Loperamide

 
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Without a Prescription

Do not use in children younger than 6 years unless directed by your doctor.
Loperamide is prescribed to treat on-going diarrhea in people with inflammatory bowel disease.
Loperamide is prescribed to treat sudden diarrhea (including traveler's diarrhea).
Loperamide is inidicated to reduce the amount of discharge in patients who have undergone an ileostomy.
Loperamide should not be used in infants younger than 24 months.
Loperamide treats only the symptoms, not the cause of the diarrhea (infection).
Loperamide works by slowing down the movement of the gut.
This decreases the number of bowel movements and makes the stool less watery.
Treatment of other symptoms and the cause of the diarrhea should be determined by your doctor.

Loperamide is prescribed for the symptomatic relied of:
- Both acute;
- Chronic cases;
- Diarrhea;

Loperamide is prescribed in reducing the amount of stool from a surgical diversion of bowel movement.

Warnings

Loperamide may not be advisable if you have any of the following:
- Ulcerative Colitis;
- Liver disease;
- Blood or mucus in the stool;
- A fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher;
- A condition that could be complicated by constipation;

Overdose

Symptoms of overdose of Loperamide include the following:
- Confusion;
- Dizziness;
- Drowsiness;
- Dry mouth;
- Headache;
- Nausea;
- Vomiting;

Side Effects

Loperamide side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Constipation;
- Dizziness;
- Drowsiness;
- Itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat);
- Rash;
- Severe constipation/nausea/vomiting;
- Severe dizziness;
- Stomach/abdominal pain;
- Tiredness;
- Trouble breathing;
- Uncomfortable fullness of the stomach/abdomen;

Loperamide may have any of the following serious side effects and allergic reactions:
- Swelling of the lips tongue or face;
- Persistent diarrhea;
- Hives;
- Difficulty in breathing;
- Development of a fever;
- Closing of the throat;
- Blood or mucus in the stool;

Loperamide may also have less serious side effects that are more likely to occur. They include the following:
- Tiredness;
- Nausea or vomiting;
- Dry mouth;
- Drowsiness or dizziness;
- Distention;
- Discomfort;
- Constipation;
- Abdominal pain;

Contraindications

Loperamide is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are allergic to Loperamide;
- If you have abdominal or stomach pain/cramping;
- If you have any other allergies;
- If you have black/tarry stool;
- If you have blood/mucus in your stool;
- If you have bowel obstruction (ileus, megacolon, abdominal distention);
- If you have certain stomach/intestinal infections (salmonella, shigella);
- If you have certain type of bowel disease (acute ulcerative colitis);
- If you have high fever;
- If you have hiv infection/aids;
- If you have liver problems;
- If you have persistent diarrhea;
- If you have stomach/abdominal pain without diarrhea;

Interactions

Do not take Loperamide with any of the following drugs:
- Amitriptyline;
- Anticholinergics;
- Antispasmodics;
- Belladonna/scopolamine/benztropine;
- Certain antihistamines;
- Cholestyramine;
- Diphenhydramine;
- Drugs that can cause constipation;
- Glycopyrrolate/oxybutynin;
- Morphine;
- Potent narcotic pain medicines;
- Pramlintide;
- Quinidine;
- Recent/current antibiotic use;
- Ritonavir;
- Saquinavir;
- Tricyclic antidepressants;

Overdose

Reported Loperamide overdose symptoms are:
- Slowed breathing;
- Difficult urination;
- Deep sleep;
Without Prescription (2017)