I have a bowel disorder which the Dr. couldn't even come up with a name for. However, for several years I was able to get some relief from my symptoms by using the Perdiem granules in the yellow bottle...which had Senna in it. Now they've quit making the granules and switched to a pill...which is not the same exact ingredients. What I am wondering is this...have any of you used the Perdiem granules, and what have you switched to now that they no longer make it? I am really upset about this, and don't know what to do. Thanks for your help!
Perdiem comes in two formula's and the overnight formula has the senna in it. Senna is a laxative and the ingredient in Senekot. You might be better off to try fiber therapy with Metamucil 3 times a day and use colace aka docusate if the stools are hard and if no decent BM by the third day use a glycerin suppository. Perhaps Harry has more input on this one.
I think Metamucil will give the same results. I think you just need a good fiber supplement that works as a bowel regulator and is safe to take daily. Just make sure you drink enough water daily and with Metamucil.
Thank you both for trying to help, but the Metamucil doesn't work for me. The Dr. has me using Citrucel and the Perdiem with Senna. I have to use it every day. She didn't know the exact name of my problem, but she said it is a "mechanical" problem, and it is like my bowels try to expel themselves. All I know is that it is worse than awful. The Citrucel and Perdiem have helped more than anything I've every tried. And now that they quit making the Perdiem granules I don't know what I'm going to do.
You need to go back to the doc as there are tons of medications out there to try besides perdiem. Also if you give me a list of what is in the perdiem granules and I can look up a comparable product on the web for you. Senna is available in many forms so that would be one of the first things to try is a different form or senna but I would also consider a different routine since senna is a laxative and long term laxative use is not a good idea. I really think that trying some other form of bowel products with your doctors help is the best way to go since there are so many new products on the market.
Hi Rita, I used Perdiem too on the advice of my gastroenterologist and yes, they quit distributing it here in the States. However, it is still available in Canada under the name of Prodiem. I've been buying it there. Metamucil does nothing for me either. I've never tried Citrucel, but did try the Metamucil with lots of water and it did not work. I have redundant colon and IBS. Between the two conditions it makes having a BM very difficult.
Thanks for the info Sapphira. Oops...I guess I did a booboo with the email address thing. Bummer though, as I really wish I could email you. I have lots to ask you. I am going to do a search right now. Thanks again. ~ Rita
I found a couple sites, and sent emails to their "contact us" addresses....asking about shipping, etc. Truthfully, I think it's ridiculous that they quit making the product to sell in the US, but they still sell it in Canada. I wrote to them telling them my situation, and that I was very disappointed they quit making it. Anyway...thanks again. ~ Rita
Sapphira ~ I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate your help in this matter. I want so much to be able to contact you privately. I have lots of questions, and things to say, that I don't feel all that comfortable posting for all to read. Thanks for the help you have given me. ~ Rita
Rita, did you find out anything from your inquiries regarding Perdiem/Prodiem? I forgot to tell you that I take Bentyl too for my IBS. My gastroenterologist prescribed it and it does help. If I do not take it, I notice a big difference.
edited for spelling ;-)
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