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ellenjames Wed 07-Sep-11 15:33:26

Hi i have recently developed ibs after taking orlistat for 3 months to lose weight.
I have diarrohea, not constipation not much pain but quite abit of bloating and wind. It started back in june and i havent taken orlistat since early june.
I can literally be fine then bam need the toilet NOW! It happened this morning at school time but luckily dh could take the kids so not a problem today. I cant take immodium as it gives me awful side effects like cramping like i need to go and feeling out of it.
I have been on probiotics, specialist proboitics for diarrohea and aloe vera capsules but nothing has really changed. I have had stool samples done and bloods and all came back normal.
I am also on anti depressants as since this has started i feel very anxious due to the worry of basically crapping myself!
Can anyone give me any advice/ information about this.
I dont find food types aggravate it did 24hr fast and cutting out dairy. cheers

Thumbwitch Wed 07-Sep-11 15:39:36

Have you read all this? Scroll down to side effects.
I don't know why you are still having troubles after nearly 3m off the orlistat though - did you have IBS symptoms before?

Your gut sounds as though it is still quite irritated - don't use aloe vera, it's too harsh. Are you eating oats? they can help to soothe the gut, so perhaps some porridge would be beneficial.

Thumbwitch Wed 07-Sep-11 15:43:27

Another thing that may help is to cut out ALL fat for a couple of days. When I had cryptosporidia (ugh), I was told by my GP to cut out all fat until the diarrhoea stopped, as the fat was irritating the gut. I can't find any proper logic for this, but it did work - I was on water and dry toast for a couple of days and the diarrhoea stopped.
I used the same principle again when I had rotavirus food poisoning - and I was over the diarrhoea aspect in 24h. My friend who caught it at the same time and place I did was ill for 3 more days because he kept trying to eat normally.

So - go completely fat-free for a couple of days and see what happens, then introduce it again slowly. Fat free means no meat as well (even lean meat contains some fat) so just water and dry bread/toast/biscuits (Like rich tea).

ellenjames Wed 07-Sep-11 17:34:02

cheers thumbwitch, My doctor said the orlistat shouldn't be still in my system, but its definitley upset my system as no ibs symptoms before this!
I will try the no fat diet for a week and see if that helps.

ellenjames Wed 07-Sep-11 18:27:49


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Thumbwitch Wed 07-Sep-11 23:09:55

Ellen, it really shouldn't take a week, so if you're finding it hard after 3 days, try a bit of normal food and see how it goes. Start with something very light like steamed white fish (not an oily one, obviously!).
For the first day, literally just have water and dry bread/toast and nothing else. No fruit, no veg, no fat (and it's almost impossible to have any protein without fat being included so protein will be out as well) and no caffeine either.
Second day, if there is no improvement, same again.
Third day - start to introduce light stuff, like the steamed fish, boiled potatoes and maybe green beans (no fruit though)
Then maybe have some milk, or some butter on your toast and at all stages monitor how your bowel responds.

In the instances I described, it never took more than 2 days for everything to settle down but you've had yours a while so it could take longer. HTH smile

ellenjames Thu 08-Sep-11 17:23:34

cheers have only had bread and water so far today will do same tomorrow and see how i am saturday, fingers crossed, thankyou

PotterWatch Thu 08-Sep-11 20:13:42

I used to take mebeverine for my IBS. It was worse before I had children, for some reason pregnancy does help it settle but I have noticed it playing up a bit lately. Stress does tend to make it worse. I had to take it 3 times a day, 20 minutes before meals. It really did help!

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