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Imodium Capsule

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Overview

Introduction

Imodium Capsule is used in the treatment of diarrhea. It should not be used in patients with dysentery (diarrhea with blood).


You may take Imodium Capsule with or without food. But, you should always take it in a dose and duration as advised by the doctor. In case you have missed any dose than it is better to take it as soon as you remember it. But, never double your dose. You should finish the full course of treatment to achieve best results. Remember, diarrhea can cause water loss and electrolyte imbalance, so drink plenty of fluids also to help keep yourself hydrated. It is important to avoid this medicine if you have blood in your stool or if you are severely constipated.

Dizziness may occur, as a side effect of this medicine so do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus.

Uses of Imodium Capsule

Side effects of Imodium Capsule

Common
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Stomach cramp

How to use Imodium Capsule

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Do not chew, crush or break it. Imodium Capsule may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Imodium Capsule works

Imodium Capsule is an anti-diarrhoeal medication. It works by slowing down the contraction of the intestines thereby decreasing the speed at which the contents pass through it. This allows more time for reabsorption of fluids and nutrients, making the stools more solid and less frequent.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
Imodium Capsule may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Imodium Capsule may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Imodium Capsule is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Imodium Capsule may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Imodium Capsule is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Imodium Capsule is recommended.
However, inform your doctor if you have any underlying kidney disease.
Liver
CAUTION
Imodium Capsule should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Imodium Capsule may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

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Quick Tips

  • You have been prescribed Imodium Capsule for the treatment of diarrhea.
  • Diarrhea can cause water loss and electrolyte imbalance. Drink plenty of fluids to help keep you hydrated.
  • Consult your doctor if your diarrhea lasts for more than 48 hours.
  • Do not use Imodium Capsule if you have blood in your stool or if you are severely constipated.
  • Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as Imodium Capsule can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
  • Stop taking the medication as soon as your symptoms are relieved.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Imodium with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Natcardine
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Camopan
MODERATE
Brand(s): Uli-Vin, Miratryp, U Tryp
MODERATE

Patient Concerns

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Isn't Imodium capsule banned ?
Dr. Ankur Gupta
General Physician
Imodium is not banned but should be taken carefully as it can cause paralytic ilius or can land patient into abdominal sepsis . it's taken in loose motions to stop them instantly . But should only be taken after a doctor's opinion and guiadance.
I have a loose motion should I take norflox or imodiumI have a loose motion should I take norflox -Tz or imodium
Dr. Sunil Sekhri
Diabetes Specialist
ORS, Tab OL2 H 1 BD x 3 days
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FAQs

Q. Is Imodium safe?

Imodium is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side effects, consult your doctor.

Q. What is Imodium used for?

Imodium is used for treating short-term or long-term diarrhea, with or without any associated disease.

Q. Can Imodium be used for IBS?

Imodium may be used in few cases of IBS but please consult your doctor before its use.

Q. Can I take Imodium with antibiotics, paracetamol, ibuprofen, omeprazole, ciprofloxacin, desmopressin, ritonavir, quinidine or cotrimoxazole?

Imodium may be taken simultaneously with antibiotics, paracetamol, ibuprofen, omiprazole or ciprofloxacin. Imodium might interact with desmopressin, ritonavir, quinidine or cotrimoxazole. Please consult your doctor before use

Q. Does Imodium help in opiate withdrawal?

Imodium is used in higher doses as a part of opiate withdrawal process. However, do consult your doctor regarding the same.

Q. Is Imodium addictive?

No, Imodium is a safe and non-addictive anti-diarrheal drug.

Q. Can Imodium be used for stomach cramps, nausea, stomach flu, rota virus diarrhea and gas?

Imodium may benefit few cases of stomach cramps or nausea associated with diarrhea. It is sometimes used for stomach flu, rota virus diarrhea. It is not used for gas. Please consult your doctor before taking the drug.

Q. Can I take Imodium with cimetidine?

Cimetidine can decrease the metabolism of Imodium, increase its blood levels and hence, increase its effects and side effects. Your dose of Imodium may needs to be decreased. Consult your doctor prior to taking both the drugs together.

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