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Imodium (Definition)

Imodium is an anti-diarrheal agent which is a ...Read more


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Expired Imodium (loperamide) by two years does it still work?

Maybe, maybe not: It is likely weaker than a preparation still in date, but it might provide some benefit if you are in need and unable to replace it with meds that are in date. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How long does imodium (loperamide) multi symptom relief work in your system for?

How long does imodium (loperamide) multi symptom relief work in your system for?

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 for at least a half-day but the effects of this drug are not the same in all people. Some people require taking this medication after each loose bowel movement (up to four times a day), while others may not need such a high dose. ...Read more

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How does imodium (loperamide) actually work, anyway? How bad can it be to overdose?

How does imodium (loperamide) actually work, anyway? How bad can it be to overdose?

Imodium (loperamide): Imodium anti-diarrheals are actually a drug called loperamide. This drug acts on the walls of the gut inhibiting their movement and increasing the tone in the sphincter muscle of your anus. This causes your feces to stop moving in your gut allowing your body to absorb more of the water. The drug is fairly safe, however large overdosing can cause constipation, paralytic ileus or toxic megacolon. ...Read more

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Could no name loperamide hydrochloride work as good as imodium?

Could no name loperamide hydrochloride work as good as imodium?

Yes: They both contain the same active ingredient. Usually generics are as effective as brand name drugs. ...Read more

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Took dulcolax at 8 pm last night hoping it would work overnight. Have an event today so took Imodium (loperamide) ad at 5 am (9 hrs later). Is this safe?

Took dulcolax at 8 pm last night hoping it would work overnight. Have an event today so took Imodium (loperamide) ad at 5 am (9 hrs later). Is this safe?

Stool: My concern here is why take a strong laxative at night, then a anti-motility the next morning. This a setup for chronic issues. If it is a chronic problem, see your primary care doctor for assistance. ...Read more

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Can Imodium (loperamide) be used long term? It really helps on days my IBS goes haywire, it helps a lot. Actually out of all I've tried it's only one that works

Can Imodium (loperamide) be used long term? It really helps on days my IBS goes haywire, it helps a lot. Actually out of all I've tried it's only one that works

Not recommended: Taking imodium (loperamide) daily could eventually lead to constipation, obstruction and severe digestive problems. Finding out more information by reviewing your history, physical and tests would more likely be the best advice when considering irritable bowel syndrome. Please see your doctor when you can. ...Read more

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I have an ongoing diarrhea from last week. I tried imodium (loperamide) and lomotil but they didn't work. What to do?

I have an ongoing diarrhea from last week. I tried imodium (loperamide) and lomotil but they didn't work. What to do?

Diarrhea: One week of diarrhea of acute onset suggests some form of infection. Stool exam for the presence of wbcs and culture and tests for giardia may be done if this does not resolve. Suggest you see a doctor and get this worked out. Doubt that this is irritable bowel or new onset inflammatory bowel disease if you have not had these previously. ...Read more

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I have been taking imodium (loperamide) and kaopeptate for diahrea from a flu bug but it still doesn't work what else can I do?

I have been taking imodium (loperamide) and kaopeptate for diahrea from a flu bug but it still doesn't work what else can I do?

Get tested: Get a stool culture, stool for ova and parasites and if you have taken antibiotics in the last 3 months get a stool for clostridium difficile toxin test. If diarrhea persists for more than 3 months you will need a colonoscopy to be sure you do n ot have inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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I had some type of GI bug or something the past few days. Yesterday I felt better, but the diarrhea started. Today it's like straight water. Imodium is not working. I took max recommended dosage. Anything else I can take that will work? Currently I'm on t

Start eating: The proper solid foods....applesauce. Rice Cereal...and try doubling the OTC (Over the counter) dose of Imodium (loperamide) AD for one or two doses ONLY take two Imodium (loperamide).... Keep your electrolytes up by drinking one of the electrolyte drinks!!
Good Luck! And I hope this helps!

Dr Z
NB If SX continue...more than 48 hours or if high fever call your Primary Care Provider!! ...Read more

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Gallbladder removal 2014 constant diorreaha since. 19yr old- questran doesn't work nor colveslam or Imodium (loperamide) have lost over 2 stone as result help?

Gallbladder removal 2014 constant diorreaha since. 19yr old- questran doesn't work nor colveslam or Imodium (loperamide) have lost over 2 stone as result help?

Chronic Diarrhea: 19 year old lady with chronic diarrhea with weight loss.
Studies show that chronic diarrhea can be split up into fatty or malabsorbtive states, inflammatory, or watery (watery is most common). According to the Mayo Clinic, post cholycystecomy chronic diarrhea is highly uncommon but may occur due to laxative effect of more bile entering the large intestine. You need a Gastroenterology consult. ...Read more

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Chronic diarrhea from iliestomy and j pouch. Imodium, lomotil doesn't work. Should I try carafate (sucralfate)?

Chronic diarrhea from iliestomy and j pouch. Imodium, lomotil doesn't work. Should I try carafate (sucralfate)?

NO....: You need to speak with your surgeon. I wouldn't pursue relief by altering my medications without some medical guidance. Good luck. ...Read more

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Have ibs. Flared up Friday. Have had diarrhea since. Took Imodium (loperamide) didn't work. Everything goes thru me. Dizzy when standing. What can I do.

Have ibs. Flared up Friday. Have had diarrhea since. Took Imodium (loperamide) didn't work. Everything goes thru me. Dizzy when standing. What can I do.

ER: This sounds like gastroenteritis- not IBS- go to the ER now and get IVs and mediciation/testing. -if you are getting dizzy, you are losing fluids and blood voloume: GO NOW! ...Read more

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Why do I have constant non-stop diarrhea? My doctor just prescribes imodium (loperamide) and antibiotics hoping it will stop. Imodium (loperamide) doesn't even work anymore.

Why do I have constant non-stop diarrhea? My doctor just prescribes imodium (loperamide) and antibiotics hoping it will stop. Imodium (loperamide) doesn't even work anymore.

Stool Testing: This is not normal. One must seek out the cause of the problem. This is done with both cultures and other studies of the stool and through examination such as colonoscopy done by a GI specialist. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take a laxative after being constipated from taking Imodium (loperamide)? tried Stool softeners, but that didn't work.

Is it okay to take a laxative after being constipated from taking Imodium (loperamide)? tried Stool softeners, but that didn't work.

Stool softener: The stool softener is the better choice, you have to take it consistently and can increase it if needed. You also have to drink a lot of fluid with the stool softener. ...Read more

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What if the diarrhea last 3 days and I am missing work? My PCP told me to try Kaopectate... I have Imodium (loperamide) on hand but not kaopectate...

What if the diarrhea last 3 days and I am missing work? My PCP told me to try Kaopectate... I have Imodium (loperamide) on hand but not kaopectate...

Diarrhea: Most instances of acute diarrhea resolve on their own after a few days, and are usually due to viral or bacterial illnesses. As long as you're not having bleeding, fevers, or severe abdominal pain, it is OK to try Imodium, (loperamide) but be sure to follow the guidelines on the box. If your diarrhea does not go away in another 2 to 3 days, however, see your doctor for further diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Watery diarrhea x 1 month. Post eating/drinking & upon waking Loss of appetite, intermittent severe nausea. Tried Imodium, (loperamide) doesn't work. Help please.

Watery diarrhea x 1 month. Post eating/drinking & upon waking Loss of appetite, intermittent severe nausea. Tried Imodium, (loperamide) doesn't work. Help please.

See a doctor: The problem could be infection or an inflammation of the bowel. Suggest you see a doctor for evaluation. An examination and testing will be needed to sort his out. ...Read more

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Will imodium (loperamide) work with stomach flu diarrhea and can I drink alcohol?

Will imodium (loperamide) work with stomach flu diarrhea and can I drink alcohol?

Maynot need Immodium: It depends on the cause of the diarrhea. If someone develop salmonellosis or infection caused by salmonella bacteria, just drinking fluids and eating simple, soft and bland diet might be enough. Having bloody diarrhea or any other complications or diarrhea lasting more than 3-4 days, needs medical attention from a physician. Thanks. ...Read more

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I have diahrea for the last 4 days, I started taking imodiums for the last 2 days, I went through 2 boxes of imodiums and still the diahrea will not stop?

I have diahrea for the last 4 days, I started taking imodiums for the last 2 days, I went through 2 boxes of imodiums and still the diahrea will not stop?

Stop Imodium: It is not safe to take Imodium for prolonged periods. See your doctor who may send the stool for culture. You may need antibiotics. In the meantime keep up your fluid intake so you do not get dehydrated ...Read more

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Lomotil vs imodium (loperamide)?

Lomotil vs imodium (loperamide)?

Both work the same: Both Lomotil and Imodium (loperamide) contain opiod (narcotic) agonists which act to decrease muscle contraction in the small intestine and colon. ...Read more

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Can I take Rampiril with Imodium? Thanks

Can I take Rampiril with Imodium? Thanks

Yes, you can: Ramipril and Imodium do not interact with each other. These medications can be safely taken together. A couple words about Imodium - the dose instructions say you can take up to 16 mg, with a 2 mg dose after each diarrhea episode. The drug is potent, so if it doesn’t work after a few doses, come back here for alternatives unless you’re experienced with it already and know how you respond to it. ...Read more

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How long can I take imodium (loperamide) for.?

How long can I take imodium (loperamide) for.?

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. ...Read more

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I take 21 imodium (loperamide) a day, is this safe?

Imodium (loperamide): I would question the real need for Imodium (loperamide) on a daily basis here. If your gastroenterologist is following you for ibs diarrhea-type, then this may be part of the therapy plan. But I would need more context to provide more detailed direction/recommendations. Seeing a licensed gastroenterologist (if you're not already) is recommended. ...Read more

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I've had diarrea for a month and imodium ad does not help?

I've had diarrea for a month and imodium ad does not help?

Overdue: Med isn't working. Stop trying to self-medicate. See GP or Gastroenterologist immediately. Your body is telling you something's wrong. Listen to it. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more