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is it bad to take immodium everyday for long periods of time?

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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
32 years experience Family Medicine
Safe: This drug is actually pretty safe and side effects are very rare. However, i like to handle things in a more natural way as often as possible. You should look at natural ways of overcoming constipation such as adequate fluid intake; removing drugs that affect the colon, increasing fiber and toilet training.
Answered on Feb 4, 2019
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends on reason.: If the problem causing diarrhea is already known and daily Imodium (loperamide) is part of a comprehensive care plan, then it should be safe.If used as self-treatment, keep in mind it is important to find the underlying reason for diarrhea.Not addressing the underlying reason could lead to problems over time. Fiber can help with both diarrhea and constipation, and would be preferable over meds as first choice.
Answered on Jun 23, 2020

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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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Dr. Jason Cogdill
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Not likely : Imodium (loperamide) is unlikely to cause a rise in a person's blood pressure in the short term.
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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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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
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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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