Posted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:05 pm Post subject: Stool thickener
My Dr. advised me to take imodium 1in morning and one at night. whatt can I expect in side effec ts. It has nerneralready thickened the stool. and now I'm stressing about thatt and very dry throat and mouth Blueiis
Hi, Loperamide/Immodium is available over the counter in the UK so I should think that the side effects are pretty minimal for most people, although all drugs can cause adverse effects in a minority of users.
If you google the side effects you can find them all on the internet, but that might make things worse if you are stressing about it.
If you are finding that the stool is too thick, maybe try half the dose am and pm, or just take one a day possibly after your main meal?
Another thing to look at is that you are actually drinking enough - although that sounds as it might make things worse, I find that generally the more I drink the better - one idea that was given to me was to drink water with a slice of lemon or lime as that helps the body to absorb more of the water rather than just excreting it.
Good luck with it, am sure others will have some more experience ....
FOR THICKER STOOL I USE ILEO GEL U PUT IT IN THE POUCH AS SOON AS LIQUID OR ANY THING IT GOES ONTO IT IT THECKENS SO U DONT NEED TO TAKE TABS DONT KNOW WHOLE STORY OH ILEO TABLETS DO NOT EAT ALSO GOES IN POUCH ..GOOD LUCK MARE ..
i find that immodium give me a stomach ache so i am prescribed by my doctor lomotil tablets...he also prescribed me zoton fast tabs (they are some kinda anti acid tablet but he prescribed it because it soaks up the excess stomach fluid which means that less watery fluid goes in my bag...i dont take them every day..i like to have days tablet free lol
To be honest, and I have an ileo almost 32 years, the consistency of your output really depends on what you are eating. The input affects the output, period. One remedy that I have found that automatically thickens my fecal discharge without fail is a bowl of macaroni with the sauce. For some reason, the sauce is the necessary ingredient because taken alone, it does not have quite the same effect.
My specialist advised me NOT to take things like Imodium (might be specific to my circumstances -- but I have read where some others have been told the same thing).
Too bad for Imodium ... hubby says their shares plummeted after I had my ileo - used to live on the stuff!
I get any thickening I might want from food (bananas, rice, potatoes, crackers). Instead of carrying Imodium - I have mini marshmallows. They work very well. Just make sure you don't swallow them whole, let them melt in your mouth and/or chew well.
You can even plop a few in your bag - that works too.
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