How are others with pancreatic cancers managing diarrhea?

Posted by susandc @susandc, Jun 29 11:25am

I am wondering how others with pancreatic cancers are managing diarrhea. I am using CREON and titrating it according to the amount of fat and protein in the meal, but still deal with daily diarrhea. My brother gave me some Activia and it seemed to help a little. Does anyone have experience with probiotics and have they been helpful? The number of formulas and forms they come in is confusing to me and I’d rather not go down that path unless I think it is likely to help.

My husband has had good results with Imodium. His oncologist has told him he can take more than the recommended dosage. Check with your doctor and see what he recommends.

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@baileycody

My husband has had good results with Imodium. His oncologist has told him he can take more than the recommended dosage. Check with your doctor and see what he recommends.

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Thanks! My physician recommended Imodium and I have some here at home but it seemed like when I took even one, it then caused constipation. Maybe I should try again!

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@susandc, have you managed to find the right balance to have neither diarrhea nor constipation? Did you adjust the dose of Immodium?

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@colleenyoung

@susandc, have you managed to find the right balance to have neither diarrhea nor constipation? Did you adjust the dose of Immodium?

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Frankly I'm afraid to try as I start radiation treatments this week and I don't want to rock the boat. I try to make one change at a time so i can see what the "true" effect is. I've scheduled radiation for afternoons because by then the diarrhea is generally under control. After radiation is completed I'll have a little treatment break and I can work with it some more. But thanks so much for asking!

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