do not have the diarrhea, then that may be why the other symptoms are not so obvious. If you are in fact gluten intolerant then your intestines are getting damaged by eating gluten, whether you have symptoms or not. Also you would need to be back on gluten for a minumim of 6 weeks and even then it may not be enough time to cause enough damage to be visable with a biopsy. I did the same thing. Went gluten-free twice and then back on gluten. When I finally got a doctor to agree to biopsy I went back on gluten very heavily for two months and although my symptoms got progressively worse over that time I still tested negative on the biopsy. For some people the damage occurs at a very slow rate, even though the symptoms are pretty bad. I imagine if you stop the Imodium (which isn't good to take long term anyhow) eventually your symptoms would return.
Mariann, gluten intolerant and mother of 3 gluten intolerant children
Posted 04 July 2004 - 09:37 PM
Immodium works (or so I've read) by causing your large intestine to increase it's internal surface area, thus causing it to extract water from your colon more efficiently. It is in the same class of drugs as morphine but because the molecule is too large to cross the blood-brain barrier it does not effect your brain nor does it have any addictive properties.
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