giving your body more time to absorb water and nutrients, so you can get back to your regular self. This helps relieve the diarrhea, reduce the disruption to your life and shorten the bout. The worst thing about diarrhoea is that it can strike at any time, bringing worry and often complicating even the most simple of activities. It is an incredibly common complaint with almost one third of the UK adult population suffering at one time or another. However, there is no reason to let diarrhoea stop you enjoying your daily activities. When the intestines function normally, food and fluids pass from the stomach into the small intestine and then into the colon. Cells that line the small intestine absorb the nutrients and water the body needs. Sometimes the cells become irritated and cannot properly absorb the water and nutrients from the food. When this happens, food and fluids can move through the colon too quickly. This results in what we know as diarrhoea. â€Description Imodium Capsules can stop diarrhoea with one dose, quickly and effectively. Imodium can be used to treat episodes of diarrhoea associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) after your doctor has diagnosed you are suffering from this condition. Directions Adults and children over 12 years: Take 2 Imodium capsules initially, followed, if required by one capsule after each loose bowel movement, up to a maximum of 8 per day. Imodium is not recommended for children under 12 years. Ingredients Each Imodium capsule contains Loperamide hydrochloride 2mg. Warnings While symptoms persist, fluid and electrolyte replacement is necesssary, particularly in the frail and elderly. Initial diagnosis by doctor required. Side Effects Side effects with Imodium are rare but should you experience any side effects report to your doctor or pharmacist. Precautions If you suffer from liver diseases, tell your doctor before taking any Imodium. You should replace lost fluid by taking more liquids then you normally would. If you are pregnant or think you are pregnant you should talk to your doctor who would decide if you can take Imodium. Do not take Imodium if you are breastfeeding. Use caution when driving or operating machinery if you feel dizzy, tired or sleepy after taking Imodium
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.