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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Imodium (Definition)

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


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

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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Is loperamide (imodium) safe for a person who underwent colostomy?

Yes: In general, it is safe to use it, although if you are having chronic problems and find yourself using it for a prolonged time, be sure to discuss it with your GI doc. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to take imodium while I'm on lexapro (escitalopram)?

Is it safe for me to take imodium while I'm on lexapro (escitalopram)?

Yes: Yes there should be no problem however if the Lexapro (escitalopram) is causing the diarrhea or cramping you may want to re eval your use of lexapro (escitalopram). ...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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I have taken Imodium (loperamide) for 4 days and the diarrhea has stopped for the past 24 hours. Is it safe to stop taking it? Or should I continue for a while?

I have taken Imodium (loperamide) for 4 days and the diarrhea has stopped for the past 24 hours. Is it safe to stop taking it? Or should I continue for a while?

Safe to stop: Imodium (loperamide) treats just the diarrhea itself, not what causes the diarrhea. After 4 days, not only is it safe to stop, it's probably recommended to stop to make sure that the underlying cause of the diarrhea has gotten better. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take imodium (loperamide) after gallbladder removed?

Is it safe to take imodium (loperamide) after gallbladder removed?

YES: When the gall bladder is removed, it is common to get loose stools as the body is trying to adjust to the changes. Most resolve on their own as the body adjusts. Some require antidiarrheals such as immodium. A rare few require medicine to bind the bile acids. The bile that is coming into the digestive system is what causes the loose stools. If it doesn't resolve, talk to your dr about an rx. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, please I want to know if it is safe to take imodium for occasional diarrhea, along with Zoloft (200mg/day). Thank you in advance,?

Hi doctors, please I want to know if it is safe to take imodium for occasional diarrhea, along with Zoloft (200mg/day). Thank you in advance,?

Imodium isn't good: I don't recommend imodium or other meds that might stop diarrhea - because if u think about it, diarrhea is actually good. Your body is getting rid of toxins (bacteria, viruses etc) -so why stop it up? On rare occasion, such as a wedding, then I would agree. There are other ways to work with the symptoms though... such as staying at home half the day. No drug interactions to worry about w/ Zoloft ...Read more

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Is imodium (loperamide) safe to take if I have gastritis? Throwing up all night with diahrea, can one take Imodium (loperamide) to stop the runs so one can go to hospital?

Is imodium (loperamide) safe to take if I have gastritis? Throwing up all night with diahrea, can one take Imodium (loperamide) to stop the runs so one can go to hospital?

Imodium (loperamide): Normally I do not recommend imodium (loperamide) for infectious diarrhea-keeps bugs in GI longer. Likely is viral infectious gastroenteritis which usually runs the course over 12-48 hours. But must keep hydrated. If cannot hold fluids down, if having > 7 BM /day, if vomiting > 3/day then take 1/2 tab imodium (loperamide) so you can leave and go to ER or call 911 (emergency). f/u today at ER ...Read more

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Givin Clindamycin for sore in ear that won't heal. Diahrrea for month now 2 weeks after stopping, imodium (loperamide) safe to take?

Unclear.: For now I would say no. The ear needs to be reevaluated but the problem with the stool is concerning. True diarrhea this long might be a complication of the antibiotics. The germ is called clostridium dificile Need to see your doctor for this as this could cause a problem taking Imodium (loperamide). Can actually rarely develop a toxic situation. ...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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Hello. I have frequent loose bowel movements almost daily. I have mentioned it to my doctor and we agreed that I would take two Imodium tablets daily and experiment with Metamucil. He suggested it might be irritable bowel syndrome but since we were workin

Hello. I have frequent loose bowel movements almost daily. I have mentioned it to my doctor and we agreed that I would take two Imodium tablets daily and experiment with Metamucil. He suggested it might be irritable bowel syndrome but since we were workin

Diarrhea: Diarrhea has multiple possibilities. Firs explore your diet. You may be lactose intolerant, have a gluten allergy, or possibly an inflammatory process. Irritable bowel is the LAST diagnosis you want to get to. See your doctor as you are doing, have your stool checked for infectious agents, such as parasites, viruses, bacteria. You may need to have a colonoscopy to look at the lining. ...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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I have been taking imodium (loperamide) pills regularly since 2010. Is this bad for you?

I have been taking imodium (loperamide) pills regularly since 2010. Is this bad for you?

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. ...Read more

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I've been taking imodium (loperamide) for about two years twice a week. Will this do any harm to me?

I've been taking imodium (loperamide) for about two years twice a week. Will this do any harm to me?

Diarrhea: We need to know why you have diarrhea. Diarrhea is a symptom. The stool needs to be tested. It could be a bacterial infection. If there is blood in it, antidiarrhea meds should not be used. You need to know what the underlying reason and treat it. You need to see a gastroenterologist to see why this is happening. Imodium (loperamide) is ok for now, but you must see your md/ gastroenterologist & find the cause. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have constant diarrhoea that is showing no signs of stopping even after taking imodium (loperamide)?

What should I do if I have constant diarrhoea that is showing no signs of stopping even after taking imodium (loperamide)?

You need: A visit with your Health Care Provider who may wish to refer you for (or evaluate themselves) IBS-D (Irritable Bowel Syndrome D...however before making this diagnosis some conditions need to be excluded (Gluten sensitivity (Adult Coeliac Disease) Lactase insufficiency and INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE
Blood tests and possible endoscopy may be involved!
Hope this is hepful!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Can I take Imodium while taking Remeron (mirtazapine)?

Can I take Imodium while taking Remeron (mirtazapine)?

No reported X's: There are no reports of problems from combining these drugs used as directed. But do also mention it to your doctor. Both your doctor and pharmacist should have anything you take in their file so that they can notice possible issues. Good for you that you ask! Your a smart patient - they're among the best sorts. ...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