Please note, before you can choose the low cost generic option, please ask your doctor to add the generic drug to your prescription.
What is Loperamide used for?
Loperamide is used for the treatment of diarrhoea. It can also be used to treat following conditions:
- Inflammatory bowel syndrome
- Short bowel syndrome
Loperamide may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.
How does Loperamide work?
Loperamide belongs to the class of drugs called anti-diarrhoeal drugs. The drug acts by inhibiting the peristaltic activity on the circular and longitudinal muscles of the intestinal wall. It inhibits fluid and electrolyte secretion and stimulates the absorption of salts and water.
How to take Loperamide?
The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Loperamide as prescribed by your doctor.
Swallow the tablet/capsule whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet/capsule. Loperamide can be taken with food or without food.
If you miss a dose of Loperamide, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
The overdose symptoms of Loperamide may include:
- Difficult urination
- Severe dizziness
- Decreased breathing
What are the drugs that interact with Loperamide?
Drugs that interact with Loperamide include the following:
This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.
What are the side effects of Loperamide?
The following are the most common side effects of Loperamide:
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:
- Abdominal pain
- Severe dizziness
- Uncomfortable fullness of abdomen
- Stomach pain
- Irregular heartbeat
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.
What special precautions should be followed while taking Loperamide?
- Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Loperamide or similar drugs.
- Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.
- Avoid alcohol as it may alter the absorption of Loperamide.
- Do not take Loperamide while using other antibiotic medications.
You are advised not to take Loperamide if
- it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
- the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.
What should you tell your doctor before taking Loperamide?
- Tell your doctor if you have any history of heart problems.
- Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
- Inform your doctor before if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Frequently asked questions about Loperamide
- How should Loperamide be stored?
- Is it safe to use Loperamide while having phenylketonuria?
- Can I use Loperamide if I have a history of intestinal infection?
- Can Loperamide be used along with diuretic drugs?
Loperamide should be stored at room temperature, away from heat, light and moisture. Keep the medication away from the reach of the children.
Consult your doctor before using the drug Loperamide while having phenylketonuria.
Avoid taking Loperamide without consulting a doctor if you have any history of intestinal infection.
Be cautious while taking Loperamide along with diuretic medications, as it can increase the risk of side effects.
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