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I have had really bad diarrhea lately, which I hardly ever have, maybe due to tolerance wd as I haven't started to taper yet.  Does anyone have any advice?  Is it ok to take immodium; I am afraid to leave the house.

 

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I have Crohns Disease and have to take meds for it.  My dr prescribes me Imodium, Generic name is Loperamide.  I take them everyday, even if I wasn't on Benzos or tapering.  I am not a doctor, of course, but it works for me.
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Be sure to keep hydrated by drinking lots of water, excessive diarrhea can cause dehydration pretty quickly.
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I used it when my GI was bad... but I cut the pill in half.  In a way I felt my body was expelling the toxins, so I didnt want to slow that down too much... I only used it when it was truly intolerable.
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Shiloh, I located these post for you. Imodium(loperamide) yes or no

« on: June 11, 2009, 01:53:27 AM » 

 

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To control diarrhea from w/d. I know this is an opioid and wonder if it could make other w/d symptoms worse such as tinnitus mouth pain etc.

 

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  Re: Imodium(loperamide) yes or no

« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2009, 02:24:30 AM » 

 

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Hi,

 

I would try other things first:

 

BRAT diet= Bananas, rice, applesauce, toast

 

Mylanta or other OTC remedies.

 

Eliminate foods that cause it, spicy, etc.

 

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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2009, 03:14:36 AM » 

 

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Immodium is an opiate!???

Pepto bismol works for me just not too much bc then you have opposite problem.also make sure you stay hydrated gatorade water juice keep pumping it in

 

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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2009, 04:47:45 AM » 

 

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I took Imodium a few times while tapering and didn't have a problem with it.  I really bumped up the fiber, too, and that helped as well.  And samantha's right about the importance of staying hydrated.  I couldn't find a site that said it's an opioid and it's apparently safe to take during pregnancy so I doubt it's harmful to taperers.   

 

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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2010, 07:54:57 AM » 

 

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Try Wikipedia. I think the problem is that we equate opiates with opioids/narcotics. Loperamide is not pychoactive. It does not cross the blood brain barrier. But it is similar in composition to opium, and thus is an opioid. Unlike benzos, it has been shown in long term studies not to not to be physically addictive.

 

It does produce tolerance, but so does stuff like Tylenol, which is probably the safest pain reliever in withdrawal.

 

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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2010, 12:05:24 PM » 

 

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I had a really bad bought if diarrhea in May when i was in the hospital and the idiot doctors lowered my k dose from 4mg to 3.75mg...arrrrghh...so freaking rediculous, arrogant and mean...but i digress.  I had 15 rounds of diarrhea  , it didn't seem like it would ever end; and of course the nurses don't show up to help.    So i  used a natural remedy that i read about on earthclinic.com. The remedy is Cream of Wheat.  I ordered some Cream of Wheat from the wonderful  hospital cafeteria; and it and like magic the diarrhea stopped asap!  I did have one more slightly loose movement (sorry to be gross) but i could tell it was kinda like a little bit of Cream of Wheat coming out of me (sorry about the gross description). And of course, the doc/nurse showed up to collect a sample (and maybe help?  ) after i helped myself.  That hospital stay was nothing short of torture  ; 33 thousand dollars worth of torture.  Again, i digress.    Anyhow, if you can't eat wheat or don't have any Cream of Wheat, i recommend checking out the website earthclinic.com and look at the many remedies for diarrhea; i feel very positive that a natural remedy listed there will help you.   

 

Of course, u can decide to take the OTC remedy like immodium; it's your decision; i don't judge anyones meds decisions (it's your journey and IMO you can take whatever you feel will be best for you). I just try to help and share what worked for me.

 

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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2010, 05:51:16 AM » 

 

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Note that, even though I replied to this, I don't recommend taking it. I find it aggravates withdrawal when it wears off, as there's a bit of a rebound effect. I would definitely recommend trying less active substances first.

 

One thing that is working for me is Phazyme, which doesn't even go into the blood stream, but works straight in the stomach itself. It pretty much can't do anything. Of course, if you actually have diarrhea, and not just intestinal trouble, that probably won't help.

 

I also use Ginger/Chamomile tea as well, but, if you aren't doing the chamomile, a ginger tea is supposed to be useful.

 

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I have been taking Imodium for the last 20 years, I didn't read thru this whole thread but its not a opiate.  If it is, it would be a narcotic and you wouldn't be able to buy it over the counter. 
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Have you tried probiotics? There is a member here that has benefited from probiotics while they had this symptom. 
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I had diarrhea until I started taking Source Naturals Digestive Enzymes with every meal and Natren Health Start probiotics.  I swear by them!
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