pharmacological properties of the drug Imodium

affects cells and smooth muscles of the intestinal wall, increasing the tone of the rectum and anal sphincter.This slows peristalsis and reduces the frequency of urge to defecate.

drug normalizes the excess mucus in the lumen of the intestine, reducing its secretion and prevents the formation of dehydration due to diarrhea appearing.In addition, Imodium reduces pain caused by severe spasms of smooth muscles of the intestinal wall. Imodium is available in the form of lozenges, and capsules.


drug is prescribed for the treatment of diarrhea of ​​various origins (with the exception of diarrhea, which has arisen as a result of consumption of antimicrobial agents).Patients with iliostoma drug is prescribed with a view to normalizing stool consisten
cy and reduce the frequency of bowel movements.


There are several contraindications to the use Imodium:

- acute dysentery, especially if it is accompanied by fever, and blood clots in the faeces;
- paralytic ileus and all diseases accompanied by motility disorders including constipation;
- induced ulcerative and taking antibiotics pseudomembranous colitis, bacterial enterocolitis;
- lactose intolerance. The drug should not be taken for children up to 5 years.During pregnancy, the drug is prescribed with caution.When taken during lactation breast-feeding should be discontinued.

Instructions for use

dosage of active agent (loperamide hydrochloride) in 1 tablets and capsules is the same and is 2 mg.

adult prescribe a starting dose - 2 tablets, children - 1 tablet.If diarrhea continues, adults and children should take 1 tablet after each bowel movement until the time is not normal stool consistency.The maximum daily dose for adults is 8 for children - 4 tablets.

If within 48 hours after the start of Imodium no clinical effect, the drug should be discontinued.

How to take Imodium

lozenges to put on the tongue, where it will disintegrate within 2-3 seconds.It can then be swallowed together with the saliva, without drinking water.The capsules should be swallowed without chewing, drinking water.

Side effects

Typically, diarrhea treatment Imodium well tolerated.There may be allergic reactions and adverse reactions from the gastrointestinal tract, such as nausea, vomiting, heartburn, bloating, intestinal obstruction, dry mouth.From the nervous system: convulsions, dizziness, headache, fatigue, drowsiness, loss of coordination.

Because the drug can cause drowsiness during the treatment period is recommended to give up driving.