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Imodium Before Surgery
Depends: When was your surgery? Would not want to combine immodium & narcotic pain pills. Best is to address the issue first with avoiding fried, fatty, greasy foods. Drink plenty of water. Check with your doctor or surgeon before adding medication like this. Immidium will not correct the cause if the diarrhea either & likely to have better results with prescription cholestyramine. See your doctor.
Immodium seems to help with chronic diarrhea after surgery. However, it appears to cause severe bloating. Would pepto bismal help with bloating?
Assess your diet: Imodium (loperamide) is a motility modifier. It takes the number of squeeze messages in the gut & slows them down, so things are pushed along slower. If you are bloating, it is likely this effects how the gas your digestion makes moves along in the same way. You need to reduce gas producing foods in your diet (like cauliflower, beans) & take a probiotic to alter your gas production. Pepto may have a placebo effect
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not: Best not to use any type of expired medications!
Every 4 hrs: You can take it every 4 hrs as needed.
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.
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.
Not a good idea: Taking immodium for that long time is not a good idea as you may be masking some chronic gastrointestinal condition and may need to be investigated and diagnosed. Iwill consult youe doctor or a gastroenterologist.