What is Imodium (Loperamide Hydrochloride) IBS Relief 2mg Soft Capsules?
These Imodium Soft Capsules are a form of treatment that works to provide relief for the effects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and short-term diarrhoea. The active ingredient in these capsules is loperamide. Loperamide is a drug that helps to reduce the frequency of diarrhoea and other symptoms associated with IBS.
What is IBS?
IBS is a condition that affects the digestive system and has a number of symptoms, which include stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. It’s a lifelong condition and there is no cure for it, only treatment to help to reduce the effects. The cause is unknown as well, but it could be linked to family history with the condition, the way food passes through the gut or the nerves in the gut being sensitive.
Who are these Imodium capsules suitable for?
These capsules are suitable to be used for short-term diarrhoea by adults and children aged 12 and over. For IBS treatment, they should only be used by adults aged 18 and over only. These should not be used by anyone who:
- Suffers from diarrhoea after using any antibiotics
- Currently having a flare of ulcerative colitis
- Suffering from constipation
- Have blood in the stools
- You are 40 or over and it has been a while since your last IBS attack
- You are 40 or over and the symptoms are different
- You have recently passed blood from the vowel
- Are suffering from severe constipation
- Feel sick or are vomiting
- Have lost your appetite or lost weight
- Have difficulty passing urine
- Have a fever
- You have recently travelled abroad
If you have any other condition, using any medication for that condition, or suffering from diarrhoea for more than 48 hours, speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using these soft capsules.
Can someone who is pregnant or breastfeeding use these capsules?
Anyone who is pregnant should speak to a medical professional before using these capsules. Anyone who is breastfeeding should not use these capsules.
How should Imodium (Loperamide Hydrochloride) IBS Relief 2mg Soft Capsules be used?
The recommended dosages differ slightly depending on your condition. For short-term diarrhoea, the recommended doses are 2 capsules to begin treatment and then 1 capsule after each bowel movement. Do not take more than 6 capsules in a 24-hour period. Only use for up to 48 hours for diarrhoea. The recommended dosage for IBS treatment is the same as for short-term diarrhoea, 2 to begin with and 1 after each bowel movement unless advised otherwise by a doctor. You can use this treatment for up to 2 weeks but not any IBS attack for longer than 48 hours.
Are there any side effects?
Like with many types of medication, there is a chance of side effects. Potential side effects include:
- Skin rashes or blistering
- Stomach pains
- A headache
If you notice a side effect, stop using these capsules and speak to a doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist as soon as possible. You can also record a side effect using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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