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Norimode

Norimode is a medication that treats symptoms of diarrhoea. The tablets may be used when a patient is experiencing short-term but severe diarrhoea attacks or longer-lasting spells of diarrhoea (potentially caused by irritable bowel syndrome).

Each Norimode tablet contains loperamide hydrochloride which slows down intestinal contractions that move food and faeces through the gut. This adjustment allows the body to retain more water and salts than before and pass through firmer stools, meaning fewer trips to the toilet.


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What is Norimode?

Norimode tablets are designed to treat symptoms of diarrhoea. They contain an active ingredient called loperamide hydrochloride. Norimode can be used to treat both acute and chronic diarrhoea.

While diarrhoea that starts suddenly usually gets better within five to seven days, medication like Norimode can provide immediate, short term relief if required. It can reduce the number of times you need to go to the toilet. Norimode can also help with symptoms from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

How does Norimode work?

Norimode and other medications that contain loperamide hydrochloride are able to reduce diarrhoea by slowing down the bowels when they are overactive. This is achieved by the medication by working on the opioid receptors found in the intestines.

This work allows water and salts normally lost when someone experiences diarrhoea to be absorbed by the body. The end result is that firmer stools can be formed before being passed from the body.

What are the side effects of Norimode?

Side effects from taking Norimode are possible but rare and most of the ones that can occur are usually mild. Some of the side effects that can possibly occur when taking this medication include the following:

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling sick
  • Headaches
  • Trapped wind

More serious side effects are very rare, but if you feel faint or less alert or find your moving in a clumsy, uncoordinated way then you should contact your doctor as soon as possible. There is a small possibility that this medication can cause a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

How long should I take Norimode for?

How long you’ll take Norimode for will depend on how severe the condition you’re treating is. If you are using Norimode for short-term diarrhoea, then you can use this medication for up to 48 hours. But if your diarrhoea attack lasts longer than 48 hours then you should stop taking this medication and contact your doctor.

If Norimode is being used more long-term, to treat diarrhoea caused by irritable bowel syndrome, you can use Norimode for up to 2 weeks to treat repeated attacks. You should, however, stop taking this medication and contact your doctor if any single attack lasts longer than 48 hours.

At the start of your treatment, you will take two tablets and from thereon you will take one tablet after each loose bowel movement (usually for up to 5 days when treating acute diarrhoea). Tablets are swallowed whole with a drink of water. This medicine can be taken for up to two weeks for repeated diarrhoea attacks, but you should not take any tablets for a single attack that lasts longer than 48 hours (contact your doctor as soon as possible instead). Make sure you do not take more than six tablets in a 24-hour period.

Can I take Norimode?

When treating short-term diarrhoea, Norimode tablets can be taken by adults and children aged 12 and over. If you’re looking to treat irritable bowel syndrome, then you’ll need to be aged 18 or over and your doctor must have diagnosed you with IBS prior to taking this medication.

You should avoid taking Norimode or similar medications if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Severe diarrhoea caused by taking antibiotics
  • A flare-up of an inflammatory bowel condition
  • Constipation or your stomach appears swollen
  • Acute dysentery (symptoms can include blood in your stools and high temperature)

If any of these apply to you then you should contact your doctor or pharmacist to get advice on what treatment is best for you. There are also certain conditions which won’t necessarily stop you from taking Norimode but you should still speak to your doctor about anyway as a precaution. These conditions include the following:

  • You have AIDS and your stomach becomes swollen
  • Liver disease
  • You can’t digest some sugars

You should also consult your doctor prior to taking Norimode if you are taking any of the following medicines:

  • Ritonavir (HIV treatment)
  • Quinidine (for abnormal heart rhythms and malaria)
  • Oral desmopressin (for excessive urination)
  • Itraconazole or Ketoconazole (for fungal infections)
  • Gemfibrozil (for high cholesterol)

If you have diarrhoea with IBS, then you should talk to your doctor first if any of the following applies to you:

  • You’re aged 40 or over and it is some time since your last IBS attack or your symptons are different this time
  • You’ve recently passed blood from the bowel
  • You suffer from severe constipation
  • You feel sick or you’re vomiting
  • You’ve lost your appetite or lost weight
  • You have difficulty or pain passing urine
  • You have a fever
  • You’ve recently travelled abroad

If you are currently pregnant and you are considering taking Norimode, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice regarding this medication. Avoid taking it if you are breast-feeding, since small amounts of this drug can get into your milk.

What if I take too much Norimode?

If you ever take more Norimode tablets then you’re meant to, then contact a doctor or hospital immediately for advice. While it is unlikely to cause harm, there is a chance you may experience heart-related symptoms such as an increased or irregular heartbeat. Muscle stiffness, uncoordinated movements, drowsiness, difficulty urinating or weak breathing are other potential symptoms. Children are more likely than adults to react with symptoms when taking more Norimode than planned.

By contrast, if you forget to take Norimode when originally planned, it should not be something to worry about. Just take your next dose after you next visit the toilet.

How is my order shipped to me?

When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging that’s eco-friendly. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.

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The following delivery methods are currently available within the UK: All orders are sent in discreet, plain packaging.

UK Standard Delivery, £1.99

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered using Royal Mail Tracked 48 Service

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UK Express Delivery, £2.99

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Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day Before 9am, £14.99 (This service includes Saturday)

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DPD Next Day Delivery, £4.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

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If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Next Day Delivery, by 12 Noon, £9.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12 noon the following working day

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Next Day Delivery, by 10:30am, £14.99  (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am the following working day

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Saturday Delivery, £14.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered the following Saturday

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Saturday Delivery, by 12:00am, £21.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12:00am Saturday

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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DPD Saturday Delivery, by 10:30am, £29.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am Saturday

If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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