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Imodium or diet or budenoside?

 
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fletch14

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:36 pm    Post subject: Imodium or diet or budenoside? Reply with quote

Hi,

I was diagnosed with collagenous colitis in February, and was on budenoside for 3 months (9 mg, 6, then 3)... I have not had any D issues since being on the budenoside, but about a week ago, my symptoms seemed to return (D and bad stomach cramping).

My doctor recommended I take imodium every day for 6-8 weeks and check back with him. Is that a normal option? Right now I have switched my diet to what is recommended on this website, and I am taking imodium. I have not had any D, but I am still having stomach cramping.

Should I do any budenoside instead of imodium? Is imodium effective in helping with this, along with the diet? Basically I don't know what is the best course of action. I have my mom's funeral in 2 weeks, and I am sure will be under a lot of stress and hope my stomach can hold it together!
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, casein, soy, and avenin, (avenin is the prolamin in oats, which is equivalent to the gluten in wheat), beef, grapes, peanuts, cashews, almonds, (but nut butters seem OK except for peanuts), citric acid, chocolate, and agar.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Fletch,

I'm sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Imodium slows down motility (the speed at which food goes through the digestive system). Budesonide suppresses inflammation. So they both only treat the symptoms, not the cause of the disease. The diet addresses the cause of the disease. It's safe to use either medication in conjunction with or separately from the diet. In fact, many patients use either or both medications to make life more pleasant and allow them to get out and about more freely while the diet changes are healing the gut. The cramps will fade away after the gut begins to heal.

Imodium is generally a very safe medication, and up to about 8 tablets per day can be safely used if necessary. It pretty much just postpones bowel movements. But only use as much as needed, because too much can cause constipation, resulting in cramps.

Budesonide is a corticosteroid, so with long-term use it can eventually adversely affect adrenal functioning and increase the risk of osteoporosis. But it is much safer to use than the non-encapsulated corticosteroids, such as prednisone, because it has less systemic effect. And when used with the diet, it is very effective for suppressing symptoms.

It's your choice whether or not you want to use either medication to ease the symptoms while treating MC with diet changes. A lot of people would probably say that the budesonode would be good insurance to get you past the stress of the funeral.

Tex
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with what Tex has said.

for now rely on medications. once you feel ready then embrace the diet changes recommended here, that will provide good foundation for long term wellness.

all the best for the next few weeks. Taking things like Vit D3 and having Epsom salt foot soaks is a good starting point to supporting your body during the period of increased emotional/physical/mental stress etc.
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fletch14

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you so much Tex and Gabes! This is very helpful... and thanks for your well wishes.

I am so thankful to have found this forum!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have any advice but I wanted to say welcome. (((((Hugs))))) for dealing with the stress of the upcoming weeks.

Take care
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Brenda!!
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