Anti-Diarrhoea Medicine in Australia – Imodium or GastroStop


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Imodium and GastroStop are common tablets, or capsules, for the treatment of diarrhoea in Australia.

These medicines both contain Loperamide, but some versions also contain Simethicone.

A common side effect of Loperamide is a build up of excess air or gas in the stomach or bowels, also known as Flatulence.
The addition of Simethicone will normally relieve that side effect.

Simethicone is added in the more expensive versions of both Imodium and GastroStop. Simethicone can also be bought separately in products such as De-Gas.

The ingredients of Imodium and GastroStop.

  • Loperamide Hydrochloride 2mg – Provides relief from the symptoms of diarrhoea.
  • Simethicone 125mg – Purpose: An Anti-flatulent that relieves abdominal discomfort caused by gas-related symptoms.

The cheapest option to combine treatment for both Diarrhoea and Gas, as a single tablet would currently appear to be GastroStop Plus 12 Chewable Tablets for $12.49. This works out at $1.04 per dose of 2mg Loperamide and 125mg Simethicone.

To use two tablets, one option appears to be the cheaper GastroStop Loperamide 2mg 20 Capsules $8.99 ($0.45 per tablet) + De-Gas Antacid Gas 48 Capsules $8.49 ($0.18 per tablet). This works out at $0.63 per dose of 2mg Loperamide and 100mg Simethicone, this is slightly less Simethicone than in Imodium and GastroStop.


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An idea of current prices is shown below, from a major pharmacy, and from the two major supermarkets.

Imodium and Gastro Stop for Diarrhoea.

Each tablet/capsule contains: Loperamide 2mg

Current pricing varies between $0.45 and $1.87 per tablet depending on where you buy it and in what size pack.

  • GastroStop Loperamide 2mg 20 Capsules $8.99 ( $0.45 each at Chemist Warehouse)
  • Imodium 2mg Capsules 20 Pack $17.99 ( $0.90 each at Chemist Warehouse)
  • GastroStop Loperamide 2mg 8 Capsules $9.00 ( $1.13 each at Woolworths)
  • GastroStop Loperamide 2mg 8 Capsules $9.00 ( $1.13 each at Coles)
  • Imodium 2mg Capsules 8 Pack $9.49 ( $1.19 each at Chemist Warehouse)
  • Imodium 2mg Capsules 8 Pack $11.00 ( $1.38 each at Woolworths)
  • Imodium 2mg Capsules 8 Pack $11.00 ( $1.38 each at Coles)
  • Imodium Zapid 2mg 12 Tablets $17.49 ( $1.46 each at Chemist Warehouse)
  • Imodium Zapid 2mg 6 Tablets $11.20 ( $1.87 each at Woolworths)
  • Imodium Zapid 2mg 6 Tablets $11.20 ( $1.87 each at Coles)

Another Chemist, an online supplier, has this Loperamide 2mg option
Pharmacy Action Diarrhoea Relief Cap X 20 for $4.75 ($0.24 per capsule)
Diarrhoea Relief

Imodium and Gastro Stop for Diarrhoea and Gas (Flatulence).

Each tablet/capsule contains: Loperamide 2mg + Simethicone 125mg

Current pricing varies between $1.04 and $1.83 per tablet depending on where you buy it and in what size pack.

  • GastroStop Plus 12 Chewable Tablets $12.49 ( $1.04 each at Chemist Warehouse)
  • Imodium Advanced 12 Chewable Tablets $15.99 ( $1.33 each at Chemist Warehouse)
  • Gastro-stop Plus 6 pack $10.00 ( $1.67 each at Woolworths)
  • Imodium Advanced 6 Chewable Tablets $11.00 ( $1.83 each at Coles)

De-Gas for Gas (Flatulence).

Each tablet/capsule contains: Simethicone 100mg

Current pricing varies between $0.18 and $0.30 per tablet depending on where you buy it and in what size pack.

  • De-Gas Antacid Gas 48 Capsules $8.49 ( $0.18 each at Chemist Warehouse)
  • De-Gas Antacid Gas 24 Capsules $6.49 ( $0.27 each at Chemist Warehouse)
  • De-Gas Antacid Gas 24 Capsules $7.30 ( $0.30 each at Woolworths)
  • De-Gas Antacid Gas 24 Capsules $7.30 ( $0.30 each at Coles)

All suppliers often have specials on these products.

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