General medical information about
Imodium For acute diarrhea, notify your doctor if your symptoms
do not improve within 2 days, if you develop a fever, or
if you notice blood or mucus in the stool. If Imodium is
being used to treat chronic diarrhea, contact your doctor
if there is no improvement after 10 days.
when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous
activities. Imodium may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If
you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.
What is Imodium Imodium slows the rate at which the stomach and intestines
move. It also increases the density of stools and reduces
the amount of fluid in the stool.
Imodium is used
for symptomatic relief of acute and chronic diarrhea. Imodium
is also used to reduce the amount of stool from an ileostomy
(surgical diversion of the bowel).
Imodium may also
be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication
What you should find out before taking Imodium Before taking Imodium, tell your doctor if you
have a condition that could be complicated by constipation,
- have ulcerative colitis,
- have liver disease,
- have blood or mucus in the stool,
a fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, or
are taking an antibiotic.
You may not be able to
take Imodium, or you may require a dosage adjustment or
special monitoring during treatment.
Imodium is in
the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that Imodium is
not expected to harm an unborn baby. Do not take Imodium
without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether Imodium passes into breast
milk. Do not take Imodium without first talking to your
doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
should not be used to treat a child younger than 2 years
of age, except under the direction of a doctor.
How should take Imodium Take Imodium exactly as directed by your doctor or
follow the package directions. If you do not understand
these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor
to explain them to you.
Take each dose with a full
glass of water. Drink plenty of fluid to prevent dehydration
for as long as the diarrhea continues.
that you get a correct dose, measure the liquid form of
Imodium with the plastic dropper provided or with a special
dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular table spoon.
If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist
where you can get one.
Do not take more of this medication
than is prescribed for you. Talk to your doctor if your
symptoms are not being controlled.
For acute diarrhea,
notify your doctor if your symptoms do not improve within
2 days, if you develop a fever, or if you notice blood or
mucus in the stool. If Imodium is being used to treat chronic
diarrhea, contact your doctor if there is no improvement
after 10 days.
Store Imodium at room temperature
away from moisture and heat.
If you miss a dose: If Imodium is being taken as needed to control diarrhea,
missing a dose is not a problem. If Imodium is being taken
on a regular schedule and a dose is missed, take the missed
dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time
for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the
next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose
of this medication.
What happens if you overdose: Seek emergency medical attention.
of a Imodium overdose may include headache; nausea; vomiting;
dry mouth; dizziness; drowsiness; or confusion.
Avoid while taking Imodium Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or
performing other hazardous activities. Imodium may cause
dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or
drowsiness, avoid these activities.
Possible side effects of Imodium If you experience any of the following serious side
effects, stop taking Imodium and seek emergency medical
attention or contact your doctor immediately:
allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your
throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- development of a fever;
- persistent diarrhea
(longer than 2 days); or
- blood or mucus in the
Other, less serious side effects may be more
likely to occur. Continue to take Imodium and talk to your
doctor if you experience
- abdominal pain, distention,
- nausea or vomiting;
- drowsiness or dizziness; or
- dry mouth.
Side effects other than those
listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any
side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect Imodium
is not known whether Imodium will interact with other medicines.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any other
prescription or over-the-counter medicines.