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Imodium is used for treating symptoms of certain types of diarrhea. It is also used to decrease the amount of discharge from an ileostomy. It may also be used for to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Use Imodium as directed by your doctor.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Imodium.
- Take Imodium by mouth with or without food.
- Drinking extra fluids is recommended while you have diarrhea. Check with your doctor if you have questions.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Imodium is an antidiarrheal agent. It works by slowing the movement of bowel contents.
If a dose is missed, take it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your doctor. If more than one dose is missed, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Store Imodium between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Imodium out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Possible Side Effects
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
- severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); constipation; decreased urination; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; stomach bloating, swelling, or pain.
If you have any questions about Imodium, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Imodium is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.