To the person who posted that charcoal pills stopped diarrhea, a thousand thanks.
I was diagnosed with microscopic colitis. I took Budesonide for a little over two months, and it was wonderful. After about a month after stopping, I started getting diarrhea and cramping again. After two months the diarrhea was every day. The Imodium never helped. After seeing the post, I added two charcoal pills before meals and no more diarrhea. Thanks for posting.
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What are charcoal pills? Where did you get them? Thanks kitty2
CVS sells them, Walgreens and Amazon also. I’m weaning off the Imodium and anxious to see if the charcoal will work by itself. I’ll post the results.
I hope they work for you.
Hi..thanks for your reply..watch the Imodium..I had lots of side effects from the high dose the doctor told me to take. I was way overdosed on all the meds they had me on which included the Imodium, Lialda and the last one was Busesonide which was awful. I think these drugs have such powerful side effects they keep you sick. I am now off all the drugs and am now having lab work to see the damage they all did. I sure hope you continue to feel better each day. What is the charcoal used for ? I have never heard of that?
The charcoal works like Imodium. It stops diarrhea. Side effects are black stools and constipation. It has been used to combat poison and people have used it for hangover cures. It binds foods. I’m having normal but black stools.
To all with microscopic colitis please be patient. I had this experience and Busesonide. It truly is the answer. It works differently on different people. You need to take two or three every morning for at least two weeks or maybe more. Then take it for a month then slowly taper off if having success. Problem is the constipation side affect needs citrucel to counter react. If you play with the dosage for a month or so then it heals the colon. If watery stools are there in the night then in the morning take the Busesonide. More than one. Do that until stools are firmer. As soon as constipation starts take less and start citrucel. It eventually heals. But it does take patience and persistence. I now take citrucel daily and it helps a lot.
After more than 25 years of dealing with microscopic colitis, I have learned to take Citrucel each morning, avoid lots of foods (the older I get, the more foods I avoid — I'm 77), keep Imodium handy at all times, and I've developed pancreatitis and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. I must take Creon, which costs me $250 a month (my insurance company pays over $1000 a month indefinitely! (I quit smoking 50 years ago and have never been a heavy drinker, btw. )
Miralax is good to keep bowels regular. Gi dr recommended benefited also.