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Old 08-02-2003, 06:33 PM   #1
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Hi. I've had IBS for years and haven't been posting on this board; I've gotten used to it now.

I have gas, constipation (very occasionally diarrhea or loose), mucus occasionally, pain various places... I take fiber, that's it. I haven't been keeping up with the latest in IBS treatment, but I just saw an ad for Zelnorm and got excited. Does this stuff work?

 
Old 08-03-2003, 08:36 AM   #2
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oh boy! I just saw a commercial for it too! If you do find yourself trying it, please relay the results

 
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Old 08-07-2003, 11:01 AM   #3
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My doctor put me on Zelnorm and I would have to say that it has helped a lot. I don't get really bad stomach aches anymore. You have to take it on an empty stomach in the morning and at night. But sometimes it makes me have diarrhea, but that is probably because I don't really follow the directions and take it whenever I want and I only take it once a day and I don't take it everyday. It has helped. I have been able to go to the bathroom without using it, but it's easier when I take Zelnorm. I hope I have helped!

 
Old 08-13-2003, 10:40 PM   #4
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I think I also have IBS and do have constipation. I went to the doc today and he gave me Zelnorm. I have taken it two times and am already going to the bathroom. It is diarhea (cant spell) but at least my constipation is ending.

 
Old 08-14-2003, 06:58 AM   #5
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I was on Zelnorm for 1 1/2 months and have been fine ever since (still a bit constipated when I don't eat my veggies).

 
Old 08-15-2003, 06:17 AM   #6
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Janik - I understand it is only a short term thing, i.e. you can't be on it for an extended period of time. Do you mean that you feel better now that you're taking it, or that you are now off it and continue to feel good?

 
Old 08-15-2003, 03:18 PM   #7
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Yes, for some reason it is only for short term use and if you are off of it..your symptoms may return in 1-2 weeks. It even says that one of the reasons you take it is for short term help of IBS, constipation, cramping and bloating.

 
Old 08-16-2003, 04:23 AM   #8
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I have been on Zelnorm for 3 weeks now. Had problems with diarrhea for 2 weeks, took immodium as suggested by my Dr. and now in this 3rd week I have not had to use the immodium. I am feeling better than I have in a very long time. My Dr. says he has had people on Zelnorm for 5 yrs and they are doing well. The reason it says short term use is because the efficacy of the drug has not been tested for long term use.

 
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Originally posted by Wilslau:
Janik - I understand it is only a short term thing, i.e. you can't be on it for an extended period of time. Do you mean that you feel better now that you're taking it, or that you are now off it and continue to feel good?
I continue to feel good, but consider that in addition to the treatment I also followed doctor's advice regarding diet changes.


 
Old 08-17-2003, 03:32 PM   #10
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After trying every other drug on the market, I was given Zelnorm, and it made my IBS 10 times worse. I was forced to stay on it for a month, and it was the worst month of my IBS. It definately didn't work for me, so it sorta surprises me that it works for so many others.
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Old 08-17-2003, 03:57 PM   #11
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My Zelnorm isnt working and i havent gone to the bathroom for almost 5 days. I have also gained my 5lbs back of bloat and don't know what to do.

 
Old 08-18-2003, 03:09 PM   #12
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Hi all!!

I started taking zelnorm last week, and already I feel better. I go every day now, and I feel 10 times better. Give it a shot if you can get to the dr and get a script for it.

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Old 08-18-2003, 07:04 PM   #13
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I have seen these commericals and they state only women can take these Zelnorm? Does anyone know why?

 
Old 08-22-2003, 12:27 PM   #14
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I have IBS-C and have been relying on suppositories for at least 2yrs to go.
I am taking this very serious now.I saw the commercial for zelnorm, but my doctor is trying other things first. I am going for my 2nd colonoscopy soon. He put me on Asacol and Belladonn/phenobarb tablet. He wants to come down my stomach and the inflammation. Not sure about the zelnorm b/c he wouldn't give it to me. sorry.
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Old 08-27-2003, 10:30 PM   #15
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i inquired about zelnorm for males at my pharmacy and
they said it has not been proven safe for men yet. but
i see ads from canada and was wondering if any guys
have tried it and if it helped or not.

 
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