How it should be taken
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.
Dosage & When it is to be taken
In adults, the usual dose is 5 mg (2 tablets) three to four times per day initially. The dose for children is based on weight.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications)
Contraindicated in patients with obstructive jaundice, pseudomembranous enterocolitis and hypersensitivity.
Why it is prescribed (Indications)
This medication is an antidiarrheal and anticholinergic combination, prescribed for diarrhea. Atropine works by reducing spasms where as Diphenoxylate decreases bowel movement.
Category C :
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Warnings and Precautions
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of lung disease, ulcerative colitis, or liver disease, alcohol abuse, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
Avoid hot weather; otherwise it may cause heatstroke.
It may cause fluid or electrolyte disturbances; if it so consult with your doctor.
Store it at room temperature (25o C), and in an airtight container, keep away from children.