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Should I Give My Child Imodium
No...: The most likely cause of this is a virus and needs to clear out of the GI tract. The most important thing to do is to keep your child well hydrated. If he is able to drink fluids (don't worry about solid foods at this time), then keep giving him liquids. Also take note of his urine output - if he is not urinating and looks dry, unable to take fluids, then take him to the nearest er for IV fluid. ...Read more
Avoid if poss: Diarrhea is a natural mechanism to clean the intestines from toxins or pathogens. Drs. Advice to avoid anti diarrheal medications if possible always. The main issue is to keep good hydration, drinking fluids and electrolytes (potassium & sodium) to replace the loss and to maintain good hydration. Ask ur pediatician. ...Read more
Yes, consult doctor: For 2 to 5 years of age use the liquid formulation. See your pediatrician! ...Read more
Can I give imodium (loperamide) to 5and half year old. On eguasym 30mg and 5 methylphenidate, and clonidine?
No Imodium (loperamide) for diarrhea in children. It may mask some organic cause.
Childhood diarrhea is mostly viral origin, usually associated with nausea, vomiting, low grade fever, flatulance, abdominal discomfort; resolves in 3 - 5 days. Treatment is supportive, pedialyte for each diarrhea, according to the size of diarrheal stool. Yogort, bananna, rice, applesauce, toast and increase fluid intake help. ...Read more
I'm 9 weeks pregnant with diarrhea and just took one imodium (loperamide). Was this terrible! I'm scared I have hurt the baby. Please help.
Father has nonhodge type B lymphoma stage 4. He has terrible diaheria. No blood. Can I give imodium (loperamide) + pepto together? Imodium (loperamide) is on board.
Yes: There is no reason why these two treatments cannot be used together. ...Read more
My 2yr old has virus. Vomiting and upset stomach. The doc called in a suppository. Can I give 1/4 teaspoon of Imodium (loperamide) also?
I wouldn't: That medicine is bitter and of little use at this age. It is likely to trigger more vomiting. I would concentrate on getting things with fluid value into the kid. Things like apple sauce and pedialyte are appropriate. Making sure that the kids takes in enough to pee every 6 hrs is your main goal. ...Read more
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?
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
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Not: Best not to use any type of expired medications! ...Read more
Every 4 hrs: You can take it every 4 hrs as needed. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
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
Anti-diarrheal meds: Depends on the individual and the situation. With heart-burn like symptoms, kaopectate is good at coating the upper intestinal tract - equivalent to pepto-bismul. Imodium (loperamide) is a synthetic anti-diarrheal medicine. If you're having diarrhea from a virus or soiled food etc, let the diarrhea pass without taking meds - drink plenty of fluids / hydrate. If chronic of on-going, see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Imodium (loperamide) not for acid: Imodium (loperamide) is an opiod (narcotic) antagonist. It is designed to help decrease the contractions of the muscles of the stomach, intestine and colon. It does not decrease stomach acid. In fact, it might make acid reflux worse by make the stomach worse less. ...Read more
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