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I have been suffering from acute diarrhoea for almost 18 months now and despite regular visits to my local gastroenterology department and numerous tests and procedures my condition has yet to be diagnosed. I have been prescribed different tablets and powders to try and control my bowels but nothing has really worked and, to be honest, my stomach was ruling the way I lived my life.
Apparently my digestive system is in 'overdrive' meaning that I do not absorb nutrients, salt or liquid correctly resulting in my passing thin and watery stools as the former do not pass correctly from my stomach to my small intestine and then my colon. I asked my consultant several times if I could take immodium but she hesitated saying that it would be easier to find out what my problem was if I did not take them. Then, thank goodness, on my last visit she prescribed them for me on the strict instructions that I only took them when I really had to eg when attending meetings, appointments or situations where I knew I would get stressed. I am so happy because I feel as if I have (literally) some control of my life back now.
Apparently these are the UKs best-selling diarrhoea tablets and they can be found in 'Instant' or Plus Comfort' as well as these Original form. They have been 'tried and tested' for 30 years and I have heard nothing but good reports about them from other people even if they just take them on holiday. Unlike the other Immodium which are tablets these are in easy to swallow capsules which are very handy for me because I can swallow them as soon as my stomach starts feeling cramped.
The recommended dose is 2 tablets initially then 1 after each episode of diarrhoea but my doctor suggested slightly more for me and I find them to work quickly and efficiently. I now have a lot more confidence and feel far less stressed knowing that I am not going to be panicking trying to find an empty loo quickly. I therefore cannot recommend these capsules highly enough because they do what they claim on the pack which is 'To Stop Diarrhhoea'!
Last year I went to India with a friend. I planned to take a comprehensive medical bag with me and the first item on my list was something to help stop diarrhoea. I opted to buy Imodium classic capsules as I had used them before with good results. The capsules comes in several sizes including a pack of 12 that I decided to buy. They are designed for acute bouts of diarrhoea in addition to helping to control irritable bowel syndrome.
The capsules come in cardboard pack and are individually wrapped in a plastic bubble inside. There are full instructions of how to take . The capsules are not suitable for children under 12 and you should not exceed the maximum dose of 8 capsules in any one day. The instructions advise that you take 2 capsules initially ,followed by 1 capsules after each loose bowel movement. If the symptoms persist for more than 24 hours you should consult a GP. The capsules contain loperamide that helps to calm the digestive system .
As predicted I started to experience sever stomach cramps after a few days in India followed by the dreaded diarrhoea. I took the capsules as directed and felt a lot better the following day. The stomach cramps were helped really quickly after just one dose and although the diarrhoea persisted for the rest of the day it was manageable! It is important to stay hydrated if you are suffering from diarrhoea as you will lose salts and fluids. I stuck to drinking bottled water and avoided alcohol for a few days. It is also important to try to eat small meals if you can to help replace lost salts and nutrients. I had taken a pack of plain biscuits with me and nibbled these avoiding the spicy curies on offer for a while.
I found the capsules really easy to swallow and suffered no side effects . I cant remember how much I paid but can see Boots are selling a pack of 12 capsules for £6.39. I think this was money well spent and would advise anyone planning to travel to take a pack with them. They certainly helped me to recover quickly so I was able to enjoy the rest of my holiday in comfort!
As most people are aware diarrhoea is a horrible thing to have as you have no control over it and it can be very embarrassing and uncomfortable. My husband bought these Immodium Classic capsules for me after I caught a bad tummy bug last year which was just not getting better on it's own and I had spent the best part of a day and a night sitting on the toilet. I had never taken anything like this before so I didn't really know if they would work but Immodium had been recommended to me by a friend who had taken them and found them to be very effective.
My husband paid around £3.00 for a pack of 6 tablets from a local chemist which is an average price, although you can get them as cheap as £2.50 online and at Boots they currently £3.19 for 6 tablets and £6.39 for 12 tablets. They are also widely available at most other chemists and supermarkets.
They are very small and easy to swallow and I found that I could swallow them easily without water. Immodium claim that just one tablet can stop diarrhoea and can get your body's rhythym back to normal. They can treat diarrhoea associated with irritable bowel syndrome as well as acute diarrhoea.
You can take two capsules initially and then one capsule after every further loose bowel movement if required up to eight capsules a day and they are suitable for adults and children over 12 years of age. As I had not used anything like this before I took one initially but found that it didn't really work and so I ended up taking another one and this did actually work however I did have some side effects in that my stomach felt very bloated and it stopped me going to the toilet for around three days afterwards and then it took another few days to get myself back to normal which I have never experienced before. I am glad that I didn't take any more than the 2 capsules I did as it could have been worse but I am sure that everyone will react differently to them and may not experience any side effects.
I think that these capsules are useful if you really have very bad diarrhoea and I will definitely pack them the next time I go on holiday just in case but I will take them with caution due to the effect they had on me afterwards. If your symptoms continue after 48 hours you should seek medical advice as you may need something stronger than these.
I suffer from a stomach that gets very sensitive. It is difficult to pin point what it is that is causing my tummy troubles but one thing I find that helps is taking these capsules as they really seem to work well.
When you suffer from attacks of diarrhoea it is far from ideal. When I find my stomach is starting to play up I like to try to stop it in it's tracks as soon as possible and find that these capsules really work.
Before taking these there are various precautions, if you're unsure you should speak to your doctor. These are not suitable for children under 12 and not meant to be used if you suffer liver problems. There are other precautions too so do make sure you check before taking.
In the packet there are 18 capsules. These are grey and green and should be swallowed, if y ou leave it in your mouth for a minute or so it begins to dissolve and it is not a nice taste at all! The recommended dose is 2 tablets at first and then you take one after every episode of diarrhoea. You should not take any more than 6 in a day and if it is still causing you problems 2 days later then you should consult your doctor.
So do they work? I find that they are very good. I take these as soon as my stomach starts acting up and I usually only have to take the initial two and that sorts it out. A few months ago when I had a tummy bug though I did have to take a few more and they did definitely seem to make a difference. Obviously it's hard to be 100% sure as maybe my tummy was going to clear up anyway but I am a believer that these do help.
I recommend these capsules, they do definitely appear to make a difference for me anyway especially when it is my sensitive stomach playing up, if it's an actual tummy bug then it does require an extra capsule or two before I notice a change in the right direction.
One of my essential pieces of travel kit includes Imodium instants which are used to treat Diarrhoea when travelling abroad. There is nothing worse than being in a foreign country when you are not sure where or when you are likely to find a toilet or rather a toilet you are willing to use.
Fortunately for me because I am very fastidious when I am travelling I have only ever experienced very loose stools once and that was when I was in China. I think it was after eating some aubergines which were very oily and did not agree with me. Diarrhoea can be caused through changes in diet, parasites in food, change of water, bacteria. For example in certain countries money is so filthy dirty an example is that it is covered in E.coli and if you do not wash your hands after touching it and your hand comes anywhere near your mouth or food then you are likely to infect yourself.
It is always a good idea to use a hand rub to disinfect your hands before eating. After all is it far better to be prudent and reducing the risk than reckless and having the squits, Delhi Belly, Montezuma's revenge, Mummies tummy, Turkey trots or whatever it is called in whatever part of the world you are in.
Imodium comes in a variety of forms including caplets, capsules or sublingual tablets which you pop under your tongue that are absorbed rapidly without water straight into the blood stream through the micro blood vessels under the tongue. The active ingredient is Loperamide 2mg which is an anti-diarrhoeal drug which works by slowing down bowl peristalsis preventing and slowing down the loss of fluid. There is also Imodium plus which not only contains Loperamide it also contains Simethicone which is an anti-foaming agent that helps reduce cramps and discomfort from excessive stomach gas.
I popped into Boots one day to stock up for a trip I was about to make and asked for a box of 12. The pharmacy assistant told me because the pharmacist was at lunch they were not allowed to sell the boxes of 12 but I could buy a box of six. I told her ok I will have two boxes of 6 then please. She said they have an offer on buy two get one free??? I said that is crazy because originally I wanted a box of 12 but you would not let me buy them but now you are allowing me to buy 18 tablets? Crazy or what? So that was the mad situation I found myself in that day in Boots.
The myths abound that if you have diarrhoea it is the body's way of getting rid of what is upsetting it and by slowing it down you are retaining the bug or whatever is causing the upset to stay with you longer. This in theory is true but it is not helping you because of the high loss of fluids leads to dehydration and stomach cramps and further complications.
It will bung you up!
No it will not if it is used as directed. You should start with two instants at the first sign of diarrhoea and then take one each time you have a loose bowel movement.
Would I recommend Imodium?
Yes absolutely I do and recommend you take some with you when travelling abroad. However If the diarrhoea continues for more than 48 hours then you should really seek medical advice. You should make sure that you are drinking plenty while you have loose stools. My only thoughts when I took the little instant strips were that they tasted quite like an artificial sweetener like saccharin and I had to drink some water to take the taste away. They are available from all chemists and some supermarkets. They are available from boots for £3.45 but you can buy Boots own version of Loperamide for £2.19 which are exactly the same dose as Imodium.
I'm not going to write a huge review on this product, because basically it isn't the nicest product to review. However I do think it is important to give feedback on a product which could help a lot of people out there.
I was first introduced to this 15 years ago whilst on a honeymoon in Greece. After months of looking forward to the break, my wife was struck down with the 'weebies' and it wasn't a pretty site - nuff said.
Fortunately it was on our last day, but my wife was concerned about going on the plane.
We had met another couple whilst away, and they gave us their packet. The results were nothing short of miraculous. After her last 'toilet' she took one of these tablets (they are so tiny) and it melted in her mouth. She never had to go for another 2 days!!!
I have since used them on a few occasions, and they work exactly the same for me. Obviously if you are sick, it won't help you in that way. But when you are, it is bad enough with it coming out one end, without worrying about the other!!
We always take a packet of these on our hols with us. Sadly kids can't use them, but I highly recommend you keep a pack around, on the off chance you ever get diarrhoea. However please remember to keep up your fluids and read the label, it may not be suitable for all of you. A pack of 12 will set you back anything upwards of £3.00, but are worth every penny.
I really hope this helps anybody, who occasionally has a problem in that department. Maybe after a curry or after a stomach upset.
Thanks for reading
Copyright stebiz 2010 - also on ciao.co.uk
I tried imodium for the first time about 2 years ago after a nasty bout of diarrhear, and to my amazement not only did it stop the well... 'problem', but my stomach also settled down, the churning and pain stopped. I didn't go to the toilet for about 2 days after this though, and I had two 2mg capsules to let you know, but when I did go to the toilet after this the bowel movement was normal. Whenever I need to use imodium nowadays I just take the one capsule as it is so powerful one capsule is all I need to stop the problem, but other people may differ and need to take two, two is the recommended dose.
Either way, it's a brilliant medicine and can help you at the worst of times, my only advise, and this is not meant negatively at all, but be careful about how many capsules you take, they are incredibly effective.
This is one of those products you don't like to admit to reviewing, because it's basically admitting you have recently had diarrhea! Mutters. There aren't many cures for this rather unpleasant symptom and when it strikes there's not much you can do except put on a brave face and wait for it to pass.
Immodium are a series of tasty tablets that dissolve on the tongue and help combat the symptoms of upset tummies and diarrhea. You get twelve in a pack and they can cost up to six pounds. That is quite a lot for a small pack of tablets, but in an emergency, they can be very handy.
When you feel the ahem rush coming on, simply insert a tablet into the mouth and allow to dissolve. It will do so within seconds and the taste of the tablet is actually quite refreshing and calming. Don't be tempted to have several though!
Do they work though? Well yes I think they do. A recent bout of an upset tummy had me reaching for a tablet and within half an hour I felt more settled within and did not feel the urge to keep dashing to the bathroom! The packet is handy to have in the handbag or kitchen drawer, or you could always take them to work, incase you have a nasty episode in the office meeting.
The packaging might be bland, but I guess you don't want them looking really obvious with a photo of someone like June Whitfield endorsing them. They are available to buy at all good supermarkets and pharmacies and particularly handy if you know you are eating rich food.
My final point is that the name does not necessarily ring true with what the product is designed for. Had they been called 'Diahracalm' or 'Die Die Diarrhea' then more people might be aware of them. This quibble aside, they work well and provide fast effective relief.
I have suffered and have been diagnosed with IBS-D for about eighteen months and in this time have tried every anti-diarrhoea tablet I have come across- from many supermarkets own brands to other brand names. On every single packet it says the same under ingredients- 2mg loperamide hydrochloride-so why Imodium always works the best I cannot answer- but it does. I don't want this to be the case as the price in my local supermarket is 96p for their own brand, whereas the Imodium is £3.95. But when you have diarrhoea it isn't about price it's about what works. The pack contains 8 tablets and the initial adult dose is 2 tablets and a further tablet after each "episode"to a maximum of 8 capsules in 24 hours. As I have taken 6 on some occasions- you will see why it can get expensive- but as I say if it works you don't mind- you can't mind. Don't misunderstand this- I am not talking 6 tablets because of the quality of Imodium, but because of the severity of my problem on a given day.
If your diarrhoea is caused by lactose intolerance please check the label as some Imodium contains lactose.
Imodium can be used in the treatment of IBS- there are other brands which advise against this- so take care.
Also it is imperative that if you have anything other than short lived diarrhoea- i.e lasting longer than 24 hours- you should make an appointment to see your GP.
Imodium is not recommended for children under the age of 12 years old.
Hope you feel better soon.
The worst thing about having an upset stomach I think is the cramps I get with them, sometimes I find myself having to hit the wall to allievate some of the pain. Horray for immodium is all I can say.
I remember before immodium I used to have Collis Brownes liquid which always used to mellow me out and give my stomach a nice comfortable feeling, this was the morphine it contained of course. Now that immodium is available you get a cure to your upset stomach without all the potenital side affects that mophine could deliver.
Immodiums active ingredient is loperamide hydrochoride 2mg. Basically this drug binds to the opioid receptors in your large intestines and lessens their musclar contractions and allows more water to be absorbed back into the body and stopping diarrhoea.
You should take two tablets initially and then another if your symptoms persist. Obviously this depends on how bad your symptoms are and personally i find one tablet is sometimes enough. Children over 12 should only take one tablet.
You should not take the medicine if you are preganant or breastfeeding, if you have a fever or if you think your upset stomach is caused by food posioning as you need to let your body eliminate the problem and stopping it doing so can make the situation worse.
On the leaflet with the tablet it says up to 10% of people who use the drug can feel sick or have their sense of taste alter, ive not found this to happen personally.
You should also not take the tablets for more than two says, as you can become dependent on them but also if you had a upset stomach for this long you should see your doctor.
The last time I used these tablets I was having quite bad cramps and needed to take two tablets. After i had taken them I didnt need to use the toilet again and the cramps lessened but it took around an hour for them to go completely. I found after this though that I was not able to go to the toilet for two days! Everything is fine now though but the effects of these tablets last a long time!
The tablets I had were around 2cm long and you could split them in half if you wanted. They were easy to take with a little water and had a pleasant taste. You can also get some instant tablets which dissolve on your toungue and i presume work a little faster, I have not tried them myself but think i will buy them as these ones did work but my cramps remained for longer than I thought they would.
They are a bit expensive, 5.59 for a pack of 18 in boots but they are an essential part of a medicine cupboard
Most of the time I oculd be described as someone with a cast iron stomach, I can usually eat anything and feel fine, however like everyone, form time to time I do suffer a stomach upset and the flood gates open!!!
A few years ago I went on holiday with a couple of friends and spent a week eating loads of meat and not drinking nearly enough (well not hydrating fluids anyway) and I suffered from terrible constipation the day we were flying home. Flying in that state is horribly uncomfortable, and ever since I have always taken what I refer to as stoppers and starters whenever I travel.
As I'm sure you can imagine, Immodium comes into the stoppers category. They claim to be fast acting and effective. In my experience this is fairly true. Sometimes just one dose will do the job, sometimes more doses are required but they do the job.
If you were looking to buy these, then from the point of view of whether they work I would recommend them but I would have to add a big however.... They are often considerably more expensive than own brand stoppers and having compared a few, I have yet to find any where the active ingredients differ hugely. I have also unfortunately had to use different own barnd versions and I must say, they all work in the same way. As such I would have to say that overall I wouldn't recommend Immodium, not on functionality but on price, hence the three star rating.
**Have you ever felt that the world is dropping out of your bottom? (Isn't that the other way around?) **Ever been caught with the clenched buttock syndrome in public? **Has the ominous rumble of your stomach ever signalled a Vesuvius type eruption, and you've been helpless to do anything other than sit and groan on the loo for what seems like hours, only to find when you think it's all over, it starts again? **Has the lethal combination of a nights drinking, and an obscure burger van kebab resulted in a next day holiday on the toilet? **Or did you simply make the unfortunate mistake of believing that you was going to be the only one not struck down by that bug doing the rounds? If you can apply any of the above, then Imodium should be a familiar name to you. If this is not so, read on and discover a friend for life. Recently, something did the rounds of the college where the other half is completing his training, and the result was a combination of the above descriptions. This was fine while he was at home the previous afternoon, but when the next morning arrived and the trots were still present, it dawned on us that extra measures had to be taken. A nice long train trip every morning, is guaranteed to be a real problem if your bum is in overdrive. Sitting an exam? maybe not A trip to the chemist was involved and I came back with a new version of Imodium. ***What have I got? A box of twelve Imodium Instant melts. These set me back £6.50 in my high street chemist. The box is white and pale blue with a thin orange line going across the middle. On the front is stated that this is a new Imodium, that they are instant melts, the amount contained by the box and they reassuringly say that they can stop diarrhoea with one dose. Here it is also stated that the generic ingredient is Loperamide hydrochloride. Johnson and Johnson produce Imodium Instant melts. On the reverse of the box you will
find genera l instructions on the recommended dosage, a brief warning to not take more than the stated dose and the address for the manufacturers. Once opened, the box contains two foil blister strips of six instant melts each, and the patient information leaflet. This in itself is a mini manual, but at a closer look is very simple to follow. ***What should you know about Imodium Instant melts? Here you are advised to read the leaflet carefully and if in any doubt to consult either the doctor or the pharmacist who will have further details. A warning to not throw it away as you made need it again is also issued. (okaay?) ***What are Imodium Instant melts? The active ingredient of Imodium Instant melts is loperamide hydrochloride, a medicine used to treat diarrhoea. Each tablet contains 2mg of this ingredient. Imodium Instant melts come in the form of white orodispersable (fast dissolving for the slower of us). ***What are they used for? You still don't know? Hmmm. They are used to treat sudden short-lived (acute) bouts of diarrhoea in adults and children over twelve years of age. Apparently they can also be used to treat episodes of diarrhoea associated with Irritable bowel syndrome. ***What should you know before taking Imodium Instant melts? If you are pregnant or trying to become so, tell your pharmacist or your doctor first. This same rule applies if you are breastfeeding as small amounts of Imodium may get into your milk. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines. The patient information leaflet goes on to recite a whole spectrum of do's and don'ts amongst them the obvious one of if you are constipated do not use etc, etc. I think that if I was to try and put all this onto paper the end result would be basically copying the whole leaflet,and I am not about to do that! Simply follow common sense and the
leaflet guidelines that are clear enough and if in any doubt whatsoever, ask the pharmacist or your doctor as to what you may or not do. Obviously, as in any case of diarrhoea, your body loses large quantities of fluids and salts. Therefore it is advisable to replace these by taking more liquids than you normally would. In an extreme case the pharmacist may recommend powders that contain sugar and salts (oral rehydration therapy) to help. Now all this has been established, (you read fast or the carpet is ruined) you should be ready to go ahead and find relief. ***How many, when, and how often? *Peel back the lid from the pocket, and tip onto the hand. *Do not press tablet out of pocket as this is a wafer like tablet and it will damage, if not destroy the tablet. *Place correct number of tablets on tongue. These dissolve very quickly so you won?t need water to swallow them with. *Do not chew either. Adults and children aged 12 and over: take 2 tablets to begin with, if required 1 tablet after each episode of diarrhoea. Don?t take more than 8 in a 24-hour period. Go to your doctor if you still have diarrhoea after this time. You can also take Imodium for irritable bowel syndrome, taking 2 tablets to control an episode. From there taking 1 to 2 each episode Again the maximum is 8 tablets in a 24-hour period. If you take too many Imodium instant melts contact your doctor or hospital without delay. ***Side effects? It is possible to have a reaction to loperamide, (over sensitivity). This is rare, but signalled for instance by: skin rash, itching, and shortness of breath or swollen face. See your doctor if any of these signs occur. Severe bloating or stoppage of bowel has been reported, if this should occur, again contact your doctor and stop taking Imodium. Other unwanted side effects could be: tummy cramps, feeling sick, vomiting, tiredness, drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth a
nd skin reactions including nettle rash. Urinary retention has been reported rarely. ***Summary: Mentioned all these points, I shall say that Imodium Instant melts were very effective indeed and solved the problem almost immediately. Definitely a product I would recommend to anyone with an explosive backside! They are a must in our cabinet, (until they run out and I forget to get a new box every now and again.) Imodium is available in various formats of quantity and type, simply ask for information at your local chemist or your doctor. Imodium instant melts also contain: Gelatin, mannitol, aspartame, mint flavour and sodium hydrogen carbonate. For more information visit: www.imodium.com Or: Johnson & Johnson MSD, Enterprise House, Station Road, Loudwater, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP10 9UF, UK
Fast relief / Can stop diarrhoea in one dose / Suitable for IBS related acute diarrhoea episodes / Available in capsules.