posted 03-16-2000 10:45 PM
Hi - I'm new to this board too, and can identify with your feelings about not wanting to be on Librax for the rest of your life.
I was diagnosed with IBS over 20 years ago, and was initially prescribed Librax and Sinequan. I too decided that I did not want to be drugged for the rest of my life. Consequently, I have lived with IBS (for the most part) without drugs. It hasn't been easy!
I am able to control it most of the time with diet: avoid dairy (since I am lactose intolerant), avoid greasy foods, too MUCH fiber, and eat small portions. For me, that seems to work best. I take lactase when I eat any dairy, along with digestive enzymes - you may have seen another post on the board from me about that. Calcium supplements, which others have mentioned, also help.
Unfortunately, there is a mental component which I am less able to "control" or predict. When I travel (or am places where there is no bathroom close), I often find myself in trouble. Those are the times that I have relied on OTC things like Immodium or Pepto Bismol. (However, as anyone knows who has suffered severe symptoms of IBS, these are often unequal to the task).
For that reason, I am anxious to try the new drug that is out: Lotronex. If you have been reading posts about it, you will have noted that one person wrote that her doctor told her that it will not cause a dry mouth or "drugged" feeling. Hopefully, it can be taken as needed, rather than daily, to be effective.
I am anxious to try it, and wish resources like this board would have been available years ago (when I had never even heard of IBS).
I hope you will find the best way to manage it in your life, and keep in mind that while it is a terrible affliction, at least it is not life-threatening (which is small consolation, I know.)
After all these years, I could probably write a book about it.