Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules
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Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules

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Medication features

  • Helps bring bowel movements back to normal
  • Slows down muscle movement to stop Diarrhoea
  • Contains 2mg of the active ingredient Loperamide


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About Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules

Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules are a popular choice for treatment for short-term diarrhoea and are particularly effective as they will provide effective relief of diarrhoea.

Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules are suitable for individuals over 12 years old. Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules can also be used for diarrhoea associated with IBS (previously diagnosed by a doctor and for individuals over 18 years only.)

The active ingredient Loperamide Hydrochloride 2mg reduces the duration of diarrhoea as it is an anti-motility drug. It works by reducing stool frequency and increase stool consistency. Ensuring hydration whilst suffering from diarrhoea is very important as dehydration often occurs if you do not drink enough water as your body is losing water each time you pass loose stools.  

Individuals who have blood in their stools are particularly unwell or if symptoms have lasted longer than 3 days then they should seek advice from their doctor.

Practical Tips

  • Ensure you drink plenty of water so you do not become dehydrated
  • ORT (Oral Rehydration Therapy) can be used to prevent dehydration from occurring (particularly in young or frail, elderly individuals)
  • Eat and drink as normal, you should try to include soups and fruit juices into your diet so that it provides sufficient salt and sugar to your body, as well as foods high in carbohydrates (such as bread, pasta, rice)
  • Ensure good hand hygiene and regularly clean the toilet (including the seat and handle)
  • If your job involves handling the food you will need to seek specialist advice
  • If symptoms do not resolve after 3 days then seek advice from your doctor
  • If you have any of the following then you seek medical attention as soon as you can:
    -persistent vomiting
    -blood in vomit or diarrhoea
    -dehydration concerns


Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules are widely used and effective diarrhoea relief medication however every patient can respond differently to medication. If you find Imodium Instants is not effective for you, you may want to try an alternative.


Other treatments for diarrhoea relief are available at Simple Online Pharmacy. These include:

ORT treatments for dehydration prevention are also available at Simple Online Pharmacy. These include:

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What are Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules?

Loperamide Hydrochloride provides a form of treatment for the relief of diarrhoea. Loperamide Hydrochloride can be used for 2 types of diarrhoea, short-term diarrhoea and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) diarrhoea. The active ingredient in these capsules is loperamide. Loperamide works by slowing down bowel movements, which allows for more water to be absorbed into the body that has been lost as a result of diarrhoea.

How do I use Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules?

For short term diarrhoea (12 years and over)

  • Initially take 2 capsules
  • After the initial 2 capsules take a further capsule after each loose bowel movement.
  • Do not take for more than 48 hours and no more than 6 capsules in a 24 hour period

For IBS diarrhoea (18 years and over, diagnosed with IBS)

Use the same dosage as above however Loperamide Capsules can be taken for up to 2 weeks. This should not be followed for a one-off case. If this treatment does not improve your symptoms please speak to your Doctor or Health professional.

Can I use Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant it is advised that you consult a Doctor or Health professional before starting to use this medication. If you are breastfeeding it is advised that you don't use this medication as small traces can end up in the breast milk.



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Directions of use for Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules

  • For oral use only.
  • Do not use more than the recommended dose
  • Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules are not for long-term treatment.

Short-term diarrhoea

Adults and children aged 12 and over:

  • Take TWO capsules to start treatment initially
  • Then take ONE capsule after each loose bowel movement.
  • Do NOT take for attacks lasting longer than 48 hours.
  • Do NOT take more than six capsules in a 24-hour period.
  • Replace lost fluid by drinking more liquid than usual.
  • NOT for children aged under 12 years old.

IBS diarrhoea

Adults aged 18 and over:

  • Take TWO capsules to start treatment initially
  • Take ONE capsule after each loose bowel movement (or as advised by your doctor).
  • You can use this medicine for up to 2 weeks for repeated attacks, but do NOT take for any single attack lasting longer than 48 hours.
  • Do NOT take more than six capsules in a 24-hour period.
  • Replace lost fluid by drinking more liquid than usual.
  • NOT for children and young people aged under 18.

Talk to your doctor and stop taking this medicine if:

  • Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules have been continuously been used for 48 hours
  • new IBS symptoms occur
  • IBS symptoms worsen.
  • IBS symptoms do not get better after 2 weeks




Warnings for Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules

Do not take Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules if the user:

  • ever had a bad reaction to any of the ingredients.
  • Is a child aged under 12 (or under 18 for an IBS patient)
  • has severe diarrhoea after taking antibiotics.
  • Is having a flare-up of an inflammatory bowel condition like ulcerative colitis.
  • is constipated, or stomach appears swollen (especially in children with severe dehydration).
  • has acute dysentery, the symptoms of which may include blood in stools and high temperature.

If any of these applies to you, talk to a doctor or pharmacist and do not take Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules.

Talk to your doctor first if you:

  • have AIDS and your stomach becomes swollen, (STOP taking immediately and contact your doctor)
  • suffer from liver disease.
  • Have diarrhoea that lasts longer than 48 hours.
  • have severe diarrhoea as your body loses more fluid, sugars and salts than normal.
  • are taking any other medicines, including:
    - ritonavir (medicine for HIV).
    - quinidine (medicine for abnormal heart rhythms or malaria).
    - oral desmopressin (medicine for excessive urination).
    - itraconazole or ketoconazole (medicine to treat fungal infections).
    - gemfibrozil (medicine to treat high cholesterol).

If you are unsure about any of the medicines you are taking, seek advice from a healthcare professional.

If any of these applies to you (now or in the past), talk to a doctor or pharmacist.

Pregnancy or breastfeeding

  • If you are pregnant, think you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy: ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
  • If you are breastfeeding do not take this medicine. Small amounts may get into your milk. Talk to your doctor about a suitable treatment.

Special warnings about this medicine

  • This medicine may make you feel dizzy, tired or sleepy. You may feel less alert, feel faint or pass out. If you’re affected do not drive or use machines.
  • Your body can lose large amounts of fluids and salts when you have diarrhoea. You need to replace the fluid by drinking more liquid than usual. Ask your pharmacist about rehydration therapy to replace lost salts. This is especially important for children and frail or older people.
  • Do not take this product for anything other than its intended use and never take more than the recommended amount. Serious heart problems (symptoms of which include fast or irregular heartbeat) have been reported in patients who have taken excessive Imodium Instants.

Extra warnings for IBS patients: Use only if your doctor has previously diagnosed IBS.



Ingredients in Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules

Ingredients in Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules
Active Ingredient: Loperamide hydrochloride

Other Ingredients: maize starch, lactose, povidone, sodium starch glycollate and magnesium stearate.

Capsule shell Ingredients: gelatin, titanium dioxide (E171), iron oxides (E172) and patent blue V (E131).

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