Imodium - this is not a safe drug, especially for children.Parents should not be fooled that it is sold over the counter without a prescription in some countries its use is allowed only with twelve years, in our country - with six.This is due to the complications that can give Imodium in the treatment of children.
Imodium Why not prescribed to children under six years
with this drug were related scandals, due to its negative impact on the child's body.The manufacturer (Belgian pharmaceutical company Janssen, a member of the current group of companies Johnson & amp; Johnson, United States) did not immediately recognize the fact that Imodium can produce fatal side effects in children, but now the drug in many countries are allowed to take onlywith twelve years.
In Russia, he allowed six years.In addition, despite the known risks of using this drug for diarrhea of unknown origin, Imodium can be purchased over the counter without a prescription, besides it advertised on TV as a safe remedy
Action Imodium related to the suppression of transmission of nerve impulses to the smooth muscles of the intestine in its wall.
In adults, this inhibition occurs temporarily and partially inhibited intestinal motility.The children also, especially in young, Imodium can cause intestinal paresis and intestinal obstruction.
Since simultaneous spasm of the anal sphincter (the circular muscles located in the anus), the stool is not removed from the gut, toxic products are absorbed into the bloodstream, causing a variety of changes in the body of the child, including swelling Prevention and treatment of edema- it is important to understand the root cause of tissue of the abdominal cavity.Together with the intestinal obstruction is a condition often caused by the death of a child.
Appointment Imodium children over six years
After six years of Imodium prescribed to children in acute and chronic diarrhea (diarrhea) infectious origin.
distinguish diarrhea non-infectious origin from an intestinal infection, which is also often accompanied by diarrhea, the doctor can only.
most common intestinal infection in a child occurs with fever, general signs of intoxication (headache, general malaise and so on), the appearance of mucus in feces and blood.But sometimes it can be worn over and appointment Imodium Imodium - for the treatment of diarrhea can enhance toxicity.
infection can also be connected to non-infectious diarrhea, as in the intestine contains many microorganisms that can cause disease under certain conditions (conditionally pathogenic).
Therefore children and after six years of Imodium may appoint a doctor.Sometimes children Imodium prescribed for chronic diarrhea, which in childhood most often develops on the background of congenital enzyme deficiency and certain other digestive problems.In this case, Imodium prescribed by the doctor, he also picks up the dose, which reduces the number of acts of defecation to one or two per day.The doctor should monitor the condition of the patient, as in this case, does not exclude the possibility of joining the infection.
How is contraindicated in children Imodium
Imodium is contraindicated under the age of six years for all children.After six years, it can not be taken in case of hypersensitivity to the body of the child component of this drug, erosive and ulcerative processes in the gut (eg, ulcerative colitis), as well as pseudomembranous enterocolitis, develops with prolonged and unjustified antibiotics Antibiotics - whether they will help youin the foreseeable future? - and in fact, and in another case, an overflow bowel feces may cause perforation (rupture).Perforation can lead Imodium use in a child with congenital bowel diverticulosis - protrusion in the wall of the intestine while its thinning.
With great care should be prescribed Imodium children with diseases of the liver, which are accompanied by a decrease in the function of the body.As a result of decreased hepatic (in which the drug is decomposed into non-toxic products of metabolism) in the blood can accumulate increased concentration of Imodium, which causes severe disorders of the central nervous system (CNS).
Side effects in children Imodium
Children most severe side effect is intestinal obstruction caused by constipation, bloating as a result of accumulation of increased amounts of gases, liquids and spastic contractions of the intestine.
Side effects may develop CNS, they are manifested in the form of lethargy and drowsiness.But if there is an overdose of the drug (for example, due to lower liver function), severe disorders of the central nervous system with dizziness and failure of the respiratory center to a stop breathing stop breathing (apnea) during sleep - upper airway obstruction .
Imodium child may appoint a doctor.