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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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:
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 include:
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.
This drug is available as capsules and syrup.
It also comes in a chewable form which should be chewed well before swallowing.
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.
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If any concerns, always read the drug manufacturers guidelines or consult a doctor for advice.
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