Why is it best to treat diarrhea early?
We surveyed diarrhea sufferers in 14 countries around the world and found that 84% of us feel weak and tired when suffering from acute diarrhea. This is no surprise when you consider the resulting loss of important fluids and salts from our body.
So why leave it untreated when you can relieve diarrhea and its uncomfortable symptoms and dehydrating effects?
How do I treat diarrhea with IMODIUM®?
IMODIUM® contains an active ingredient called Loperamide, which in turn works to renew the absorption of fluids in your system. This works in harmony with your body to help restore the digestive system to its natural pace and rhythm.
Isn’t it better to let diarrhea run its course?
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 defense mechanism. It’s a symptom of disruption to the finely tuned machine that is our digestive system. And it’s your immune system that fights infection, so there’s no need to leave diarrhea to run its course. In fact, when left to run its course, diarrhea can cause you to lose essential fluids and salts, leaving you feeling weak and depleted.
Early treatment limits this loss so you can start to feel better and your system can recover more quickly.
Will IMODIUM® cause constipation?
IMODIUM® contains no ingredients that might bind content or act as a bung. Instead, IMODIUM® works to restore the regular movement of your intestinal wall and to resume the natural rhythm of your digestive system, helping your bowel movements return to normal more quickly. Constipation may be experienced after diarrhea has finished as a result of the bowel being emptied or by eating less during the diarrhea episode. Data from clinical studies on IMODIUM® shows that only around 3% of people will experience constipation as a result of taking IMODIUM® as diarrhea treatment.
Isn’t it better to treat the root cause of the problem?
Yes - it’s true that it’s better to avoid trigger foods or stresses, if these are the factors that bring on diarrhea for you. But often you can’t control the cause of your diarrhea, especially if you have a sensitive system. So, the best you can do is treat the effects in order to limit the extra strain on your system caused by loss of fluids and salts. Treatment will stop your diarrhea and help your body to get back to recovery more quickly than if you don’t treat at all.
Will I become reliant on IMODIUM®?
In over 40 years of IMODIUM® use, there’s no evidence at all to suggest that people who use IMODIUM® regularly become reliant on it or resistant to its effects over time. In fact, you can use IMODIUM® to treat all types of infectious and non-infectious diarrhea, no matter how frequently you get them.
Remember. You should see your doctor if:
- Your symptoms last longer than 48 hours
- You develop a fever over 38°C
- You have blood or mucus in your stools
What about rehydration treatments?
Oral rehydration solutions replace lost fluids and salts and help to prevent dehydration, but they don’t relieve the symptoms of diarrhea. You can use IMODIUM® (to relieve diarrhea) together with an oral rehydration solution (to rehydrate your system).
How to treat diarrhea fast?
Here’s what to do to get rid and stop diarrhea faster:
- Take IMODIUM® straight after your first bout – it can relieve diarrhea in just one hour so your body can start to recover sooner.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and/or taking a rehydration treatment.
- Avoid fizzy drinks and rich or spicy foods.
- As your appetite increases, eat regular meals of simple baked foods.