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My child has gastroenteritis and diarrhea. Should I give him imodium (r)?

My child has gastroenteritis and diarrhea. Should I give him imodium (r)?

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

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Should I give imodium (loperamide) to my child that is infected with a rotavirus?

Should I give imodium (loperamide) to my child that is infected with a rotavirus?

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

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Can you give imodium (loperamide) to a 5 year old?

Can you give imodium (loperamide) to a 5 year old?

Yes, consult doctor: For 2 to 5 years of age use the liquid formulation. See your pediatrician! ...Read more

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If my 2 year old has diarrhea can I give imodium (loperamide)?

If my 2 year old has diarrhea can I give imodium (loperamide)?

Yes: Imodium (loperamide) can be given, 1 teaspoon x3 per day. Hydrating well with electrolyte solution such as pedialyte is essential. ...Read more

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Can I give imodium (loperamide) to 5and half year old. On eguasym 30mg and 5 methylphenidate, and clonidine?

Can I give imodium (loperamide) to 5and half year old. On eguasym 30mg and 5 methylphenidate, and clonidine?

Diarrhea: 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

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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.

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.

Don't worry: I let my pts take Imodium (loperamide) when preg but u need to take what your OB recs and if the diarrhea does not go away then u may need antibiotics or other meds. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can you give a child that's 4 amodium?

Can you give a child that's 4 amodium?

Yes: Fda approved Imodium (loperamide) for 2 Y.O. And up. The dose for 4 Y.O. Child 1mg 3 times a day. First, consult your doctor if your child need it. ...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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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

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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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I've had diarrea for a month and imodium ad does not help?

I've had diarrea for a month and imodium ad does not help?

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

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Expired Imodium (loperamide) by two years does it still work?

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

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How long does imodium (loperamide) take to leave your system?

How long does imodium (loperamide) take to leave your system?

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

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If I just took one pill of imodium, (loperamide) will it work?

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

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How long does imodium (loperamide) multi symptom relief work in your system for?

How long does imodium (loperamide) multi symptom relief work in your system for?

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

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How does imodium (loperamide) actually work, anyway? How bad can it be to overdose?

How does imodium (loperamide) actually work, anyway? How bad can it be to overdose?

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

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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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Can you take pepto and imodium (loperamide)?

Stomach meds: You should be able to take both. Pepto is like an antacid and Imodium (loperamide) is an antispasmodic to relax the gut. ...Read more

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Kaopectate vs imodium (loperamide) which is better?

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Kaopectate vs imodium (loperamide) which is better?

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

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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