Loperamide is generally used in treatment of the treatment of diarrhoea. It should not be used in patients with dysentery (diarrhea with blood).
How to use
Consume this medicine in the dosage and duration as per your doctors advise. While taking Loperamide, swallow it completely without crushing, breaking or chewing it. Loperamide is advised to be taken at a fixed time, but may be taken together with food (or) without food.
How it works
Loperamide is an anti-diarrhoeal drug that helps in slowing down the intestine contraction that in turn decreases the speed at which the contents pass through the intestines. This prolongs the reabsorption of nutrients & fluids thereby making the stools less and less frequent.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is Loperamide safe? Loperamide is safe to use if so it is used as recommended. Consult the doctor if so you come across any side effects.
Q. What is Loperamide used for? Loperamide is used for treating short-term or long-term diarrhea, with or without any associated disease.
Q. Can Loperamide be used for IBS?
Loperamide can be used for IBS and consultation of the doctor is required before use.
Q. Can I take Loperamide with antibiotics, paracetamol, ibuprofen, omeprazole, ciprofloxacin, desmopressin, ritonavir, quinidine or cotrimoxazole? The drug Loperamide can be taken along with the mentioned drugs and intake of Loperamide in conjunction with desmopressin, ritonavir, quinidine or cotrimoxazole requires consultation of the doctor before use since interactions may occur.
Q. Does Loperamide help in opiate withdrawal? Loperamide is used in higher doses as a part of opiate withdrawal process. However, do consult your doctor regarding the same.
Q. Is Loperamide addictive? Loperamide is non-addictive anti-diarrheal drug and safe to use.
Q. Can Loperamide be used for stomach cramps, nausea, stomach flu, rota virus diarrhea and gas? The drug Loperamide can be used for stomach cramps, nausea, rotavirus associated with diarrhoea but not for gas problems. So consult the doctor before use.
Q. Can I take Loperamide with cimetidine?
Intake of Loperamide along with Cimetidine may decrease the metabolism affecting the effect of Loperamide and increases the blood levels and side effects. So consult the doctor before using the two drugs together.
You have been prescribed Loperamide for the treatment of diarrhea.Diarrhea can cause water loss and electrolyte imbalance. Drink plenty of fluids to help keep you hydrated.Consult your doctor if your diarrhea lasts for more than 48 hours.Do not use Loperamide if you have blood in your stool or if you are severely constipated.Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as Loperamide can cause dizziness and sleepiness.Stop taking the medication as soon as your symptoms are relieved.
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