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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Imodium (Overview)

Imodium is an anti-diarrheal agent which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


Dr. Krishna Kumar
213 doctors shared insights

Imodium (Overview)

Imodium is an anti-diarrheal agent which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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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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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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I was very ill and went to the doctor. He did not say the diagnosis but prescribed the following: antibiotics, zofer, imodium, (loperamide) scopex. What's it for?

I was very ill and went to the doctor. He did not say the diagnosis but prescribed the following: antibiotics, zofer, imodium, (loperamide) scopex. What's it for?

Antibiotics: None of these medications is an antibiotic. One is used to inhibit vomiting, one to try and stop diarrhea and the last is used to treat spasm of the stomach. Cannot imagine that these were not discussed with you or that the doctor did not entertain a diagnosis. You might want to go back ; establish better communication. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use imodium (loperamide) to slow bowel down when u have a colostomy.?

Is it ok to use imodium (loperamide) to slow bowel down when u have a colostomy.?

Yes, no for long ter: Imodim is very good, increases the tone slows down peristalsis by acting on intestinal nerve cell allows more fluid absorbed there by reducing diarrhea, how ever for long term uses being opioid receptor agonist in some will develop like drug dependency often over looked due to its benefits. ...Read more

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I used some imodium (loperamide) for my persistent diarrhea. But i keep having an urge to go without passing anything. Flatulence also. Please advise.

I used some imodium (loperamide) for my persistent diarrhea. But i keep having an urge to go without passing anything. Flatulence also. Please advise.

Should see doc..: It is possible that you have diarrhea-predominant ibs (irritable bowel syndrome), but have some other common symptoms to ibs include bloating, gasiness, frequent/urge to have bm, early satiety, dyspepsia symptoms etc... Without further detail, i can't be for sure. Nevertheless, being 22 and no other health issues, ibs is more likely, especially if this has been an ongoing issue for you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Which of the follow is most effective: pepto bismol, imodium, (loperamide) or kaopectate?

Which of the follow is most effective: pepto bismol, imodium, (loperamide) or kaopectate?

Effective at which?: Kaopectate basically is pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). Both have bismuth salicylic acid which may have some antibacterial properties. Both are Aspirin products though and cannot be given to children or pregnant women or those otherwise intolerant of aspirin. Immodium does not treat the root cause of the diarrhea but has great stopping power. It wins. ...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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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