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Loperamide alternatives

Wed Jun 01, 2022 2:08 pm
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Hello

After asking for help on my previous post yesterday called 'Ileostomy help', I thought I would ask if anyone takes an alternative to Loperamide Hydrochloride (Imodium) to control and regulate bowel function for ostomy. I have taken this for a number of years and also recently started on Omeprazole for stomach acid. I am not sure if Lopermaide is giving me unwanted side effects so am keen to see if there is an alternative. 

I have tried Codeine already but this made me very drowsy/sleepy.

Your advice is much appreciated

Mike x 

Wed Jun 01, 2022 3:06 pm

Hello Mike.

This question has come up one or two times  and I feel obliged to say that I could not get along with Loperamide in tablet form. However, it was much better as a liquid, because I could control the amounts I was taking according to my needs at the time.  I now take Docusate 100mgs x2, twice a day, which seems to me doing the trick for me.

I hope you find a solution to suit you soon.

Best wishes

Bill

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Wed Jun 01, 2022 11:17 pm

Here is some information I found online hope it helps.     https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-4789-4025/loperamide-oral/loperamide-oral/details/

Thu Jun 02, 2022 8:39 am

Hi Mike,

My surgeon gave me tincture of opium, it’s liquid and a very small dose, may give you the same symptoms of drowsy however. 
They have me on opium, Imodium and Lomotil and omeprazole and nothing stops my train except for bananas, I don’t really care for bananas, if it has one spot of not yellow/green I won’t eat it. 
Sorry I digress, even with all 4 medications I’m a dirty water fountain.

Best of luck finding relief. 
Abe/Paul

Thu Jun 02, 2022 9:25 am

Hello Mike,

I drink a glass of Metamucil every morning. It seems to help and if needed I will drink  another glass later on in the day. I also notice that adding a banana with my breakfast helps. As you, I’m not a fan of the Imodium.

Thu Jun 02, 2022 1:54 pm


MS18 wrote:

Hello Mike,

I drink a glass of Metamucil every morning. It seems to help and if needed I will drink  another glass later on in the day. I also notice that adding a banana with my breakfast helps....

Hi. Thanks for that - does metamucil not have laxative properties? I thought this might cause me to go more than I am already?

Fri Jun 03, 2022 5:47 pm


Mike1988 wrote:

Hi. Thanks for that - does metamucil not have laxative properties? I thought this might cause me to go more than I am already?

I thought the same but at my stay at the hospital they used it to control my loose output( sorry if that was too graphic). It worked, and that is now my morning routine. 

Fri Jun 03, 2022 5:49 pm


Mike1988 wrote:

Hi. Thanks for that - does metamucil not have laxative properties? I thought this might cause me to go more than I am already?

I thought the same but at my stay at the hospital they used it to control my loose output( sorry if that was too graphic). It worked, and that is now my morning routine. 

Sun Jun 05, 2022 6:19 am

Hi Mike,

New Ileostomy in April 2022, after colon resection and reversal of colostomy. I asked the same question to my GI surgeon, that is, if I should keep taking Metamucil with Imodium to control output because it sounds like one med does the opposite of the other. She said ‘yes’, continue with daily Metamucil and could even take it twice daily (morning and evening) because its type of fiber helps bind food. Then, titrate the Imodium depending on stool consistency & output. Like MS18 noted, my output has been ok with Metamucil just once daily & a banana or yogurt by early afternoon (& one Imodium as needed). 

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