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Imodium is a synthetic piperidine derivative that is used in the treatment of diarrhea that occurs due to gastroenteritis.
Imodium is used to control the symptoms of diarrhea that may be a result of gastroenteritis or IBS. It slows down the activity of the intestines.
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor and ensure that you take in a lot of fluids while taking the drug.
You should try and take your doses on time taking care not to miss any. But if you do miss a dose, then skip it and continue with your regular dose. But do not take a double dose.
Store it at room temperature and keep it away from direct exposure to light, heat and moisture.
Constipation, drowsiness, lethargy and nausea are some of the typical symptoms. Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Consult your doctor before taking imodium if you have a liver condition or have a fever. The drug may cause light-headedness, dizziness, and faintness in some people. Do not consume alcohol along with the drug. Do not drive or handle heavy machinery until you know how to react to the drug.
Do not use Imodium if:
you are allergic to any ingredient in Imodium;
you have stomach pain without diarrhea;
you have constipation, stomach bloating, or bloody stools;
the patient is a child younger than 2 years (24 months) old.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Imodium may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or tiredness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Imodium with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
Do not take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 48 hours without checking with your doctor.
If your diarrhea does not get better within 48 hours or if it gets worse, contact your doctor.
If you develop a fever, stomach bloating or swelling, or blood in your stools, contact your doctor.
Imodium is used to treat the symptoms of diarrhea, but will not treat the condition causing the diarrhea. Check with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about the cause of your diarrhea.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Imodium while you are pregnant. Imodium is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Imodium.
Possible Side Effects
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); constipation; decreased urination; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; stomach bloating, swelling, or pain.
If you have any questions about Imodium, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Imodium is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.