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      03.02.2014 22:41
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      Helps you get on with life when diarrhoea strikes

      Imodium Plus Caplets

      My husband and I travel quite a lot and this or something pretty similar is always in our travel medical kit. I have to say that I appear to be the one who makes most use of this product and its friends. I cannot understand why it is as my husband is the one with the sensitive bowels and I was brought up overseas so you would think my bowels had seen everything before!

      There is nothing worse than being on a holiday or even worse on a tour and then having a touch of uncertainty with the bowels. Many places we travel have very questionable toileting facilities and this makes the situation even more unpleasant.

      We had our honeymoon in India on a tour of the Rajasthan triangle. We were fine for the first week then trouble set in. This was a small bus tour and so we were on the go most days so we could not be indisposed as toilets were not an option between stops and even then they were dubious.

      We took these as instructed and indeed had one a day until we got home as things were tricky and this was the only way to ensure no accidents. It took a week once we were back for our bowels to come back to normal.

      It is not always when travelling abroad that these have been needed. We went to the theatre in London and unwisely we ate at 'Live bait' in Covent Garden. We both ended up with V&D in the night. Luckily it didn't hit us until after the theatre. My husband had to go to a conference that day and we had pre paid for pre booked train tickets so I had to wait for him. I sat on the floor in Harrods by the book department as it was close to the loo. Would you believe there was no chemist open on that Sunday so we suffered. Since that time Imodium has never been left at home no matter where we are travelling.

      The most recent trip we and Imodium took was to Scotland . I must have eaten something and we put it down to a prawn sandwich from M&S as that was the only thing I had eaten differently from my husband. I had chronic diarrhoea and spent the day in our rather nice bedroom while my husband went sight seeing.

      I found that one was NOT enough. I had to take another but after the day on the loo with V&D I felt much better the next day which was fortunate as we were driving home.

      I have a friend who suffered with a major bowel problem and had a colostomy bag for a while. They have operated and sewn bits together so that she no longer needs a bag but she has issues controlling her bowel movements and in order to help with this she takes four of these every day. I guess it is preferable to the bag but thank heavens I only need to take these in emergencies.

      They do act pretty quickly. I would not necessarily take them if I was at home as sometimes it is good for the bug to get through your system but when needs must and if you need to get on with life or you are travelling them pop one in. Sometimes one does the trick but sometimes you do have to take more than one particularly if you have V&D as you may have lost the pill 's helpfulness with your last evacuation.

      I have never needed more than three even when travelling but when in India we did take one a day for four days as we needed to make absolutely sure we were safe.

      If you are needing to take these frequently then definitely see your doctor as it may be a sign of something serious. These are for diarrhoea and so should not be used for any other reason and should not be used for long periods of time.

      These are an essential for any travel medical kit. Even if travelling in this country as we discovered it is not always easy to find a chemist open when and where you need one. If you have them with you the you can administer the remedy as soon as you become aware of needing it and don't have to suffer needlessly.

      We always have these at home as well as you just never know. We live a long way from the nearest shop and it is always better to be safe than sorry.

      Read the instructions and precautions before taking these and as I said see you doctor if things do not get any better or you are needing these too often.

      Thanks for reading. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.

      ©Catsholiday

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        26.03.2012 15:57
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        Imodium plus caplets

        I have just had the worst two days ever, hence why no new reviews from me. I have had sickness and diarrhoea and when it wasn't coming out of one end it was coming out of the other, sorry for the graphic detail there. I'm pretty sure it was something I ate and not a bug as when I threw up I could see last nights dinner but it was still horrible and not much fun and with two babies at home I needed something to stop it fast. Luckily my husband was around to take over nappy changing duty as the smell was tipping me over the edge.

        We had some Imodium plus caplets in the kitchen cupboard from when my husband had suffered a few weeks back and so I decided to take them. According to the packaging, Imodium plus caplets are dual action caplets as they stop diarrhoea and also clam stomach discomfort. They are uniquely formulated to also control stomach symptoms such as cramps, wind and bloating. Each caplet contains loperamide hydrochloride 2mg and Simeticone equilevlaent to 125mg polydimethylsiloxane.

        The caplets are thin and long and it says on the box that they are easy to swallow which I agree with as they are not too big but then I have no problem taking tablets anyway. They are individually packed in plastic with a foil and paper backing so not only do you know that they have not been tampered with, its easy to just take one and then have the rest still packaged and safe to store. The tablets are white and a bit powdery but like I've said above easy to swallow and have no after taste.

        The dosage is easy to follow. You are advised to swallow two caplets initially, followed by one caplet after each loose bowel movement. Not more than 4 caplets should be taken per day for a maximum of 2 days. Well, I followed the instructions and took two caplets when I got up the first morning of my sickness and then took one after nearly every toilet visit for the rest of that day. I only took them for one day as I felt I had taken enough tablets by that point and also I started to feel much better.

        If you have ever had diarrhoea you will know how it feels. Initially I couldn't move more than a few feet from the toilet for fear of being caught short but then gradually during the day the visits got less recent and things really started to calm down which was great and I really put it down to the work of these tablets. I could also feel my stomach calming down too. In the morning it was constantly grumbling and turning but later on it started to settle and I felt much better.

        I would recommend these tablets as I think they really worked for me and provided some much needed relief. A pack of 12 costs £6.39 in Boots.

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        28.10.2010 16:02
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        Definitely a must have for stomach emergencies

        Imodium Plus tablets use the active ingredient Loperamide and also Simeticone to stop short lived episodes of diarrhoea. There are many anti-diarrhoeal products on the market, including several different types under the Imodium brand name. Imodium Plus are more expensive than the original Imodium tablets at about £4 for a pack of 6 tablets, and certainly also more expensive than the many "instore own brands" that you can buy. However, Imodium Plus is the one that I could not live without.

        Unfortunately when I do suffer from diarrhoea, for me, it is always accompanied by extremely unpleasant cramps in my stomach and sensations of nausea and bloating. It is here that Imodium Plus wins hands down. Whilst other anti-diarrhoeal tablets that I have tried have managed to get rid of the diarrhoea itself I am usually left with the horrendous cramps, which are almost as problematic as the diarrhoea itself. On one occasion the cramps didn't go for nearly 24 hours later! So, if you are someone who suffers from more than just the diarrhoea symptom, I would definitely recommend Imodium Plus as worth the extra cost.

        The Imodium tablets generally are the best on the market, and 2 or 3 tablets will usually be effective in clearing up diarrhoea really quickly. The only key thing to note is that they are not recommended for children under 12 and you should not really be taking more than 4 tablets in a day. Personally I don't think they taste brilliant and because of the texture they tend to stick to my mouth a bit, but that's if I'm really trying to be picky. They're not horrendous and they are a reasonable "typical tablet" size. You can get Imodium Plus from most chemists and supermarkets.

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        20.01.2010 14:56
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        A God send.

        Diarrhoea isn't the nicest of subjects, but lots of us suffer with it and I'm sure Imodium has prevented discomfort and embarrassment for many.

        Personally I have a lot of issues with my stomach and my symptoms are made worse by the anxiety attacks that I occasionally suffer. I have been learning to cope with my anxiety and the subsequent tummy issues that follow and I find that carrying Imodium helps, just because I know I have emergency medicine on standby.

        The active ingredients in Imodium are Loperamide hydrochloride and simeticone. The tablets work by slowing down an overactive bowl and allowing the body to absorb water and salts. They also break up gases that can cause cramps and bloating.

        A small packet of six tablets will set you back around £4.00, but it does provide relief, so in my book its £4.00 well spent.

        You can only take four tablets in a 24 hour period, but I usually find that one tablet is enough to stop moderate pains and diarrhoea.

        I would only ever use these tablets if I wasn't feeling ill in any other way, because if you have a virus then stopping your body from flushing out toxins may cause more harm than good.

        The only problem with these tablets is that they come in a chalky tablet form. So if you are caught on the hop, so to speak, then you may not have a bottle of water handy and it is virtually impossible to take these tablets without a drink.

        Overall I'd say that this product is great for short term relief. I am giving it four out of five Dooyoo stars.

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        04.06.2009 13:03
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        Take this if you have diarrhoea and need to function normally

        Imodium plus caplets have been designed by the manufacturers to stop diarrhoea. However, generally, for me, when I get diarrhoea it is usually because I've eaten something bad or I've picked up a bug from somewhere. In such cases, I want it out of my digestive system as quickly as possible. The last thing that I want to do is keep it sitting in my system.

        However, there are times when I find that diarrhoea is really, really inconvenient. Maybe I have a really important meeting to attend or I'm half way up a mountain that I'm climbing. On such occasions, I just want to block up my digestive system so that I can function for a while. On those occasions, I have found that Imodium is ideal. I find that the tablets or caplets, as they are bizarrely called, are easy for me to swallow and they definitely seem to be very effective at blocking things up.

        Imodium also contains some ingredient that reduces gas in the stomach and related areas, which can also help to give some relief from the discomfort that usually accompanies diarrhoea. Imodium is also supposed to help with other stomach aches. However, I wouldn't personally recommend Imodium for minor stomach problems. That would just be like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

        The information on the packet advises that the medicine should not be taken for longer than two days and I think that is good advice unless you want to be completely blocked for days. Constipation is a real possibility if you take too many of these tablets.

        All in all, I have found that it's a very effective product that can help you if you really need to carry on living your life as normal. Otherwise, I would suggest that you just let nature take it's course and keep drinking those fluids!

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          07.01.2009 13:01
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          An effective anti-diarrhoea drug - but heed the advice of the doctor!

          Sadly, for me, 2008 will be remembered as the year I got diarrhoea four times. It's not a pleasant subject, let's face it, but it's even less pleasant when you're the one dashing backwards and forwards to the bathroom, narrowly avoiding jettisoning the contents of your bowels into your slippers. For my sins, in 2008, I twice suffered from what I believed to be food poisoning, once suffered from an excess of cider and finally, rounded the year off with a heavy dose of gastric flu. Along the way, Imodium Plus was my drug of choice in trying to cure the symptoms, with varying degrees of success.

          There are currently three varieties of Imodium for sale. Standard Imodium tablets seem to be available pretty much everywhere and can be purchased "off-the-shelf". Imodium Plus (the subject of my review) only seems to be available in chemists, some of which insist that you speak to the pharmacist prior to making a purchase (although in Boots, I normally just pick it up.) I've not found that either the standard Imodium or the Imodium Instants are particularly effective at all and so, whilst the Plus is twice the price, it definitely pays to go for the strongest variety.

          The active ingredient in all Imodium products is loperamide. In simple terms, loperamide acts on the intestinal walls, slowing down the passing of waste matter and allowing more water to be absorbed. By design, this should quickly treat the symptoms of diarrhoea, as the digestive system will be less inclined to pass things through so quickly. Clearly, it is also intended to return a degree of control to the sufferer who, in severe cases, simply has no control over his/her bowel movements; a most unpleasant condition.

          The tablets are about the size of a normal painkiller (Anadin Extra are almost identical in size.) They are white and feel as though they have a slightly chalky texture, but you swallow them whole rather than chewing them. They're very easy to take; the faintly minty taste means that they aren't unpleasant and with a glass of water, you can get them down without any issues. Adults are supposed to take two straight away, with one to be taken at intervals after each bowel movement if necessary, but no more than 4 in a 24-hour period.

          In three out of four instances, the tablets were extremely effective. I took them immediately after I'd been to the toilet and within minutes, my system started to feel slightly more settled. The manufacturers claim that they can ease other symptoms (such as wind or stomach cramps) and this was also true. In all three cases, the diarrhoea stopped pretty much straight away, meaning that I was actually able to rest/sleep (a critical thing when you're ill, which diarrhoea pretty much rules out.)

          In fact, the drugs are almost *too* effective. The diarrhoea clears up very quickly but I then find that my digestive system grinds to a halt completely for 24 hours or more. In one case, I found that I became quite constipated and (bizarrely) this in turn seemed to lead to renewed bloating and wind. It takes some time for my system to get back to normal, and I could therefore only recommend the drugs in a real emergency.

          For gastric flu, the drugs were completely ineffective. Having suffered with chronic symptoms for a day or more, I visited the doctor, who warned me that loperamide-based products are unsuitable for gastric viruses. Apparently, the whole point of these watery bowel movements is to enable your body to expel the toxins from your gut, and if you take something like Imodium, you will simply be extending the duration of the infection. Nonetheless, having spent a further 12 hours constantly in the bathroom, I decided that enough was enough and that I needed some sleep, so I resorted to Imodium Plus. In spite of my other experiences, the loperamide simply had no effect at all and I continued to suffer with diarrhoea until there was simply nothing left to get rid of. This may have been an indication of the severity of the infection, but the only remedy left to me then was to take re-hydration powders and lie pitifully in bed.

          Imodium Plus is not recommended for children and I would go further to say that I would not use this unless it was for alcohol or food-induced symptoms. If you feel as though you may be suffering from a virus, then heed the advice of the professionals and try and live with the diarrhoea to get rid of the bug. At around £6 for twelve caplets, it's not entirely cheap, but in the right conditions it is, at least, effective.

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          Imodium Plus Caplets are used for the symptomatic treatment of acute diarrhoea and associated symptoms of gas-related abdominal discomfort including bloating, cramping or flatulence. Stops diarrhoea and calm additional symptoms such as stomach cramps.