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A 70-year-old female asked:

how long can i take imodium (loperamide) for.?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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 couple of days, just to decrease the frequency of diarrhea while her body is getting rid of the problem. Drinking or eating just little bits, is helpful (not over-eating nor over-drinking). For anything more than mild symptoms, the doctor needs to evaluate.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Can you get high on loperamide hydrochloride?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
?: Shame on you!
A 37-year-old member asked:

On the road sometimes I have to take imodium (loperamide). Any side effects?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Minimal: This is one of those formerly prescription only drugs with such a low toxicity and side effect profile that it has been released by the fda for over the counter sale. It can be effective for GI problems and hopefully is working for you. The GI issues are far more of a problem than any side effects.
A 39-year-old member asked:

My friend got high off of loperamide hydrochloride?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Okay: I'm glad it was your friend and not you. Taking a medicine that is primarily meant to treat diarrhea, and that will make you constipated, probably isn't your idea of fun. Supposedly it spares the opioid receptors in the brain, but i've wondered. You're smart enough to find healthtap -- i bet you can help your friend find more productive activities you can both enjoy.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How long does imodium (loperamide) take to leave your system?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
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 3 days to clear through the body, essentially unchanged.
A 36-year-old member asked:

If i just took one pill of imodium, (loperamide) will it work?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
It Can: If your diarrhea is mild enough, one dose of Imodium (loperamide) can slow your bowels down. With imodium, (loperamide) you know within two hours if it is successful. It works by slowing down gut squeezing in both the large and small intestine, decreases the amount of fluid put into the bowel, limits the amount of gas created, and even helps tighten up the anus to keep the bowel from leaking out the end.

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