Imodium (Loperamide)

What is Imodium?

Imodium is a powerful medication that is known for its ability to slow the digestion rhythm resulting in an increased time span for the small intestines to absorb nutrients and fluids from the consumed food. Consequently, the drug is commonly used to eliminate the symptoms of diarrhea. Loperamide, an active component of the treatment is also potent to decrease the amount of stool, occurring in people with ileostomy dysfunction. Additionally, the drug can be administered in other cases, though only after doctor’s permission.


Recommendations for Use

Imodium produces a drastic influence on the body functioning, thus, its intake should be regulated by a qualified healthcare provider. Consult your doctor before the beginning of the treatment course to get proper dose adjustments and other directions. Make sure you strictly follow the instructions. Never increase or decrease Imodium dose in order to prevent possible complications. The dose depends mainly on the severity of the treated condition. The treatment is commonly used as a separate dose: 4 mg Loperamide after you have noticed the symptoms of diarrhea. Take another 2 mg Imodium when the disorder reappears.

Imodium is a when-needed medication, so you cannot miss a dose. However, avoid the drug overdose that can trigger dangerous side effects and fatal heart problems. 16 mg Imodium is the maximal safe daily dose allowed after doctor’s prescription, while 8 mg can be taken without a prescription.

Each tablet should be taken with a great amount of water to prevent possible dehydration. Contact your healthcare provider in case the condition does not get better in 2 days of active treatment. Stomach bloating is another reason to stop Imodium administration.

Precautions and Contraindications

Certain medical conditions are contraindicated for Imodium use. Thus, do not start the treatment course in case you are allergic to Loperamide or suffer from ulcerative colitis, severe stomach pain, diarrhea promoted by infections or antibiotic intake, black stools, high fever and others. Additionally, it is inevitable to inform the doctor about all the other health disorders you have, paying exceptional attention to liver disorders, mucus in stools, fever, AIDS and other conditions. The active ingredient of Imodium can produce an undesirable, harmful effect on unborn and nursing children; so, avoid its intake during pregnancy and lactation. The treatment should not be given to anyone under 2 years old.

Alcohol and tonic water can affect Imodium treatment decreasing its effectiveness or even triggering unwanted reactions. Additionally, the medication may impair your reaction and thinking. Do not fulfill any tasks requiring alertness and fast reaction.

Drug Interactions

Loperamide serves an ingredient that may activate severe heart disorders, particularly when combined with other medications. Provide your healthcare specialist with a complete list of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbal products and supplements before you take Imodium. Diverse antibiotics, antifungal remedies, anti-malaria medications, Gemfibrozil, Ritonavir, heart rhythm treatments, stomach acid reducers and other drugs may interact with Imodium causing severe abnormalities and condition aggravation.

Side Effects

Dangerous allergic reactions, lightheadedness, worsening diarrhea, uneven heartbeat, dizziness, drowsiness, stomach pain and discomfort, skin reactions and other disorders may occur as a result of Imodium misuse or overuse. Call your doctor immediately if you have noticed any side effects.