The worst thing about diarrhoea is that it can strike at any time, bringing worry and often complicating even the most simple of activities. It is an incredibly common complaint with almost one third of the UK adult population suffering at one time or another. However, there is no reason to let diarrhoea stop you enjoying your daily activities.
Imodium products provide fast and effective relief of diarrhoea - faster than the leading prescription anti-diarrhoeal. Imodium products are available in many forms, including liquid, chewable tablets and caplets.
How does Imodium work?
- Diarrhoea starts in your small intestine.
- Normally food gets broken down in your small intestine, and the important nutrients are absorbed. Muscles move digested food content through your system.
- When you have diarrhoea, food content is being moved through your system too quickly, and nutrients are not being properly absorbed.
- Loperamide, the anti-diarrhoealmedicine in Imodium products, is absorbed directly in the wall of your small intestine. It slows down your small intestine to a normal pace. This means your intestine has more time to absorb the nutrients from food, and you have less frequent bowel movements.
Q: Do I need a prescription for Imodium or Imodium Plus?
A: No. Imodium 8, 12, 18 capsules; Imodium Instant Melts 12, Imodium Plus 6 and 12 caplets are available without a prescription.
Q: Isn’t it better to let diarrhoea takes its natural course to get rid of the bugs?
A: When diarrhoea occurs, some people believe that diarrhoea is the body's natural process used to 'flush out' the poison in the body and that anti-diarrhoeals bung up the body and keep pathogens locked in. In reality this not the case.
The poison that people speak of actually refers to the bacteria which cause some, but not all, cases of diarrhoea. For many people the cause is simply stress or anxiety or just a change in climate and there is no poison in the body.
If bacteria are present, the body will usually clear itself in a day or so. In the meantime, Imodium and Imodium Plus can help you feel better and carry on as normal.
When the condition is treated with Imodium or Imodium Plus, you can also help prevent the loss of watery stools that drain fluids and nutrients from the body, so you can help to restore your normal rhythm. If symptoms persist you should seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.
Q: Can children use Imodium or Imodium Plus?
A:Only people aged above 12 years can use Imodium or Imodium Plus with medical advice. Children below 12 years can use oral rehydration solutions to prevent dehydration during diarrhoea.
Q: Can I use Imodium or Imodium Plus if I am pregnant or breast feeding?
A:It is not advisable to use Imodium or Imodium Plus during pregnancy or breast-feeding. You may wish to consult your GP for advice.
Q: Can Imodium or Imodium Plus cause constipation?
A:Constipation has been very rarely observed. As long as you follow the recommended dosage, Imodium and Imodium Plus can provide you with fast, effective relief of diarrhoea often with just one dose.
Q: Can I use Imodium or Imodium Plus for Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
A:Your doctor should confirm if you are suffering from IBS. Once it is diagnosed by your doctor, Imodium (8,12,18) or Imodium Instant Melts (12), available from a pharmacy, can be used to treat short-lived episodes of diarrhoea associated with IBS.
Q: What can I take if I have difficulty swallowing tablets?
A:Let's face it. Try as we might, some people just can't swallow capsules or tablets. Luckily for you that doesn't stop you from getting rapid relief when diarrhoea strikes. Imodium Instants and Imodium Instant Melts dissolve on your tongue in seconds without the need for water.