Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

What Are Your Thoughts On Anti-Diarrhea Meds?
0

5 posts in this topic

Are they safe to use? I have been miserable lately...and have to wait until Dec. 12 for my endoscopy before I can go gluten free again. This past week has been particularly bad. I was telling my husband I feel like my intestines are dry heaving...well, not dry but you know when you have that involuntary stomach movement when dry heaving or vomiting...but it's my intestines. It's so uncomfortable. I am guessing my intestines are spasming pretty severely when this is happening. I used to take anti diarrhea meds when traveling if I had any stomach issues and they helped a ton. I'm wondering if it's safe to take them on a regular basis to relieve the cramping. My visits to the bathroom this week have been horrible...and I don't feel like moving or having anyone near me or touch me for hours after. Gosh, I can't wait until I can eat healthy again...and never have gluten again.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

Have you called the doctor and told them how severe your reaction is? If not do so. Ask to speak to a nurse if your doctor doesn't do call backs. This is especially the case if your D is waking you up at night as that is a typical Celiac symptoms and not a symptom of IBS. Some will call off the challenge or they may put you on a cancelation list to get you in sooner. They may also be able to prescribe an antispasmodic or anticholeragenic to help you get through it. Your body is telling you what you needed to know and I am sorry you are having to go through this.

As to taking Immodium, well I lived off multiple doses a day for about 15 years. If you have to leave your home then go ahead and take it. If you can be at home then I would let the offending substance leave your body as much as possible.

Do keep in mind that you can still have negative biopsy results even after going through the challenge so do go back to the diet if it helped as soon as the biopsy is done.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you have any chance of having a bacterial overgrowth causing the diarrhea, DO NOT take anti-D meds. It keeps the bacteria in your intestines, which is counter productive.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sometimes necessary, but a long-term no-no. I have a neice who travels often around the Pacific islands and one of her suitcase staples is "starters" and "stoppers" :D Plus I think she is probably also one of the great undiagnosed (her mother is an unbeliever).

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree that you need to talk to your Dr. There are prescription anti-spasmodics that can relieve cramping and your Dr. can probably find you something safe to use daily until your scope.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,131
    • Total Posts
      919,521
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Cyclinglady is absolutely correct, after hours of internet research the only gluten-free food available at JNB is a fast food chain called 'Nandos'. I was hoping for a bit more variety, but I'll take what I get.   
    • I'm so confused about my daughter's diagnosis.  I hope somebody can help.   My 4 year old daughter has a swollen belly, stomachaches, and lots of gas.  She does not have diarrhea or delayed growth.  Because of her symptoms and because it runs in the family (2nd degree relatives) I had her tested for celiac.   She was weak positive for TTG (IGA)  and strong positive for DGP (IGG)   TTG (IGA)  8   (0-3 neg, 4-10 weak positive, greater than 10 positive) TTG (IGG)  2   EMA: Negative DGP (IGG)  47  (0-19 negative, 20-30 weak positive, greater than 30 positive) Last week, she had her endoscopy.  The doctor found inflammation and little holes or bumps on her duodenum.  He started her on prevacid and said based on his observations, he was suspicious of celiac, but he would not be able to confirm until the biopsy came back. The biopsy showed no signs of celiac disease.  He said that he could not diagnose her with celiac without the biopsy report saying there was celiac damage.  He said he would categorize her as a potential celiac, keep her on a gluten diet and redo the endoscopy in a year or two to check for damage again.  My questions are: 1.)  If it is not celiac, something is causing her duodenum to be inflamed and have little holes or bumps on it, right?  Could it be a wheat allergy or gluten sensitivity?  What else could it be and how do they test for it?  Given her elevated celiac antibodies, how likely is it to be anything besides celiac causing the damage?  2.)  How likely are false positives for TTG and DGP?  I've heard they are pretty sensitive and specific.  Does getting two positives make false positives less likely? 3.) What have you done in this situation?  I want her to have an official diagnosis to make things easier at school and to feel confident that we are eliminating gluten permanently for a worthy reason, etc.  But, I'm having a hard time imagining keeping her on gluten and waiting for her to get more sick and have more intestinal damage just for a diagnosis.     Thanks in advance for your help.  I'm so overwhelmed and confused.  I hope someone has some insight and experience that will help clear things up for me.            
    • Yeah I actually live in Japan which is pretty similar, because Coeliac disease is rare over here so is the understanding and accommodating it. When I mention Gluten to some restaurants they think I am talking in English and they are unfamiliar with the word in Japanese.    So it seems I can write off my chances of getting some authentic Chinese gluten-free food at the airport, but at least there is a Thai restaurant in T3 so I won't starve. Its called  'Phrik Thai' for future reference. http://en-shopping.bcia.com.cn/store/739.html  
    • While in Boston I found Cheer's  Bloody Mary mix that says gluten-free on the bottle and have had no issues and  tastes pretty good 
    • I always assumed plain coffee was, but I have seen some controversy online about this. I know someone who is gluten free and only buys whole beans and grinds them herself because she doesn't trust how the grounds are processed.
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

    There are no registered users currently online

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,166
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    jen4az
    Joined