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how long is imodium effective

A 78-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Usually 1-3 days: With mild, routine diarrhea, a patient can let nature clear her bowels the first day. Then medicines can be tried, such as Imodium (loperamide) for a ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
44 years experience Travel Medicine
About 3 days: Most of it passes--yes as you would expect--through the bowels. 10 % is excreted through the kidneys. After a single 4 mg dose, it takes approximately ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Not: Best not to use any type of expired medications!
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Fried
35 years experience General Practice
Depends: In adults, Imodium (loperamide) can be taken up to four times a day, for two days, for the managment of diarrhea. It will likely remain in your system ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
12-24 hrs: to stop diarrhea. Stop stool softener while you have diarrhea.
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A 76-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Until symptoms gone: Imodium (loperamide) should be used only for the duration of your symptoms. Infectious causes should be ruled out and drugs that can cause diarrhea, M ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
18 years experience Urgent Care
Not recommended: Taking imodium (loperamide) daily could eventually lead to constipation, obstruction and severe digestive problems. Finding out more information by re ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
44 years experience Travel Medicine
Effective at which?: Kaopectate basically is pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). Both have bismuth salicylic acid which may have some antibacterial properties. Both are ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Diarrhea: 43 F asks: How long do penicillin side effects like diarrhea last? Imodium ad doesn't help. What about probiotics? ANS: if you have C Diff diarrhea it ... Read More
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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Probably ok: It is likely ok for people with chronic diarrhea. Obviously too high a dose may lead to constipation instead. Glad that this works for you.

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