After having a colonoscopy and finding nothing serious, my GI dr. diagnosed me with IBS. I have had this for many years but never looked at treatment options like I am doing now because the diarrhea has gotten worse.
I am wondering if anyone here who has diarrhea that is affecting their life badly, where they can't get on a train, go in a car without feeling the terror of an accident, has taken Bentyl? I read the insert and it talks about double vision and prerty scary side effects. I have the prescription filled now and wonder if it actually stops the urgency and diarrhea. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Susan I replied on the board about my success with Bently! After 19 years of suffering with the IBS and letting it RUN my life, I am so glad that I chose to start taking this medication and only wish now that I had been offered this years ago!! Please read my reply to the other post. Good luck!!
I had this problem when I was in highschool years ago,and after I graduated,it was the total opposite.Now I have a chronic constipation problem,I have to drink prune juice everyday,nasty! Since I work in healthcare,I can give you some suggestions from my experiences;try eating foods that will bulk you up.Bananas are high in potassium,they can bind you so you won't have to constantly run to the bathroom,also iron works.Usually IBS is caused by anxiety,anti-anxiety medication calms the serotonin in your brain and stomach.Thinking about it,to the point of you being nervouse,will definately cause this issue.IBS is VERY common now,their are many websites that you can find that may be helpfull
Hi Bridgett, I did read your reply on the other thread and asked a question but hopefully you are reading this. What I asked is if it stopped the diarrhea urgency. I can't travel in a car, train, nothing...and wondering if the Bentyl allowed you to do this, or if you even had the urgency and accidents to this degree before the Bentyl. Also, did you have any side effects like spaciness or dizziness? Can you drive on Bentyl?
I tried Bentylol (Canadian name, same thing though) about five years ago and for me it didn't do anything for my IBS symptoms. I experienced extreme drowsiness, and felt like I was in a fog all the time. I could compare it to having a couple of alcoholic drinks. But that is only my experience with it, it obviously works for many people.
I strongly recommend trying fibre. I take a heaping teaspoonful of Metamucil every morning and have been for about four years, and it has done wonders. I used to have the same fears about travelling, but since taking Metamucil I have managed to travel Europe, Africa, South America and Asia with minimal problems. I now rarely have diarrhea. I still have urgency issues, but it is a lot easier to hold off when it is solid rather than loose/liquid. Talk to your doctor; I'm sure he/she will agree it is worth a try.
Hi Susan. Let's see if I can stay on track this time!! Yes, the Bentyl has helped with the urgency issues. I had them terribly! Would go from feeling fine to OMG get out of my way! I don't have them anymore. Well I get an urgency feeling once in a while but I am able to control it now and "wait" till I'm at a bathroom or get home or whatever. I could never do that before. I couldn't go anywhere. Do anything. But I do DRIVE everywhere now....just got home from a 3 hour car drive as a matter of fact. I do this quite often now. I've even flown in an airplane! I have noticed no side effects since I've started the Bentyl except for the occasional constipation. I am very glad that my dr. started me on this. It has changed my life! I understand it doesn't work for everyone. It HAS worked for me though. Good luck to you!!
Thanks so much for your replies! I started Citrucel and I'll see if that helps. It's good to see that some people do well on Bentyl. I haven't taken one yet because of the drowsiness side effects I heard about but if it worked for some of you without any effects, maybe I'll be as lucky. SO hard to explain to people why we can't go traveling and how the urge can kick in with no warning. I have to wear Depends PLUS plastic underwear when I get on a train, feel like an old lady!
Susan 460 if you are not happy with Bentyl leave it alone.You are dealing with your own IBS and i can only suggest that you start experimenting with which foods to eliminate.Try taking fibre in the morning and evening in moderation.Go well.
I tried Bentyl early on (15 yrs ago). It made me extremely tired, didn't do much for my colon spasms and it also gave me heartburn. (I read a gastro specialist say it relaxes the valve in your throat--just a heads up).
Have you ever done a panel to see if you have any food intolerances? Wheat, soy, corn, dairy (lactose/casein)...can't remember what the other standard ones are. If not, you might want to consider it.