into your body. One dose of two Imodium Capsules can stop diarrhoea quickly and effectively. Each Capsule contains 2mg loperamide hydrochloride and also contains lactose. Dosage: Sudden Short-Lived (Acute) Diarrhoea Adults and children over 12 years: Take two capsules initially, followed if required, by 1 capsule after every further loose bowel movement, up to a maximum of 8 capsules per day. If your diarrhoea lasts for more than 24 hours, consult your doctor. Diarrhoea Episodes Associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) If your doctor has diagnosed IBS, take 2 capsules to control an episode of diarrhoea. Further episodes may be controlled by taking 1 or 2 capsules according to severity, up to a maximum of 8 capsules per day. If your symptoms change or if your acute symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks, consult your doctor. Not recommended for children under 12 years. Imodium is for the symptomatic relief of diarrhoea only and is not a substitute for rehydration therapy. Please read the enclosed leaflet carefully before use. Keep all medicines out of reach and sight of children.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Loperamide exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Do not take more than 8 capsules or 80 mL in 24 hours.
Take Loperamide with or without food.
If your symptoms do not improve within 48 hours (acute diarrhoea) or 10 days (long-term diarrhoea), consult your doctor.
You may stop taking Loperamide if you have no more diarrhoea. Follow your doctor's instructions.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Alert your doctor if you have liver disease.
Drink lots of water to replace the fluids lost through diarrhoea.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if your diarrhoea is accompanied by high fever or blood in stool.
Alert your doctor if you recently took a course of antibiotics. In such cases, your diarrhoea may be caused by inflammation of the digestive tract (antibiotic-associated colitis). Your doctor needs to know if you were recently treated with antibiotics and what type of antibiotics.
Alert your doctor if you have stomach pain, swelling or constipation.
Do not give Loperamide to children unless specifically instructed to do so by the child's doctor.
Loperamide is not meant for children younger than 4 years old.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Why do I need this medicine?
Loperamide helps to treat diarrhoea.
Loperamide makes the stools firmer and less watery. It also helps to reduce the number of times you need to run to the toilet.
What side effects could I experience?
Loperamide may cause stomach cramps, bloating, constipation, nausea, skin itch, rashes and dry mouth.
Let your doctor know if these side effects bother you or if they do not go away.
Loperamide may cause other side effects. Consult your doctor if you have unusual problems while taking this medicine.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed below:
- saquinavir, ritonavir (antiviral medicines)
- quinidine (heart medicine)
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.