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Anyone's doctor say Imodium OK in pregnancy??

(14 Posts)
teacher1984 Tue 02-Feb-16 15:16:03

I know the Imodium web site says it's not safe or doctor should be consulted but one web site said its ok. Anyone's doctor have an opinion??

MintyBojingles Tue 02-Feb-16 15:54:51

I was told not to take it for a stomach virus. You could ask a pharmacist - they've always been very helpful to me.

Is it for stomach bug or for IBS? If for latter there are other options.

teacher1984 Tue 02-Feb-16 15:58:03

It's for stomach bug, asking for my best friend, in a tiz as she's due to give birth any day and worried about labour with this going on! Thinking it might be necessary to take it under these circumstances!

Shanster Tue 02-Feb-16 23:18:11

I was just told by my doctor to take some today, along with Gas x. I'm 9 weeks tho, if your friend has diarrhea and is due, it could just be labour starting?

teacher1984 Wed 03-Feb-16 17:04:04

Possibly but she doesn't have contractions yet - perhaps early indicator, time will tell!!

5madthings Wed 03-Feb-16 17:10:55

I think it's better to just let it pass if it's a tummy bug tbh but also as she is due it could well just be a sign her body is getting ready for labour, always has been for me.

And tbh you are better empty... Iykwim for labour as otherwise it's likely it will come out during labour anyway.

She does need to make sure she stays hydrated though so lots of little sips of water etc or flat coke or lemonade.

chocdonutyy Wed 03-Feb-16 17:11:08

She needs to speak to her doctor/midwife, doesn't matter what others have been prescribed she needs what's best for her, I'm sure its wont take much more than a phone call and as she's almost due maybe try calling the maternity unit?

Whatdoidohelp Wed 03-Feb-16 17:14:38

If she is due any day this might be the clear out before labour. I had this and lots of other women do. Tell her to stay and home and let it all out! If she takes inmodium she risks getting backed up and constipated which after having a baby is a disaster. If it turns out to be a stomach bug she is better to let it all out. It might just be nerves as well.

teacher1984 Wed 03-Feb-16 21:22:59

Thanks for the advice everyone smile Feel so sorry for her - I'm also due this week so can appreciate the poo in labour anxiety!!

doleritedinosaur Wed 03-Feb-16 21:25:52

I had a similar issue & my friend who is a pharmacist said adamantly do not take it. It's really not recommended for pregnant women.

She should talk to her midwife.

gamerchick Wed 03-Feb-16 21:31:25

Well I had it prescribed all the way through pregnancy, apparently it's fine.

However it really doesn't sound as if your friend should be taking it at this time though, it really might be her body getting ready.

LittlePeasMummy1 Wed 03-Feb-16 21:42:29

Hello, here is a patient leaflet, hope it is helpful
www.medicinesinpregnancy.org/Medicine--pregnancy/Loperamide/

whatdoIget Wed 03-Feb-16 22:15:50

Isn't it not meant for use if diarrhoea is caused by a bug, because it's better for the body to do it's job of getting rid of the bacteria that is causing the problem ie by firing it quickly out of the body.

Whatthefreakinwhatnow Wed 03-Feb-16 22:18:18

I took it every day of my last pregnancy t9 manage my IBD, at least 6 per day up to 12 on a really bad day- DD was absolutely fine. taking a few for a dippy tummy will be fine OP

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