IBS and living in Japan

  • ardchen

    January 16, 2020 at 4:39 pm


    Thanks for the update again. Lopemin seems like a better alternative choice to Imodium. Is it a prescription drug? 

    Best wishes with your hospital visit in Feb!

  • iliketurtles

    January 18, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Yes it is prescription. Pretty easy to get once the doctors know your issue. Over the counter would be super expensive for a few pills. 

    and thanks! im hoping to get better answers next month. So far i feel im making progress here in japan with meds and doctors Vs american doctors. 

  • iliketurtles

    February 11, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Update from last week.

    Not the reply i hoped for. Told doctor my issues and worry. Told him ive lost 30 points in 1 year and im currently at 100 lbs.

    because the lopemin is working best. He asked me, “so what do you want from me?”.

    like if i found the cure and dont need to see him about it. He didnt understand there is a rick with this lopemin where it can block me up for days if taken too often.

    its happen to me before where i got so backed up, i had to pee every few minutes from all the stuff in me.

    One good thing to come from this is ill go back next week friday for an ECHO test of my lower body. Might be something not related to IBS that has me needing to pee so often. He did say that IBS and having to pee so often are not connected. Other doctors have said they are.

    One thing i forgot to ask was for a breath test to measure gas in me for bacteria over growth. Also a food allergy test. I might have something bad for me i never knew about.

    Over all the experience at st luke hospital was great. The staff speaks pretty good english and i didnt feel a worry about any of the process there. My wait times were no more than about 5 minutes it seemed.

    As for as my IBS goes, the meds im currently taking, Lopemin and Cerekinon have been a life saver. i can almost eat like a normal person and not rush to the toilet anymore. Solid stools are now an everyday thing. In the past it was pretty rare.

    I guess i dont mind taking the meds for a very long time. My new issue is the having to go pee so often.

    Thanks to japan for having toilets all over the place. getting off at stations on the way to places isnt a problem. use toilet and get back on the next train 🙂

  • ardchen

    February 11, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    Good to hear the update from you, although part of the outcomes might have not been as favourable as you might wish for. I hope your echo or breath test would give you some further insight information regarding your issue in to order to find the best treatment for it.

    Keep fighting!

    Best wishes,


  • Josh Grisdale

    April 10, 2022 at 7:12 pm


    Just wondering if there have been any updates on this?

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