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What is diarrhoea? - IMODIUM<sup>®</sup>

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What is diarrhoea?

To understand diarrhoea, you first need to know how digestion works and what happens when we tip the balance.

How digestion works

When your digestive system is in its normal rhythm, food and fluid pass regularly from the stomach into the small intestine. Food is then broken down and nutrients are absorbed along with most of the fluid. The remaining waste and some water pass into the colon (large intestine) where more water is absorbed and finally the waste is passed in the form of stools.

When your small intestine or colon are irritated, the relaxed and regular movement of your intestines can become overactive. Essential salts and fluids end up being passed through the colon too quickly with less fluid being absorbed by the body. The result is loose or watery stools, commonly known as diarrhoea.

Imodium contains an active ingredient called loperamide, which gently slows down your digestion, to help your body restore its natural rhythm and resume normal fluid absorption.

Types of diarrhoea

Though there are many different types of diarrhoea, these are some of the most common ones:

  • Frequent diarrhoea. While most people only experience diarrhoea from time to time, some people can get it more often and persistently.
  • Travellers’ diarrhoea. When you’re abroad it’s easy to get foreign bugs or food poisoning.
  • Infectious. There are numerous infections that can lead to diarrhoea.
  • Norovirus. If you catch what’s sometimes called the winter vomiting bug, diarrhoea will likely be a symptom.

Treating Diarrhoea with IMODIUM®

The good news is that you can treat diarrhoea – fast. IMODIUM® can help stop diarrhoea in just one hour, so you can start to feel better and get on with your day.

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It makes sense to treat acute diarrhoea straight away, so as to avoid losing too many fluids and salts and to help your body recover more quickly. IMODIUM® contains Loperamide, which works in harmony with your body to help restore its natural rhythm and renew the absorption of essential fluids.

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.