Do you have frequent diarrhoea?

Many people suffer from diarrhoea frequently. You are not alone.

Research suggests that 14% of the population are frequent sufferers of diarrhoea and can suffer once a month or more1. Everyone is familiar with the occasional bout of diarrhoea, but some people suffer more frequently. Typically episodes of diarrhoea clear up within a few days, but can last longer. Longer lasting or persistently recurrent diarrhoea can indicate an underlying medical condition, so you may need to consult your doctor.

It is recommended that you should consult your GP if you have:

  • Recently been treated in hospital
  • Recently been treated with antibiotics
  • Diarrhoea that has blood in it
  • Diarrhoea and persistent vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bleeding from your rectum (back passage)
  • Passed large volumes of very watery diarrhoea (you may be at risk of dehydration)
  • Symptoms at night that are disturbing your sleep
  • Diarrhoea that lasts longer than a week

A recent consumer survey has found that 82% of Irish people feel weak and lacking in energy when suffering from diarrhoea1 By treating diarrhoea you can help to reduce the associated loss of fluids and nutrients. So why leave it untreated when you could take charge with IMODIUM® and get relief in under an hour!2

How often do you suffer diarrhoea?

Although most people only experience diarrhoea occasionally, for some people it's more frequent than that. Survey data suggests that 14% of the population could suffer from diarrhoea once a month or more. (Ipos Marketing Need State Study, July 2008). More frequent or persistent diarrhoea can be caused by an underlying medical condition, so you may need to see your GP. There are a number of reasons why some people experience diarrhoea more frequently, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), dietary factors, stress or anxiety, and hormonal factors. In many cases, IMODIUM® can help. When your body is out of rhythm, IMODIUM® works by gently slowing your digestion down and can stop diarrhoea within one hour.

Even though frequent diarrhoea is quite common, it can be hard to find reliable information on the subject and sometimes talking about it can be difficult. It can be disruptive and sometimes hard to know where to go for advice.

That’s why we’ve brought together advice from experts in our Support & Advice section. We hope it will be a useful starting point to reduce the disruption that comes with diarrhoea.

Support & advice

Why does it happen to me?

Anyone can experience diarrhoea, and all the discomfort and disruption that go along with it. For most people it’s occasional, a tummy bug or travel related. But some people suffer more frequently, and for them it can be stress and diet related triggers amongst other things that bring on a bout of diarrhoea. We want to help you to identify your causes and help manage your symptoms.


Understand some of the reasons for frequent diarrhoea

Treat early, feel better faster, and help reduce loss of fluids and salts that can leave you feeling weak and tired.

For some people who lead a busy, stressful life, diarrhoea can be a problem.

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Stress and diarrhoea

When you have diarrhoea you just want to get through to the other side.

There are all sorts of enjoyable and healthy things you can do to help improve your digestive health. Check out our Support and Advice area to find out more.

Support and Advice

1 (Ipos Marketing Need State Study, July 2008)
2 (Johnson and Johnson: Imodium Claims Evaluation GfK NOP Quantitative Debrief – February 2011)