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Unending diarrhea
Sep 18, 2000

My friend has had diarrhea for the last nine months. He has lost about 60 of his 190 pounds. Hospitalized twice-J tube feedings and now 14 hours of TPN a day.Every antidiarrheal he has tried doesn't hold him - tincture of opium, mannitol, calcium, lomodium, lactose free, gluten/wheat free, and the list goes on. He has had all the GI work-ups, cultures, etc. I assume the HIV is in the lining of the mucosa. Aside from a cork -- do you have any other suggestions? It is a true quality of life issue, he is very depressed. I think if he could control the diarrhea, it would give him the strength to deal with all the other life changes he is faced with at this time.

Response from Dr. Henry

I assume that there has been a thorough look for any infection or other condition that could be causing that (parasites, etc). I have had some luck with calcium supplements (600 mg BID) and oat bran or fibercon tablets (2 twice a day). I have also used Sandostatin injections in this setting with some success as well. Hope that gives you a few ideas.


Keith Henry, M.D.

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