What should I try now?

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I was on mebeverine for about 6 months and am unconvinced it had much impact on relieving my IBS symptoms; 3 months in of taking 3 tablets a day and I was still doubled over in pain with a hot water bottle on my abdomen and on one day a month I was even being sick with it. My doctor encouraged me to perservere but I couldn't understand why I would be experiencing such levels of pain if the tablets were actually working.

I have been off mebeverine for 2 weeks now, and although I was fine the first of those weeks, these last 7 days have seen a noticeable increase in the frequency and intensity of my stomach pain. Am wondering whether the mebeverine was actually working :roll: ! Although I am selling my house at the moment which I doubt is helping my stress levels so that could be something to do with it! :lol:

Anyway, I would like to know whether anyone can recommend any other medication that I might try before I consider going back to the mebeverine. My main symptom is pain in my lower right abdomen; I have mild alternating diahorra and constipation. I am thinking of trying Buscopan (can I buy this off the shelf/over the counter or do I need a prescription for this?) - any thoughts? Have tried peppermint tablets before but again difficult to assess whether they helped at all.

Thanks! :D


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    Although my IB is not painful at the moment I do swing from constipation and diahorria I have been on fybogel for months with not much success. Then a dietition suggested I tried Normacol granules and wow they are great. You can buy them over the counter.

    Well worth a try.


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    I used to take mebeverine - and it did work for me. However, I've now been given Buscopan. Don't really know if it works well for me yet, but the doctor's seem to think it is a better option. I get it onprescription - don't know if you can just buy it, but I'm sure you won't get as much for your money over the counter as on prescription. Good luck!
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    Hi ALW

    Thanks for replying. I opted for Buscopan in the end, which it seems you can buy off the shelf/over the counter and it sure is that much more expensive :shock: ! Maybe I will see how I go and if it seems better then see if my Doctor will prescribe me that instead of Mebeverine, although I have to say he's been pretty insistent about the mebeverine rather than trying something else ... :evil:

    Been taking Buscopan for a few weeks, I have definitely improved since the time I wasn't taking anything that is for sure. Still get symptoms sometimes, but I am having to learn that taking tablets doesn't mean you can stressed and expect there to be no symptoms ... :?

    Thanks again for your comments


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    A friend of mine recently told me about a new probiotic called symprove.

    I started taking it a few weeks ago and already have seen a massive change. Best thing is it is totally natural and I don't feel any of the side effects I used get on some of the drugs. You can get it online as not sure it is in the shops yet.

    Definitely worth a go.


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