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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Gallbladder Removal (Definition)

Gallbladder removal is just that. Surgical removal of the gallbladder. Technically known as a cholecystectomy, it is usually done laparoscopically with small incisions and is one of ...Read more


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Gallbladder removal 2014 constant diorreaha since. 19yr old- questran doesn't work nor colveslam or Imodium (loperamide) have lost over 2 stone as result help ?

Gallbladder removal 2014 constant diorreaha since. 19yr old- questran doesn't work nor colveslam or Imodium (loperamide) have lost over 2 stone as result help 
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Chronic Diarrhea: 19 year old lady with chronic diarrhea with weight loss.
Studies show that chronic diarrhea can be split up into fatty or malabsorbtive states, inflammatory, or watery (watery is most common). According to the Mayo Clinic, post cholycystecomy chronic diarrhea is highly uncommon but may occur due to laxative effect of more bile entering the large intestine. You need a Gastroenterology consult. ...Read more

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I had a gallbladder removal 3 years ago, and since then I have been having regular bouts with diarrhea. How can I limit this? I use immodium & it help

I had a gallbladder removal 3 years ago, and since then I have been having regular bouts with diarrhea. How can I limit this? I use immodium & it help

Try cholestyramine: If he diarrhea came after the gallbladder removal, it is unusual but may be caused by bile reaching the colon faster and may be controlled or eliminated by cholestyramine. On the other hand, if the diarrhea is caused by dietary factors, the drug will not solve the problem. Dietary experimentation may be what you need. ...Read more

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How long does laparoscopic cholecystectomy take?

How long does laparoscopic cholecystectomy take?

Depends: Usually an hour or less unless the operation is being performed under difficult circumstances such as for severe infections or multiple prior abdominal surgical procedures. ...Read more

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How long does a laparoscopic cholecystectomy typically take?

It varies: Some patients with mild disease and favorable anatomy may take only 20-30 minutes of operative time, defined as the time from first incision to closure of the last incision. Others with severe disease or prior operations or morbid obesity may require up to a couple of hours. Of course, it takes extra time to get ready for the operation and wake up afterwards. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

How long does it take to recover from a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

Usually not long: Although we do the same operation on everyone for gallbladder disease, everyone reacts to it differently.

Some of my patients are back to normal within a day or two, but others are incapacitated for 6 wks or more.

Therefore, unfortunately, there is no way to answer your question with any certainty. ...Read more

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I had an open cholecystectomy, how long will it take for my liver to return to normal size?

I had an open cholecystectomy, how long will it take for my liver to return to normal size?

No effect.: Cholecystectomy should have no effect on the size of your liver. Though the gallbladder sits under the liver, it really should not affect the siza of the liver. ...Read more

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How long after a cholecystectomy will it take to have a normal bowel movement?

How long after a cholecystectomy will it take to have a normal bowel movement?

Short time: After uncomplicated cholecystectomy will have bm in 2 to 3 days. ...Read more

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How long after a open cholecystectomy will it take to have a normal bowel movement?

How long after a open cholecystectomy will it take to have a normal bowel movement?

Probably: About 3 days or so, depending on operative findings. If you had an acute infection or any complication, then it would take longer. Ask your surgeon for specifics in your case. ...Read more

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Cholecystectomy in June has caused me to bloat and have excessive gas. I take Gas X daily, doctors rx. Can I take it with dual action probiotics?

Cholecystectomy in June has caused me to bloat and have excessive gas. I take Gas X daily, doctors rx. Can I take it with dual action probiotics?

It generally: takes up to 6 months for the liver ducts to enlarge and "store" the bile acids produced and usually stored in the gallbladder! Some people are "sensitive"to these bile acids...discuss with your surgeon ..he/she may recommend an interim solution to your problem
Hope this is helpful!

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How long does it take the digestive system to fully adjust after a cholecystectomy? Is it normal to have some gas and loose stools 6 weeks post op?

How long does it take the digestive system to fully adjust after a cholecystectomy?  Is it normal to have some gas and loose stools 6 weeks post op?

Yes : That wouldn't be uncommon, and different people have different adjustment times. It is also normal to occasionally have gas and occasional looses stools even of you haven't had an operation. If you're really worried something is wrong, check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Status post cholecystectomy 4 days ago. Today, very dizzy and nauseas. Taking Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) for pain, but I have it even when I don't take the pain medicine.

Status post cholecystectomy 4 days ago. Today, very dizzy and nauseas. Taking Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) for pain, but I have it even when I don't take the pain medicine.

Consult with: your surgeon immediately, because it could be bleeding, bile leak, infection, or some other surgical complication, especially if you have fever, vomiting, distention, or jaundice. Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) is a narcotic pain med, which sometimes can cause ileus or constipation. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take imodium (loperamide) while on opioid painkillers?

Is it okay to take imodium (loperamide) while on opioid painkillers?

Yes: Imodium's action is primary on direct contact with the gut, and not very much is absorbed, so it will work even if you are on other opioids. Follow label directions and do not exceed. You may, however, have better luck with Bismuth Subsalicylate preparations (pepto bismol). If the diarrhea is chronic, you need to look for a cause and treat that directly - like irritable bowel syndrome and others. ...Read more

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I took saline laxative this morning and have had diarrhea for about 5 hours...would it be okay to take imodium (loperamide) to stop the diarrhea?

I took saline laxative this morning and have had diarrhea for about 5 hours...would it be okay to take imodium (loperamide)  to stop the diarrhea?

Probably: Depends how much saline lax you took. Imodium (loperamide) slows down peristalsis wherein food is pushed along the gut. Taking the saline laxative just seems like you floode everything so it all flooded out not a process by which some process was making the walls of the gut squeeze along. Imodium (loperamide) would quiet down that process so I don't see how it could help. Tincture of time would work fine in this situation. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take a laxative after being constipated from taking Imodium (loperamide)? tried Stool softeners, but that didn't work.

Is it okay to take a laxative after being constipated from taking Imodium (loperamide)? tried Stool softeners, but that didn't work.

Stool softener: The stool softener is the better choice, you have to take it consistently and can increase it if needed. You also have to drink a lot of fluid with the stool softener. ...Read more

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Can I take Rampiril with Imodium? Thanks

Can I take Rampiril with Imodium? Thanks

Yes, you can: Ramipril and Imodium do not interact with each other. These medications can be safely taken together. A couple words about Imodium - the dose instructions say you can take up to 16 mg, with a 2 mg dose after each diarrhea episode. The drug is potent, so if it doesn’t work after a few doses, come back here for alternatives unless you’re experienced with it already and know how you respond to it. ...Read more

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Can you take pepto and imodium (loperamide)?

Can you take pepto and imodium (loperamide)?

Stomach meds: You should be able to take both. Pepto is like an antacid and Imodium (loperamide) is an antispasmodic to relax the gut. ...Read more

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Can I take Imodium (loperamide) if iv been given buscopan ?

Can I take Imodium (loperamide) if iv been given buscopan ?

No interaction found: Hyoscine butylbromide, also known as scopolamine butylbromide and sold under the brandname Buscopan, is a medication used to treat crampy abdominal pain, renal colic, and bladder spasms. No interaction was found between this product (which is unavailable in America) with loperamide. Reference: http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=1482-0,2048-1336 ...Read more

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Can i take phenegran and imodium (loperamide) plus together?

Can i take phenegran and  imodium (loperamide) plus together?

Not recommended: Using loperamide together with promethazine may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with these medications. Also avoid activities requiring mental alertness. Ref. http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=1483-12626,1949-1259 ...Read more

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I have taken Imodium, I feel very nauseous can I take Maxolon?

I have taken Imodium, I feel very nauseous can I take Maxolon?

Interactions: Not aware of interactions so think its OK. However everyone is different so check with your doctor first. ...Read more

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Can i take imodium (loperamide) with ercefuryl at the same time?

Why?: Both are antidiarrheal medication. Why would you want to take both? It sounds like over kill. I would suggest try taking one medication as prescribed- wait four hours, if no improvement, then try the other medication. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Imodium (Definition)

Imodium is an anti-diarrheal agent which is a ...Read more