What is it
Imodium Instants is a medicine which is used to treat sudden short-lived (acute) attacks of diarrhoea in adults and children aged 12 years and over.
It can also be used to treat diarrhoea associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in adults aged 18 years and over after your doctor has diagnosed you are suffering from this condition.
The tablets contain loperamide hydrochloride which helps reduce diarrhoea by slowing down an overactive bowel, which helps the body to absorb water and salts from the bowel.
For acute diarrhoea for persons 12 years and over:
Initially 2 tablets allowed to disintegrate on the tongue and then swallowed followed by one tablet after each loose bowel movement.
The usual dosage is 3 to 4 tablets per day. Maximum 8 tablets in 24 hours.
Under 12 years:Not to be given.
Acute diarrhoea associated with IBS: Over 12 years:
Initially 2 tablets allowed to disintegrate on the tongue and then swallowed.
The usual dose is 2 to 4 tablets per day in divided doses.
If required this dose can be adjusted according to response up to a maximum of 8 tablets in 24 hours.
Do not take this medicine:
If you have ever had a bad reaction to any of the ingredients.
If it is for a child under 12 years old.
If you have severe diarrhoea after taking antibiotics.
If you are having a flare up of an inflammatory bowel condition like ulcerative colitis.
If you are constipated or your stomach appears swollen (particularly in children with severe dehydration).
If you have acute dysentery, the symptoms of which may include blood in your stools and a high temperature.
If any of these apply to you, get advice from a doctor or pharmacist without taking Imodium Instants.