diarrhoea

Diarrhoea

Imodium InstantsImodium Instants

Diarrhoea refers to when you experience loose bowel movements about three, or even more times daily and this symptom can be linked to conditions like a stomach bug, Irritable Bowel Syndrome,  food allergies, food poisoning, side effects to certain medicines, among other factors. Imodium Instants is a medication that treats diarrhoea effectively. Imodium Instants contains loperamide as the active ingredient, which allows it to treat this condition without causing side effects.

You can also use simple tricks at home to help you relieve diarrhoea without much hassle. The most common ones are:

  • Staying hydrated 

  • Reducing food intake

  • Avoiding spicy and greasy foods

The above tips are beneficial, but cannot treat your diarrhoea entirely. Therefore, you should use Imodium Instants if you want more permanent and fast results. Before using this medication, consult a doctor from Click Pharmacy to get guidance on how to use Imodium Instants accurately to receive the best results.

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Imodium Plus ComfortImodium Plus Comfort

Imodium Plus Comfort is non-prescription tablets uniquely designed to restore the body's system to its regular pace. Each of the Imodium Plus Comfort tablets contains two active ingredients known as Loperamide hydrochloride and simeticone. Loperamide works by slowing down the muscular movement of the gut, thus treating sudden diarrhoea. At the same time, simeticone helps release any wind trapped in the gut and as a result, relieving bloating and stomach pains.

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Imodium Syrup SFImodium Syrup SF

Imodium Syrup SF can treat chronic or acute diarrhoea effectively. This product contains loperamide hydrochloride as its active ingredient, which helps slow down your diarrhoea so the body is able to absorb minerals and vitamins from food rather than pass them straight out.

Other options to take alongside taking medication to help you relieve your diarrhoea at home. The most common ones are:

  • Staying hydrated

  • Reducing your food intake; stick to dry foods

  • Avoiding spicy, dairy, greasy and high-fat foods

These home remedies are simple to follow and can help you reduce your diarrhoea, thus making treating it even more comfortable. However, they might take longer than expected to help manage the diarrhoea completely, which is where Imodium Syrup SF comes in. Taking this medication allows you to treat diarrhoea fast and without causing severe side effects, hence enabling you to get back to your healthy lifestyle quickly. Before using this product, it’s advisable that you first consult with experts like Click Pharmacy to help determine the right dosage, and the proper way to use to avoid side effects.

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LoperamideLoperamide

Diarrhoea, it is not a good time and makes day to day life slightly uncomfortable, it's a great thing that loperamide exists, it is a medication that is used to treat sudden diarrhoea by slowing down the movement of the gut. This decreases the number of bowel movements and makes stool less watery. It's also a great way to reduce the amount of stool in people who have undergone an ileostomy (this is when there is a re-routing of the bowel through a surgical opening in the stomach). Another way it used to significant effect is to treat on-going diarrhoea in people with inflammatory bowel disease. It is also worth knowing that loperamide only treats the symptoms caused by diarrhoea but not the cause diarrhoea itself; treatment for the diarrhoea should be solely be determined by your doctor. The active ingredients consist of loperamide hydrochloride, while the inactive ingredients include of  Lactose, cornstarch, talc, and magnesium stearate

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What is Diarrhoea?

Diarrhoea is a common and unpleasant illness symptom or side-effect of certain medications characterised by frequent loose and watery poo. It can be caused by numerous things such as food poisoning, norovirus and is listed as a side-effect of various medications, including antibiotics. Other causes include IBS, inflammatory bowel disease, coeliac disease and diverticular disease. It is not typically anything to worry about but can lead to dehydration.

Diarrhoea will typically last between five to seven days and can be managed at home in most cases. Avoid contact with others by staying home, near the toilet and resting. Stay home for two days after the diarrhoea has stopped. Drink plenty of water or squash, in small sips if the diarrhoea is joined by vomiting, to prevent dehydration. Avoid teas, coffees, juices and fizzy drinks until the diarrhoea passes. If a baby has diarrhoea feed as normal but in smaller amounts. Do not make formula weaker. Do not give babies medication to stop diarrhoea before their first birthday. Eat when able with no restrictions unless a known or suspected food intolerance has caused the diarrhoea. Start with smaller amounts. Paracetamol can help ease pain and discomfort. It is available in children's strengths. Always read the label for dosage instructions.

What causes Diarrhoea?

Poor hygiene can cause diarrhoea. Wash hands with warm, soapy water after using the toilet. This should be done even if not experiencing diarrhoea to prevent the spread of bacterial infections. Wash clothing and bedding in the hot wash separate from other laundry. Once it is clean, it can be washed as usual.

Regularly clean toilets, flush handles, taps, surfaces, door handles, light switches, mobile phones and television and video game control daily if a household member is suffering from diarrhoea. Anti-bacterial cleaning wipes are available from supermarkets and may help for a quick clean while unwell. Thoroughly clean and disinfect everything when feeling better.

Spicy food can trigger diarrhoea if your stomach is not accustomed to the heat. Not washing salad properly before consumption and dirt is left on, always wash produce before eating. Do not prepare food for others while experiencing diarrhoea, even if making frequent use of warm, soapy water to wash hands. If you're solely responsible for providing meals for the household, a few days of ready meals and delivery won't hurt. Do not share towels or cutlery. Avoid swimming pools for two weeks after the diarrhoea passes.

The most common cause of short-term diarrhoea is gastroenteritis, a bowel infection that can have a viral, bacterial or parasitic origin. It is picked up through contaminated water, food and bad hygiene. Stress and anxiety can also result in diarrhoea.

Chronic diarrhoea may be a symptom of a more serious underlying medical issue, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Although there is no cure, a doctor can help recommend lifestyle changes to manage the condition. Seek medical advice for chronic diarrhoea to rule out and treat underlying causes.

Lactose intolerance is another common cause of diarrhoea. Watch for diarrhoea and associated symptoms after consuming dairy products. It is essential to not cut an entire food group out of the diet unless under medical supervision. Some people may be intolerant of fructose, which is a naturally occurring sugar found in fruits and honey. Artificial sweeteners may also cause diarrhoea for some people.

 

What are the dangers of Diarrhoea?

The most significant risk of having diarrhoea is dehydration. This occurs when the body is not receiving enough fluids. It can be deadly if ignored, particularly in children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. In adults watch for; excessive thirst, dry skin or mouth, little, no or discoloured pee that is dark, weakness, dizziness or light-headedness and fatigue. In babies and children watch for: no wet nappy within three hours, dry mouth and tongue, fever, crying but with no tears, drowsiness and irritability or a sunken abdomen, eyes or cheeks.

Phone for an ambulance or goes to A&E if there's a severe headache, stomach ache, stiff neck and pain when looking at bright lights or blood. Seek medical attention if worried about a baby under 12 months, baby stops feeding, child below the age of five shows signs of dehydration after using oral rehydration sachets, can't keep fluid down if the diarrhoea is joined by vomiting, blood in either the diarrhoea or coming from the bottom or diarrhoea that lasts longer than seven days.

A pharmacist can help recommend medicines which can stop the diarrhoea for a few hours and oral rehydration sachets.

Loperamide, which is known by the brand names Imodium and Dioraleze can be purchased over the counter from pharmacies, online pharmacies and various retail outlets. It is also available on prescription. Over the counter, loperamide should not be given to a child below the age of 12. Children below the age of 12 will require a prescription from the doctor. Loperamide is a medicine used to stop diarrhoea both in the short term and when it is chronic, such as diarrhoea caused by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It helps to slow down the bowel and thicken poo. It comes as tablets, capsules or a prescription liquid. Loperamide with simethicone can help if the diarrhoea comes with stomach cramps and bloating.

Antibiotics may cause diarrhoea. Always finish the course prescribed unless instructed otherwise by a doctor to prevent the bacteria from becoming resistant. Only take antibiotics if strictly needed.

 

How to avoid Diarrhoea?

Diarrhoea is a common symptom of various illnesses that usually clears up on its own within one week. It can lead to dehydration, so it is essential to have plenty of water and rehydration fluids. Always follow the instructions on the packet if using rehydration fluids. They may not be necessary in cases of mild diarrhoea. Watch for signs of dehydration, especially in children. Be sure to stay off school or work for two days after the diarrhoea has passed to prevent the spread of infection and practice good hygiene all the time, with extra precautions taken if a household member is experiencing diarrhoea.