Imodium and Alcohol
Imodium generic name loperamide is also sold under the brand names Diamode, Paverin Kaopectate 1-D, Maalox Anti-Diarrheal and this drug slows the rhythm of digestion so that the small intestines have more time to absorb fluid and nutrients from food.
The drug is used to treat diarrhea and is also used to reduce the amount of stool in people who have ileostomy which is rerouting of the bowel through a surgical opening in the stomach.
It is suggested that you discuss the drinking of alcohol with your physician as it can greatly increase the side effects.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
Do not use this drug if you are allergic to this drug, have stools that are bloody, black or tarry or if you have diarrhea that is caused by an antibiotic.
Before using Imodium advise your physician if you have a fever, mucus in your stools, a history of liver disease, taking an antibiotic, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breast feeding, allergic to any other drug or substance.
Less serious side effects are dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling, constipation, mild stomach pain, mild skin rash or itching. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, stomach pain or bloating, ongoing or worsening diarrhea, diarrhea that is watery or bloody, severe skin reaction, fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash that spreads with blistering and peeling. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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