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      26.07.2013 20:14
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      a miracle in a capsule as far as I'm concerned for around £3

      Unfortunately I have been suffering from chronic diarrhoea for 9 months now and have undergone a barrage of tests, procedures and invasive investigations but have yet to receive a diagnosis of my problem. My late mother had a bowel problem too in her later years and was prescribed Imodium so, obviously,, I mentioned this to my (numerous) doctors,nurses, GP and consultant but it was explained to me that as my condition is chronic rather than acute that the medication would only relieve the symptoms and would not be a cure.

      Luckily I am allowed to take a couple a month when I know I will be in a situation likely to make me stressed -eg i had to go to court, visit a friend in hospital and attend a full day course, all being situations where there may not have been easy access to a free loo. Thank goodness for Imodium because after taking the recommended 2 capsules means I feel 100% confident that there will be no 'accidents' (if there had ever been one I would have been mortified!)

      The tablets usually cost around £3 and can be found in all pharmacists and some supermarkets - I usually pick up mine at Tesco. The packet contains 18 capsules and they contain loperamide hydrochlride. There is an explanatory leaflet inside the box which is very clear. 1 - 2 can be taken but no more than 4 in a day by adults and over twelves.

      I think Imodium are brilliant as they work on my digestive system in less than an hour and leave me free of worry for the next few hours. Most people seem to just need them in an emergency and probably to take on holiday for sudden bouts of what the medical professionals term 'loose stools' but for me they are a little miracle which makes me feel both psychologically and physically better.

      If I could give this medication 10 stars I would, unfortunately I can only award 5, so 5 it is :))

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        An effective treatment

        A couple of months ago my little boy caught a nasty diarrhoea and sickness bug which resulted in both my husband and myself getting it too, apart from Diarolyte there was nothing we could really do except wait for it to pass. While the sickness part of the bug went away after 24 hours the diarrhoea didn't. When Jayden had this we had to take him to hospital one night and the doctor there warned us that even after the sickness part of the bug is over the diarrhoea can carry on for up to 10 days! He also advised that if me or Mark caught it to take Imodium until it passed, literally! 

        My husband popped to Tesco to buy some to have in the house just in case we needed them which we did. 

        Imodium Capsules are sold in a box which is mainly blue and yellow in colour, the Imodium logo is on the front where it also informs the customer that these are 2mg capsules, contain Loperamide hydrochloride and can relieve diarrhoea in one dose. 

        The back of the pack gives all the usual information you would expect to find on a  product like this such as ingredients, directions for use and a warning stating do not exceed the stated dose.  Inside the box there is an information leaflet which gives all the relevant information you would need to know in more detail. 

        The capsules are in a blister pack and its easy to push them out, the capsules themselves are quite small and are purple and green in colour, they are easy to swallow with a little water and don't start to melt as soon as you put one in your mouth, if like me you sometimes don't swallow tablets very well you have time to get them down before you start to taste them. 

        The directions state that adults and children over 12years should tale 2 capsules to start the treatment then 1 capsule after every loose bowel movement. 

        I needed these first and followed the instructions as stated on both the box and leaflet, I found I needed to take the Imodium for 3 days and I have to say it worked very well, when I first started taking them I was running to the loo every 30 minutes however after a couple of doses this was reduced to 2 or 3 times a day. 

        Imodium are sold in chemists and most supermarket, as I mentioned our first box came from Tesco and cost £3.00 however when Mark went down with the dreaded bug after me I bought a Tesco own brand diarrhoea relief capsule which cost considerably less and worked just as well. 

        If you find yourself suffering from a problem like this or even are going on holiday and want to safeguard yourself against a dodgy tummy I would definitely recommend Imodium Capsules they work fast and are easy to take, however I probably wont buy them again unless I have no choice as own brands are much cheaper and work just as well. 

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        19.04.2013 03:54
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        a great additon for any first aid jit

        Imodium
        One of the travel essentials, I am sure that half my luggage gets taken up by medication, plasters, first aid kit, but you can never be too prepared.

        =Holidays=
        I always make sure that I have Imodium packed as you never know when you need it, I always carry a pack in my handbag. As not sounding awful, but you don't always get much of a warning that the dodgy tummy is going to kick in.

        =Hygiene=
        As a person we may be the one who washes our hands, doesn't have ice in our drinks, pops sanitizer on, but does the next person do that, it is not as though we can go and ask them.

        =Holidays=
        Two years ago I had the misfortune of picking up food poisoning, I was on holiday on in the UK at the time, and I could not leave the small room for too long. It must have been faith as the caravan we were staying in had an en-suite toilet, so magazine and newspaper I could stay in comfort, or as comfortable as can be.

        =Chemist=
        I had to dispense Mr Thrifty to the local chemist to get me some medication, and he came back with a box of 6 Imodium tablets, I remember moaning at him, that 6 would not be enough, and he'd would be have to get me some more.

        =Dose=
        Mr Thrifty was advised to give me 2 tablets straight away, if this did not "block" the problem, then to take 1 more after each visit to the toilet. There was full instructions within the box.

        =Age=
        I don't know whether to have taken it as a compliment, but Mr Thrifty was asked if I was over 12, as Imodium could not be given to anyone over 12, he said he to think about it!!

        =Two Tablets=
        I was passed 2 tablets along with some water, in all honestly I thought I was going to be camped out in the bathroom for the evening, and a near miracle worked, I was able to leave the bathroom.

        =Further Dose=
        I spoke too soon as about 30 minutes later, I had taken root, another tablet and some water, and I am pleased to say that this actually did the trick. I felt normal.

        =Children=
        Unfortunately children under 12 cannot take these tablets, and there is a maximum of 6 tablets in a period of 24 hours.

        =Hydration=
        The important thing is to make sure you replace the fluids that have been lost, whether that is via the sachets you can purchase, I topped up with water and flat coke.

        =Travel=
        I never travel anywhere without a packet of these, and when I have had upset tummy since them, once I am sure it is not just a "one off" out comes the tablets.

        =Price and Availability=
        These can be picked up from supermarkets, chemists, even discount stores, and are in the region of £3 for a box of 6.

        =Would I recommend=
        I would highly recommend these tablets.

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        10.09.2012 10:50
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        These are great and do the job but cheaper brands are just as good

        I was putting together some medicines for a holiday and had forgotten anti- diarrhoea tablets, as Asda was my last stop I had to buy them from there, although horrified by the price it was too late to go to Home Bargains to get my usual quid ones. The Imodium original cost me £2 for only six, I wouldn't mind but that was on offer and they weren't even needed.

        The box is predominately white with a turquoise splash with 'Imodium' written in large letters so easy to spot. It tells us that they're the 'original 2mg capsules and can relieve diarrhoea in one dose'. The back has the usual ingredients and dosage instructions. The Home Bargains box is almost half the size of this one, as is the blister pack, it gives the impression that you're getting more for your money- the active ingredients are the same for both Imodium and the cheap one, they both contain 2mg Loperamide hydrochloride and Lactose the dosage is the same too.

        Inside there is an extensive leaflet with the uses for this medicine, warnings, storage and 'how to take'. There are two uses one for short term diarrhoea and the other for IBS. The dosage is more or less the same for both but for IBS it can be used for 2 weeks for repeated attacks. Take two capsules initially then one capsule after each loose movement and no more than six in 24 hours and do not take for attacks lasting 48 hours so a bit confusing. It says it's suitable for over 12's but over 18's for IBS- even more confusing!

        The capsules themselves are very small which is good, they are half grey and half green the words Imodium are printed on them. They are gelatin capsules and don't taste of anything. They come in an easy to pop out blister packet.

        Unfortunately I've had to use these. It says to take initially two, but I took one (well at that price....) I found the one capsule sufficient, probably if I had had severe diarrhoea then I would take two. I think it worked almost straight away there was less of the 'urge'. A couple of hours later I repeated the dose and was fine after that. I found these to really work, but no better than my usual cheapo brand. I've had no side effects from taking them, for example stomach cramps or ache, and they didn't make me feel sick or anything.

        I would like to give 5 stars because they do what they say they do but am knocking one off for the price and because the dosage instructions are confusing. If I had paid the full price which I think was £3 then I would have felt ripped off.

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        10.12.2011 21:16
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        Not a miracle cure... but for a few hours it can feel like it!

        Diarrhoea is a well-known pain for children in spelling tests (especially given the predominance online of the American spelling "diarrhea") but at that age it also tends to be a bit of a joke. Actually, it remains that way well into adulthood for those fortunate enough not to have suffered it very often; diarrhoea is one of those conditions, like mumps, which are often seen as funny and fair game for feeble stand-up comedians. Anyone who has actually had to put up with "the runs", however, is unlikely to see it in quite the same light - and that's where Imodium comes in, as a tried and trusted brand in helping to combat this most unpleasant of common ailments. (Not for those young children, however: the minimum age for taking it is 12.)

        It's important to appreciate that Imodium doesn't actually *cure* you, in the sense of getting rid of whatever underlying bugs are making your digestive system misbehave. For the most part all you can do about that is drink plenty of water (milk also seems to help for some people, me among them, but can make others worse, so beware!) and stick to a relatively plain diet while simply waiting for the illness to go away. However, while you *are* waiting, Imodium can help a good deal in combating the *symptoms*, in particular the awful feeling of needing to rush to the toilet at very little notice and (sometimes) only a few minutes since the last time. In short, it can allow you not to spend an entire day not daring to be more than a sprint from the nearest loo.

        There is a newer, more powerful version of Imodium called (with a singular lack of imagination) Imodium Plus, but here I'm reviewing the traditional form - this is now branded "Imodium Original". For about £2 to £3 you get a standard cardboard carton containing six tablets, which is the maximum dose for 24 hours. You take two in the first instance, followed by (to quote from the back of the box) "one after every further loose bowel movement". Obviously, if your symptoms become really severe, or if they go on for a long time, then you should cease self-medicating and get in touch with a doctor, or at least consult your pharmacist, as occasionally digestive problems can be caused by quite severe underlying illnesses.

        The tablets are very small capsules, which are extremely easy to swallow along with a glug of water; this is something very welcome when you're not really in the mood to take in anything at all. You won't notice any difference instantly, but it's actually surprising just how quickly Imodium does work - for example, the last time I took it, within a few minutes I felt able to go about reasonably normal shopping again. You get a few hours' relief with these things - somewhere around six to eight, I've found, though other people have reported as much as 12 hours so you might be lucky. You still may find yourself feeling tired and run-down, and of course if your diarrhoea *is* caused by some long-term underlying condition then there's no guarantee that you'll actually feel any better in yourself.

        Even so, I would certainly recommend that anybody with any sort of predisposition to bouts of diarrhoea, provided of course that their doctor hasn't told them otherwise, take a packet of Imodium with them in a suitably discreet place (such as in the side pocket of a shoulder bag) as if nothing else the simple piece of mind brought on by the knowledge that they are there if needed can have a calming effect. In short: don't expect Imodium to work miracles and make your digestive system run on all cylinders immediately - but its ability to give you, and your body, a bit of a break for even a short while makes it a pill not to be underestimated.

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          03.08.2009 11:43
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          Effective blocker

          On a recent working holiday I picked up a nasty little stomach bug and got to enjoy the feeling of the contents of my stomach leaving my body at a fast rate of knots initially from both ends and then after a day it was jus from the more conventional route however it was still an uncomfortable and not enjoyable expoerience for another few days and slap bang in the middle of my diarrhea I had a seven hour coach journey to contend with and no way of knowing until I got on the bus what the toilet facilities if any would be like.

          Hence I decided to reach for the Imodium, now Imodium is a small tablet and you take two at a time, it works very effectively based ypon my experience, as a blocker and stops you going to the toilet. The effects last anything from six to twelve hours and it does work well.

          What you do need to be aware of though is that it is not a curefor diarrhea, it will stop it but it does not cure the bugs in your stomach, the only effective way to treat it is to drink lots of fluids to replace those lost and eat very bland plain food until the bugs are flushed out.

          Three loose stools in a day is the definition of diarrhea and bad cases will see you going far more frequently and therefore if I have a journey to do then I will use Imodium as it has little side effects for me and works well. I found that I only needed to take two tablets and combined with the fact that I only took water for the duration of the trip I had a hassle and toilet free journey.

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          30.07.2009 00:37
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          Great medicine

          For kids Diarrhea is a laughing matter and I guess even adults can find it amusing too. I myself can admit that until I experienced it for the first time I was not sure what it was all about. I went to a foreign country where my body didnt acclimatise to the food and thats when I got stuck down with the runs.

          Imodium provides pretty much instant relief and will literally stop the runs in its tracks which is amazing. I never knew normal over the counter medicine could be that good. Symptoms usually started with stomach pain. You can tell when it is Diarrhea symptons as the stomach pain makes you want to go to the loo very badly! Then of course the stool is very loose and liquidy and its really not worth talking about here, but it isn't a pleasent experience at all. Diarrhea is a natural occurance though of your body trying to sort out its internal problems that usually result from spicy or food that is a bit off or different from what you normally have.

          The recommended dose is 2 pills initally and then an extra one after each loose bowel. With a maximum of 6 per day and if the symptoms persist after a day or so you should go to the doctor and get yourself checked out as it may be something completely different and of course more help would be needed.

          At the end of the day Imodium only is temporary relief, to sort out the problem you need to make sure you eat the right food. So its best to check online and see what you shouldn't eat, but during this period I tend to stick away from Milk, Cheese type products and also any fried or spicy food and I like to stick to simply dry stuff like Toast or Crackers.

          It really is quite a sensitive subject to talk about as Diarrhea is an embrassed subject to talk to other people to talk about and I cant imagine going to the doctor and talking about it. What I can say however though is that Imodium does provide relief and literally does stop the runs in like 10mins. So I highly recommend this product and havent tried any other Diarrhea medicine, but only because Imodium has never failed me and hence I haven't needed to check out elsewhere.

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            15.02.2009 15:36
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            A God send when you need it

            Well diarrhoea is never going to be a nice subject, is it? No but its one of those things that we all have to deal with occasionally. Personally its not something I have problems with alot. But when it happens I am a bit of a baby and really want something to make it better, and make it better quickly.

            As a child my mom always kept kaolin and morphine in the house, it was an old remedy and it did help and certainly eased the pain. As an adult I followed her example until one day I got such a bad stomach upset I forced myself to discuss the problem with the pharmacist and he recommended Imodium. Heres the good bit, it works. Generally quite quickly, sometimes I need a second dose but generally just one dose does the trick.

            It is basically a drug called Loperamide which acts to settle the intestines down, ease the pain and stop the diarrhoea. You take two capsules for your initial dose and then another one after any subsequent bouts. As I said the first dose normally does it for me.

            It isn't particularly cheap, I paid just over £5 for my last packet, but to be honest when you need it you would pay alot more!

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              17.08.2008 21:28
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              A first aid box necessity.

              I had cause to buy some Imodium while on holiday in Bath a week or so ago... Lets just say that I think some prawns I had the day before may not have agreed with me!
              For me, symptoms usually start with a lower stomach pain and a slight feeling of nausea. I headed back to the hotel with my very supportive friend (going via Boots for the Imodium) and installed myself in the bathroom! I know, it's not pretty!

              Anyway, I got all the rubbish out of my system and immediately felt quite a bit better as the pain had then gone. I then took two Imodium capsules, which is what the packaging recommends once you've had your first bout of diarrhoea (they then say have another one for every subsequent bout).

              So I took my 2 and we carried on with our afternoon, making sure I took it easy, although I must say I felt pretty much fine from then on. I made sure I had a pretty plain dinner, took another Imodium just before bed and the next morning I was all clear. :)

              Usually I would always have Imodium with me on a trip away (definiately if going abroad), but I'd naively thought I'd be fine. I was only going to Bath for 3 nights! Anyway, it's taught me a valuable lesson, take Imodium with me for any night away from home! It's good stuff.

              Scientific Bit:
              Imodium essentially works by calming the stomach and gut and solidifying your stools, hence stopping the diarrhoea in its tracks.

              Remember to drink lots during a bout though, as you can lose water very quickly, particularly if you've got a bad case and are just pooing water. That's never nice!

              I hope you weren't just eating...

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                03.01.2008 00:47
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                always have a pack just incase

                Imodium are avalable in different sized packs, i only ever buy the 7 tablet packs as i dont realy suffer with diarriah very often, my hysband says i have the constitution of a pig, lovely isnt he.

                A 7 tablet pack of immodium from my local chemist costs me £5.49 which i know is quite expensive seen as you can get anti diarriah tablets from places like pound land these days for £1 but imodium is a name i trust and the last thing you want when your realy ill is to be running out to the chemist because the tablets you brought dont work.

                With immodium you can take two capsules initially after the first loose bowl motion them a further tablet after each other loose bowl motion according to the box.

                I have never had to take more than 2 tablets to stop a stomach upset, although a bout of food poisoning did take a further tablet to controll the diarriah.

                You get almost instant relief from these tablets, none of that sitting around waiting for them to work, in a few minutes they have worked so you can relax and get on with your day.

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                  07.10.2005 10:11

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                  Very reliable, very quick-acting

                  This is one of the mainstays of my holiday first-aid kit. It is totally effective, and I don't mind paying a bit more for it because I know it is so reliable, and very fast-acting. Even if you're REALLY bad (and I have been!!!) a couple of doses is all you need. It does take a while to get your natural rhythm back again, and for a while after taking it I always feel a bit peculiar - hard to put my finger on just HOW, but just a little bit not normal. Probably that's just the inevitable dehydration. It's nothing much and a small price to pay for a very effective remedy. I would recommend it to anybody.

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                  So what is Imodium? ************************ Well according to Imodium.com it is an over the counter available medication. Its active ingredient is loperamide which "normalises" the function of your intestines. This is fine, but what it actually does is slows down the peristalsis of food along the intestine, which gives food a bit longer to be absorbed, rather than excreted as waste product. In layman's terms it effectively stops diarrhoea! Bonus feature: Does not contain Lactose! What is Imodium advanced? ******************************** Well Imodium advanced contains a further active ingredient simethicone. Simethicone is used to treat the wind pain, stomach cramps and bloating often associated with diarrhoea. Well that?s nice but what is diarrhoea? ***************************************** Diarrhoea can be a result of a number of things. It may be due to infection, antibiotics, inflammation or irritation of the intestines or simply too much hot and spicy food (ring sting anyone!). This will result in watery poo or stools if you prefer and symptoms such as dehydration, loss of energy and pyrexia (high temperature) may occur. The product Dave the PRODUCT! ************************************* Oh aye yeah. Imodium advanced comes in a nice little silver box with a picture of a black man (I mean a black man I am not referring to ethnic origin!) on the front (huh?). Inside are six little tablets, which are mint flavoured and are to be chewed. They taste a lot like softmints and leave you with nice, minty fresh breath. It is a pity you already have a smelly backside! Instructions wise they are the usual directions/warnings. Initially it is recommended adults take two of these tablets to stem diarrhoea and then one whenever you get loose stools. You CANNOT take more than four in 24 hours. Also, children cannot use this product. They should use oral rehydrati
                  on remedies instead. They also sensibly suggest that if symptoms persist for 48 hours you should consult your G.P. Side Effects ************* Side effects are rare but as with any medication they do exist. These include constipation (a sense of irony eh!), bloating, severe stomach cramps and nausea or vomiting (due to backup). I would not recommend it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding either but then I wouldn't recommend taking any medication when pregnant or breastfeeding. Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers should also not use this as it irritates the bowel further. The price *********** At £3.49 for six tablets (the cheapest I found online) it is expensive considering if you turn up at your G.P he will give you Loperamide on the NHS and Gaviscon! However, If you haven't got the time or the inclination to go the doctors or don't get free scripts then maybe it is worth the money. You can find these tablets in near enough all pharmacies. Alright Dave, what is your opinion? ************************************** I have used Imodium advanced for myself and in the nursing home and it does indeed stop diarrhoea and it works quickly (within an hour). However, I would say I am very reluctant to take or give this medication unless someone is in a lot of abdominal pain. It does not actually treat the condition but only limits the symptoms. It is usually better whenever possible to allow diarrhoea to run its course as it is the bodies? natural defence against infection. I would much rather give or take a rehydration fluid such as dioralyte to keep my electrolyte (salt) balance stable. So for me I can't recommend this product. Now go on Dave contradict yourself! **************************************** I would like to say that if you have to work and need to get through the day then this is great at stopping you from leaving your desk, computer, a
                  nd patient every five minutes to go the kaze. It is also essential for your holiday packing as a bout of food poisoning is more than likely in your dodgy spanish restaurant. If you get any sense from that then well done! Let me know if this review doesn't do it for yea. As always I welcome comments and constructive criticism.

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                    I'm sure that most people will agree that there is nothing worse than being struck down with the runs, especially when you have to go out somewhere. Fortunately for most of us these occurrences are quite rare but for others they can be a real nightmare. I used to suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and as a result frequently found myself being in a situation where I daren't leave the house, normally at an inconvenient time when I had to be somewhere soon, ie work or the dentist etc. Obviously I couldn't put my whole life on hold as a result of this so I set about trying to find something to help me with my problems which is how I initially was introduced to Imodium. I have tried lots of other brands of anti-diarrhoeal products in my mission to find a suitable remedy to help alleviate the symptoms I have suffered from but haven't found them to be as effective as Imodium. **WHAT IS IMODIUM?** Imodium is a medication which contains Loperamide hydrochloride which is used to help stop diarrhoea quickly and effectively. It is available to purchase as an over the counter medication and can be found in most supermarkets in the medicine aisle along side paracetamol and indigestion remedies etc. Imodium is available in capsule form making it easy to take and I normally purchase a packet of 6 capsules, I believe it is also available for general sale as a two pack but I haven't ever come across the two pack. Larger packets are available on prescription. A packet of six Imodium capsules costs around £3.00. The product is packaged in a small cardboard box which is easily identifiable as it has the product name 'Imodium' emblazoned across the top of the front of the box in bold bluey green text. Beneath the product name there is a picture of the capsules with the number of capsules enclosed written next to it, there is also a brief product description which advises that Imodium c
                    an stop diarrhoea with one dose. The reverse of the packaging contains details of the dosage, usage and product information such as availability, ingredients, distributor and licence holder. The packaging is sealed at both ends with a transparent label which advises you not to accept the product if the seal is broken. One end of the box advises you of the batch number and the expiry date. Inside the box you will find the product, each capsule is individually packaged within blister packaging, and also an instructions leaflet which you should read before taking this medication as it contains lots of vital information which will help you to decide if you can safely take the medication. The capsules are coloured half green and half grey, each capsule has a plastic coating which helps to make it easier to swallow, the plastic coating also ensures that you don't experience a nasty taste when taking the capsule. The product packaging advises that the dosage is as follows. Adults and children over 12 should initially take 2 capsules, if required you can take one more capsule after each further loose bowel movement up to a maximum of 6 per day. The capsules should be taken with liquid, eg water, and swallowed whole. Imodium is not suitable for children under 12. **DOES IT WORK** Yes - I am happy to say that it does. I usually find that I only need to take one dose of Imodium and within about an hour I am diarrhoea free and able to get back to normal. Fortunately I have recently discovered that my IBS was brought on by anxiety and since I have been treated for the anxiety by my GP the IBS has got considerably better and I do not need to keep relying upon this product. However, I always carry a packet of Imodium around with me and that way I know I will never be caught out. Imodium is a useful product to have in your medicine cabinet at home as you never know when you will need i
                    t. It is also a great product to take abroad as it is very light and easy to pack and could prove to be invaluable if you are unfortunate enough to suffer with an upset tummy whilst you are away. If you have suffered from diarrhoea it is important to remember to drink plenty of clear fluids or take something such as Dioralyte to help replace the lost fluids and salts as although Imodium is effective in stopping diarrhoea it does not contain anything to stop you from dehydrating. Imodium can be safely taken for 24 hours but should your symptoms persist beyond that you are advised to consult your GP. **SIDE EFFECTS** As with all medications Imodium can cause side effects in some people. Most people will be able to take the product without any problems at all but a full list of the possible side effects is included within the instructions leaflet. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER BEFORE TAKING THIS MEDICATION IS TO READ THE ENCLOSED LEAFLET TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS SAFE FOR YOU TO TAKE - IF YOU ARE NOT SURE PLEASE CONSULT EITHER YOUR PHARMACIST OR GP BEFORE TAKING. Imodium is distributed by Johnson & Johnson MSD who can be contacted at Enterprise House, Station Road, Loudwater, Buckinghamshire, HP10 9UF.

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                      I always have Imodium in the medicine cabinet; a lesson I learnt after travelling and realising that it was one of life’s necessities! What is it? Imodium helps to control both the inconvenience and pain of (short term) diarrhoea (oh why am I writing about this subject?!). The main active ingredient of Imodium is loperamide hydrochloride, a medicine used to treat diarrhoea, designed to thicken stools and so to reduce diarrhoea, mmm yum. Imodium has been about for years and there are many who’ll testify to its success. There are 2 products: Imodium (available in liquid & capsule form contains Loperamide) and Imodium Plus (chewable tablets contains Loperamide and simethicone – to reduce gas) which is stronger and works faster (beware the tablets taste a bit nasty despite the attempted minty disguise!). I have used both the capsules and the chewable tablets, both have had the same desired effect, but I prefer the capsules! Does it work? Oh yes it works, it’s saved my life more than once before! For me, it has worked (on the nastiest of tummies) after the first dose and it has usually done the trick after about an hour or less. It also helps alleviate any bloated feelings you might have and generally calms your troubled tummy down! You should drink lots of water and oral rehydration fluids as well, if you can as this really helps the symptoms. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer diarrhoea, Imodium should do the trick! Where can I buy it? You can buy it over the counter at most chemists and supermarkets, you can also buy it online. Cost: 18 Imodium Capsules retail around £6.50 18 Imodium Plus Tablets retail around £7/8 Dosage Imodium is only suitable for those 12 years or older, oral rehydration solutions are recommended for children younger than 12. Imodium Capsules: Take two capsules to begin with and then, if required, 1 capsule after eac
                      h episode of diarrhoea. Do not take more than 6 capsules in any 24 hour period. Imodium liquid: Adults and children aged 12 and over: take two 10 ml doses to begin with and then one 10 ml dose after each episode of diarrhoea. NEVER take more than eight 10 ml doses in any 24 hour period. Don’t overdose, you may end up in a worse state of constipation! Storage: Keep it out of reach of children and do not use after the expiry date. Side effects: I have never suffered any side effects or know of anyone that has, however, according to the medication, occasionally Imodium may cause side effects such as tummy cramps, feeling sick & vomiting, tiredness, drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth and skin reactions. Warning: Consult your GP before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you have persistent symptoms or any existing bowel or stomach conditions. Conclusion: This is an excellent remedy for an embarrassing, uncomfortable condition; I have always found that it works! I suggest you buy a packet no, in case of future emergency!

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                        17.04.2002 22:07
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                        Over the weekend, I was unlucky enough to suffer from a particularly nasty bout of gastro-enteritus, caused by eating some contaminated seafood. The extremely unpleasant symptoms were severe diarrhoea, painful stomach cramps and general tenderness of the stomach, bloatedness and wind. I was not a happy bunny. By Sunday, I was extremely weak and couldn't take the pain any longer. I ventured into the chemist at my local Tesco's and asked for something to tackle the diarrhoea and stomach cramps. The pharmacist recommended Imodium Plus, which as well as tackling the diarrhoea, which the normal Imodium does, helps ease the painful stomach cramps too. It sounded exactly what I was looking for, so I bought a pack. The instructions advise you to take two tablets immediately, and then one tablet following each loose bowel movement. The tablets must be chewed then swallowed. They're about the size of a small button, white and supposedly mint flavoured, although I thought the taste was vile and had to work very hard to keep them down. About half an hour after taking my first two Imodium Plus, the stomach cramps started to subside. It seemed to be working. I was able to get some comfortable, pain free sleep for the first time in two days. When I awoke, I felt like I needed to use the toilet, but when I got there nothing happened - the Imodium had halted the diarrhoea in its tracks! Although this seemed wonderful at the time, the cramps returned the next day and they were as bad if not worse than before. Despite me taking more Imodium tablets, the cramps didn't dissipate as they had the previous day, and the diarrhoea began again, although it was nowhere near as bad as previously. I rang NHS Direct and spoke to a nurse, who advised me to stop taking the Imodium completely, as it was preventing mother nature from flushing all the bad stuff out of my stomach. Instead, I was advised to allow the diarrhoea to run it
                        s course, making sure I replenished my natural minerals and salts with oral hydration poweders and plenty of liquids. Reluctantly, I heeded the advice. Although the Imodium worked in the short term, ridding me of the painful cramps and stopping the diarrhoea for a while, it was only really putting it on hold, prolonging the inevitable. I think Imodium Plus would be very good for someone who suffers regularly from a bit of a bad tummy, but it's not a good idea if you're suffering from an actual stomach illness.

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