Imodium Side Effects

Imodium is a brand-name, over-the-counter medication. The generic name is loperamide, and it’s used for the treatment of diarrhea. When someone uses Imodium, it slows down the movement of their intestines. The result is fewer bowel movements and less watery stool. There are prescription versions of Imodium available as well, and it comes as a capsule, tablet and a liquid. Imodium isn’t intended to treat long-term or chronic diarrhea unless directed by a physician. Even when someone uses Imodium as directed or intended, side effects are possible. Common Imodium side effects can include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Stomach pain

Imodium AD side effects generally aren’t serious, but there is a trend with the use of Imodium and Imodium AD which is troubling and can lead to dangerous or deadly side effects. People are increasingly using Imodium as a way to either replace opioids or to go through opioid withdrawal. For Imodium to mimic the effects of opioids or stave off withdrawal symptoms, a person has to take extremely high doses. A normal dose of any loperamide product is around 8 to 16 mg taken over a 24-hour period. When people misuse Imodium, they are often taking more than 200 mg a day. At extremely high doses, side effects of Imodium can include euphoria, relaxation and other opioid-like effects.

Imodium Side Effects | Imodium Long And Short-Term Side Effects

One of the most frequently reported Imodium long-term side effects is the potential for dependence to occur. Imodium is intended as a short-term medication primarily. When someone uses Imodium over the long-term, and they become dependent on it, they may go through withdrawal if they try to stop using it. Some Imodium withdrawal symptoms can be similar to the flu. For example, symptoms may include headaches, body aches, hot and cold flashes and ongoing diarrhea. Imodium withdrawal doesn’t have to mean someone is misusing the drug. It can occur when someone is using it for therapeutic reasons.

People report that Imodium withdrawal symptoms are very similar to opioids, although this is mostly an antidotal assessment. The reason Imodium long-term side effects can include dependence like opioids is because it’s structurally similar to these drugs. The primary difference is at therapeutic doses, Imodium can’t cross the blood-brain barrier. At high doses, it can, however. This is why when people take large amounts of Imodium, they feel effects similar to opioids.

When discussing Imodium short-term side effects, there are two different scenarios to consider. The first is the side effects of taking Imodium at normal therapeutic doses. The side effects of a normal dose of Imodium aren’t severe in most cases. It’s a well-tolerated medication for the majority of people. The common side effects of a therapeutic Imodium dose are the ones named above. These can include drowsiness and fatigue.

With Imodium misuse, the side effects can be different and more severe. As was touched on, when someone is misusing Imodium, they’re taking incredibly high and often toxic doses. The only way for Imodium to cross the blood-brain barrier is to take an enormous dose. Even to prevent opioid withdrawal, very large doses of Imodium are required. If someone overdoses on Imodium, side effects can include depressed breathing and heart rate, paralyzed intestines, urine retention and cardiac problems. People who overdose on Imodium may also seem like they’re in a stupor and they may have impaired coordination. There has been an increasing number of stories where people have died from Imodium overdoses as well. To sum it all up, at low, normal doses, there are minimal side effects of Imodium. At high doses, side effects of Imodium can include respiratory depression and cardiac problems that can lead to death.

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