Question: 

During a recent visit to my family Doctor, the frequency of emptying my ostomy pouch during travel, or even attending any social event, came up. My Dr. suggested that I take Imodium in order to reduce the frequency of having to empty my pouch. Is this in fact a recommended way of reducing the frequency of pouch emptying associated with an ileostomy and, if so, how frequently can this medication be used?

Response: 

This is a hard question to answer not knowing more details of your medical history. People do take Imodium to reduce the frequency of effluent who have an ostomy but is individualized based on factors such as: ileostomy or colostomy, type and amount of effluent (stool), other medications, other comorbidities. If your MD gave you a dose and frequency then I suggest you can go ahead with taking it. If not I would suggest visiting your local pharmacist to get is opinion on dose and amount.

Karen Bruton RN BScN MCISc-WH WOCC(C)

Nurse Education Consultant – Interprofessional Practice Support

Indigenous Services Canada, Government of Canada

Ostomy Canada (Volunteer)

Medical and Lifestyle Advisory Team Lead

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