1 Loperamide (Oral Route): A Summary

Brand: Diamode, Imodium, Imodium A-D, Imogen, Imotil, Imperim, Kaodene A-D, Kao-Paverin Caps

Generic: Loperamide (Oral Route)

Brand name:

Diamode, Imodium, Imodium A-D, Imogen, Imotil, Imperim, Kaodene A-D, Kao-Paverin Caps.

Loperamide is an opioid receptor antognist used along with other measures for the treatment of diarrhea.

This drug helps stop diarrhea by slowing down the movements of the intestines. This drug requires a prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before taking this drug, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider.

Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications. This drug is contraindicated for use in children less than 6 years of age unless directed by a healthcare professional.

Children, especially very young children, are very sensitive to the effects of loperamide. This may increase the chance of side effects during treatment.

Also, the fluid loss caused by diarrhea may result in a serious health problem. Check with your healthcare professional before giving taking this for diarrhea since it may hide the symptoms of dehydration.

Indications of harm to the fetus have not been reported in animal studies but adequate studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus. This drug poses minimal risk to the infant when used during breastfeeding.

Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as Eliglustat, Lomitapide, Nilotinib, Saquinavir, Simeprevir, Tocophersolan, or Gemfibrozil.

Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects.

Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as Colitis, Dysentery, or Liver disease.

3 Proper Usage

To prevent any side effects, take this drug exactly as directed on the label or as prescribed by your healthcare professional. The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients.

The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.

The proper dosage will be determined by your healthcare professional. A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible.

However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.

Store the drug in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children.

Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.

4 Precautions to Take

This drug should not be used for more than 2 days unless advised by your healthcare professional.

Regular visits should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of the drug.

Check with your healthcare professional if your diarrhea does not stop after two days or if you develop a fever

5 Potential Side Effects

Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.

Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as bloating, constipation, loss of appetite, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, or skin rash.

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the drug, the side effects will slowly disappear.

Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional.

Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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