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How Long Does Loperamide Take to Work?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

When you’re dealing with diarrhoea, getting relief as quickly as possible can help get you out of “sticky” situations. Loperamide, more commonly known as Imodium in the UK, is an easy-to-find medication that’s widely available from supermarkets and pharmacies… but with an urgent situation like diarrhoea, you need to know exactly how long it takes to kick in. 

Generally, loperamide takes effect within about an hour or so after you take it. But remember, everyone is a bit different. Some might feel relief a little faster, while for others, it might take a bit longer.

A bunch of things can play a part in how quickly loperamide starts working for you. Along with your metabolism, the severity of your diarrhoea can also affect how long the drug takes to have a noticeable impact. 

While loperamide can help lessen your diarrhoea symptoms, sometimes it’s best to seek medical advice from your GP, especially if: 

  • Your diarrhoea persists for more than a day or two
  • You’re feeling dehydrated
  • You’re feeling dizzy
  • It occurs during the night and is disturbing your sleep

For more information on how Loperamide works with your body to stop your diarrhoea, simply click here to read our blog. 

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If you’re currently dealing with diarrhoea and you need relief, try buying your loperamide online with Healthera.

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