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Loperamide hydrochloride tablets (also known under the brand name Imodium™) are a staple in the Anytime Doctor Travel Pack®. They are used to treat one of the most common illnesses experienced abroad - travellers' diarrhoea. Loperamide works by slowing down the bowel function and helps to reduce the amount of water and salts lost during repeated episodes of untreated diarrhoea. It does not treat the underlying cause of the diarrhoea, such as an infection, but treats the symptoms. It can be used together with other medicines from the travel pack to treat diarrhoea when necessary, such as azithromycin when the diarrhoea is caused by a bacterial infection.
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The active ingredient of Loperamide tablets is loperamide hydrochloride. Loperamide belongs to a group of medicines called anti-diarrhoeals and is used to treat diarrhoea. It works by slowing down an overactive bowel, helping the body to absorb water and salts. This makes the stools more solid and less frequent.
Do not use Loperamide tablets:
You must tell your doctor if you are taking, have recently taken or might take other medicines, in particular:
Get urgent medical help if you experience any of the following:
All medication can cause side effects. We have only listed a few to be aware of. Details of all side effects, including rare side effects to be aware of, are listed in the patient information leaflet (PIL). When completing your medical questionnaire, it is very important that you answer the questions truthfully. This is to ensure your doctor has a full picture of your medical history before prescribing. List all medicines you are already taking, including non-prescription and herbal medicines.
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Loperamide 2mg Patient Information Leaflet
British National Formulary: loperamide hydrochloride
How long does it take for Loperamide tablets to kick in?
Loperamide tablets (also known as Imodium™) should start to work in one hour. Sometimes it is necessary to take further doses, as described in the patient information leaflet.
Does Loperamide treat the underlying cause of diarrhoea?
Loperamide tablets will treat the diarrhoea symptom but will not treat the underlying cause. Sometimes your immune system will be able to fight whatever caused your diarrhoea, but sometimes you will need to take other medicine such as an antibiotic. Antibiotics like azithromycin can treat bacterial causes of diarrhoea.
Do Loperamide tablets rehydrate after diarrhoea?
Although Loperamide tablets can help your digestive system to absorb fluids and salts again by slowing down the movement in your bowel, they do not provide the salts and fluids needed. It may be necessary to also use oral rehydration sachets such as Dioralyte™ found in the Anytime Doctor Travel Pack.
Is it better to let diarrhoea run its course?
Leaving diarrhoea untreated and to run its course can cause you to lose fluids and essential salts. It is always important to remain hydrated and to replace salts when experiencing diarrhoea. Loperamide tablets will help restore your natural rhythm by slowing down digestive transit. This in turn helps your body to start absorbing fluids and salts again.
What do I eat when I have diarrhoea?
You may not feel like eating when you have diarrhoea but trying bland foods can help you get your strength back. You may have heard of the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) which can help to bulk up your stools. Always remember to keep hydrated, as you will be losing fluids during each episode of diarrhoea. Avoid rich and spicy foods and consider using rehydration sachets like the Dioralyte™ found in the Anytime Doctor Travel Pack.
Is yoghurt good for diarrhoea?
It is advised to avoid dairy products whilst suffering from diarrhoea, however some dairy products high in good bacteria can help restore your body’s natural bacteria balance after diarrhoea. In particular probiotic yoghurt and kefir can be good to help rebalance your gut bacteria.
Last Reviewed 29/05/2020 Authored 04/03/2011
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