What is Imodium Plus?
Imodium Plus is a treatment for short-term diarrhoea that can help to ease cramps and bloating that accompany your frequent trips to the bathroom. Imodium Plus caplets contain two active ingredients which work together to reduce your diarrhoea and help you to feel more comfortable. If you’re suffering with short-term diarrhoea and need a treatment that will get to work fast and ease your discomfort and bloating, this could be the perfect treatment for you.
Why do I have diarrhoea?
Diarrhoea is an unpleasant symptom that usually isn’t serious, but can make you very uncomfortable until it’s over. When you have diarrhoea, you’ll go to the bathroom to poo much more often than usual, often feeling the urgent need to go and passing looser or watery poo. One of the most common causes of diarrhoea is gastroenteritis, a bowel infection that can be caused by a virus, bacteria (such as those picked up from contaminated food), or even a parasite. Diarrhoea will usually clear up by itself within a few days, but it can lead to dehydration as your body loses water and salts, so you should make sure to drink plenty of fluids until the condition has passed.
How will Imodium Plus treat diarrhoea?
Imodium Plus caplets contain two active ingredients which work together to ease diarrhoea that occurs with stomach cramps, bloating, and wind; 2mg of loperamide and 125mg of simeticone. Loperamide works to slow down an overactive bowel, helping to reduce diarrhoea. It also encourages the body to absorb more water and salts from your bowel, which is important as your body can lose both of these and become dehydrated when you have diarrhoea. Simeticone works by breaking up the larger bubbles of trapped wind in your bowel, easing cramps and bloating and making it easier for you to pass wind.
Can I take this product if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you’re pregnant, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication, to make sure it’s the best possible treatment for you. Do not take Imodium Plus if you’re breastfeeding, as small amounts of this medicine may get into your breastmilk.
Can I drive after taking this medication?
Some people find that they feel dizzy, tired, or sleepy after taking Imodium plus. If this happens to you, do not attempt to drive, or operate tools or machinery until you are absolutely certain that you are safe to do so.
Can I take this product if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication, including herbal remedies or medicines obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Imodium Plus. This especially applies if you are taking:
- Quinidine, which is used to treat abnormal heart rhythms or malaria
- Itraconazole or ketoconazole, which are antifungal medicines
- Gemfibrozil, which is used to treat high cholesterol
- Ritonavir, which is used to treat HIV and AIDS
- Desmopressin, which is used to control thirst and urine production in patients with diabetes insipidus
How to take these caplets
Swallow your Imodium Plus caplets whole with a drink of water. The number of caplets you will need to take will depend on your age:
- Adults over the age of 18: Take two caplets initially, followed by one caplet after every loose stool
- Children aged 12 – 18: Take one caplet initially, followed by one after every loose stool
Do not take more than 4 caplets in any 24-hour period.
Why do I need to answer questions before I can buy this product?
You do not need a prescription for Imodium Plus, however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist 4 U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that this product is the best choice for you.
When should this medication not be used?
Imodium Plus is not suitable for children under the age of 12. Do not use this product if you are allergic to loperamide hydrochloride, simethicone, or any of the other listed ingredients. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you have liver disease. If you have AIDS and your stomach becomes swollen while taking this product, stop use and speak to your doctor immediately. Do not take this product if you have:
- A high temperature (above 38 degrees C), or blood in your stools
- A flare up of an inflammatory bowel condition, such as ulcerative colitis
- Severe diarrhoea after taking antibiotics
- Constipation, or your stomach appears swollen
Does Imodium Plus have any side effects?
Like all medications, Imodium Plus can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following side effects, you may be experiencing a severe allergic reaction, stop use and seek immediate medical assistance:
- Swelling of the face, tongue, mouth, or throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Unexplained wheezing
- Shortness of breath
- Skin rash or hives
Other side effects you may experience include:
- Difficulties passing water
- Symptoms of a blocked or enlarged bowel, e.g. severe abdominal pain, abdominal bulging or swelling, fever
- Severe constipation
- Feeling sick
- Changes in how things taste
- Wind (flatulence)
- Dry mouth
- Loss of consciousness, decreased consciousness
- Excessive contraction of the pupil of the eye
- Skin rash, which may lead to severe blistering and peeling of the skin
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
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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The active ingredients are: Loperamide hydrochloride (2 mg per caplet) and Simeticone (measured as 125 mg dimeticone per caplet).
The other ingredients are: Calcium hydrogen phosphate anhydrous, microcrystalline cellulose, acesulfame potassium, artificial vanilla flavour (includes propylene glycol, maltodextrin and benzyl alcohol), sodium starch glycolate (type A) and stearic acid.
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