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General Information on Loperamide

Generic Name : Loperamide

Pronunciation : loe per' a mide

Latest prescription information about Loperamide. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y53.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Antidiarrheals

Trade Names/Brand Names of Loperamide

India : 


International : 

Diamode, Diar-Aid, Imodium, Imotil, K-Pek II, Kao-Paverin, Kaopectate 1-D, Maalox Anti-Diarrheal, Pepto Diarrhea Control

Why is Loperamide Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antidiarrheal agent, prescribed for diarrhea. It slows the movement of bowel contents.

When should Loperamide not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with dysentery, intestinal ulcer, children less than 2 years old and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Loperamide?

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 should Loperamide be taken?

It comes as a tablet, capsule and liquid to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Loperamide?

• 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.

What are the side effects of Loperamide?

   Most Common : Nausea, vomiting, constipation and abdominal cramps.
   Skin : Rash, itching and hives.
   Gastrointestinal : Dry mouth, abdominal pain, flatulence, indigestion and intestinal obstruction.
   Genitourinary : Urinary retention.
   Central Nervous System : Drowsiness and dizziness.

What are the other precautions for Loperamide?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Loperamide?

Store it at room temperature, and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.

Schedule : H

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sakeenafrah, India

i am 8th month pregnant i had about 6 to 8 times loose stools i took one tablet of eldopar.will it harm me and my feotus in any way pl reply

tuglaq, India

I suffer from chronic irritable bowel syndrome [IBS]. Is it advisable to take Loperamide on regular basis either on an empty stomach or after meals to get relief from the effects of IBS? What are the effects of long term consumption of Loperamide on regular basis?

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