Imodium is used to treat sudden short-lived (acute) attacks of diarrhoea in adults and children over 12 years old. It works by making the stools more solid and less frequent.
Imodium can also be used to treat episodes of diarrhoea associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome after your doctor has diagnosed you are suffering from this condition.
Interaction Precautions :
Always inform your pharmacist if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or are trying to become pregnant. He/she will probably suggest you speak to your doctor first.
Do not use Imodium capsules :
In children under the age of 12 year
If your doctor has told you that you have a condition where slowing of the stomach or intestine should be avoided.
For example : Constipation : Bloated Tummy : Inflammation of the bowel (e.g. any form of colitis)
Imodium should not be used on its own in acute dysentery, the symptoms of which may include blood in your stools and a high temperature
Patients aged under 12 years should not receive Imodium Capsules unless prescribed by a doctor
If in doubt about any of the above, ask your doctor or pharmacist
If you suffer from liver disease, tell your doctor before using Imodium. You may need to be more closely supervised during treatment and the dosage may have to be altered.
Imodium only treats the symptoms of diarrhoea. When you have diarrhoea, your body loses large amounts of fluid and salts. You should therefore replace this lost fluid by taking more liquids than you normally would.
Your pharmacist may also recommend that you use a special powder containing sugar and salts (known as oral rehydration therapy) to help your body replace the fluid and salts lost during diarrhoea.
If your diarrhoea lasts for more than 24 hours, see your doctor
If you are taking Imodium to control episodes of diarrhoea associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome diagnosed by your doctor, you should return to him/her if the pattern of your symptoms changes. Also, if your diarrhoea symptoms persist for more than two weeks, such that there is a need for continuous treatment during this time, then you should consult your doctor.
Always tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure about taking any other medicines as you should not take any other antidiarrhoeal preparations whilst taking Imodium (except for oral rehydration therapy)
Occasionally Imodium may cause side effects such as tummy cramps, feeling sick, vomiting, tiredness, drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth and skin reactions, including nettlerash
If your medicine affects you in any other way, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist
If you, or anyone else, take too much Imodium, contact your doctor or local hospital, without delay
Keep all medicine out of reach of children
Do not exceed the stated dose
To treat sudden short-lived (acute) diarrhoea :
Adults and children aged 12 and over :
Take two capsules to begin with and then 1 capsule after each episode of diarrhoea.
Never take more than 8 capsules in any 24 hour period
If your diarrhoea lasts for more than 24 hours, consult your doctor.
To treat episodes of diarrhoea associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome :
If you know you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, take two 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 a day
If your symptoms change or if your acute symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks, consult your doctor
The active ingredient of Imodium is Loperamide Hydrochloride, a medicine used to treat diarrhoea.
Imodium is available in packs of 8, 12 and 18 capsules
Imodium capsules come in the form of green/grey capsules marked 'Imodium' and 'Janssen'.
Each capsule contains the following inactive ingredients : Lactose, Maize Starch, Talc and Magnesium Stearate. The capsule itself is made up of titanium Dioxide (E171), Iron Oxides (E172), Indigo Carmine (E132), Erythrosine (E127) and Gelatin