Imodium not always working

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So I've suffered from IBS for about 3 years. I use imodium several times a week to help with it. Some days I'll just take a couple, sometimes I'll take 3, and  if I'm having a particularly bad day, or if I'm out for the whole day, or going to a meal, I'll take 4.

Sometimes 2 doesn't bind me up completely, but 3 or 4 usually seemed to do the job.

Occassionally recently though, I've found that when I take 3 in the morning, I sometimes still need to pass a stool at lunch time. Yesterday though, I had firm stools in the morning, but as I had a meeting at work, I took 2 at about 7.30am and then one more at 8am in the hope this would stop my stomach playing up. However, on my way to work I suddenly felt a bit sick. I think I then worried that I was ill (i have a bit of a phobia of being sick), and the anxiety I was feeling made my stomach play up after another hour or 2. I then at about 10.30am felt desperate to go to the loo but I hate going at work as it's embarrassing. I took an early lunch so that I could go home (i only live 10 mins drive from work) and go to the toilet. I didn't have diarrhoea, but my stool wasn't firm, and my stomach felt really unsettled. I had to go 2 or 3 tines within the next couple of hours. I then took one more imodium which bound me up for the rest of the day.

I still felt sick for a few hours, but it eventually eased off, so I don't think it was a bug. Might be worth mentioning that my period is due today, so I might have felt nauseous because of that?

Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone has had imodium fail on them like this before? Does it sound like I am building an immunity to it, or maybe it could just be a blip as I wasn't feeling well anyway?

I'm really worried now that imodium isn't going to work for me anymore, as I honestly don't know what I would do.  Imodium has really helped me in the last few years to try as best as I can to carry on and do things, but if it doesn't work I feel it's going to stop me doing things like going out.

I'd be really grateful for anyone's input or experiences with imodium.



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  • Posted

    Try COLPERMIN. You can buy it from the chemist and if it works you can get it on prescription.

    Hope this helps.

    Take care and keep in touch


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    Imodium isn't supposed to completely bind you up and stop you going, it works by slowing the motion of your intestines so that more water is absorbed and stools become firmer.

    Have you tried taking physillium (fybogel) although it's sold as a laxative it's also a stool Bulker so can firm up your stools. Coedine also works.

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    You are probably suffering from a combination of all these factors at the same time; IBS is like that.  The key is to try not to worry because it will make you worse.  Try distraction techniques such as a hobbyto take your mind off your symptoms.
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    I also noticed  it.After continues use of it gradually it losses its effectiveness.we have to increase the dosage.
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    Hi Vicky

    You are not alone! Most of the time, I have Colpermin at night and morning with Loperamide as needed in the day (sometimes none, at times 1-3). However, there are some days when it is so bad I take the full daily allowance by lunchtime and I am still back and forth to the loo!

    My view is that Imodium is great but, as with most things, has its limits so it’s really trial and error with a few different options on an individual basis. For me, I realise there will be days when nothing works complete sad

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    We become so used to it, it doesn't work anymore. I used to take imodium but now I don't. Lost it's effectiveness =(

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