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barbarafromtucson posted:
So I am now living in Texas with a new doctor. I'm thinking about switching doctors. She is a PCP and I asked for a referral to a GI. She wants to try to treat me first before doing so. She gave me a prescription for this new medication (blanking out on the name--but it's a new medication for IBC-C) to try. However, my condition is IBC-D with diarrhea pre-dominant. She says that the medication should help regardless.

I am doubtful and thinking I should switch. I will post a followup later with the particular name of the medication, but should I be looking for a new doctor or should I give this medication a try, even though there are warnings that the side effect could be diarrhea.
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barbarafromtucson responded:
The drug is Amitiza
 
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sheba_q replied to barbarafromtucson's response:
I wouldn't try it. I looked Amitiza up and it's "used for the treatment of chronic constipation of unknown cause in adults, as well as irritable bowel syndrome associated with constipation" so I seriously doubt this would help.

I'd go to her again before switching doctors and ask her why she's trying to treat you with a constipation med when you're the polar opposite. You could also print out this page and ask again for a referral to a GI.
http://ibs.about.com/od/diarrhea/a/MedsIBSD.htm (and if you're feeling a little snarky you could point out that Amitiza isn't listed on there... )
 
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smann68 responded:
My GI dr. put me on amitiza for my IBS-C and it does absolutely nothing!
 
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barbarafromtucson replied to sheba_q's response:
Thanks! I will go back to the doctor and ask. I just had a gut feeling about the medication.


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