Immodium - advice

Travel Forums Asia Immodium - advice

1. Posted by velourfog (Budding Member 24 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Im in India and have been struck with the ol' Dheli belly. But i've had 2 solid day of travelling, and have ben taking immodium non stop out of necessity. oes anyone know about any health sort of risks involved? Because i know its not good for bacterial diarrhoea(sp?) as it just sits and multiplies inside. Is it ok to eat coz i just imagine food going down and sitting there. Not a very pleasant subject i know! But just something i was wondering about.

2. Posted by pollyali (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i spoke to my doctor before going away about said problems and he advised that you should only take immodium if its absolutely necessary (i.e you need to travel and wont be able to get near a toilet.) he said that if you do get it, bunk yourself near a toilet and wait it out.. so i guess he didnt advise it..Eating can also make it worse..


3. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Just make sure you're drinking lots of fluids/retaining electrolytes, preferably not from soda or juices, but from sports drinks, etc. Don't want to prolong it or worsen it by getting dehydrated. Did you bring antibiotics with you?

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5672 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

As long as you take several a day it won't be a problem.
And try to drink just one or 2 cans of coke a day, it keeps the delhi belly away....possibly...;)

5. Posted by meeg (Budding Member 44 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Too much imodium can give you toxic megacolon, which is basically a gigantic bowel blockage full of festy bacteria - but now that I have your attention, this only really happens in old people and those with existing bowel problems (Crohn's disease etc) I say dehydration is a bigger risk! Go with the electrolytes (bear in mind many sports drinks are full of sugar and will make you LOSE fluid) and do what it takes to make you comfortable! Might also be a good idea to stick to fairly bland foods for a few days, avoid the 'ring of fire' if you possibly can Coke might be ok (except see above: sugar = dehydration) but why not just drink battery acid for the same effect? Eat - you will not do yourself any favours by not eating!

6. Posted by velourfog (Budding Member 24 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Lol, thanks very much. All useful advice. The ring of fire is indeed a concern.