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Question: chronic watery diarrhea and low grade fevers


 tannilisa - Sat Jul 03, 2004 1:00 pm

Hi, I'm 30 years old and have been suffering for a few years with various digestive problems, one of which is pancreatitis. I have noticed over the past year or so that I have chronic watery diarrhea and am running low grade fevers every day, and I feel miserable. I am on the toilet up to 10 times a day, whether I eat or not, I am currently taking prescription lomotil and need to take it every day in order to even leave the house for short periods. I am having a colonoscopy in August to check for Ulcerative colitis and Crohns. Is it dangerous to take the lomotil every day for the long term? If I don't take it I notice I quickly become dehydrated from the diarrhea :(

Thanks!
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Fri Jul 09, 2004 4:04 am

User avatar Hello tannilisa,
I am glad your going to have a colonoscopy done soon. Using lomotil for long periods is always not favorable. It has been reported to lead to paralytic ileus. This is a condition in which the intestines become paralysed leading to chronic gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, constipation and eventually intestinal obstruction. However, since you are getting a colonoscopy soon hopefully, you will be diagnosed and will be treated appropriately and not need to take lomotil for long periods again.

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