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Salmonella has given me bad diarrhea. Should I take imodium (loperamide)?

Salmonella has given me bad diarrhea. Should I take imodium (loperamide)?

No: If you have diarrhea from salmonella, you can take clear liquids and a bland diet until the diarrhea resolves. You should not take imodium, (loperamide) as it will hold the bacteria in with the stool and cause your body to take extra time to clear it out of your system. If you develop fever, abdominal pain or blood in the stool you should see a doctor right away. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...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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Had sgmoidoscopy due to diarrhea waiting on microbiopsy results taking imodium (loperamide) as still have diarrhea how long do I have to take this.

Had sgmoidoscopy due to diarrhea waiting on microbiopsy results taking imodium (loperamide) as still have diarrhea how long do I have to take this.

Until symptoms gone: Imodium (loperamide) should be used only for the duration of your symptoms. Infectious causes should be ruled out and drugs that can cause diarrhea, Metformin among others, should be on hold. Hopefully, biopsies will reveal the cause of your diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can you take Imodium for antibiotic induced diarrhea?

Can you take Imodium for antibiotic induced diarrhea?

Antibiotic diarrhea: No. Test for C difficile a bacterium associated with antibiotic induced diarrhea. If c diff treat with Flagyl/ vancomycin. Consider changing medication or stopping the med . Sometimes metamucil may also give bulk (even though it is used for constipation) as it absorbs water. Keep hydrated. Call your doc today and discuss ...Read more

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Should I take Imodium for travellers diarrhea? Antibiotics?

Should I take Imodium for travellers diarrhea? Antibiotics?

Only if sick ! : Antibiotics would not be advised unless you know what you've got, usually avoid antibiotics with Salmonella gastrenteritis ...Read more

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For an average sized adult, if you have to journey via bus for about 7 hours, but you have some diarrhea, how often and how much Imodium (loperamide) can you take?

For an average sized adult, if you have to journey via bus for about 7 hours, but you have some diarrhea, how often and how much Imodium (loperamide) can you take?

Good luck: The recommended initial dose is 4mg (two capsules) followed by 2 mg (one capsule) after each unformed stool. Daily dose should not exceed 16mg (eight capsules). Clinical improvement is usually observed within 48 hours. Consider wearing/packing some adult incontinent briefs in case you have a slippage accident. Good luck! ...Read more

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Ok to take imodium (loperamide) for post op diarrhea from gallbladder surgery?

Ok to take imodium (loperamide) for post op diarrhea from gallbladder 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. ...Read more

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Can I take imodium (loperamide) for AC chemo side effect diarrhea?

Can I take imodium (loperamide) for AC chemo side effect diarrhea?

Yes, maybe: Anti-diarrheal drugs are helpful in chemotherapy induced diarrhea. However, need to be sure that the diarrhea is from chemotherapy and not infectious -- such as clostridium difficile toxin (cdt) induced diarrhea. Cdt pcr can detect. In that case the bodies natural reaction is to get rid of the toxin by voiding with diarrhea. That diarrhea needs antibiotics for a potentially prolonged time. ...Read more

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The Biggest fear about international travel is diarrhea. If this occurs, can I take imodium (loperamide)?

Also Bring:: 1. Back up antibiotic in case of diarrhea. Ask your doctor. Usually Ciprofloxacin unless going to regions near thailand. Other choice is azithromycin. Use if frequent loose or bloody stools.
2. Preventative pepto-bismol taken daily two chewable tablets four times per day for no more than six days. Warning- has Aspirin in it.
3. "Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it"
4. Plan your water source. ...Read more

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I've just taken 2 imodium capsules after a diarrhea episodes but I still have cramps. Can I take buscopan?

I've just taken 2 imodium capsules after a diarrhea episodes but I still have cramps. Can I take buscopan?

Yes: But you may experience rebound CONSTIPATION and a very DRY MOUTH!

Give the Imodium a chance!
BTW if your diarrhea is frequent IBS-D should be ruled out!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Was taking clindamycin 150 mg 4 X day for 2 days now I have persistent diarrhea I stoped takeing it my pharmist told my to take Imodium (loperamide) to stop?

Was taking clindamycin 150 mg 4 X day for 2 days now I have persistent diarrhea I stoped takeing it my pharmist told my to take Imodium (loperamide) to stop?

Diarrhea w/ antibx: This is a very common side effect of antibiotics, but it doesn't mean you're allergic. Just that the normal bacteria in your gut are getting killed off and aren't able to help digest your food. You can use imodium (loperamide) to help firm your stools and stop the diarrhea. Read the package instructions and don't take too much. Then tell your Dr that you need something else for the infection s/he was treating ...Read more

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Can you take imodium (loperamide) and lomotil for antibiotic related diarrhea?

Can you take imodium (loperamide) and lomotil for antibiotic related diarrhea?

Yes: The shape of the Lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) molecule is similar to opioid molecules, and thus sits on the same receptors. All opiods slow bowels, and thus treat diarrhea, no matter the cause. ...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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I took saline laxative this morning and have had diarrhea for about 5 hours...would it be okay to take imodium (loperamide) to stop the diarrhea?

I took saline laxative this morning and have had diarrhea for about 5 hours...would it be okay to take imodium (loperamide) to stop the diarrhea?

Probably: Depends on how much saline lax you took. Imodium (loperamide) slows down peristalsis wherein food is pushed along the gut. Taking the saline laxative just seems like you floode everything so it all flooded out not a process by which some process was making the walls of the gut squeeze along. Imodium (loperamide) would quiet down that process so I don't see how it could help. Tincture of time would work fine in this situation. ...Read more

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For the past month, for 2-3 days a week, I get really bad diarrhea that Imodium (loperamide) doesn't help with. It also feels like I have to pee even after going?

For the past month, for 2-3 days a week, I get really bad diarrhea that Imodium (loperamide) doesn't help with. It also feels like I have to pee even after going?

More questions.: This raises a number of questions. How much diarrhea are you having? If it's more than 5 stools a day or wakes you at night and is associated with pain, fever, or blood in the stool it's time to see a doctor right away. Sometimes medication, for example Prozac (fluoxetine) or Losartan can cause diarrhea. Diarrhea in women can lead to urinary infection. Your MD can help, make an appointment. Best wishes! ...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

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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I'm 6 weeks pregnant and I have ibs and currently have been having urgently diarrhea, can i safely take Imodium?

I'm 6 weeks pregnant and I have ibs and currently have been having urgently diarrhea, can i safely take Imodium?

Obstetrician: I believe that you should not take any medications when pregnant without getting clearance from your obstetrician. Perhaps avoiding harsh roughage in your diet will suffice. Taking kaopectate may be more preferable than imodium during pregnancy, but I would defer to your obstetrician's advice. ...Read more

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Can you take imodium (loperamide) and pepto? I have diarrhea and upset stomach. Thank you

Can you take imodium (loperamide) and pepto?  I have diarrhea and upset stomach. Thank you

Either, not both: Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate), is used to relieve diarrhea, stomach upset, heartburn, stomach acidity, and nausea. Imodium (loperamide), is used in the treatment of diarrhea. There will seldom be a need for both, but there is no significant interaction that should prevent your taking them together, although generally unnecessary. ...Read more

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I am on augmentim for 10 days for a sinus infection and have had diarrhea, is it ok to take Imodium (loperamide) while on this antibiotic?

I am on augmentim for 10 days for a sinus infection and have had diarrhea, is it ok to take Imodium (loperamide) while on this antibiotic?

C.difficile needs Rx: C.difficile is pathogenic in older children & adults (whose colonic microflora are altered by antibiotics, chemotherapy, salmonella/shigella). C.diff causes pseudomembranous & other colitis, complicates inflammatory bowel disease, causes fulminant transmural extension, perforation with peritonitis, toxic megacolon. Florastor may help as probiotic, but a prescription therapy may be needed. Get eval ...Read more

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Can I take imodium (loperamide) anti diarrhea with avelox. Second day on avelox and have diarrhea.?

Can I take imodium (loperamide) anti diarrhea with avelox. Second day on avelox and have diarrhea.?

You may: Temporary GI disturbances are quite common with antibiotics, so a little patience with this understanding comes handy to get the intended benefit from the treatment. I would recommend extra clear liquids like electrolyte solutions, yogurt and probiotic to help restore GI health before Imodium (loperamide). ...Read more

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I have celiac disease. Eat 100% gluten free, still get diarrhea. I take 12-30 imodium (loperamide) to stop it. Is this okay?

I have celiac disease. Eat 100% gluten free, still get diarrhea. I take 12-30 imodium (loperamide) to stop it. Is this okay?

Talk to your Dr: 1) Your doctor can check antibody levels as a surrogate to celiac disease activity. If they are up you may be eating gluten in hidden items (for example if something is fried in oil that also fired wheat containing food).

2) Another consideration is small bacterial overgrowth. Talk to your doctor to see if this fits.

3) Alternatively you may be in the rare group who are refractory to the diet. ...Read more

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Is it correct to let diarrhea run its natural course or take imodium (loperamide) after having 3 loose/watery stools in 2 hours?

Enteritis&Imodium: Diarrhea that abruptly starts is usually caused by an infection or ingested toxin. Our GI tracts increase motility as a method for clearing these things from our bodies faster. Medications which slow down the diarrhea also slow down this natural process. In children, these medications can be dangerous. These medications are best reserved for people at risk for dehydration, sparingly. ...Read more

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Female 21. Severe IBS-D. Is it harmful to take 2 Imodium (loperamide) tablets once a week to manage the diarrhea and cramps?

Female 21. Severe IBS-D. Is it harmful to take 2 Imodium (loperamide) tablets once a week to manage the diarrhea and cramps?

No: If your diarrhea is well controlled by using Imodium (loperamide) once a week, it sounds like a good solution. I would check with your doctor, but it sounds like a good solution for the long run. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Salmonella (Definition)

Is a bacterium which is a cause of gastrointestinal infection presenting with fever and diarrhea for 4-7 days and is transmitted as a zoonosis, that is, directly or indirectly from an animal host such as chickens or their eggs. Only salmonella typhi is ...Read more


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Imodium (Definition)

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