Loperamide, sold under the brand name Imodium, is an antidiarrheal agent available at any pharmacy, belonging to the opiate family of drugs. It works by affecting the opioid receptors found in your gastrointestinal tract, attaching to the lining, and slowing down the flow of fluids and electrolytes into the bowel. This causes a decrease in the movement of the bowel leading to a reduced number of bowel movements. It is typically used to help stop dehydration from the loss of fluids from the body by controlling diarrhea whether sudden and acute or chronic and caused by a disorder like irritable bowel syndrome. And it comes in a variety of methods to be taken including tablet, capsule, or liquid.
Over the past ten years, it has been discovered that taking large amounts of loperamide can cause a similar sensation for users than that of other much stronger opioids like heroin since it is part of the same drug classification. However, the dosing required to achieve this similar result is staggering, people have to take anywhere from 50-300 pills in a day to get high. Because Imodium is easily available, very affordable, and doesn’t hold the same social stigma that other drugs do it has become a popular choice for people who are typically already addicts of some other drug to take. They will use it when they cannot access other harder drugs, or as an attempt to manage the withdrawal symptoms that occur when quitting other opioid-type drugs.