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Old 09-28-2004, 11:06 PM   #1
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trying a new medication

Hello i am new to this board. I just got put on hyoscyamine (generic) i do not know the brand name for it so i hope that u guys are familar to the generic name. i was on Bentyl and that did not help the pain at all. i was wondering if any of u have tried this med and if it helps any of you? I have done the fiber. ( i still take it) and nothing works. unfortunatley i have the pain almost every day for hours on end! so if anyone has tried this please let me know if it worked for u.thanks

 
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Old 09-30-2004, 03:15 PM   #2
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Hey Trying...Have you asked your doctor about his thoughts about putting you on some kind of med that will not only slows the bowel, but also gives pain relief? When I was first diagnoised with IBS, my doctor put me on Hydrocodone to do just that. Unfortunately, I needed stronger meds to get the effect we were looking for. After some time on 10 mg Hydro, he switched me to Oxycontin. That was about four years ago. I am now taking Methadone and it helps slow the bowels down, but not completely. Sometimes I have to take Lomotil too. I would check with your doctor and find out his thoughts on switching to an opiate of some kind to help with the pain and slow the bowels. Are you sleeping at night? I've had trouble with that since this all started. I now take Ambein 10 mgs and it works great to get a good night's sleep.
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i used to take hydrocodone for my migraines (have had severe ones since I was 11) i have to be careful about what i take because me and my husband are trying for baby #2. (just like my name ) anyways, if my headaches and Ibs doesnt improve soon i will have to stop trying cause i have been miserable! it is either my head or tummy. yeah i have had a terrible time sleeping. its up and down up and down. i hate this. it serious reminds me of labor contractions. they are sometimes so bad that i vomit. i get so hot and nauseated from the pain and i cant eat. i can take meds for the nausea but the stuff for pain that i can take just doesnt work. i could take vicodin but anything that has tylenol in it has never helped me. doesnt even take the edge off,. sorry i am rambling. but yeah i think i may have to push back getting preg cause i cant take this without meds

 
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Hi Trying...I just wanted to let you know, Vicodin has Tylenol in it. Be careful when taking Tylenol in meds. Remember, you can only take 4,000 mgs a day without causing possible health problems. When I mentioned Hydrocodone to you, that is the generic name for Vicodin, Lortab, Norco, and a whole host of others. Good luck and let me know if there's anything I can give you any advice on.
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Old 10-01-2004, 09:29 PM   #5
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How were you able to get your doctor to prescribe opiate medication? I have been to a couple of different internal medicine docs and they each said IBS is not worthy of strong painkillers. Do you use a gastroenterologist or a pain specialist?

 
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Hi...To answer your question, it is my PCP that is writing my meds for me. I have known him and gone to him for several years. I guess that is probably the reason he is comfortable in writing scripts for opiates to help control my IBS. He has ordered several tests throughout the past four or five years for me, to make sure there isn't something else that will show up. I guess what I'm saying is we have a good relationship and he wants to help me with this problem. He is also the principal doctor that was able to get me on disability from Social Security. He understands how dibilitating IBS can be and what I've gone throught with it. I was however, diagnoised by a Gastroentologist after several tests, including, a colonoscopy, endoscopy, barium follow through, and a copy others. I hope this answers your questions.
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Old 10-02-2004, 10:41 AM   #7
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You are so fortunate to have an understanding PCP. I am at my wits end trying to find a doctor that will help me. I know that a Lortab or Percocet tablet will halt an IBS attack, but no doctor will give me an Rx. It is so frustrating knowing that medication exists that will help me tremendously, but I am unable to take it because I can't find a compassionate doctor. I have even considered moving to Canada where I am told one can buy small doses of Codiene without a prescription.

 
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bcruth5...That's true about buying Tylenol 1s in Canada without an RX. Here in the US we're use to Tylenol 3 or 4s. The 3's have 30mgs of codeine in them and 4's have 60 mgs. Tylenol 1's in Canada have 8 mgs of codeine. So, they might be too effective in doing the job you want them to do.

The only thing I could suggest to you, is it possible to get your doctor to refer you to a Pain Management doctor? They're use to all of the meds and in most cases don't think twice about prescribing opiates both short and long acting. I think that's probably your best bet at this time. I'm not sure where you are, but you can also do a search on the net for doctors that are PMs and go from there. Good luck.
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Old 10-03-2004, 11:38 AM   #9
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I have never considered seeing a pain specialist for IBS. That is an interesting idea. However, I have always been under the impression that pain specialists operated with the goal of prescribing opiates as infrequently as possible. I have an aunt who goes to a pain specialist for back pain and he runs a "narcotics-free practice".

 
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Hi Trying,
The brand name of the med you are taking is called NuLev. It is a tiny blue pill that you take 3x a day. One pill before each meal. I know this because I was just prescribed this med by my Gastro Dr. last week.

I just started taking it so I realy don't know if it is actualy helping yet. Still not sure what I am dealing with. This pill is suppose to help with IBS, Diverticulitis, Colitis, Pancreitis. I am still in the trial stage so I still have to wait and see.

Let me know how you are doing with it.
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Hi bcruth5,
I may be way off base, but I think most PM docs use opiates in the treatment of their patients. Some figure out the treatment and then ask the Primary Physician to prescribe the meds. Depending what is being prescribed, sometimes they will ask the patient sign a "contract" saying they will only obtain narcotic meds from their prescribing physician. This is fairly common. Some PM doctors do not use medications, but I think most do.
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