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#1 ness1967

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Posted 15 April 2009 - 10:09 PM

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Does anyone know how often you can take Imodium? Is it safe to take daily?


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Posted 16 April 2009 - 12:15 AM

Doctors and pharmacists say you can take pretty much ss much as you want as long as you want without any negative effects. Personally, I distrust those kinds of assurances and have never taken an anti-d through 10 years of daily D and have lived without the condition, now, for 10 years, just with supplementation.It's a choice, but it should be safe, if you don't mind the C leading to D blowouts.Mark
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Posted 16 April 2009 - 12:18 AM

I have had to take Imodium AD for years now and take usually end up taking it several times a day. The only thing is that now I don't think it helps anymore, because my body must of gotten to use to it.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 12:20 AM

You have gone for 10 years without the D of IBS?? What are you taking to have such success for 10 years?

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 12:26 AM

I use a flavonoid supplement called Provex CV, designed for cholesterol control. Apparently, there are blood platelets in the bowels that act exactly like the platelets involved in cholesterol blockages which lead to inflammation and D. The flavonoids--grape seed and skin, gingko, bilberry, and quercetin--in the supplement control both of these problems. Originally, I took it only for my cardio problems. The effects on my bowels and digestion were totally unexpected.http://www.ibsgroup....showtopic=95757 for some others' experiences.Mark
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Posted 16 April 2009 - 08:35 AM

The instructions for Imodium say to take no more than 4 in 24 hours. I assume that's because taking more than 4 could easily lead to serious constipation in many people. I know from reading posts here that many people with IBS-D take many more than 4 Imodium a day on a regular basis. Personally, I try to avoid Imodium because it really stops me up. My stomach is extremely sensitive that way. Even 1/2 an Imodium can give me constipation for days, and when it finally wears off, I get D that lasts for hours. On the other hand, when my D was worse, my gastroenterologist recommended taking 1 Imodium every day when I woke up, to stop the D before it starts, so apparently it is safe to take every day at that dosage. I guess the main thing to be concerned about if you don't have issues with constipation is developing a tolerance for Imodium if you take it every day.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 09:37 AM

If you haven't been diagnosed and have diarrhea for too long you should go to the doctor rather than just taking Imodium for the long term.They have done some fairly long term studies on Imodium (for a few months at a time) in people who are known to have IBS and it appears safe to take daily at least for months on end.One reason to get a diagnosis is that long term Imodium use can cause problems for people with Ulcerative Colitis. They often have to use it, but need to be monitored by the doctor for a particular side effect they are prone to.
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Posted 16 April 2009 - 10:01 AM

I only take Imodium when my "D" is at it's worst and I cannot get off the potty for more then 3 hour's straight.Then I start with 2 tablets , and if I keep going more (Afew more hours) , then I will take 1 more tablet , and if I still keep going for several more hours I've taken a forth tablet.For "Me" I get plugged so bad for several days afterwards.Without fail , the amount of Imodium I take works out equiling the amount of days I'm plugged.I always pay attention to the directions on any medication , and never take more then the recommended dose.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 11:16 AM

I've taken imodium daily for 10 years. When my IBS-D was at its worst I took 5-6 and now I take 1/2-2 a day. For me atleast it has never stopped working, and I dont' get C from it.

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 05:28 PM

I take 2 initially. If I have something important to do or somewhere to go, I will continue taking 1 or 2 after every loose bm. Otherwise I let the D work out on its own. I have taken up to 6 in a short period of time and I guess I needed it because there were no side effects.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 07:13 PM

I take it daily. I have a coffee in the am when I wake up, use the bathroom, and then take one Immodium. Then I eat my breakfast a bit later. I then will take another in the evening if I'm going out to eat (but I don't do that too often, as the second one will most definitely leave me with C). Also, if I get some sort of D cramping during the day, I'll take a Librax rather than another Immodium. That will always stop the cramp before it turns into something worse. Luckily that doesn't happen too often though.I also try to leave one weekend day open so that I can just stay in and not take it so I'm not all stopped up for the next week.

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 03:04 AM

I've taken it daily (1 a day) for about 8 months now, since I was diagnosed. If I stop for one day only the diarrhoea will return.

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 05:28 AM

Hi.I have taken Immodium every day since christmas, I have IBS-D for 9 years but since christmas non stop, I was taking 4-5 a day, and still having a bm daily. Ive managed to cut it down to 1 a day, sometimes may have to take 2 if going somewhere.My Doctor and Gastro Specialist said I could take them every day and other than making you constipated if you take too many, should not do you any harm.

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Posted 18 April 2009 - 12:49 PM

What's PermaClear? Are you in the UK??

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 12:05 PM

Does anyone find that immodium makes them feel sick or is it just me????Ive been tryin Psyllium husk for D, it is actually quite good and is natural sorce of soluble fiber. think its a plant??? lol xx

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 02:16 PM

Immodium was my life saver for years. I never experienced negative effects, aside from the fact my body built up a tolerance to it and I ended up taking more and more to achieve the same effects, this was the reason I went back to my doctor to find something else, because the number I was taking was getting a bit too high for my liking - about 4 a day. I was the prescribed fybogel - and that was my miracle, it's not a drug but it sorted me pretty much out, still had the occasional bouts but nothing like I used to. Nowadays, I think my IBS seems to have pretty much gone away - I have my days but I feel normal in myself and my doctors seem to think it was linked to my hormones, because I had a nut allergy that developed at the same time - and that's also going. Anyway back to my point, when my IBS was at it's worst I used it and it kept me going and living life as best I could - I didn't seem to suffer what a lot of people got which was D held in for a few hours and then let out. I'd pretty much be sorted by the time I left for school in the morning, and my day would be ok. However, long term I wouldn't reccomend it really - as there are so many more things out there which don't just stop D for a day but can actually make you feel normal again, which is what everyone wants. And when you start taking immodiums you seem to get a comfort from it and won't switch.

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 06:36 PM

I have to take Immodium at least 3 a day everyother day. I don't have any trouble with C. I don't like the side affects tho, I feel tired but I can't sleep. I have been taking Donnatal and immodium for 2 months and still have D sometimes. I am sick of it. I can hardly go anywhere. Don't have health insurance, so i have to just be happy with what I take, and hope for the best. :(

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:49 AM

You have gone for 10 years without the D of IBS?? What are you taking to have such success for 10 years?

Matters of Cholesterol are usually indicative of Habba Syndrome, not IBS.Habba Syndrome is something that can be stopped near-completely, but IBS is not.This is not to say that he doesn't have IBS, but from what his solution suggests, it was more of a gallbladder thing. I could very well be wrong though.
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 08:47 AM

My gastro docter told me that people with ibs can take up to 30 imodium a day without it being harmful. I find this very hard to believe though...from my experience it loses its effect the longer you take it. I used to manage on 1 or 2 every other day now its more like 8 or 9 and sometimes more.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 04:46 PM

I know there are varying opinions on the forum for how much and often loperamide (and other drugs) can be taken.I would always advise that, be it OTC or prescription, never take more than is prescribed or described without consulting your doctor/GP.





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