Fights diarrhea (acute and chronic of various genesis: allergic, emotional, drug, radiation, with a change in diet and quality of food, in violation of metabolism and absorption), used for regulation of stool in patients with ileostomy. Loperamide (the effective ingredient of Imodium) reduces the tone and motility of the smooth muscles of the intestine. Slows down the peristalsis and increases the transit time of intestinal contents. Increases the tone of the anal sphincter, promotes retention of fecal masses and reduced urge to defecate. The effect develops quickly and lasts for 4-6 hours.
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Imodium product description
Imodium is a medical product that provides antidiarrheal action, thereby normalizing the intestinal peristalsis. The pharmaceutical product is indicated for use in diarrhea of acute and chronic nature
Imodium safety information
Among the contraindications for using Imodium pills, the following conditions can be distinguished:
- The presence of acute dysentery or other infections of the digestive tract, including caused by the following microorganisms: Shigella spp., Campylobacter spp., As well as Salmonella; When detected diverticulosis;
- With increased sensitivity to the ingredients of the drug;
- Do not use an antidiabetic agent in the first trimester of pregnancy;
- Do not prescribe these pills for intestinal obstruction;
- With ulcerative colitis in acute form;
- With pseudo-membranous enterocolitis, when the liquid feces develop on the background of the use of antibiotics;
- Before the age of six, this pharmaceutical is forbidden.
In the event of constipation or strong bloating, you need to call urgent medical treatment. If diarrhea in a child leads to hypovolemia, a decrease in the number of electrolytes, replacement therapy is needed, so you have to fill the amount of fluid and electrolytes.
The Imodium is suitable only for the removal of unpleasant symptoms, so it must unquestionably be combined with inotropic drugs. Do you have acute diarrhea? If you don't feel better within two days, refuse therapy, perhaps the disorder is infectious. It is prohibited to take Imodium if there are impurities in the stool, the temperature rises. People with HIV at first signs of side conditions must refuse to receive Imodium. Otherwise, everything may end with bacterial colitis, a toxic lesion of the large intestine. Do you have liver problems? It is necessary to be observed carefully by the therapist in order to detect the features of toxin lesions in a timely manner.
In case of an overdose of the drug, the patient develops stupor, joints disorder coordination, drowsiness, myosis (narrowing of the pupils), increase muscle tone, respiratory depression characteristic, in addition, intestinal obstruction.
In this case, the stomach is washed promptly; the use of activated carbon is shown. The antidote is used, if necessary, the patient must be hospitalized.
Imodium side effects
The Imodium can bring the following side conditions:
From the digestive tract it is possible to note bloating, develops constipation, may be intestinal colic, abdominal ache, and some discomfort, characterized by nausea, in addition, vomiting, dry mouth is not excluded, and it is quite rare that intestinal obstruction is recorded.
In addition to the listed symptoms, undesirable reactions can be expressed in the form of fatigue, drowsiness is added, dizziness cannot be ruled out, in addition, a possible allergy, which is mainly manifested in the form of skin rash, and also characterized by a sense of burning in the tongue or its tingling that appears immediately after taking pharmaceutical product.