Imodium is a brand of loperamide, an antidiarrheal medication. It works by making the muscles in your intestines contract more slowly. This in turn slows the movement of food and fluids through your digestive tract, which allows the bowel to absorb more fluids and nutrients. The process makes your bowel movements smaller, more solid, and less frequent. It also decreases the amount of fluids and electrolytes your body loses.
Imodium is available as a caplet and a liquid. Both forms are taken by mouth. These forms should be used for no more than two days. However, the caplet is also available in a prescription form that may be used long-term. The prescription-strength form is used to treat diarrhea caused by digestive diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease.
How to use Imodium
If you are using the over-the-counter product to self-treat, read all the directions on the product package before taking this medication. If your doctor has prescribed this medication, follow your doctor’s directions and the directions on your prescription label.
Take this medication by mouth, usually after each loose stool or as directed by your doctor. Shake the bottle well before each use. Measure each dose carefully using the attached measuring cup. Do not use a household spoon since you may not get the correct dose.
The dosage is based on your condition and response to treatment. In children, the dosage is also based on age and weight. Adults should not use more than 8 milligrams in 24 hours if self-treating, or 16 milligrams in 24 hours if under a doctor’s direction.
What is a drug interaction?
A drug interaction can be defined as an interaction between a drug and another substance that prevents the drug from performing as expected. This definition applies to interactions of drugs with other drugs (drug-drug interactions), as well as drugs with food (drug-food interactions) and other substances.
Whenever two or more drugs are being taken, there is a chance that there will be an interaction among the drugs. The interaction may increase or decrease the effectiveness of the drugs or the side effects of the drugs. The likelihood of drug interactions increases as the number of drugs being taken increases. Therefore, people who take several drugs are at the greatest risk for interactions. Drug interactions contribute to the cost of healthcare because of the costs of medical care that are required to treat problems caused by changes in effectiveness or side effects. Interactions also can lead to psychological suffering that can be avoided.
What not to take with Imodium
While taking Imodium, you should avoid drinking tonic water because it can interact with the active ingredient (loperamide) and cause serious heart problems.
In addition, certain drugs including prescription, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products can interact with Imodium and prevent it from working properly or increase the risk of certain side effects.
Avoid using or taking Imodium together with any of the following medications and substances:
It is important to note that loperamide the active ingredient in Imodium can cause serious heart problems. Your risk may be higher if you also use medicines for infections, heart problems, depression, mental illness, cancer, malaria, or HIV. You can also find useful information on Is Expired Imodium Safe to Take?