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Jay-Jay
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posted 02-15-2000 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay-Jay   Click Here to Email Jay-Jay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am on Bentyl for IBS. I have alternating constipation and diarrhea. I have been told to take the Bentyl only when I have spasms and diarrhea, and to stop taking it with bouts of constipation (which is sometimes every other day). Others have told me that I need to take it every day no matter what the symptoms in order for it to work properly. I'm confused -- can someone clarify the correct way to take Bentyl? Does it need to be in your system for a period of time or is it just for temporary relief? (My doc tells me to take it only for
as needed, but he doesn't know a lot about IBS.) Thanks.

AGELECTRONICS
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posted 02-15-2000 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AGELECTRONICS   Click Here to Email AGELECTRONICS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Never heard of taking Benryl for IBS. The drs at U of M Hospital in Michigan told me change my diet.

What does Benryl do for IBS anyway? Stop the itching that is associated with IBS.

Let me know what you find out.

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Anna

Jay-Jay
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posted 02-15-2000 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay-Jay   Click Here to Email Jay-Jay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bentyl is used for the pain (spasms) associated with IBS. It slows the intestinal tract to keep the diarrhea and pain under control. If you have painful cramps before a bowel movement, Bentyl can relieve them. Ask your doctor about it if you are having pain -- and ask him the correct way to take the medication and let me know what he says.
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Originally posted by AGELECTRONICS:
Never heard of taking Benryl for IBS. The drs at U of M Hospital in Michigan told me change my diet.

What does Benryl do for IBS anyway? Stop the itching that is associated with IBS.

Let me know what you find out.



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posted 02-16-2000 01:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Homebound   Click Here to Email Homebound     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I only took it for a week, and it made my D worse. So I stopped taking it. Since it's mainly for the pain and not the "D" which is why I'm having the pain I felt it was useless.

I know you can either take it on an as needed basis, like what you were doing. Or you can take it every day. Since your off and on C, I'd probably take it as needed for D. Good luck!A

GELECTRONICS- What itching are you speaking of? I've never heard of itching as being related to IBS.

Jennifer


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posted 02-16-2000 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mk618   Click Here to Email mk618     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I take Bentyl as needed for the spasms that I experience with IBS. Sometimes it helps and other times it doesn't seem to make a dent. But when I'm having pain, I'll try anything. I'm not bother with D but have to religiously take fiber for the C.

bigE
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posted 02-16-2000 11:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i have had ibs for a long time a use to take it but it stoped working i now take levbed and librex both each and every day but still have lots of bad days,weeks and even months . i would ask the doctor. but i too take citicell each night and it seems to help some on the c and d

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