Generally, to overdose on Imodium, you would need to take more than the recommended maximum daily dose of 16 mg a day. However, as little as 2 mg a day can put a person at risk of overdose if taken over an extended time.
For oral dosage form (tablets): Adults and teenagers—The usual dose is 4 mg ( 2 tablets) after the first loose bowel movement, and 2 mg (1 tablet) after each loose bowel movement after the first dose has been taken. No more than 8 mg (4 tablets) should be taken in any 24-hour period.
Symptoms of an overdose of Imodium can include: nausea. vomiting. severe drowsiness. pain in your abdomen. severe constipation.
Adults: The recommended initial dose is 4mg (two capsules) followed by 2 mg ( one capsule) after each unformed stool. Daily dose should not exceed 16mg (eight capsules). Clinical improvement is usually observed within 48 hours.
This medication is used to treat sudden diarrhea (including traveler’s diarrhea). It works by slowing down the movement of the gut. This decreases the number of bowel movements and makes the stool less watery. Loperamide is also used to reduce the amount of discharge in patients who have undergone an ileostomy.
Improper use of this medication (overuse or abuse) may cause serious harm, such as fast/irregular heartbeat or death. Do not increase your dose, take it more often, or take it for longer than directed.
Many people think diarrhea is a sign that your body is trying to get rid of something, so it’s better to let it ‘flush’ any bacteria or toxins out of the body. But diarrhea is not a defence mechanism.
After you stop taking Imodium, it takes about 11 hours for the level of Imodium in your body to be reduced by half. After this amount of time, Imodium will have less and less of an effect on controlling your diarrhea. It typically takes about 2 to 3 days for the drug to be fully removed from your body.
The rest of their drug action differs, however. Imodium A-D slows the movement of fluids through your intestine and reduces the frequency and volume of your stools. Pepto-Bismol, on the other hand, reduces inflammation of your intestines and kills bacteria that cause diarrhea.
As the medication only acts on the digestive tract, there appears to be little risk associated with long-term or frequent use. If you find that you need to take Imodium on a more frequent basis, be sure to discuss your symptoms and your dosage with your doctor.
Loperamide is synthetic opioid that primarily affects opiate receptors in the intestine and is used to treat diarrhea. Loperamide has not been linked to serum enzyme elevations during therapy or to clinically apparent liver injury.
Loperamide is a very safe drug which is not addictive. It can be taken in doses of up to 8 capsules (16 milligrams) per day over long periods of time. Do not take more than 16 milligrams per day without medical advice.
How to ease symptoms in the meantime drinking plenty of water, juices, and broths to help avoid dehydration. taking OTC anti-diarrheal medications to help relieve pain from gas and bloating. getting plenty of rest to help slow the digestive process.
Tolerance to the antidiarrheal effect of loperamide has not been observed. Unlikely to cause drowsiness.
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medicines. Your doctor may suggest trying OTC diarrhea medicines such as bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol) and loperamide ( Imodium ) for relief. Researchers have found these drugs can help slow diarrhea, but they won’t help with other IBS symptoms like belly pain or swelling.