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Well, it just says "take two on your first dose and one after each loose bowel movement after that. Do not exceed four in a day". The trouble is, I am not sure what time to take it etc. the box gives little instruction as to the precise details of dosage. I need to know how best to take it, especially for morning events, and the best time and amount to take it and not mess up my system.
 

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Well, it just says "take two on your first dose and one after each loose bowel movement after that. Do not exceed four in a day". The trouble is, I am not sure what time to take it etc. the box gives little instruction as to the precise details of dosage. I need to know how best to take it, especially for morning events, and the best time and amount to take it and not mess up my system.
 

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I take 2 in the morning and 2 at night 365 days a year. It does nothing for me if I take it during an attack. So I suppose it depends on if you are taking it as prevention or only when you are having problems.
 

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I take 2 in the morning and 2 at night 365 days a year. It does nothing for me if I take it during an attack. So I suppose it depends on if you are taking it as prevention or only when you are having problems.
 

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I know what you mean about taking it during an attack. I take it primarily as a preventative measure usually in the morning and it pretty much JUST manages to do the job. So I think I shud take two at night and one int he morning, in order to be comfortable.
 

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I know what you mean about taking it during an attack. I take it primarily as a preventative measure usually in the morning and it pretty much JUST manages to do the job. So I think I shud take two at night and one int he morning, in order to be comfortable.
 

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I take it during attacks. If possible I let the first wave, so to speak, out then slam 2 immodium. Or I take it at the first twinge of trouble in a situation where I know it is coming, like an interview. If I take it after the cramping starts but before anything exits then I get a lot of pain, so I try to make that 1-2 trips to the bathroom rather than keep it all in. Of course, this isn't always possible, so I do stop it up and suffer at times. Usually the imodium will keep me from having further trickles. If not, then after 15-20 minutes I take more.I get rebound D from Imodium when it wears off and the more I take, the worse it is. So I try to take just enough to stop the attack but not to stop me up completely. I also tend to have more problems when I take it "just in case" so I rarely do that. Remember it is possible to build up a tolerance to the medication. I had quite a tolerance to it and required double or triple the doses to get effects. Then Lotronex came out the first time and I was off the Imodium for a while. When I had to go off Lotronex I found that even a 1/2 imodium could help me when before that did nothing at all. So 1 did what 3 used to. If I'd continued to take it approx. 3 times/week maybe I would have been able to take it daily, as it did not work as effectively as designed. Some people do well with it but I'd suggest trying other things first. P.S. I've been told by others with some scientific knowledge that this is not true, but my previous GI specialist believed that regular Imodium over years use could ruin my bowel continence and scared me big time. The reverse is true for laxitives...but apparently my GI was wrong. Still, a little part of me is afraid to take it too much.
 

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I take it during attacks. If possible I let the first wave, so to speak, out then slam 2 immodium. Or I take it at the first twinge of trouble in a situation where I know it is coming, like an interview. If I take it after the cramping starts but before anything exits then I get a lot of pain, so I try to make that 1-2 trips to the bathroom rather than keep it all in. Of course, this isn't always possible, so I do stop it up and suffer at times. Usually the imodium will keep me from having further trickles. If not, then after 15-20 minutes I take more.I get rebound D from Imodium when it wears off and the more I take, the worse it is. So I try to take just enough to stop the attack but not to stop me up completely. I also tend to have more problems when I take it "just in case" so I rarely do that. Remember it is possible to build up a tolerance to the medication. I had quite a tolerance to it and required double or triple the doses to get effects. Then Lotronex came out the first time and I was off the Imodium for a while. When I had to go off Lotronex I found that even a 1/2 imodium could help me when before that did nothing at all. So 1 did what 3 used to. If I'd continued to take it approx. 3 times/week maybe I would have been able to take it daily, as it did not work as effectively as designed. Some people do well with it but I'd suggest trying other things first. P.S. I've been told by others with some scientific knowledge that this is not true, but my previous GI specialist believed that regular Imodium over years use could ruin my bowel continence and scared me big time. The reverse is true for laxitives...but apparently my GI was wrong. Still, a little part of me is afraid to take it too much.
 

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I think it fairly safe to take long term, immodium has been out for like 20 years (off the top of my head) and its long term effects are well known. I checked all of the literature when I first looked at taking it long term, but cannot recall it off the top of my head. Flux or Eric might be able to provide links for anyone that is considering taking it longterm.Ive been taking 4 a day for about 3 years now and it work just as well now as it did when i started. If I take it take it during an attack it can actually make me worse as the immodium is trying to block me up while my bowel is intent on finishing the job
 

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I think it fairly safe to take long term, immodium has been out for like 20 years (off the top of my head) and its long term effects are well known. I checked all of the literature when I first looked at taking it long term, but cannot recall it off the top of my head. Flux or Eric might be able to provide links for anyone that is considering taking it longterm.Ive been taking 4 a day for about 3 years now and it work just as well now as it did when i started. If I take it take it during an attack it can actually make me worse as the immodium is trying to block me up while my bowel is intent on finishing the job
 

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I'm not sure about taking Imodium until you need it and I've been taking it before it was an OTC drug. I,too, had a prescription. I only take it when I have an attack and if that doesn't do it and I have to go again I take another. There have been some occasions when I was eating away from home and felt a little uneasy and I would take 1/2 before the meal. That usually gets me home and most of the time it wards off the diarrhea entirely. Of course, I might not have had any trouble anyway. I don't think you can take it too long but I know for sure it can stop you up if you take too much of it. Been there and done that! The only time I ever have to take a laxative, ha!
 

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I'm not sure about taking Imodium until you need it and I've been taking it before it was an OTC drug. I,too, had a prescription. I only take it when I have an attack and if that doesn't do it and I have to go again I take another. There have been some occasions when I was eating away from home and felt a little uneasy and I would take 1/2 before the meal. That usually gets me home and most of the time it wards off the diarrhea entirely. Of course, I might not have had any trouble anyway. I don't think you can take it too long but I know for sure it can stop you up if you take too much of it. Been there and done that! The only time I ever have to take a laxative, ha!
 
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