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.
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.
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