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How do I stop the constipation after taking imodium (loperamide) for diarrhea?

How do I stop the constipation after taking imodium (loperamide) for diarrhea?

Diarrhea meds: Try not to take meds for diarrhea. Your body is trying to get rid of something - virus, bacteria or toxins and you do not want to keep them in. This is a temporary condition, fortunately. The Imodium (loperamide) will wear off. Meanwhile, drink 6-8 cups of fluid a day, plenty of fiber- fruits, vegetables, and exercise. For most people a bowel movement every 1-2 days is normal. ...Read more

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I took Metamucil for constipation..Now it's loose kind of like diarrhea..Should i take imodium (loperamide) ad or diarrhea meds or just wait it out?

I took Metamucil for constipation..Now it's loose kind of like diarrhea..Should i take imodium (loperamide) ad or diarrhea meds or just wait it out?

None of the above.: If the "diarrhea" is not fulminant--i.e., mostly water accompanied by cramping, don't worry about it. The colon is designed as a "low pressure" environment. The less force needed the better. Metamucil is a "bowel normalizer"--it helps both constipation and diarrhea. Consequently, you can take more metamucil if you want to "firm up" your stools a bit. Having loose stools is not a disease. ...Read more

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I have chronic constipation problems and i took imodium (loperamide) due to diarrhea last two days, could there be a problem? Should i not continue imodium (loperamide)?

I have chronic constipation problems  and i took imodium (loperamide) due to diarrhea last two days, could there be a problem? Should i not continue imodium (loperamide)?

Dietary intake: It is unclear why you are having diarrhea on top of 'chronic constipation'. Imodium (loperamide) should be fine. For the constipation suggest that you increase the fiber in your diet or take one of the many otc preps to increase the bulk of your stool. You might try eating a cup of unpasteurized yogurt twice a day and by so doing alter your bowel bacteria and the character of your stools. Good luck. ...Read more

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Help please! is constipation and lower back pain a side effect of imodium (loperamide)?

Help please! is constipation and lower back pain a side effect of imodium (loperamide)?

Can...: Imodium (loperamide) is an over-the-counter medication used for treatment of diarrhea. It should be used as needed, its use limited and not continued once bowel movements have normalized. By virtue of its constipation effects, Imodium (loperamide) can cause constipation, which in turn can sometimes be associated with low back pain. If symptoms persist despite cessation of imodium, (loperamide) consultation with your dr. Is recommended. ...Read more

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I am having lots of mucus in my stool, intermittent diarrhea and constipation and stomach pain. It goes away with Imodium (loperamide) and pepto but returns.

I am having lots of mucus in my stool, intermittent diarrhea and constipation and stomach pain. It goes away with Imodium (loperamide) and pepto but returns.

Important symptoms: These are important symptoms that need to be evaluated by a doctor. They could be serious and could be related to a serious illness of the bowel. Please seek care soon, and be well! ...Read more

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Could it be healthy to be constipated, crampy and bloated after taking imodium (loperamide)?

Could it be healthy to be constipated, crampy and bloated after taking imodium (loperamide)?

Imodium (loperamide): Some people are very sensitive to Imodium (loperamide) and it can cause significant constipation and bloating. If you are having bowel irregularity, then it is better to see your physician instead of self medicating with Imodium (loperamide) and laxatives. In addition, at age 45, you may need additional workup. ...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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I had diarrhea and took imodium. Now I'm constipated..bloated and horrible stomach pain. What should I take? Thank you.

I had diarrhea and took imodium. Now I'm constipated..bloated and horrible stomach pain. What should I take? Thank you.

Take nothing.: Your best bet right now would be to take nothing. If you have a viral infection or food-borne illness, your body has to expel that which is bothering it. Hence, diarrhea and sometimes vomiting. Let it happen. Drink fluids and lighter foods. If you're still having diarrhea beyond five days, see a doctor locally. ...Read more

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I took imodium ad and I am very constipated. I have taken milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and tried a suppository. No luck. Is a mineral oil enema safe to try ?

I took imodium ad  and I am very constipated. I have taken milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and tried a suppository.  No luck. Is a  mineral oil enema safe to try ?

?diet: Imodium (loperamide) was presumably for diarrhea. It works by blocking the normal messages that proceed from the lower brain computer to the bowel. One message orders the bowel to stop peristalsis (wave like bowel action) while the other message causes it to accelerate causing irritable bowel syndrome. Lousy diet is by far the commonest cause, particularly sugar ajnd sweeteners. ...Read more

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Constapation because of imodium (loperamide) and IBS, which on is better - stool softener or laxative?

Constapation because of imodium (loperamide) and IBS, which on is better - stool softener or laxative?

Constipation: If you know that you're constipated b/c Imodium, (loperamide) then stop taking it rather than taking another drug. For more info on how to deal w/IBS, check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20024578 ...Read more

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