Actually it is but it doesn't cross the blood/brain barrier. Opiates tend to constipate you and that is what immodium does. It was actually a controlled substance at one time. So its acts like an opiate in some ways but does not give you the euphoria feelings.
I think they were trying to make an opiate when they made imodium but the messed up! LOL....they say it could be habit forming but i think it would be kinda hard to want to take enuf of that to get addicted as u would never go to the batroom and end up in the hospital for constipation....no high...never heard of anyone being addicted to it...now laxatives i have heard of abusing..but not imodium...just the thoughtt of taking it everyday and never going to the batroom makes my tummy hurt.....during detox tho it is great and the liquid works fasted...can take the edge off of wds they say...not sure about that as i didnt really notice that but who knows as i didnt know what i would have felt like without it...i used it liberally during detox as the runs were a big problem for me...getting dehydrated would be more of a concern than getting addicted to imodium i would think
thanks guys :) Geez, scared me for a minute. I was thinking..oh great, maybe I'm going to have withdrawals from this now too?! But, I've taken..maybe 4 or 5 over the last three days and hopefully won't need it anymore sometime soon. I definitely would like to go to the bathroom normally again soon :) how long does it usually take before that part goes back to normal? I can't remember from last time..maybe 5 days or so? ttys!!
Immodium binds to the same receptors in your intestinal tract as opiates, but like mimi said, it doesn't cross the blood brain barrier, so you won't get high off it. It works for w/d because it binds in your intestines and thus stops the liquidy poo.
Hey Manda, after I detoxed I was concerned about every pill I had to put in my mouth there after........like even vitamins. It surely never bothered me to take 20 lortabs in a day, but now everything else does. Go figure.
I can relate to being weary of putting a pill in my system. I have tried Unisom for my sleeping problem and felt terribly guilty about it, I just don't want any meds in my system, but when it came to pills, 30 norcos was like nothing!
I evidently had no problem taking 20 norcos somedays either... WTF, was I trying to kill myself? no I wasn't and I'm glad that parts over... I was surprised at the education on this subject too...LOL :)
I had the runs for 3 months after detox last time, my dr said it was bc I had my gullbladder out and people without gallbladder are more prone to having the runs, I'm sure you will be fine in a few days. If there's a possible time frame on anything bad inevidable I exceed the longest possibility. LOL I've always been that way. I was 21 and in good physical shape when I had my surgery, I was sick for a year cuz thats not something they check for in such a young thin girl.
Unfortunately I have to disagree with you, I have been addicted to Imodiums for the past 7 years as they were able to control my diahorrea when I was ill and since then I have been dependent on them to control my bowel movements. I could take up to 10 a day and still have movements the following day. I am currently attempting to completely rid myself of them, however it is incredibly hard as the diahorrea is constant and has barely slowed up in the past 10 days.
Just be warned don't become reliant on them, they are still a drug and its possible to become dependent on even these!
I'm so addicted to Imodium right now, it's embarrassing. A few years back I began taking it in small amounts to help taper off opiates. Within a week i was totally free from the opiates! Unfortunately there was a little catch…It's 2 years later and I'm super hooked on the Imodium. It wasn't long until i started needed more pills to put me where i needed to be. I must take 72 pills (1 bottle) every other day combined with quinine (tonic water) and OTC acid reflux pills (helps strengthen/lengthen the high). If I miss a dose, withdrawal kicks in unlike any withdrawal I've ever experienced. Apparently this the nature of the chemical. Please research and be cautious. i suggest web-searching "loperamide finally works" and "loperamide addiction" Be well!
I was on Imodium off n on from 12-22. Long time to take it. I never went to the doctor for my problems I just used Imodium. Eventually when I quit in 2010 I had the worst time. I couldn't go more then 3 days without stomach crunching pain that went away with taking it. It was such a bad withdrawals. I weaned myself off it! Been off it for 2 years. Second time. Last time I went 4 years off. I learned to face my anxiety and deal. It does become dependent. I only took one a day. As a teen I took 4 a day. But it was more to control going #2 not diarrhea. It was to stop my fear of having it. I eventually also taught myself to have reactions like Imodium without actually taking it. Anyone else have this issue?
ask your dr about cholestyramine powder, you mix it with a bit of water and drink it. it changed my life. i had my gallbladder out and had chronic diarrhea after that, never could be far from a bathroom, especially after eating. so really could not plan outings without worrying where or when the diarrhea was going to hit. Cholestryramine is for lowering your cholesterol, and it's side effects are constipation (for normal people), but for someone with chronic diarrhea it was a miracle. I take it every nite before bed. Have not had a problem since.
If imodium is an opiod, and I am allergic to codeine or other opiate based medication, is it safe for me to use imodium. I suffer from IBS probably caused from other medications I have had to use? I noticed that if I take 2 tablets or more I end up having very nasty cramps either in my face, back and ususally starting in my stomach. I have read that imodium can cause dystonia and I do get dystonia when I have taken Stemital or Maxalon.
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