Imodium capsules are used to help treat diarrhoea that has presented itself as a result of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or as relief for diarrhoea in general.
The key substance in Imodium capsules, loperamide hydrochloride, works by slowing down overactive bowels, which lets your body more easily absorb water and salts that would otherwise be lost through diarrhoea.
To use Imodium tablets, take two tablets to start with, and one capsule after each loose bowel movement. If the diarrhoea persists for more than 48 hours, you should contact your doctor for advice.
Avoid taking more than six tablets in a 24 hour period, and do not double dose to catch up if you miss one. Proceed to a hospital when able if you exceed the recommended dose, which can lead to side effects such as:
• increased or irregular pulse
• Muscle stiffness
• Drowsiness and difficulty breathing
• Difficulty passing urine
Note that small amounts of this product may get into your breast milk. If you are breastfeeding, this product should not be taken and you should speak to your doctor about alternative treatment.
This product should also not be used if:
• You’re allergic to any of the ingredients
• You suffer from dysentery
• You are constipated or have a swollen stomach
• An inflammatory bowel condition such as ulcerative colitis is flaring up
• Your diarrhoea comes after taking antibiotics
Imodium capsules provide relief for regular diarrhoea as well as diarrhoea linked to IBS. Depending on your reason for taking these tablets, the recommended guidance is different. This product should not be used by those under the age of 18 who have been diagnosed with IBS, or those under the age of 12 who need short-term relief from regular diarrhoea.
Children react more strongly to large amounts of this product than adults. If a child experiences any of the side effects of exceeding the recommended dose mentioned above, contact a doctor immediately.
Other side effects may include:
• Allergic reactions causing shortness of breath, swelling of the face, or fainting
• Stomach pain
• Difficulty passing water
• Dry mouth
If you experience any of the more severe side effects, cease taking the product and contact your doctor.
If you suffer from AIDS and your stomach becomes swollen after taking Imodium, cease taking the product immediately and consult your doctor. You should also talk to your doctor if you suffer from liver disease or your diarrhoea seems to be excessive.
Note that this product may affect other medicines such as ritonavir, quinidine, oral desmopressin, Iitraconazole and gemfibrozil. If you’re taking any other medicines, talk to your doctor before you take this product.
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