View Full Version : Having to use amodium-AD to travel anywhere

06-09-2001, 06:44 PM
Can anyone tell me if they have experienced this ? Whenever I go anywheres, away from home-or bathroom, I have to take Amodium AD to settle things down--and sometimes it's for only short distances too. What I am asking is (What do others do to travel away from the bathroom?) This gets to be rediculous but you can imagine 2000 or 3000 mile trips... Looking for any advi9ce--doctor I have seems to say he's run out of things.. I have a hard time with that...


06-09-2001, 10:32 PM
Welcome to this board --I hope you can find some help here!!!
There are several things you can do to slow or stop diarrhea. Take a water soluble fiber supplement like Metamucil or Citrucel. These are bowel regulators and safe to take daily. Also , read LNAPE's message about taking a Calcium supplement ---it also works.I think imodium is fine in case of emergencies but should not be used regularly to control your bowels.

When you start taking a fiber supplement, start off slow and increase it until you get a gentle BM without any straining,and drink alot of water. The psyllium in Metamucil will cause some GAS but as your body gets use to it ----it'll go away. Citrucel is a semi-synthetic fiber and the bacteria in your Digestive System does eat it so you don't get gas.
God Bless----Harry <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

07-16-2001, 10:05 PM
Cricket-Lee.. I have the same trouble. I recently went on a six week overseas trip. I ended up using Immodium the whole time. Well in cycles anyway. I took it for a couple of days, didn't for a couple and then stayed in one city for a couple of days (usually mostly in the apartment) while waiting for the constipation to end. As for advice on what to do on long trips I can only say that next time I'm going to try not taking Immodium in the first place. I found that the problem was that I would need it (say for the plane flight) and then when it was wearing off I would be travelling to the next destination hence I needed to take it again. The Immodium cycles really effected my holiday. My advice is don't take it at the start. Easier said than done.

PS after taking Immodium for 6 weeks I got on the plane home.. The stomach cramps began as I was waiting in Bangkok airport (for my delayed plane). I was sitting there with 300 people and all I could think was that the Immodium had finally failed. I spent nearly the entire flight in the toliet. Take off and landing were particullary traumatic. Still I didn't die (or embarass myself) so next time I'm going to try it without the Immodium (it couldn't be any worse). :grin:

07-17-2001, 01:28 PM
I myself get "D" all the time. My girlfriend will ask me to take her somewhere and if I don't whine enough to get out of it I usually have to go. Traveling at night time I never have problems. Mostly because I relax more and I'm not as nervous. During the day I get jittery and nervous all the time while driving. I carry some garbage bags in the trunk, paper towels, and a change of clothing. In the three years I've had my problem I've never had an accident, but I have come extremely close. I usually floor it and slide into wherever they have a bathroom and make it just in time. I usually don't go out, so maybe that's it too.

Since I notice at night time that I don't get "D" I realize that during the day I just need to relax. It helps and helps control the problem. It doesn't fix it, but makes it a little better. I also don't eat two hours before I drive.