What is Loperamide?
Loperamide is an anti-diarrheal medication. Its active ingredient (loperamide) ensures that the forward motions of the intestines (peristalsis) is reduced. In addition, loperamide causes an increase of the muscle tension in the intestines and the anus. Loose stools can be more easily stopped, which makes it more compact.
What is Loperamide used for?
Loperamide may be used to treat the symptoms of acute and chronic diarrhea in adults and children from 8 years. Alert a doctor if diarrhea is accompanied with fever and blood / mucus in your stool. You may need to use another medication.
How do you use Loperamide?
You can swallow the Loperamide tablet as a whole with some liquid. You may do this before or after a meal. Children and the elderly can quickly dry out with persistent diarrhea. Aside from Loperamide you can also use an ORS product (oral rehydration salts) in order to prevent this. Talk to the doctor if you notice that Loperamide is too strong, or not working properly.
Loperamide is available as a tablet of 2 mg in packs of 10 or 30 pieces. Dosage guidelines (see leaflet for more information): With acute (short term) diarrhea:
- Adults: initial dose; 2 tablets, then 1 tablet every 2 hours as long as the symptoms persist. Maximum dose per day: 8 tablets.
- Children from 8 to 17 years: starting dose is 1 tablet, then as long as the symptoms persist; 1 tablet every 2 hours. Maximum daily dose: follow the advice of your doctor, but in any case do not give more than 8 tablets per day.
With chronic diarrhea:
- Adults: initial dose of 2 tablets per day. If necessary, adjust until a firmer stool is obtained. Maximum daily dose: 8 tablets.
- Children from 8 to 17 years: starting dose is 1 tablet per day, if necessary, adjust to a firmer stool is obtained. Maximum dose: follow the advice of your doctor, but in any case do not give more than 8 tablets per day.
Loperamide may cause the following side effects:
- Abdominal discomfort (abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, flatulence)
In the leaflet you can read all about any contraindications, warnings and side effects.
Pregnancy / breastfeeding
It is better not to use Loperamide if you are pregnant or are lactating. Talk to your doctor about using a more safer alternative.