Imodium

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What is Imodium?

Imodium (loperamide) slows the rhythm of digestion so that the small intestines have more time to absorb fluid and nutrients from the foods you eat.

Imodium is used to treat diarrhea.

Imodium is also used to reduce the amount of stool in people who have an ileostomy (re-routing of the bowel through a surgical opening in the stomach).

Important information

You should not use Imodium if you have stomach pain without diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, bloody or tarry stools, diarrhea with a high fever, or diarrhea that is caused by a bacterial infection or by taking antibiotic medicine.

Do not take more than the recommended dose of this medicine. Misuse of Imodium can cause serious heart problems that could be fatal.

Imodium can also cause a serious heart problem if you use certain medicines at the same time. Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use loperamide if you are also taking other medications.

Imodium may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking this medicine. It may take up to 48 hours of taking Imodium before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 10 days of treatment.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Imodium if you are allergic to loperamide, or if you have:

  • stomach pain without diarrhea;

  • diarrhea with a high fever;

  • ulcerative colitis;

  • stools that are bloody, black, or tarry;

  • diarrhea that is caused by a bacterial infection; or

  • diarrhea caused by taking an antibiotic.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have:

  • a fever;

  • mucus in your stools;

  • AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome);

  • a history of liver disease; or

  • if you are taking an antibiotic.

It is not known whether Imodium will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are pregnant.

Loperamide can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using Imodium.

Imodium should not be given to a child younger than 2 years old without medical advice.

How should I take Imodium?

Use Imodium exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

For adults, loperamide is usually taken as a single dose of 4 milligrams (mg) at the first sign of diarrhea, and again at a dose of 2 mg if diarrhea comes back. For children, the correct dose depends on the child's age.

Do not take more than the recommended dose of this medicine. Misuse of Imodium can cause serious heart problems that could be fatal. Follow all dosing instructions very carefully.

If you take Imodium without a prescription (over-the-counter), do not take more 8 mg in 24 hours. If your doctor has prescribed Imodium, do not take more than 16 mg per day.

The Imodium chewable tablet must be chewed before swallowing.

Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

Take Imodium with a full glass of water. Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking loperamide, to keep from getting dehydrated.

Immodium A-D Liquid and New Immodium A-D Liquid contain two different strengths of loperamide. If you switch from using one brand to using the other, follow the dosing instructions carefully. Immodium A-D Liquid also contains a small amount of alcohol, but New Immodium A-D Liquid does not.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 days of treatment, or if you also have stomach bloating.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the liquid medicine to freeze.

Directions

Usual Adult Dose for Diarrhea -- Acute:

Tablets, capsules, and liquid:
Initial: 4 mg orally after the first loose stool, then
Maintenance: 2 mg after each loose stool, not to exceed 16 mg in any 24-hour period. Clinical improvement is usually observed within 48 hours.
Chewable tablets:
Initial: 4 mg after the first loose stool, then
Maintenance: 2 mg after each subsequent loose stool, but not exceeding 8 mg in 24 hours.

Usual Adult Dose for Diarrhea -- Chronic:

Tablets, capsules, and liquid:
Initial: 4 mg orally once followed by 2 mg orally after each loose stool, not to exceed 16 mg in any 24-hour period.
Maintenance: The average daily maintenance dosage is 4 to 8 mg. Clinical improvement is usually observed within 10 days. If clinical improvement is not observed at a maximum dosage of 16 mg for duration of 10 days, symptoms are unlikely to be controlled by further administration.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Diarrhea -- Acute:

2 to 6 years (13 to 20 kg):
Liquid formulation only to be used in this age group.
Initial: 1 mg orally 3 times a day for the first day, then
Maintenance: 0.1 mg/kg/dose after each loose stool, but not exceeding initial dose.

6 to 8 years (20 to 30 kg):
Tablets, capsules, and liquid:
Initial: 2 mg orally twice a day for the first day, then
Maintenance: 0.1 mg/kg/dose after each loose stool, but not exceeding initial dose.
Chewable tablets:
Initial: 2 mg orally after the first loose stool, then
Maintenance: 1 mg orally after each subsequent loose stool, but not exceeding 4 mg in 24 hours.

8 to 12 years (greater than 30 kg):
Tablets, capsules, and liquid:
Initial: 2 mg orally 3 times a day for the first day, then
Maintenance: 0.1 mg/kg/dose after each loose stool, but not exceeding initial dose.
Chewable tablets:
Initial: 2 mg orally after the first loose stool, then
Maintenance: 1 mg orally after each subsequent loose stool, but not exceeding 6 mg in 24 hours.

12 to 18 years:
Tablets, chewable tablets, capsules, and liquid:
Initial: 4 mg after the first loose stool, then
Maintenance: 2 mg after each subsequent loose stool, but not exceeding 8 mg in 24 hours.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Diarrhea -- Chronic:

less than 2 years:
Therapeutic dose for the treatment of chronic diarrhea has not been established for this patient population.

Warnings

Loperamide can cause a serious heart problem, especially if you use certain medicines at the same time. Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use Imodium if you are also using any of the following drugs, especially:

  • gemfibrozil;

  • quinidine (a heart rhythm medicine);

  • quinine (anti-malaria medicine);

  • ritonavir;

  • stomach acid reducers--cimetidine, ranitidine;

  • an antibiotic--clarithromycin, erythromycin; or

  • antifungal medicine--itraconazole, ketoconazole.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with loperamide, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.