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Old 08-10-2004, 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Balthisar
Isn't Imodium just clay? Pretty natural.
You're thinking of kaopectate. Imodium is also known as loperamide.
Mechanism of action/Effect:

Loperamide acts on receptors along the small intestine to decrease circular and longitudinal muscle activity. Loperamide exerts its antidiarrheal action by slowing intestinal transit and increasing contact time, and perhaps also by directly inhibiting fluid and electrolyte secretion and/or stimulating salt and water absorption

Loperamide is an opiate, and works like codiene and other opiates to slow the bowel. But it seems to cause little, if any, mood-altering effect.