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Imodium Alternative Cheap Generic Loperamide

Without a doubt, Imodium is the most popular brand used as a diarrhea relief medication. Today’s post focuses on Imodium alternative drugs for the relief of diarrhea.

Causes Of Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea is a common condition, which can affect children and adults of any age. A ‘stomach bug’ often causes acute diarrhoea, but an underlying condition and drugs can also cause it. Common drugs that can cause an acute episode of diarrhoea include:

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A virus, bacteria, or parasites can cause acute episodes of diarrhea.
People coming back from high-risk countries who experience symptoms of diarrhea, together with other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, fever, and bloody stools, may be experiencing signs of travelers’ diarrhea which the above organisms can also cause.

Diarrhea: When To See GP

In most cases, there is no need to see GP. However, certain people may need to see their doctor, for example:

  • People with prolonged symptoms of diarrhea
  • People with prolonged changes in bowel patterns, for example, frequent episodes of diarrhea
  • Diarrhea accompanied by persistent vomiting
  • Prolonged, severe pain in the stomach
  • People who traveled abroad to high-risk countries located in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America and developed symptoms of diarrhea
  • Young children (infants) with symptoms of diarrhea longer than one day
  • Presence of the blood in the stools
  • Black or dark stools, which may be a sign of bleeding from the stomach
  • Weight-loss

Self-Care Management Of An Acute Episode Of Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea usually goes on its own and lasts about 5-7 days in adults. It is essential to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Other recommendations include rest, eating normally when possible, and if fever is present, use of paracetamol.

Diarrhea usually goes on its own and lasts about 5-7 days in adults.

It is essential to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Other recommendations include rest, eating normally when possible

and if fever is present, use paracetamol. Children and adults over 12 years of age have an option to use diarrhea relief drugs such as Imodium or equivalent drugs.

Imodium Alternative Drugs

The main active ingredient of Imodium is Loperamide hydrochloride. Each capsule or tablet contains 2mg of loperamide hydrochloride.

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Loperamide can be purchased over the counter in most supermarkets, pharmacies and online.

When purchased outside the pharmacy counter, Loperamide is limited in size to 6 capsules or tablets per pack.

Larger packs / multiple packs of Loperamide can be bought from a pharmacy or online chemists, including Amazon’s 3rd party sellers.

Generic Loperamide 2mg Capsules

Most supermarkets and pharmacies sell their own branded diarrhea relief products, for example:

  • Boots Diarrhoea Relief 2mg Capsule
  • Tesco Diarrhoea Relief Capsules
  • Morrisons Acute Diarrhoea Relief Capsules
  • Diah-Limit (Coop Pharmacy)
  • Lloyds Pharmacy Diarrhoea Relief Capsules

All of the above products contain 2mg of Loperamide and are equivalent to Imodium Original capsules in terms of their active ingredient content. There are plenty of other ‘generic’ Loperamide capsules (not listed here) stocked by pharmacies and easily accessible to customers.

The main advantage over Imodium Original capsules is the price. Prices for generic Loperamide capsules vary between supermarkets and pharmacies, but generally, a pack of 6 tablets costs from around £1 to just under £3.

Quick FAQ

How many loperamide 2mg can I take?
The daily dose is usually no more than 16 milligrams (8 capsules).

Where To Buy Generic Loperamide Cheaply

Fortunately for customers, Loperamide is available online with great offers for multi-pack purchases. Below are some of the cheapest deals found on Amazon.co.uk for Loperamide capsules.

Additionally, pharmacies may stock cheap generic Loperamide at ‘the back’ of the pharmacy, in the dispensaries. Loperamide is usually dispensed in a pack of 30 capsules. Some generic brands of Loperamide 2mg are licensed as P medicines, which means they can be sold to the public.

Not all pharmacies may agree to sell P stock, especially when other brands are offered on display. A pack of 30 Loperamide 2mg capsules, including a mark-up cost, is below £2 (Price July 20; source: AHH branch stock code list).

Patients who wish to choose this option for buying cheap generic Loperamide need to ask a member of a pharmacy team if they would sell a ‘bigger’ pack of generic loperamide capsules from the dispensary.

Imodium IBS Relief Alternatives

Each Imodium IBS relief capsule contains 2mg of Loperamide. Imodium IBS relief capsules are used to treat acute episodes of diarrhea (adults and children over 12 years of age) and also for the treatment of acute diarrhea associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome diagnosed by a doctor (for adults over 18 years of age).

All previously mentioned Loperamide products would be a suitable alternative to Imodium IBS relief capsules in terms of their active ingredient content. There is a list of over counter medicine for IBS as an alternative to Imodium IBS.

Imodium Alternative: Loperamide Orodispersible

Imodium comes in the form of Orodispersible tablets called Imodium Instants and Imodium Instants Melts. The only difference between both products is the pack size and availability for the purchase.

Imodium Instants are general sale items (GSL), available for self-selection by customers from supermarkets or pharmacies with a limit of 6 tablets per pack. In contrast, Imodium Instant Melts are pharmacy-only medications available in larger-sized packs of 12 or 18 tablets.

Orodispersible tablets dissolve in the mouth when placed on the tongue without the need for liquid. As with previous products, Imodium Instants contains Loperamide 2mg.

One generic version of Orodispersible Loperamide is available on Amazon.co.uk. Although a limited number of reviews are present, it seems that this generic version of Loperamide Orodispersible tablets may not taste great.

The second alternative to Imodium Instants is available from Boots Pharmacy. Boots Diarrhoea Relief Instant-Melts can be purchased from Boots chemist on the high street and online.

Quick FAQ

Can orodispersible tablets be swallowed?
The dissolved material should be swallowed with saliva little by little while the tablet disintegrates. The tablet should not be taken with liquid or food. There should be at least 30 minutes before eating or drinking.

Alternative Options For Imodium Plus

Imodium Plus Comfort tablets contain two active ingredients, namely Loperamide and simethicone. Imodium Plus Comfort tablets are a general-sale item available in a pack size of 6 tablets from supermarkets, pharmacies, and online. In contrast, larger packs of Imodium Plus tablets are restricted to sale from pharmacies only.

There are no alternative products that contain the same two active ingredients; however, simethicone can be purchased as an individual product, which can be taken alongside loperamide capsules.

Two brands of simethicone gel capsules are commonly available in supermarkets and online are WindSetlers and Wind-eze. Both products are used to help with wind, bloating, and flatulence.

Imodium Alternative: Other Options

Rehydration Sachets For Diarrhoea

Self-help management of an acute episode of diarrhea involves drinking plenty of water or rehydration products, which contain electrolytes to improve rehydration and replace electrolytes loss caused by diarrhea.

Dioralyte is one of the most known brands of rehydration sachets. The diarolyte range comes in different flavors, providing the adequate replacement of electrolytes to treat dehydration. Dioralyte can be used alongside Loperamide.

Dioralyte Relief sachets contain pre-cooked rice, which helps watery stools return to normal. ORS Hydration Tablets with Electrolytes are the best-selling product on Amazon.co.uk in a related category.

Although not explicitly advertised as oral rehydration for symptoms of diarrhea, ORS Hydration Tablets are perfectly suitable to provide electrolytes and improve hydration. Additionally, ORS Hydration Tablets are vegan, gluten and lactose-free.

Kaolin And Morphine Mixture For Diarrhoea

Kaolin & Morphine Mixture is a pharmacy-only product that has been used as a ‘traditional’ remedy for the relief of diarrhea. Kaolin is believed to help remove ‘toxins’ that cause diarrhea.

One of the most common side effects of morphine is constipation; therefore, this is a logical approach for using the Kaolin & morphine mixture in the management of diarrhea symptoms.

Quick FAQ

Can children take Kaolin and morphine?
Adults, the elderly, and children over the age of 12 can use Kaolin & Morphine Mixture.

conclusionPharmacies do not stock Kaolin & Morphine Mixture commonly. One will need to ask if the product is sold directly at the pharmacy counter. Some pharmacies sell Kaolin & Morphine Mixture online.

Conclusion

Patients have a good choice of Imodium alternative drugs. Loperamide, the generic version of Imodium, is widely available online, in supermarkets and pharmacies.
It is vital to recognize any prolonged changes in bowel habits and see a GP accordingly.

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