IMODIUM is one of the UK's most well-known diarrhoea treatments. For nearly 40 years the original, easy-to-swallow capsules have provided fast and effective relief from diarrhoea and its symptoms while gently helping the body restore its natural rhythm in just a single dose. Imodium products contain the active ingredient, loperamide, which slows the digestive system to its normal pace. This allows the body to absorb fluids and salts as usual, restoring the consistency of stools. Certain antibiotics can be taken with Imodium to improve symptoms faster and are available from the Online Doctor service without a face to face consultation.
Acute diarrhoea causes you to lose fluids and salt and can lead to dehydration. Imodium only treats diarrhoea symptoms and will not rehydrate you. For this reason, you should drink plenty of fluids while you have diarrhoea. This is particularly important for the elderly and children. For further rehydration, you may want to consider taking oral rehydration therapy, a soluble powder containing sugars and salts. Rehydration salts can be purchased from pharmacies.
Additional information for travellers:-
If you are on holiday, you have a high chance of getting diarrhoea if your body is not used to the water or the environment; these are uncomplicated cases that can be treated with over-the-counter medication. Diarrhoea that results from infection, however, should be treated by a medical professional.
Adults and children over 12 years:
- Initially, swallow two capsules followed, if necessary, by 1 capsule after every loose bowel movement.
- Take up to a maximum of eight capsules each day.
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take medication, however if you do they can include:
Headache, dizziness, constipation, nausea, flatulence, abdominal pain, abdominal discomfort, dry mouth, vomiting, dyspepsia.
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
- Imodium capsules should be used only for symptomatic relief of diarrhoea and not as an alternative to rehydration therapy. Read the enclosed product information leaflet before taking this medication.
- Keep out of sight and out of reach of children.
- Imodium should not be given to children under 12 years.
Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
The active ingredients contained in this medicine is/are:
Loperamide Hydrochloride 2mg per capsule.
The medicine also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:
Lactose, Maize Starch, Talc and Magnesium Stearate (E572). The capsule itself is made up of Titanium Dioxide (E171), Black Ferrous Oxide (E172), Yellow Ferric Oxide (E172), Indigo Carmine (E132), Erythrosine (E127) and Gelatin.