Imodium A-D EZ Chews
Generic Name: loperamide (loe PER a mide)
Brand Name: Diamode, Imodium A-D, Imodium A-D EZ Chews, Imodium A-D New Formula
What is Imodium A-D EZ Chews?
Imodium A-D EZ Chews slows the rhythm of digestion so that the small intestines have more time to absorb fluid and nutrients from the foods you eat.
Imodium A-D EZ Chews is used to treat diarrhea. This medicine is also used to reduce the amount of stool in people who have an ileostomy (re-routing of the bowel through a surgical opening in the stomach).
Imodium A-D EZ Chews may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use Imodium A-D EZ Chews if you have stomach pain without diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, bloody or tarry stools, diarrhea with a high fever, or diarrhea that is caused by a bacterial infection or by taking antibiotic medicine.
Do not take more than the recommended dose of this medicine. Misuse of Imodium A-D EZ Chews can cause serious heart problems that could be fatal.
Imodium A-D EZ Chews can also cause a serious heart problem if you use certain medicines at the same time. Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you are also taking other medications.
Imodium A-D EZ Chews should not be given to a child younger than 2 years old. This medicine can cause serious breathing problems and heart problems in a child.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use Imodium A-D EZ Chews if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
stomach pain without diarrhea;
diarrhea with a high fever;
stools that are bloody, black, or tarry;
diarrhea that is caused by a bacterial infection; or
diarrhea caused by taking an antibiotic (Clostridium difficile).
This medicine can cause serious breathing problems and heart problems in a child. Imodium A-D EZ Chews should not be given to a child younger than 2 years old. Do not give this medicine to any child or teenager without the advice of a doctor.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have:
mucus in your stools;
AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome);
a history of liver disease; or
if you are taking an antibiotic.
It is not known whether Imodium A-D EZ Chews will harm an unborn baby. Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant.
Loperamide can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using loperamide.
How should I take Imodium A-D EZ Chews?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
For adults, Imodium A-D EZ Chews is usually taken as a single dose of 4 milligrams (mg) at the first sign of diarrhea, and again at a dose of 2 mg if diarrhea comes back. For children, the correct dose depends on the child's age.
Do not take more than the recommended dose of this medicine. Misuse of Imodium A-D EZ Chews can cause serious heart problems that could be fatal. Follow all dosing instructions very carefully.
If you take Imodium A-D EZ Chews without a prescription (over-the-counter), do not take more 8 mg in 24 hours. If your doctor has prescribed this medicine, do not take more than 16 mg per day.
The Imodium A-D EZ Chews chewable tablet must be chewed before swallowing.
Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Take Imodium A-D EZ Chews with a full glass of water. Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking this medicine, to keep from getting dehydrated.
Imodium A-D Liquid and New Imodium A-D Liquid contain two different strengths of Imodium A-D EZ Chews. If you switch from using one brand to using the other, follow the dosing instructions carefully. Imodium A-D Liquid also contains a small amount of alcohol, but New Imodium A-D Liquid does not.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 days of treatment, or if you also have stomach bloating.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the liquid medicine to freeze.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since Imodium A-D EZ Chews is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include dizziness, drowsiness, little or no urination, severe stomach cramps, or constipation.
What should I avoid while taking Imodium A-D EZ Chews?
Avoid drinking tonic water. It can interact with Imodium A-D EZ Chews and may cause serious heart problems.
Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Follow your doctor's instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink.
Imodium A-D EZ Chews may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you are taking an antibiotic and you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use Imodium A-D EZ Chews to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.
Imodium A-D EZ Chews side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop taking Imodium A-D EZ Chews and call your doctor at once if you have:
headache with chest pain and severe dizziness;
a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
fast or pounding heartbeats;
stomach pain or bloating;
ongoing or worsening diarrhea;
diarrhea that is watery or bloody; or
severe skin reaction--fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
Common side effects may include:
stomach discomfort; or
nausea and vomiting.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect Imodium A-D EZ Chews?
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
gemfibrozil, ritonavir; or
stomach acid reducers--cimetidine, ranitidine.
Imodium A-D EZ Chews can cause a serious heart problem, especially if you use certain medicines at the same time. Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you are also using any of the following drugs, especially:
anagrelide, cilostazol, donepezil, fluconazole, methadone, ondansetron;
an antibiotic or antifungal medicine--azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, pentamidine, telithromycin;
cancer medicine--arsenic trioxide, oxaliplatin, vandetanib;
an antidepressant--citalopram, escitalopram;
anti-malaria medication--chloroquine, halofantrine, quinine;
heart rhythm medicine--amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, flecainide, ibutilide, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol; or
medicine to treat a psychiatric disorder--chlorpromazine, droperidol, haloperidol, pimozide, thioridazine.
These lists are not complete. Other drugs may interact with loperamide, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
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- Your pharmacist can provide more information about Imodium A-D EZ Chews.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Date modified: January 03, 2018
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