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Stress and Anxiety

Stress has physical as well as emotional effects; the pressures of modern life can sometimes cause diarrhoea. Luckily, there are all sorts of things you can do to relieve your stress.

How your mood can cause diarrhoea

When you get stressed, anxious or nervous, your body produces adrenaline and other chemicals, which speed up the function of your nervous system. This can make some of your muscles work too fast. If the muscles in your intestines speed up, the natural rhythm of your digestion will speed up too.

Faster digestion means your intestines absorb less fluid, making your stools more frequent and watery - what we know as diarrhoea. Just a small reduction in the fluid you absorb can be enough to bring on a bout of diarrhoea.

Common causes of stress

Here are just a few things that might make you stressed, anxious or nervous:

  • Public speaking
  • Exams and interviews
  • Important social events
  • Personal problems
  • Being overly busy 
  • Work

How to relieve stress

We all get stressed now and then. Diarrhoea can be your body’s way of telling you that you’re under pressure. But it can of course make life even more difficult for you. So it’s best to deal with the causes of your stress first.

Read on for our tips on how to deal with stress

Treating Diarrhoea with IMODIUM®

Having diarrhoea can be stressful in itself, especially if you’re already feeling under pressure. So don’t hesitate in treating it straight away. IMODIUM® works in harmony with your body to help restore its natural rhythm, gently slowing digestion back down to a normal pace to relieve the symptoms of diarrhoea – and giving you one less thing to feel anxious about.

Find out more about IMODIUM®

IMODIUM® Original capsules can stop diarrhoea in one dose.

IMODIUM® IBS Relief

IMODIUM® IBS Relief helps you take control of your IBS diarrhoea.

IMODIUM® Instants dissolve instantly on your tongue, so they’re great for when you’re on the go.

IMODIUM® Plus Comfort tablets not only helps stop diarrhoea, but also soothe painful cramps, bloating and wind.

It’s easy to find IMODIUM® in supermarkets, chemists and many other shops. You don't need a prescription, so you can buy it over the counter as well as online.