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Diarrhea and Malabsorption was posted 08/08/2016 12:27 pm by Anonymous
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Yes, what you describe is me. I have lived with chronic diarrhea for over 2 years after whipple. I have tried these meds which have had limited success.

Imodium works to a certain degree than loses its effectiveness after a while. Lomotil considered a narcotic but can help with diarrhea. No longer can use it. Steroids to reduce inflammation thus reducing and/or control diarrhea. Lots of side effects though so would not try again. Did try 3 times. Ciprofloxacin-antibiotic may help even though there is no 'active' GI infection. This is my next option tincture of opium. Have not tried but I am desperate at this point.

For absorption, I have used liposomal Vit C. 1 package a day helps with absorption. I take Alive multivitamins gummy spread over 3 times a day. I take a liquid Vit D. This seems to help me maintain the nutrients in my body.

Most importantly, have him drink Electrolyte water EVERY day. At least 1 liter a day. Do not buy gatorade or flavored water. They are filled with sugar. Just a simple electrolyte water no added sugar or flavor.

Dietwise you will have to figure out what works. I tried smoothies but this just made the diarrhea worse. Sugar in drinks makes it worse. Foods hard to say it's trial and error but you may want to eliminate dairy at first then gluten as they are also irritants to GI for some people. Cooking with oils like olive and coconut will add calories. Nuts are a great high fat food which has helped me gain some weight back but still not at baseline.

I hope some of this helps your dad. Keep us posted!

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