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I was first introduced to Imodium whilst on holiday about 20 years ago and it has served me well on a few occasions since.
Although (touch wood) I seldom suffer from diarrhea unless I'm not well there is no worse feeling than going out and about knowing that your 'movements' could move at any time without you being in full agreement. This is where Imodium instant melts come into their own.
Available in packs of 6 and 12 at a price of about 40p a tablet this is money very well spent.
Each tablet contains 2mg Loperamide Hydrochloride and also contains Aspartame. These little beauties will stop the runs within an hour in most people and have certainly put my mind at rest when I've been on the go.
You can 'take 2 tablets initially, followed if required, by 1 tablet after every further loose bowel movement, up to a maximum of 8 tablets per day'.
They can be used for acute diarrhea or Iritable Bowel Syndrome - but check with your Doc first.
Are they recommended? For sure. They have a sweet taste and melt on your tongue within seconds. For me it stops the runs immediately. In fact they produce for opposite for me often meaning I don't need to visit for 'gentlemans room' for a few days. My wife and teenage children have also taken them with the same results and they are never out of our holiday hand luggage. In fact my daughter brought two packs with her on her travels and even gave a few to friends who were also extremely happy with the results.
These are made by mcneil health and you can read all about them at mcneilhealth.co.uk. Other types of the same tablet are available.
Copyright stebiz 2014 - also on Ciao.co.uk
I hate having diarrhoea and although I don't get it very often I always keep something with me in my handbag in case I suddenly get ill when I am out and about. I need something that will be simple and easy to take and work quickly so I was very pleased to see these Imodium instant melts that came on the market a few years ago.
The melts come in a small cardboard Imodium box and inside each melt is inside a blister pack. it is therefore quite easy just to cut a strip of melts and keep them in a pocket in your handbag.
The melts are easy to take. They are tiny and you just pop them on your tongue and they instantly melt away and are easy to swallow. You don't need any water and can therefore take them anywhere and they are very discreet. They taste quite nice - a bit minty - so it does not feel like you are taking any sort of horrible medicine.
The melts are meant to provide instant relief and stop any diarrhoea within an hour. They work by restoring your bowel to its normal rhythm and help to restore the absorption of fluid. They contain Loperamide Hydrochloride and aspartame.
On use I have found these melts to be very effective. I always take at least two and then sometimes a third one a little bit later if my diarrhoea has not fully stopped but by this stage it has normally gone away. I have never experienced any side effects from them and feel that they are safe to use.
Overall I would definitely recommend these melts as they work effectively, are easy to carry around and very easy to take wherever you are. They can be bought from all chemists and supermarkets and cost about £3.50 for 6.
A couple of weeks before Christmas I was ill for a whole week with sickness and the runs. It was a big week at work and I just couldn't afford to be off so I turned in desperation to these Imodium instant melts in a bid to tackle this awful illness.
Following the instructions, I took two melts from the packet to start with then one with each loose movement (up to six a day). There were only six in the pack I bought and I'd taken them all before the day was out.
The melts were lightly minty and no need for water with them so you can pop them in to your mouth discretely without people noticing if need be. Within five seconds they had melted and were not unpleasant or difficult to take.
Unfortunately for me, these did not prevent my symptoms. I think what I had was a really nasty strain, I just had to get through that week as best I could but these did not help at all.
I bought my pack of 6 from the supermarket (Tesco) and they were just under £3.
I won't bother again with these as they didn't work for me at all. I didn't mind the taste and was praying that they would work to help me get on at work but unfortunately I was still really poorly that day and the day after too. I felt taking the whole packet in one day seemed excessive but I was prepared to try anything. If I had the bigger pack (12 melts) I would have carried on taking them the next day to see if it made a difference. Perhaps I was just too ill for treatment on this occasion,as it really did carry on for a whole week. It was an illness I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy though!!
I've just had a bout of the vomiting and diarrhoea that seems to be doing the rounds at the moment. It only lasted a day but was absolutely horrendous and having to look after two children all day was not my idea of fun either. I couldn't even make it to the shop to get some medicine as there wasn't enough time between each toilet visit to actually leave the house so I had to wait until my husband came home with some medicine and this is what he came back with, a packs of six Imoduim instants.
According to the packaging, Imodium instants can relieve diarrhoea in under 1 hour. Well that sounded good to me and definitely something I badly needed.
The medicine comes in tablet form and they were actually strange kind of tablets. They were melt in the mouth tablets, no need to take with water so they were actually really quite thin. They come in some foil blister pack packaging like all tablets do but the difference with these is that you can't pop them out of the pack as they would break so you just peel back the foil and take them out like that. To me, they looked more like a thin round tab than a tablet. I had never taken a melt in your mouth tablet before though so with the first one I did actually take it with water and it disintegrated straight away which was quite strange so the next one I just put under my to the and it dissolved really quickly too.
The dosage instructions are given on the back of the box and you are supposed to, "Take two tablets to start treatment and one tablet after each loose bowel movement up to a max of 6 tablets per day."
I have to say these tablets really worked for me. After I took the initial two tablets I did feel a few rumblings (sorry, I know that sounds pretty disgusting) but I didn't need to go to the toilet again and have been fine ever since fingers crossed so I didn't need to take any more tablets. They really did provide instant relief and for that I am very thankful.
Each tablet contains 2mg loperamide hydrochloride and also contains aspartame.
A great diarrhoea treatment.
I suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and sometimes I find that I can have something to eat which normally I would be fine with but that can sometimes really upset my stomach and leave me needing to find a toilet quite quickly. I am learning to pick up on the signals though and quite often I will carry some imodium tablets around with me to help stop or even prevent my stomach from becoming too upset. This is my review of imodium instants that I had picked up to take on holiday to Disneyland with me.
Imodium instants come in a small cardboard box and on the front we are given the product name along side the scientific name which in this case is Loperamide hydrochloride. The box contains six tablets and what is handy with these tablets is that they are melt in the mouth tablets and so there is no need to take them with water. We are also told on the front of the box that these instant tablets can provide relief from diarrhoea in less than an hour and so they are the fastest working tablets that I have personally seen on the market.
Inside the box there is a really quite small strip of six tablets and so whilst the box is small to begin with there really is scope for it to be smaller given the size of the tablet strip inside. What is handy with these tablets is there are perforated lines down each of the tablet section so that you can split them if needs be and just pop one or two in your purse, pocket or whatever so you have some when you need them. What is different with these tablets is you do not push the tablet through the foil and you instead peel back the backing and take the tablet out that way.
On the back of the box there is dosage information and this is also presented in the leaflet inside the box. It is always advisable to read through the leaflet provided with any medication to check for any side effects or limits of use etc and so I would of course recommend you do this. On the box though you are advised that for short term diarrhoea adults and children over twelve years of age should take two tablets to start treatment and then one per loose bowel movement up to a maximum of six tablets per day. If symptoms persist for more then 48 hours you should consult your doctor. For IBS previously diagnosed by a doctor and for adults over 18 years of age you can still follow the same dosage but you can use the tablets for up to two weeks, so long as not one bout lasts more than 48 hours.
I find that I rarely need to take these tablets but if I feel my stomach "going" so to speak I will take one or two of these tablets just to calm the cramps and prevent a bout of diarrhoea occuring. Sometimes I have to take two or three tablets in a day to fully stop it but more often than not I can get away with taking just one or two. The tablets calm my stomach down effectively and just help to make me feel more comfortable and anyone with IBS will understand how uncomfortable the stomach cramps can be.
The tablets do melt in your mouth and initially they have a quite minty taste. My one real issue with these tablets is the way they leave such a nasty after taste in the mouth and sometimes it makes me gag! It is for that reason that I would recommend having a drink to hand wherever possible when you are going to take these tablets because for me the after taste is just nasty!
A box of six imodium instants costs £3.45 from Boots and they are sometimes on offer for two for six pounds for example so it is worth getting them when they are on offer if you feel that you would benefit from having some of these tablets at your disposal. There are cheaper tablets on the market but I do find that these work the quickest and the best for me personally and so I would continue to buy these.
Thank you for reading my review!
Recently I was unfortunately suffering from a bit of a 'dodgy' belly. Without going in to too many details, it was the sort of tummy where you find yourself rushing to a toilet there and then. So, with an impending (and long-awaited) day out planned, I was very nervous about leaving the house. Luckily, my friend was on hand with a packet of these Imodium instants. It is not a complaint I suffer from frequently, so I had nothing in the house to treat it and was very grateful for anything that I could get my hands on that may help.
The packet boasts that the tablets melt in the mouth and can stop diarrhoea. The box is blue, as pictured, and contains six tablets each individually wrapped in foil backed packaging that can easily be snapped apart so you can just pop a tablet in your handbag. The tablets themselves are really small, much smaller than your average paracetamol type pill. To take, you simply place on your tongue and the tablet dissolves (so great for those that are not good with swallowing pills). There is no need for water, so they are great to take when on the go. I have to say that I was dubious about this part - whether they would dissolve quickly or, indeed adequately, and whether I would be left with a chalky taste in my mouth or a chalky residue. My fears were unfounded, the pill did literally dissolve in an instant with no unpleasant effects - so far, so good.
The packet says for adults and children over 12, 2 tablets should be taken initially and then a further tablet after every bowel movement - up to 6 per day. I just took one tablet and my problem cleared up pretty much instantly. Very happy! I also had no side effects etc so this little pill really did just allow me to get on with my day.
The active ingredient in these is 'Lepramide hydrochloride'. This is commonly used for the treatment of diarrhoea as it slows down muscle movements in the gut which leads to more water being absorbed from stools. The stools therefore become firmer and are passed less frequently. You can purchase in packs of 6 or 12 tablets, with 12 costing around £4.90. This seems pretty expensive but, from my experience, only one tablet was required so it does work out pretty good value
Imodium Instants are an instant relief Diarrhoea tablet, which follows up the hugely successful international brand of Imodium with a product that offers Diarrhoea sufferers what they really want, a fast effective solution to their problem.
Available in all good chemists and in every half decent supermarket, these are expensive little blighters with a 6 pack costing from £2.79 in Boots to £3.74 for 6 on Amazon.
The product comes in a light blue box with a Blue Imodium logo. Easy to find in the section of a store with other stomach and diarrhoea solutions, these are an expensive and yet effective offering from the market leaders.
The tablets are melt in the mouth and don't require water at all, which can be very handy if you are hit with a stomach complaint whilst out and about. The tablets have a slight taste, which just tastes like a slightly sugared tablet, nothing more. They are easy to swallow and not too large.
For convenience the box is small enough to fit in your pocket or its easy to take the tablets from the box and place in your handbag to ensure they are discreet. The tablets are for anyone aged 12 and over and you are directed to use one, anytime you have a stomach complaint, obviously only taking tablets when necessary within prescribed time scales.
The tablets contain Loperamide hydrochloride for all you big word fans out there, they help to slow your bowel down during times of distress and allow you to take on fluids and rehydrate without losing momentum through constant returns to the toilet.
In my experience these do work faster than other brands and have the added luxury of being easy to conceal and tasting ok. They are fast acting, convenient and practical, on the minus side they are exceptionally expensive in comparison to shops own brand products and require a loyal following to maintain their profile.
These have proved a life saver for my partner who is especially prone to irritable bowel issues and really appreciates having a product that will stem the tide and allow her to continue and enjoy her day regardless.
We have experienced no side effects at all and will continue using these, although I implore you to shop around for the cheapest option as these can be pricy with some sellers at nearly £4 for a box of 6.
Overall they are a great brand that do help, they have helped me and my partner in times of need, especially whilst out and about when it can be inconvienient and embarrassing to have stomach problems.
I do suffer sometimes with major problems in my stomach usually due to rich food I love eating and plenty of spices on top of that.
Now this silly behaviour of mine eating and having spicy foods can lead to the problems of diarrhoea and it can be bad for me lasting a few days and I used to let it pass in its own time. I would sit back and relax and wait for the overall problem to go on its own.
I never had a diarrhoea tablet before as I had believed they would be pointless and worthless and not work for me because we are all different in how we have tablets and whether they work for us.
It was a friend who gave me an Imodium Instant and she said it would assist me instantly from the problems I was suffering from. At one time I had the constant problems lasting a few days and I found this item seemed to work fairly quickly.
You cannot miss the Imodium box as the brand name is scripted on the front with the blue and white background and they are priced at £3.60 for six tablets in my local chemist which is a high price to pay for any type of tablet especially when there is hardly inside the packet in the first place.
I found that the tablet needed water although some have claimed you can leave it on the tongue to dissolve but I would never attempt this move as it might taste horrible so I never do that so taking them is easy and with a glass of water it is a quick process.
I took 2 tablets early in the morning and I was having stomach cramps due to the toilet situation and I found that the problems never came back after having these. To be honest I was kind of shocked how quickly they did work. I usually assume tablets take a while to work but after having these the symptoms of diarrhoea disappeared and I felt good again.
Like many tablets the science behind them I am not sure but I know that they work pretty quickly and although they do have a high price bracket I would pay that price just to remove the pain and uncomfortable nature you get when having diarrhoea. Nothing is worse then knowing you cannot go to the toilet normally.
I would highly recommend these to anyone who is suffering from stomach issues.
In the past when I've had a really bad bout of diarrhoea, I've grabbed whatever diarrhoea tablets that we've had and taken them. But then I've found that they could take some time to quell the issue, which often wasn't really convenient if I was in the office or about to go out in the car.
Then a Pharmacist recently told me about these Imodium Instants. The first thing you'll notice about them is that they are a lot more expensive that other diarrhoea treatments, at around £3.50 for 6 tablets, and they are fairly widely available, especially since they are non-prescription. The box itself is a combination of white and blue with the brand label 'Imodium' in blue across the top and the word 'instants' in red just below. Inside, there are 6 tablets which are blister packed. The claim on the front of the packet is that they 'can stop diarrhoea with one dose' and it recommends that they can be used to treat sudden short-lived acute bouts of diarrhoea.
When you take them, whereas with other diarrhoea tablets and capsules you have to swallow them with a glass of water, the moment you put an Imodium Instant tablet on your tongue, it dissolves straight away and hence makes them a lot easier to take than normal capsules, and means that they can be easily taken if you are out and about and haven't got any drinking fluid readily available with you.
Dosage wise they are suitable for adults and children over 12 years old, and they recommend to take two tablets in the first instance, followed up by a single capsule after every further loose motion, with no more than 8 tablets in 24 hours. The active ingredient is Loperamide Hydrochloride which comes in the form of a 2mg tablet, which are very small. The chemical effect is that they make your 'stools' more solid and hence reduce the frequency that you need to go to the toilet.
When I've taken them, I wasn't sure how or if they would work quicker than other brands that I have tried in the past, but I suppose with them dissolving directly on my tongue, they would be getting into my bodily system a lot quicker than other brands. On the first occasion that I used them, I took the initial two tablets as directed, and they dissolved instantly on my tongue as expected. And on that occasion, and on every occasion I have used them since, that was it. No further bouts and everything was ok.
Chemically, I'm not sure how they work or why they seem to work so quickly, but whereas in the past I would have taken the 2 initial tablets followed by a further 2 or 3 tablets of the other brands before everything stopped, with these Imodium Instants, just the initial 2 tablets did the trick. With that sort of result, I've never really used anything else and I always make sure that I have a packet of these available at home and in the office just in case.
So a definite 5 star recommendation from me for the fast treatment of diarrhoea.
I have only recently come across Imodium Instants after I recently had a horrible tummy bug that was doing the rounds. I had recently used Imodium tablets when on holiday in Asia which good results, and therefore I trusted the Imodium name already. According to my sister who had also used these when she had the same tummy bug a few days earlier, she found that the Imodium Instants did respond much more quickly and saved a lot of sitting on the toilet!!
I bought the Imodium Instants from my local chemist for £2.99 for a pack of 6 melts - which equates to almost 50p a tablet, which is fairly expensive compared to its competitors. This was even more expensive when you consider that adults are expected to take two tablets at a time - and so you could, theoretically, go through quite a few packs fairly quickly, especially if you have a tummy bug and its ripping its way through the family like wildfire.
The tablets are enclosed in packaging which it silvery at the bottom and then covered in a paper film on the top. There are instructions about how to get the tablets out of the packaging which are necessary because, on impulse I just pushed out the tablet as normal, but these tablets are very fragile and therefore it broke up as it came out of the packaging. In actual fact, as the diagram shows, you are supposed to peel back the film and then let the tablets tip out into your hand. Once I had read the instructions it was very easy but its a shame the tablets are as fragile as they are because I'm sure I'm not the only person that made this mistake and wasted one of the six tablets.
Using the tablets actually couldn't be easier! It involves placing two of the tablets under your tongue and then waiting....1, 2, 3, seconds and believe it or not the tablet has completely dissolved. I've had melts before in other tablets and I have never had something dissolve so quickly - and without leaving a horrible chalky taste in my mouth. In fact I found the melts to be mostly taste-free with maybe just the smallest hint of a minty freshness left in my mouth. An advantage of this is that you can take them without a drink and so it would be ideal for a first aid kit where you may be going somewhere without an easy access to fresh water (like Asia!).
The result was actually not short of fantastic. I took the first two tablets and, although I still felt nauseous and had some stomach cramping, I certainly didn't spend hours sitting on the toilet like I had done before taking the Imodium. When you're feeling rough, the last place you want to be is sat on the toilet...and excuse my graphicness, but not knowing whether to sit by the toilet or on it!! I would say that the effect was noticeable within about 15 minutes and lasted for about six hours - after which time I took a second dose.
I actually can't fault this product....with the exception of the price which is quite hefty....but I have to say that when you're feeling really rough with Delhi Belly or just a bog-standard tummy bug, you're not going to care about the price if it works!
Since I have known him, my husband has always had a delicate stomach, subjecting him at times to terrible bouts of cramps and other problems, with one of the remedies being the subject of this review.
The product I will now review is - "Imodium instants".
I first came across these when we were on holiday last year, my husband was caught short, and with us being out for the day, and not really having the facilities to keep rushing off to find a toilet we decided this was the best course of action.
A few weeks later I was to be found in the same situation, so was pleased to find we still had half a pack of these left from the afore mentioned time, so took one to see if it made any difference.
Each "tab" is held safely within it's own blister pouch, with there even being perforations between each opencast you didn't want to take the pack out anywhere with you.
To open don't do what I originally did and try to pop them out of the blister, this just destroys the tab, instead simply peel away the top layer.
The tab itself is a tiny little white, what I can only describe as sugar paper, which once placed on the tongue simply dissolves into nothing leaving behind a nice minty taste, the upside of these is obviously the fact that they can be taken without needing water, so in my husbands case on the move!
The pack suggests that for short lived and acute diarrhoea take one with the view of taking another if needed, though no more than six should be taken in a day, though if they have not worked after 3 I would imagine it would be a bug rather than a stomach upset and preventing it from coming out would only prolong the problem.
I took one as the pack suggests and found I needed to go again after ten minutes, so I then took another and this seemed to work, though it doesn't help with the stomach cramps associated with it.
The pack also says taking these when suffering with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is ideal, though the instructions for use are slightly different and length of use is longer too, though after two weeks it says you should really be seeing a doctor.
These do work in a fashion, I think in my case if I had taken it a bit sooner, or waited for a few minutes longer I would have only needed the one, but we can all make a case for hindsight can't we!
These are perfect for helping to stop something that could potentially stop you in your tracks, meaning you can get on with your day.
Price wise these were bought for around the £5.00 mark, and are available from all good chemists.
Thanks for reading x
Not a nice subject this but we've all been in the delicate situation of having diarrhoea - sometimes coupled with sickness - and it's just plain miserable and nasty.
A couple of years ago I had such a bout and frankly after 48 hours of non-stop... well, you know what... I was exhausted, in pain, crying nad basically feeling totally awful. After contacting NHS Direct, I knew it wasn't anything serious, but I really needed some relief. I usually think that you should let nature take its course (unless you're about to board a plane or something!) but I had lost ten pounds by this point and I'm only a size 8-10 to begin with!
So I took two of these - they melt in your mouth and promise instant relief. You don't need to take them with any water, so they are good if you struggle to take tablets.
They certainly do work. Within 30 minutes all previous bottom related activity had stopped and I felt a million times better.
They are very easy to take and not hard to swallow and they really do work. Perfect for the times when you need some relief or you have somewhere important to go to.
They come in a handy little packet too, aren't at all heavy to carry and are OK for the over 12s, though read the guidance as always.
One word of warning - don't take these unless you are prepared for a back up in the system. I once took one of these for a motorway trip and I didn't use the toliet for four days!
Price-wise - these aren't cheap at over £3 for just six tablets but I don't think you will get better. They can be a lifesaver. I always buy some for holidays now and I can't really praise them enough.
After being ill for the past couple of days my mother recommended I take these tablets and within thirty minutes I was starting to feel better.
These tablets are primarily for stopping diarrhoea but don't specify being able to stop any other symptoms so if you're having other problems then this may not be the right solution for you.
So what's in the packet?
You only get six tablets in the packet which for the price of 3.75 is a bit low but I guess if you only need take one and then you're fine for a few months it's value for money. You also get an instruction book on how best to take the meds, with these you don't need any water as they dissolve on your tongue. It also recommends not to take these if you suffer from Irritable Bowl Syndrome.
The packaging advises that adults should take two tablets and it's not recommended for children under 12. However, I only took one with an ibuprofen and it seemed to do the trick but I did have to take another the following morning.
The tablet itself:
They're small and are ideal for those who don't like to swallow tablets, they do stick to the top of your mouth and have a strange mint taste to them. When I took the second tablet this morning though the taste was foul and I'm not sure why, so it might be best to have a glass of water handy (NOTE: Drinks like Diet Coke will only make it taste worse!)
This medication was perfect for my symptom. After suffering for five hours yesterday morning my symptoms had cleared up within thirty minutes of having the tablet so it's perfect for people who may regularly suffer from diarrhoea symptoms.
The only downside as mentioned is how many tablets you get for the price so if you are a regular sufferer you might want to consult your GP instead to get something that might be more value for money.
These tablets had no side affects with me, I couldn't eat much yesterday but I reckon that was part of the illness rather than the tablets themselves but after all, when you have one less symptom to deal with it makes illness easier to deal with.
I would definitely recommend these tablets and should I fall ill again this is what I would use in the future.
Price paid: 3.75
Available: From most superstores or pharmacy's
Tablets in packet: 6
Dooyoo stars: 4/5
I know that poo problems are not the nicest of things to discuss, but I felt that I just had to express how good these little tablets truly are.
Imodium Instants are available in most supermarkets, pharmacies and stores such as Superdrug. I always purchase these tablets in Wilkinsons as I find that this store is the cheapest, charging around £2.98 for a pack. Each box contains six tablets and the product is produced by McNeil Health.
These tablets tackle diarrhoea quickly and effectively and work by slowing down your bowel and helping it to return to its normal rhythm. Consequently, this then helps to restore the absorption of fluids into your body, thereby eradicating poo related problems altogether.
Only those over the age of 12 should use Imodium, but detailed dosage instructions are provided on the packaging and also on a little helpful information sheet that is included inside the box. The product recommends that you initially take two tablets, but I find that usually suffices.
To remove the tablets from the packaging you peel back the foil cover and then tip the tablet out. Unlike many other tablets, you do not push the Imodium tablets through the foil. Doing this would cause the rather delicate tablet to break up and render it useless. Therefore, you must be very careful when removing them from the packet to ensure that this does not happen.
As the tablets simply melt in the mouth, this means that you do not have to take them with water. This is hugely convenient if you are on the go or even if you just happen to suddenly have the urge to go to the loo, which let's face it happens in most situations when it comes to diarrhoea. They simply dissolve on the tongue and taste rather sweet actually.
I really appreciate this attribute, as usually I find it very difficult to swallow tablets and as a result I hate having to take them. However, with Imodium this issue is completely avoided and I only wish that other manufacturers of pain relief tablets would follow suit.
I have found no other non prescription product on the market that can rival Imodium instants. They epitomise convenience without sacrificing quality or their ability to do what they are supposed to. They are an essential item that I just have to have in my handbag and I would not dare leave the house without them just incase!
My periods cause me to experience extremely painful and uncomfortable stomach cramps and this often leads to me spending forever running back and forth to the loo. I have tried many pain killers on prescription and nothing clears up the problem quicker than Imodium does. Within one hour of taking one of these small tablets I always feel much better and my toilet troubles will have disappeared completely, leaving me free to actually enjoy my day and go about my daily business. I totally swear by them and honestly cannot sing their praises enough.
At almost £3 a pack they are rather expensive, but they do their job well and that is all that you could want and ask for from a product like this. In my view, they are entirely worth their price.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this product to those who are in a similar situation to myself or who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. My mum suffers from IBS and she frequently uses Imodium, so they can be used to deal with an array of bowel related problems easily, quickly and effectively.
** 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars from me! **
There was a time when these little magic pills or their brother Imodium plus were my constant companions. I suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome for the blissfully unaware); I had tried the usual doctor recommended route of peppermint oil capsules, which gave me little but temporarily minty burps, and altering my diet. This did help a little as I noticed parsnips, and chocolate if combined with Baileys Irish Cream (a fairly rare occurrence usually confined to around Christmas time) could set of an attack, however my IBS seemed to be almost entirely stress related. So I never knew when it would hit.
I'm writing this from the perspective of someone who has suffered with IBS rather than random attacks of diarrhoea. If you have a prolonged attack of diarrhoea you should always check with your doctor, but for those dicky tummies that seem to come from nowhere, or if you know why and it won't cause any harm by popping a chemical 'bung' in so to speak then these little tablets are perfect.
Imodium instants ( 2mg Loperamide Hydrochloride) came into the picture when on holiday. I had an attack of IBS and had forgotten my peppermint oil, the Imodium was the only thing that seemed as if they might be remotely suitable in the local grocery shop (there was no pharmacy locally). This reminds me to mention another good thing about these little darlings, you can get them almost anywhere for around the £4.00 mark for six (50p ish difference either way), for example a local Spar, pharmacy, supermarket, so ideal if you're 'caught short' whilst out. Once my other half had returned from his mission of mercy - I couldn't have left the house myself! - He presented me with a little light blue and white box. The tablets themselves are tiny only about three or four millimetres across and a millimetre or so deep. The blister pack which they come in should not be popped open as with most tablets in this format, as the little pills are very soft. There is an area to outer edge of each blister which allows you to peel the foil away to access the tablet. I was worried that the Imodium Instant would stop the diarrhoea but not the stomach cramps which I always get with IBS, so I only took half the recommended dose initially, which was one of the small white tablets instead of the two recommended as an initial dose at onset of symptoms (and one after every loose stool thereafter up to a maximum of 6 tablets in a day). The tablet must not be swallowed whole with water, but left to melt on your tongue, it has no unpleasant taste, the texture does becomes a little sticky (only a little bit) and I kind of 'lost' the tablet, it transferred to my palate when I closed my mouth, and then back to my tongue when I felt I should try and get it back on there, this whole palaver only lasted a few seconds and I don't think it really matters where in your mouth the tablet is as long as it's allowed to melt against tissue. I would say that the texture and method of taking this tablet makes it ideal for people who find it difficult to take tablets, my daughter just can't swallow a whole tablet of anything, and the Imodium Instant causes her no trouble at all.
Children under twelve shouldn't be given this medication, and they must be kept hydrated - you can get sachets of specially hydrating mix to add to cooled boiled water at the chemist or make your own hydrating drink by adding two pinches of salt to one of sugar to a glass of plain cooled boiled water - this little mix is simple but important when a child is losing lots of fluids, as it helps the drink you are giving them to be absorbed more effectively and keep the electrolytes balanced. Don't give the child pop, squash etc if possible, (if this is all they will drink then of course you have to give it to them, but it might have ingredients that could irritate the digestive tract and prolong the stomach upset), If the symptoms continue for more than 24 hours in a child they must see a doctor.
The effect on me even though I had only taken a half dose really was pretty much instant, I did need to go once more, but it was less painful and urgent, and as the tablet seemed to have helped ease the cramps as well as the diarrhoea I risked taking the second within half an hour of the first and voila no more diarrhoea or cramps. I didn't need to take any supplementary doses the relief of the cramps and runs seemed to be enough to settle my system down, and I was IBS free for the rest of the holiday. I couldn't say whether it is common to require only one dose or not, as I speak mainly from my own experience. I can however add my husbands as he is currently on a strong dose course of antibiotics which plays hell with your digestive system. By day three he was in dire need of some stomach relief and these boys have been a great help, he does need a couple of doses of Imodium Instant a day at the moment. Once the antibiotics have done their job he'll be on the Yakult or similar to help rebalance his gut.
All in all I would say these are an excellent product which does what it says on the pack. They are very easy to take, and can literally be taken anywhere, as you really don't need any fluids with them, there isn't even an unpleasant after taste which needs washing away. So as the TV advert implies you can just keep them in your bag in case disaster strikes unexpectedly. They are also easy to source as mentioned above, and if you can't get the instants most grocery type shops carry Imodium in some format and one of the others will work quickly, just not quite as quickly. I would say due to the reasonable price and high level of usefulness Imodium Instants are a first aid product everyone should have on stand by.
Convenient and discreet relief Melt on the tongue in seconds A pleasant mint after taste No need for water No need to swallow or chew / Suitable For / Suitable for adults and children over 12 years of age.