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Karl
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posted 02-04-1999 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Karl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Request pros and cons of these meds from regular users. GI Doc wants me to use one of them regularly versus as needed basis.

Thank You,

Karl

karenr
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posted 02-04-1999 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for karenr   Click Here to Email karenr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Karl: I used Bentyl off and on for about 1 1/2 years. I started out taking it 3 times a day and had a very hard time getting used to it. Made me feel really weird and can't say that it really helped with cramping much. It did make my BMs soft and smooth, but didn't help my bouts of D. I then started taking it when I felt I needed it. When I asked the doctor about it I was told I should keep the level built up in my system at all times. I just didn't want to take it all of the time and wondered about the side-effects of long term use. I'm now seeing a different internist who said he doesn't think Bentyl helps with IBS much and gave me Librax for use as needed. I really like the Librax, but don't take it unless I REALLY need it. Good Luck! karenr

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posted 02-04-1999 04:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JillAnn   Click Here to Email JillAnn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Karl,

don't know whether you have C or D, but I preferred Bentyl over Levsin. I took Levsin-X to "build it up in my system" and it made me sooo constipated. It was awful. I have IBS-C already. I didn't mind Bentyl, it didn't do as much as I wanted, and now I'm on other meds, but if I took too much, like sometimes I was really really bad and took a double dose, it made me feel all disconnected, like my hands weren't connected to my body, but it did lessen the cramping in my belly. It wasn't bad enough that I couldn't work or anything, just rather light-headed.

J

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posted 02-04-1999 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CarlenRae   Click Here to Email CarlenRae     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi - I tried Bentyl - big mistake! I was so goofy I was afraid to drive! Two of my friends dropped by the house and thought I was drunk at 10:00 am! And, it did nothing for the D! I stopped taking it after two days. Now I'm on .05 mg. of Elavil at night - haven't had D once in four months! Yup, I'm a happy, happy woman.

Carlene

K
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posted 02-04-1999 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for K   Click Here to Email K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have tried both, with little success. They work occasionally, but not all of the time. If I remember correctly though Karl, you have C type, don't you? Constipation is a side effect of both of these meds, I was given them for D type. I don't know if these are the best meds for you to try. K

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posted 02-04-1999 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LA     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Karl. Tried both also; the Bentyl just gave me continual dry mouth and an "out of it" feeling; the Levsin REALLY dried me out! The doctor gave me the Levsin for when I was out and about and felt an "attack" of "D" coming on. But it really didn't work well for me. LA

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posted 02-05-1999 04:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Analstasia     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hi karl, i am an "old" member having a hard time sorting through so many posts, but i'd like to help on this one. i take bentyl, 10mg. 2 or 3x a day.(i started out on 4 per day) levbid was too strong for me. i have adjusted to the side effects of bentyl, but i do drink nearly 2 gal. of water daily. i also use metamucil, have a lactose-free diet and supplement with calcium, B-complex, multivitamin and st. john's wort. this hasn't made me perfect, but every time i try to go off bentyl, i revert to pain and problems...so i continue as long as it helps. i've read previous posts where the drugs effects eventually don't work anymore for some people. (i have constipation w/alternating bouts of loose stool &/or diarrhea, but D is rare)

good luck with your decision and be prepared to give it some time to adjust.

A.

Katherine
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posted 03-05-1999 02:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Katherine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dear Carl-

I was perscribed Bentyl and while it helped my constipation, I was so loopy that my legs felt like jello and I was completly spaced for a couple of hours afterwards. I was really lightheaded and tripped out to the point that my friends started asking to have some of the awesome drug I was on. I wish that it didn't have the side affects, because it seemed that it was working on my symptoms.

Kathy

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posted 03-05-1999 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blair   Click Here to Email Blair     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the Levsinex is stronger than bentyl.
Levsinex is a time release form of levsin. They both help with cramping pain but if you got D they don't help with that. Librax I think is the mildest. I acually have all three right now but only use the levsinex once and awhile. If I had to pick just one I think it would be Librax, its got a mild tranquillzer or something in it that kind of relaxes you.

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