Trade Names/Brand Names :
Diamode, Diar-Aid, Imodium, Imotil, K-Pek II, Kao-Paverin, Kaopectate 1-D, Maalox Anti-Diarrheal, Pepto Diarrhea Control
Why it is prescribed :
This medication is an antidiarrheal agent, prescribed for diarrhea. It slows the movement of bowel contents.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):
Contraindicated in patients with dysentery, intestinal ulcer, children less than 2 years old and hypersensitivity.
Category B :
Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.
Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications):
Adults: The recommended initial dose is 4mg (two capsules) followed by 2 mg (one capsule) after each unformed stool.
Child- Two to five years: 1 mg three times per day (3mg daily).
Six to eight years: 2 mg two times per day (4mg daily dose).
How it should be taken :
It comes as a tablet, capsule and liquid to take by mouth, with or without food.
Warnings and Precautions :
• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of bloody diarrhea, mucus in the stool, fever, bowel problems, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness, dizziness or tiredness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Side Effects :
• Most Common
Nausea, vomiting, constipation and abdominal cramps.
Rash, itching and hives.
Dry mouth, abdominal pain, flatulence, indigestion and intestinal obstruction.
• Central Nervous System
Drowsiness and dizziness.
Other Precautions :
Avoid excess dosage.
Storage Conditions :
Store it at room temperature, and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.
Schedule : H
Prescription drugs - Drugs to be sold only under the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.