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    Does anyone else get diarrhea from Prelief? I took it for a couple of days to see if that would help anything and boy, my GI tract is upset. I haven't heard of others with this problem...
    [SIZE="1"][B]Be well, Alyssa :hi:[/B]

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  • #2
    It actually constipated me.
    Jen

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    • #3
      Prelief side effects???

      Hi all,

      I am new at all this so forgive me if this had already been covered. i started taking Prelief today and am extremely gassy and bloated. Wondering if this is normal at all> Are there other OTC products that are better that i might want to investigate?
      Mimi~

      Currently battling:
      Migraines
      IC
      Panic attacks/Anxiety Disorder


      Current Treatments:
      Pain Meds and Anxiety Meds
      Gentle Physical Therapy
      Yoga
      Heating Pad~my best friend
      Lots of hot baths w/ Epsom Salts & Baking Soda
      Tens Unit
      Prayer

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      • #4
        Hi!

        Prelief is AkPharma's brand name for calcium glycerophosphate and calcium can be constipating to some people.

        Diarrhea and/or gas and bloating (on the other hand) are not a general side affect. However everyone is different and conditions including food intake and medication intake are so variable, it is hard to say what is causing what.

        Please do not hesitate to contact me direct at 1-800-994-4711 or [email protected]; I may be able to offer some suggestions.

        Betty Corson
        Customer Service
        AkPharma Inc
        For additional information on Prelief, please call 1-800-994-4711. AkPharma is a proud sponsor of the IC Network Message Board.

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        • #5
          I sm sorry if this sounds silly but, does Prelief help with Calcium intake i.e bone building? Or is it a different type of calcium?

          Just wondering since i cannot take any multivitamins.

          Thanks in advance.
          Mimi~

          Currently battling:
          Migraines
          IC
          Panic attacks/Anxiety Disorder


          Current Treatments:
          Pain Meds and Anxiety Meds
          Gentle Physical Therapy
          Yoga
          Heating Pad~my best friend
          Lots of hot baths w/ Epsom Salts & Baking Soda
          Tens Unit
          Prayer

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          • #6
            Your question is not silly at all.

            Each Prelief tablet contains 65 mg of calcium as calcium glycerophosphate. It is a superior calcium, that is immediately and fully absorbable by your body. The sole reason calcium glycerophosphate is not more widely used as a calcium supplement than, say, calcium carbonate (in Tums and other products) is that it is much more expensive than they are for the amount of calcium supplied.

            Betty
            For additional information on Prelief, please call 1-800-994-4711. AkPharma is a proud sponsor of the IC Network Message Board.

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            • #7
              I've noticed if I take prelief on a totally empty stomach I get extremely nauseated. I do have a screwy GI tract anyway so I am sensitive to some meds and OTC products. I do take it, I just make sure I have something else in my stomach first. It was actually given to me at my gastro doctor's office to help my IBS, so it's got more that one positive use for it.
              *IC-- Summer 2004; PFD--October 2005
              *Fibro--Fall 2000; CFS-- Fall 2000
              *MPS--Fall 2000; Crohn's disease-- 1997*IBS,GERD, *Migraines, hypothyroidism, GYN problems *Degenerative Disc Disease/scoliosis

              Total Abdominal Hysterectomy--adenomyosis--9\08

              04/17/09 Crohn's disease almost killed me with a combo of extreme constipation from pain medications. My bowel ruptured, I almost died from peritonitis and spent several days in the ICU then more in a private room on the floor. If you have any questions about severe constipation from pain meds please don't hesitate to send me a message.

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              • #8
                Dear Sandy:

                I have heard from others who get nauseous when taking Prelief on an empty stomach, so I always recommend taking Prelief (as you are eating) right with the food.

                Prelief does have several positives! Prelief takes the acid out of acidic foods and beverages; the acid in food can cause heartburn/reflux, as well as irritate the bladder and/or the bowel. And, as a bonus, you do get 65 mg of fully absorbable calcium in each tablet.

                Betty
                For additional information on Prelief, please call 1-800-994-4711. AkPharma is a proud sponsor of the IC Network Message Board.

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                • #9
                  I don't think Prelief causes upset GI track, never heard of that. I think all other medicaions for IC like pain meds adn Elmiron, etc are hard on the stomach lining.
                  When I have to take a medication for pain, I make sure I eat something with it, even if I'm not hungry, to protect the stomach.
                  I also take prelief right before or with the meal, but I just take it ocassionally b/c I'm already on nexiun which is an acid reducer...
                  Laser cervical surgery after abnormal pap (moderate dysplasia) in 3/2004
                  UTIs since mid 2004
                  Recurrent yeast infections since mid 2005
                  IC dx 3/2006
                  V V dx 12/2006
                  Other conditions: IBS, allergies, dry eyes.


                  Current IC medications:
                  Elavil (since 12/06) 10 mg;
                  Cysta Q (since 5/07)
                  Rephresh acid jel every 3 days
                  D-mannose, fish oil, Calcium Citrate, Multivitamins & garlic pills (sometimes)
                  Probiotics Femdophilus or other brands
                  Gy-Na-Tren for yeast infections (started using it as needed since 2010)
                  Other Rx:Omeprazole 20mg; benadryl as needed, Restasis


                  Past Meds and why I stopped them:
                  Elmiron: March to September 2006: headaches
                  Lyrica:2 weeks in 2006: headaches
                  Cystoprotek: from Jan to April 2007: nausea

                  Femcon Fe (2/07 to 10/07):caused spotting/bleeding
                  BCP:Loestrin (since Ocotber 2007) to stop spotting for 2 months. V V worse. Stopped the pill in Nov 07.


                  "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it"

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                  • #10
                    I cannot take prelief, it does upset my digestive tract, it causes constipation.
                    Jen

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                    • #11
                      I do get diarrhea with Prelief

                      Hello Jen,

                      Interesting to hear someone else having this side effect. If I take more than 4 tablets of Prelief a day, I do experience diarrhea. I started taking Prelief before I started taking any other medicines for IC, (at the time I did not take any other kind of medicine other than BC, which I have been taking for 7 years and never had diarrhea from it) so I know it had to be the Prelief. I experimented with it and realized that I only got sick if I took more than 4 tablets in a day. I still take it, but now I make sure I don't take more than 4 pills a day.

                      I know we are all different, but I hope this helps.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SMR218 View Post
                        I don't think Prelief causes upset GI track, never heard of that. I think all other medicaions for IC like pain meds adn Elmiron, etc are hard on the stomach lining.
                        When I have to take a medication for pain, I make sure I eat something with it, even if I'm not hungry, to protect the stomach.
                        I also take prelief right before or with the meal, but I just take it ocassionally b/c I'm already on nexiun which is an acid reducer...
                        We're all so different it's very possible for one person to have stomach symptoms from a med that doesn't cause any problems for others. prbetty works for the company that makes prelief, so she's definately the best one to answer this question.

                        I'm glad that it doesn't cause you any problems when you do take it.
                        *IC-- Summer 2004; PFD--October 2005
                        *Fibro--Fall 2000; CFS-- Fall 2000
                        *MPS--Fall 2000; Crohn's disease-- 1997*IBS,GERD, *Migraines, hypothyroidism, GYN problems *Degenerative Disc Disease/scoliosis

                        Total Abdominal Hysterectomy--adenomyosis--9\08

                        04/17/09 Crohn's disease almost killed me with a combo of extreme constipation from pain medications. My bowel ruptured, I almost died from peritonitis and spent several days in the ICU then more in a private room on the floor. If you have any questions about severe constipation from pain meds please don't hesitate to send me a message.

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                        • #13
                          Prelief gives me an upset stomach sometimes.Especially if I take more than one.
                          If I take rolaids I sometimes get diahrea.I believe that anything that neutralizes stomach acid, interferes with the digestion of food.The acid in the stomach is part of the digestive process ,and its easliy disturbed with antiacids including prelief.However the advantage of soothing the bladder outweighs the side effects.When im desperate I take rollaids and it seems to help my bladder when I have a flare emergency.I also get heartburn because I do suffer from acid reflux.Anyone over forty seems to have problems with the valve in the stomach no closing properly.When I lose weight it seems to help with that problem.
                          Regards,GoldSeals
                          54 year old male
                          Diagnosed with IC in 1994
                          Had symptoms since 1992
                          Three cystoscopies.One biopsy with hydrodistention.
                          This is what I have tried,Dmso cocktail,Elavil,Atarax,Hytrin,Detrol,Pyridium,Elmiron,Allegra,Augmenti n,Flomax,Ditrapan,Vesacare.
                          Sent urine samples about 10 years ago to the famous Dr Fugguzatto.Went through plenty of Dr's which took about 2 years for an IC diagnosis.I am considered having one of the worst IC conditions known to my doctors.
                          Thanks to reading the great info on this board I am presentally trying 3 more natural remedies.Msm,Glucosamine,and Quercetin

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                          • #14
                            GERD (or heartburn you feel) has several causes, but obesity is a leading cause in GERD. The weight on your abdomen pushes on your stomach, which pushes on your cardiac sphincter, and then the food goes up your esophagus. I used to have it but when I lost 140 pounds, the GERD vanished!

                            I thought I was the only one getting diarrhea from Prelief, but I guess I'm not alone at least!
                            [SIZE="1"][B]Be well, Alyssa :hi:[/B]

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                            • #15
                              Hi!

                              Prelief is taken with food and it neutralizes the acid in acidic foods and beverages.

                              We recommend Prelief be taken with meals because the level of Prelief that is recommended is keyed to the acidity of the food eaten. The amount of acid you would have added to your stomach via the food is removed, and nothing more is touched, since the acid-binding capability of the Prelief will have been used up. Therefore, no interference with your normal stomach acid level.

                              Betty
                              Customer Service
                              For additional information on Prelief, please call 1-800-994-4711. AkPharma is a proud sponsor of the IC Network Message Board.

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