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Delaying Output

I’ve had my ileostomy for about 18 months. It’s difficult to enjoy sex because the stoma seems to always be active. Is there a medicine I can take to stop output for a few hours?
Dear M.T., There are a number of things you can try and the option you choose needs to be tailored to your needs. Adjusting your food intake will affect what comes out (eg. taking liquids or not eating several hours before sexual activity may limit output). Certain foods such as cheese may thicken or alter output. Loperamide (Imodium) also slows down transit time.

You can take a dose at least 30 minutes before intimacy. As described in a later question, you will need to figure what dose works best for you. The medication usually lasts for six to eight hours.
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