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I absolutely love the novelty of any kind of medicine simply because it makes the first aid kit/cabinet look as if a pharmacist has provided you with all the remedies just in case you fall ill and, looks impressive to friends and family who need a plaster and are stunned by the array of pills; lotions; multi-vitamins and medicated shampoo, they know in all reality, are just for display, but nonetheless, are impressed by your advanced collection as it shows great organizational skills! (am not a Hyacinth Bucket)
Recently, I had a pretty bad case of the runs and could find no obvious cause, other than an over-indulgence of Chocolate Gateau to celebrate the bank holiday weekend. Nothing in my medicine cabinet contained anything in the shape of diarrhea-relief when ordinarily I just don't get it (or anything) more serious than the common indigestion allergy to Milk products. My immediate response was disgust with myself for not having thought of this ailment before it sprung like Freddie Kruger's finger blades whilst asleep on the bed. I then made the decision to jump on the bus and go look round Sainsbury's (my nearest supermarket) for something that might clear the virus quickly.
My budget was £5.00 because had already spent £20.00 that same day on a freeview, so wanted something that was justifiably affordable, regardless of brand.
The 'gut' section of the stomach complaint medicine aisle, overwhelms choice! - I must have spent at least 15 minutes, in awe of the availability of these drugs, which may not seem a long time, but is when you are approached by a store detective who presumes that you are doing more than just looking. My shaking hands, hurriedly picked a box of Diocalm Ultra before the possibility of being banned from the store for 'long' browsing catastrophized my anxieties unnecessarily.
Winking, not flashing:
The quick selection of anti-diarrhea (accurately spelt: diarrhoea) diocalm ultra capsules, are the lightest of any pills with feather-box packaging that I have ever handled. The box almost slipped from my reasonable grip quite a few times before I got to the checkout even though the package is perfectly designed to fit within a gripped hand, with its airy-quality (suggestive of an empty bowel).
Remarkably, there is nothing eye-whoppingly grand about the overall aesthetics of this product, just simple; bold and more colourful than if there were a value-range version. The Cobalt-blue casing at one end is stunningly attractive as it gently merges with an off sea-green blue (sort of like a Turquoise, but murkier) that gives the illusion that a great deal of thought has been injected to create such a pleasing look to a box that contain nothing more then 'opioid' pills.
Fonts that sell:
Dioclam begins as an uppercase 'D' then proceeds to complete the word in lower-case format, though the whole word itself is in the size appropriate for anyone who may be long sighted. This is a telling sign, that this medicine, like a lot of medicine, is sold on the premise of its wording format that shouts at you from a few yards. 'Ultra' is some sizes smaller than Dioclam and all printed in upper-case to give the effect of it being of primary importance to the maximum strength of dose, but does not steal the limelight from the name of the product itself, which is a clever tactical move in the field of advertising. Also, Diocalm is colour-printed in an off-yellow white to give the effect of the product itself, being somewhat ill! - Ironically, The 'Ultra' in happy-bright yellow, outshines its master's title, so the consumer is left quibbling whether the brand name is in some kind of disrepute? - Truthfully, the visual effects and shades used in both words are meant to compliment one another - simple as that.
Diocalm like Immoduim Plus, causes the Paralysis or inactivity of the intestine that stops the movement of material through the gut, so without being graphic or offensive in anyway, I give my apologies in advance if this is disturbing reading material.
It is fantastically inventive for medical science to have come up with a pill that stops someone from having the runs, let alone ones that cease pregnancy!. My view on medicines that are preventative of normal bodily functioning is quite warped in many ways. On the one hand, I trust and believe in my internal wirings to get rid of waste that would render you dead if it didn't, but occasionally needs detoxifying if you are constipated for instance. Because I am undecided about why it is that Diarrhea occurs in people as well as animals and what the body craves in these situations other than fluids to create further flushing; taking anti-stool pills leave me worried as to whether I am making the problem worse and preventing nature from getting on with the job?
As these are maximum strength tablets (The meaning of 'Ultra'), you assume them to work in advance of your intestines and bowels, and they do. They are also likely to constipate you even when you come off them - the recommended dosage is as follows:
Adults, the elderly and children aged 12 years and over:
Two capsules immediately, followed by one capsule after each further bout of diarrhea up to a maximum of six capsules in any 24 hours.
So, if say you have bought one box of Diocalm containing six capsules and you take the lot within 24 hours, the result will be that you have ceased up the relentless flow of loose-waste from your body, but constipated yourself in the process because, as with all 'antimotility' drugs, they contain a substance called 'Lopermide hydrochloride' which decreases the activity in the myentric plexus. Loperamide is an "opioid-receptor agonist and acts on the μ-opioid receptors in the myenteric plexus large intestines".
In simple terms, what this means is that the 'Lopermide hydrochloride' pauses the central nervous system that aids in regulating the body letting go of waste, so makes it one very powerful opioid drug, although with Diolcalm, it is less so harmful to the nervous system than other similar opioid drugs.
After three days of taking 2 tablets per day, (didn't want to take the entire six capsules within a 24 hour period) and so spaced them out a bit, this is something most people would do if they are cautious of taking too many within one day, and because I didn't think that the problem would clear after one day, took them over the course of three days.
When it came to the second day, I did feel as if the problem was coming back so tried to go to the toilet and nothing happened, but was certain that something would, so took another two just in case I had diarrhea. The result was, that I hadn't once been to the bathroom to let go of any waste, which sort of worried me.
I excitedly came off them after the three days and still found that I couldn't 'let go' of anything that must have built up inside! - Not recommended to anyone who is on a weight-loss program in which fibrous foods such as vegetables and cereals, are an integral feature of a healthy eating plan that is specifically encouraged so as to rid the intestinal tract of built-up.
A great many overweight people, are stunned to learn that, much of the excess weight they carry, is not simply due to overeating, but more importantly, the frequency of bowel movement - significantly improved by exercise and water alone, but does require daily amounts of fiber to regulate the flushing of digested, but stored food that turns into excess fat if not entirely released.
Contents/Ingredients in diocalm:
Each capsule provides: Lopermide hydrochloride 2.0mg (Nerve-control enhancer)
Lactose, (is a sugar that is found most notably in milk extracted from sweet or sour whey)
Maize Starch (derived from maize and purified. It is fine white powder, used in adhesives such as glue)
Microcrystaline Cellulose (derived from high quality wood pulp)
Croscarmellose Sodium (used in oral pharmaceutical formulations as a disintegrant for capsules)
Dimeticone (an anti-foaming agent or anti-flatulent. It is used to relieve pain and bloating caused by trapped wind)
Black Iron Oxide (E172) Colourant
Yellow Iron Oxide (E172) Colourant
Titanium Dioxide (E132) Colourant
However, loperamide has been shown to cause a mild "physical dependence during preclinical studies, specifically in mice, rats, and rhesus monkeys" according to one research on the side-effects of diocalm. Perhaps because I had only taken them for a few days, didn't have this cause and affect on me personally, but I can imagine that with laboratory animals, because they have no say in what they are being experimented, they cannot make informed choices like the human can, so do not see any relevance of the study that proves nothing more than conclusive evidence that they cannot possibly be addictive. Furthermore, because many human beings are always trying to watch their weight and eat sensibly with all the televised adverts that encourage healthier eating/weight loss; I fail to see how it is that anyone could become even mildly addicted to diocalm, but more so laxatives that do the complete opposite.
Diocalm does state on the dose information, not to exceed the recommended 12 capsules within 24 hours, and if symptoms persist, then consult your doctor for further assistance and advice: I hadn't taken 12 or even six capsules within 24 hours, so naturally assumed that, I didn't need medical advice as most people wouldn't unless if it was something more serious.
Admittedly, this medicine is cheap and cheerful at £1.95 for 6 capsules in Sainsbury's and doesn't make any attempt whatsoever to entice consumers to develop any kind of addiction with its fully researched- dosage recommendations, that unquestionably apply to the pharmaceutical legalities of all saleable drugs.
Diocalm definitely stops diarrhea fast and effectively, so lives up to this claim without question, though mentions nothing of the complete paralysis of the intestine that also inhibits normal regulation of waste, so also acts as a pro-constipation drug (even after you have completed the recommended dose).