Imodium (Loperamide Hydrochloride)
What is Imodium (Loperamide Hydrochloride) used for?
Imodium (Loperamide Hydrochloride) is an oral medication prescribed to treat diarrhea. It operates by slowing the rate of digestion in the intestines allowing more time for fluids and nutrients to be absorbed. This action can produce more solid stools and reduced frequency of the urgent need to use the bathroom. Your physician may also prescribe the medication to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Imodium (Loperamide Hydrochloride)?
Imodium (Loperamide Hydrochloride) is normally taken as required at a dosage of one tablet, but your individual instructions will be determined by your doctor based on your weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. Do not take more than four tablets (8 mg) within a 24 hour period. The doses should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach. Do not chew, split, or crush the tablets before use to avoid destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Imodium (Loperamide Hydrochloride)?
Side effects that may occur while using Imodium (Loperamide Hydrochloride) include:
Serious side effects that may require medical assistance are severe stomach pain, deterioration of your condition, intense diarrhea that is bloody or watery, or severe skin reactions. Immediately inform your physician if you experience any symptoms that are intense or worrying to make sure the necessary changes are made to your application frequency or dosage to prevent further complications from occurring.
Imodium (Loperamide Hydrochloride) should not be used by patients who are children under the age of twelve or who have constipation, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea caused by intestinal inflammation, or diarrhea containing mucous or blood. Also inform your physician if you have decreased liver function as this condition may require special adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Imodium (Loperamide Hydrochloride). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.