This medicine contains the active ingredient Loperamide which belong to a group of medicines called antidiarrheal. These medicines slow down an overactive bowel irritated by bacteria, viruses, and other germs, so that the stools are not so frequent and fluid. Loperamide is used to treat sudden acute cases of diarrhea in adults and children over 12 years of age. Long lasting diarrheas can cause dehydration and weakness, so it is important to start the treatment as soon as possible.
Is Loperamide suitable for me?
Loperamide is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- If you are allergic to Loperamide, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
- If you are having a flare up of an inflammatory bowel condition
- If you have dysentery
- If you have severe diarrhea after taking antibiotics
- If your stomach is swollen
- If you are constipated
- If you have paralysis of the bowel muscles
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have liver problems
- have AIDS
Loperamide interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Loperamide?
This medicine is available in form of a tablet and a capsule.
You should take Loperamide exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. The usual starting dose is two 2 mg tablets/capsules. The usual maintenance dose is one 2 mg tablet/capsule after each loose bowel movement. The maximum dose is 8 tablets/capsules per day. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose. Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Loperamide side effects?
Like all medicines Loperamide can cause side effects, including:
- Headache, dizziness
- Dry mouth
- vomiting, indigestion, stomach discomfort
- stomach or upper abdominal pain
- Skin rash
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.