Hello to you at this site. I have suffered IBS for about 20+ years with chronic diarrhea, cramping, etc. Rarely if ever am constipated. I started taking calcium supplements to help with the diarrhea (I found this recommendation on this website), and although it works for the most part, I am still struggling with episodes of severe explosive diarrhea - sometimes I cannot get to a bathroom in time. I hate living like this and will go back to my doc again. When I discussed it with him a year ago, he prescribed Bentyl, which does slow down my innards, but I can still have diarrhea even after taking it. I haven't noticed any significant side effects, but I've had better luck getting formed stools with the calcium supplement. However, I still have significant problems with diarrhea during menstruation. I hope I'm not embarrassing anybody here with my graphic explanations. I plan to see my doc soon and find out what I can do for the life-altering episodes of diarrhea. Any ideas out there?