ABOUT Imodium For IBS

Imodium for IBS diarrhea is available off prescription. Its trade name is loperamide and is useful for your Irritable Bowel Syndrome when symptoms are particularly bad.

It can take up to 48 hours before you notice a significant difference.

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  • Indications - learn what this medication can be used in
  • Cautions - are there any cautions you should take with this medication? Find out!
  • Side Effects - all drugs have side effects and Imodium is no different. Find out the important ones
  • Dose - how much should I take? Click to find out!
  • Formulations - how the drug preparation comes. There are several ones for this drug
  • References - want to read more about this medicine? I have provided some references for you

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Drug Indications

This drug is used in chronic and acute diarrhea to aid rehydration.


This drug may cause drowsiness - avoid driving or operating machinery in this situation.

It might also cause abdominal distension and worsen discomfort.

You must discuss with a health professional before taking if you:

  • Have liver disease
  • If you might be or are pregnant
  • If you are unwell before taking it
  • If you have any bleeding from the back passage
  • Any new onset of bowel symptoms particularly if over the age of 50 years
  • Any past history of allergy to medications
  • If you are taking any medications that could potentially interact
  • Have a history of inflammatory bowel disease


It shouldn't be used in acute diarrhea conditions such as acute inflammatory colitis or antibiotic associated colitis unless advised to by your doctor.

It should be avoided if you have previously had a drug reaction when taking this medication

Side Effects

Side effects include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Bloating
  • Drowsiness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Skin Rash

Adult Dose

Loperamide 4 mg initially, followed by 2 mg after each loose stool (maximum 16 mg a day). The dose can be higher, if necessary, under the guidance of a doctor.

The medication should be taken with plenty of water (1 full glass + regular water whilst taking.

Drug Formulations

This drug is available as capsules and syrup.

It also comes in a chewable form which should be chewed well before swallowing.

My View Of Imodium For IBS

A tried and tested “friend” to a lot of chronic diarrhea sufferers, Loperamide has clear benefit when symptoms are bad.

It should only have a short term use unless discussed with your doctor or gastroenterologist.

It is a useful addition to any sufferers “armoury” when symptoms are bad.

Caution though as too much use can cause constipation as well as increasing your risk of side effects from this drug.

Imodium References:

1) The benefits of Imodium in the treatment of patients with IBS or IBD. Introduction.Hanauer SB.Rev Gastroenterol Disord. 2007;7 Suppl 3:S1-2

2) Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.Trinkley KE, Nahata MC.J Clin Pharm Ther. 2011 Jun;36(3):275-82. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2710.2010.01177.x. Epub 2010 Aug 24.

3) Current gut-directed therapies for irritable bowel syndrome.Chang HY, Kelly EC, Lembo AJ.Curr Treat Options Gastroenterol. 2006 Jul;9(4):314-23PLEASE NOTE: This website accepts no liability for any of the above information.

If any concerns, always read the drug manufacturers guidelines or consult a doctor for advice.

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