My colon doctor has told me I can take up to 12 Immodium pills a day.
If I remember correctly he said to take it before I ate. But since it's never really helped me much - long term - I found that watching my diet and sticking to a low residue diet is what has helped me the most.
But he always said it's a safe product.
Last November, I was on a family trip with my 4 sisters-in-law and 2 nieces in their 20s. I could feel myself getting into a D pattern or the stage I hate the most - messy, putty like bm's. I started taking Immodium. I ended up taking about 8, in a 3 hour period.
And the next day, I had formed stool!
But be careful, it is very dehydrating. Keep your fluid intake up and go easy at first. When I take it, I take 2 pills at a time. The bottle states you take it after every bm.
It seems to work great with people without IBS, I've given it to my daughters for D. When they both went to college, I bought them meds and made up a first aid kit. They both rolled their eyes at me when they saw the Immodium. LOL I just said - hey, do you want to have D at 2 am while sharing a college dorm room? No, I don't think so.....
But it just seems like for us, IBS sufferers, we almost need to take more? Does that make sense? When I take it, it doesn't stop bm's, but it does seem to thicken the stool.
I have never taken 12 pills in one 24 hour period though. My limit has probably been the 8.
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!