Imodium is prescribed for the treatment of diarrhea caused due to gastroenteritis or irritable bowel syndrome. It works by slowing down the activity of the intestines. However, your doctor may also prescribe Imodium for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Imodium
The ideal way to use Imodium is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
You should increase your intake of fluids when you are using Imodium.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Imodium to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Imodium between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Imodium in the bathroom.
An Imodium overdose may have certain symptoms like constipation, drowsiness, lethargy and nausea which may require immediate medical attention. So please contact your doctor immediately if you suspect that the patient has overdosed on Imodium.
Consult your doctor before using Imodium if you have you have a liver condition or have a fever, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Imodium if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure), you have stomach pain without diarrhea; you have constipation, stomach bloating, or bloody stools; the patient younger than 2 years (24 months) of age.
You must avoid taking alcoholic beverages while using Imodium as it can increase the chances of becoming drowsy, faint or dizzy. Potentially hazardous tasks like driving, handling heavy machinery should also be avoided.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Imodium as Imodium may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Imodium is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Certain patients experience conditions like fever, stomach bloating or swelling, or blood in your stools while taking Imodium. If you notice this, then contact your doctor immediately.
You should not consume more than your recommended dosage in the 48 hour time period. If the diarrhea does not improve, then you must contact your doctor immediately.
While Imodium may be used to cure the symptoms of diarrhea, it will not cure the condition causing it.