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Imodium A-D New Formula

Generic Name: loperamide (loe PER a mide)
Brand Name: Diamode, Imodium A-D, Imodium A-D EZ Chews, Imodium A-D New Formula

Medically reviewed on February 9, 2018

What is Imodium A-D New Formula?

Imodium A-D New Formula 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 New Formula 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 New Formula may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

You should not use Imodium A-D New Formula if you have ulcerative colitis, bloody or tarry stools, diarrhea with a high fever, or diarrhea caused by antibiotic medication.

Imodium A-D New Formula is safe when used as directed. TAKING TOO MUCH LOPERAMIDE CAN CAUSE SERIOUS HEART PROBLEMS OR DEATH.

Serious heart problems may also happen if you take Imodium A-D New Formula with other medicines. Ask a doctor or pharmacist about safely using medications together.

Do not give Imodium A-D New Formula to a child younger than 2 years old.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Imodium A-D New Formula if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • stomach pain without diarrhea;

  • diarrhea with a high fever;

  • ulcerative colitis;

  • diarrhea that is caused by a bacterial infection; or

  • stools that are bloody, black, or tarry.

Do not give Imodium A-D New Formula to a child younger than 2 years old. Do not give Imodium A-D New Formula to an older child or teenager without a doctor's advice.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have:

Ask your doctor before using Imodium A-D New Formula to treat diarrhea caused by taking an antibiotic (Clostridium difficile).

Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant.

You should not breast-feed while you are using Imodium A-D New Formula.

How should I take Imodium A-D New Formula?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.

Imodium A-D New Formula is safe when used as directed. TAKING TOO MUCH LOPERAMIDE CAN CAUSE SERIOUS HEART PROBLEMS OR DEATH.

Carefully follow all dosing directions on the medicine label. A safe dose of loperamide is different for an adult than for a child. Imodium A-D New Formula doses in children are based on the child's age.

Take Imodium A-D New Formula with a full glass of water. Diarrhea can cause your body to lose fluids and electrolytes. Drink plenty of liquids to keep from getting dehydrated.

The Imodium A-D New Formula chewable tablet must be chewed before swallowing.

Shake the oral suspension (liquid) before you measure a dose. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

Not all liquid forms of loperamide are the same strengths. Carefully follow all dosing instructions for the medicine you are using.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the liquid medicine to freeze.

Stop taking Imodium A-D New Formula and call your doctor if you still have diarrhea after 2 days of treatment, or if you also have stomach bloating.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Imodium A-D New Formula is used when needed, it does not have a daily dosing schedule. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after using Imodium A-D New Formula.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of loperamide can be fatal.

Overdose symptoms may include fast or irregular heartbeats, or fainting. A person caring for you should seek emergency medical attention if you pass out and are hard to wake up.

What should I avoid while taking Imodium A-D New Formula?

Avoid drinking tonic water. It can interact with Imodium A-D New Formula and may cause serious heart problems.

Avoid becoming dehydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid vigorous exercise or exposure to hot weather if you are dehydrated.

Imodium A-D New Formula liquid may contain alcohol. Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how Imodium A-D New Formula will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.

Imodium A-D New Formula side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction (hives, difficult breathing, swelling in your face or throat) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burning in your eyes, skin pain, red or purple skin rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling).

Stop taking Imodium A-D New Formula and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • diarrhea that is watery or bloody;

  • stomach pain or bloating;

  • ongoing or worsening diarrhea; or

  • fast or pounding heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, shortness of breath, and sudden dizziness (like you might pass out).

Common side effects may include:

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.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Imodium A-D New Formula?

Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can affect your blood levels of other drugs you take. Ask a doctor or pharmacist about safely using medications together.

Imodium A-D New Formula can cause a serious heart problem. Your risk may be higher if you also use certain other medicines for infections, heart problems, depression, mental illness, cancer, malaria, or HIV.

Many drugs can affect Imodium A-D New Formula. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Further information

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.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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