Imodium is an oral tablet made up of an antiperistaltic antidiarrhea drug called loperamide. We carry the generic alternative to this medication in 2mg!
Imodium is used for the treatment of diarrhea. Diarrhea is usually a short-lived condition, lasting usually around 1-3 days, however, in some cases, diarrhea can last for up to 2 weeks. Diarrhea is when feces, which are usually a solid form, are expelled from the body in liquid form and causes you to have to empty your bowels more frequently. Other symptoms may include fever and chills, headache or abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, and symptoms of dehydration such as thirst, decreased urination, dry skin or a fast, pounding heart beat.
Imodium is effective in treating diarrhea because loperamide slows the pace of digestion so that the small intestines have an extended period of time to absorb fluid and nutrients from the foods you digest.
Your doctor will tell you before prescribing you Imodium (loperamide) exactly how to take this medication. Follow his or her directions, they can usually be found on the prescription label if you forget.
Take this medication with a full glass of water. Continue drinking plenty of water throughout the treatment. Diarrhea can make you become dehydrated.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Do not use more of this medication than directed to by your doctor. This is important because misuse of this drug can cause serious heart problems that could result in death.
If you have ulcerative colitis, bloody or tarry stools, diarrhea with a high fever, or diarrhea caused by antibiotic medication, you should not use Imodium. It may not be effective or safe for you to use.
Drink plenty of fluids while using this medication. Diarrhea can cause dehydration if you lose too much fluid. This could also result in an electrolyte imbalance.
If given to a child under 2 years old, Imodium can cause serious breathing problems and heart problems. Do not give this medication to a child under 2 years old. Do not give this medication to any child without being directed to by a doctor.
Discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Imodium while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Common side effects of Imodium (loperamide) may include:
constipation; dizziness, drowsiness; nausea; or stomach cramps.
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Imodium (loperamide) may include:
diarrhea that is watery or bloody; stomach pain or bloating; or ongoing or worsening diarrhea;
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…
Overdose – fast or pounding heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, shortness of breath, and sudden dizziness (like you might pass out).
Severe skin reaction – fever, sore throat, burning in your eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.
Allergic reaction – hives, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat.
Dehydration – no urination or having very dark yellow pee, very dry skin, feeling dizzy, rapid heartbeat, sunken eyes, sleepiness, or fainting.
How long till I feel relief?
It may take up to 48 hours (2 days) before your symptoms improve. Contact your doctor if there are no signs of improvement after 10 days.
What should I avoid while using this medication?
Avoid drinking tonic water. Tonic water may interfere with loperamide and can cause serious heart problems.
What foods should I avoid while taking Imodium?
Avoid foods like fruit, green vegetables, and spicy or fatty foods as they may aggravate your diarrhea. You may want to also consider avoiding alcohol and milk.
When should I stop using Imodium?
You should stop as soon as your stool is solid again or if 24 hours pass and you don’t make any bowel movements. Consult your doctor if your condition persists longer than 10 days.
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