What are Imodium Classic Capsules?
Imodium Classic Capsules are a treatment which can help to ease two different types of diarrhoea. If you’re suffering with short term diarrhoea or diarrhoea caused by IBS, this medicine can help to ease your symptoms and reduce the number of times you need to go to the toilet.
What causes diarrhoea?
The most common causes of short-term diarrhoea are stomach bugs and food poisoning, both of which will usually clear up by themselves within 7 days. However, you can also experience diarrhoea if you have long term conditions such as food allergies or intolerance, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), or coeliac disease.
How will Imodium Classic 2mg treat my diarrhoea?
The 2mg of Loperamide in every Imodium Classic Capsule helps to treat diarrhoea by slowing down your overactive bowel. This reduces the amount of times you will need to go to the toilet and gives your body the chance to absorb the water and salts that are usually lost when you have diarrhoea.
Uses / Instructions
How to take Imodium Capsules
To start your treatment, swallow two Imodium Capsules with a drink of water, then take one more capsule after each loose bowel movement. Do not take more than 6 capsules in any 24-hour period. Remember to drink more fluids than usual to replace the fluid your body loses when you have diarrhoea.
How long can I take Loperamide 2mg for?
If you are treating short term diarrhoea, you should not take Imodium Loperamide Capsules for more than 48 hours. If your diarrhoea lasts longer than this, stop use and speak to your doctor. If you are treating diarrhoea caused by IBS, you can take this medicine for up to 2 weeks at a time to treat repeated attacks. However, you should not take this product to treat any attack which lasts longer than 48 hours. Speak to your doctor if you attack lasts for more than 48 hours or if your symptoms have not improved after 2 weeks.
Special warnings about this medicine
- Your body can lose large amounts of fluids and salts when you have diarrhoea. You need to replace the fluid by drinking more liquid than usual. Ask your pharmacist about rehydration therapy to replace lost salts. This is especially
important for children, and frail or older people.
- Do not take this product for anything other than its intended use and never take more than the recommended amount. Serious heart problems (symptoms of which include fast or irregular heartbeat) have been reported in patients who have taken too much loperamide, the active ingredient in IMODIUM Classic 2mg Capsules.
Some of the ingredients can cause problems
- This medicine contains lactose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars contact your doctor before taking this
Common: (may aff ect up to 1 in 10 people)
- Feeling sick, constipation or wind.
Uncommon: (may aff ect up to 1 in 100 people)
- Dizziness or drowsiness.
- Vomiting, indigestion.
- Dry mouth.
Rare: (may aff ect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
For a full list of side effects see the patient information leaflet.
What’s in this medicine The active ingredient in IMODIUM ® Classic 2mg Capsules is: Loperamide hydrochloride 2 mg per capsule.
Other ingredients are: Lactose, maize starch, talc and magnesium stearate (E572). The capsule itself is made up of titanium dioxide (E171), black ferrous oxide (E172), yellow ferric oxide (E172), indigo carmine (E132), erythrosine (E127) and gelatin.