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    Lopamide Information

    Lopamide is a prescription drug, available for use as Tablet. Diarrhoea are some of its major therapeutic uses. The alternative uses of Lopamide have also been explained below.

    Medical history of the patient along with age and gender determines the dosage of Lopamide. Dosage also depends on the route of administration and your chief complaint for which the drug is prescribed. Detailed information has been provided in the dosage section.

    Apart from the aforementioned side effects, Lopamide can also lead to other problems, which have been listed below. Such side effects of Lopamide normally do not last long and go away once the treatment is completed. If, however, they worsen or do not go away, please speak with your physician.

    Furthermore, you should know that effect of Lopamide is Mild for pregnant women and Severe for women who are breastfeeding. Further, the section on Lopamide related warnings talks about Lopamide's effects on the liver, heart and kidney.

    Lopamide is contraindicated in people with pre-existing medical conditions like Gastritis, Ulcerative Colitis as it can result in adverse effects. The section on Lopamide contraindications lists all such conditions.

    Additionally, Lopamide may also adversely react with other medicines. A complete list of these interactions is given below.

    Along with the above-mentioned precautions, remember that taking Lopamide is considered not safe while driving, and is not addictive.



    Lopamide Benefits & Uses

    Lopamide is used to treat the following -

    Main Benefits

    Other Benefits

    Lopamide Dosage & How to Take

    This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

    Find the right dosage based on disease and age

    Age Group Dosage
    Adult
    • Disease: Diarrhoea (Loose Motions)
    • Before or After Meal: Either
    • Single Maximum Dose: 2 mg
    • Dosage Form: Tablet
    • Dosage Route: Oral
    • Frequency: 4 daily
    • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
    • Special Instructions: 4 mg orally after the first loose stool, then 2 mg orally after each unformed stool
    Geriatric
    • Disease: Diarrhoea (Loose Motions)
    • Before or After Meal: Either
    • Single Maximum Dose: 2 mg
    • Dosage Form: Tablet
    • Dosage Route: Oral
    • Frequency: 4 daily
    • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
    • Special Instructions: 4 mg orally after the first loose stool, then 2 mg orally after each unformed stool
    13 - 18 years (Adolescent)
    • Disease: Diarrhoea (Loose Motions)
    • Before or After Meal: Either
    • Single Maximum Dose: 2 mg
    • Dosage Form: Tablet
    • Dosage Route: Oral
    • Frequency: 4 daily
    • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
    • Special Instructions: 4 mg orally after the first loose stool, then 2 mg orally after each unformed stool

    Lopamide Related Warnings

    • Is the use of Lopamide safe for pregnant women?


      Pregnant women may get mild side effects from Lopamide.

      Mild
    • Is the use of Lopamide safe during breastfeeding?


      Lopamide should not be taken without taking your doctor's advice, as it may have severe side effects on breastfeeding women.

      Severe
    • What is the effect of Lopamide on the Kidneys?


      Lopamide has very mild side effects on the kidneys.

      Mild
    • What is the effect of Lopamide on the Liver?


      Side effects of Lopamide rarely affect the liver.

      Mild
    • What is the effect of Lopamide on the Heart?


      Very few cases of side effects of Lopamide on the heart have been reported.

      Mild


    Severe Interaction of Lopamide with Other Drugs

    Lopamide should not be taken with following medicines due to severe side effects it may cause to patients -

    Severe

    Moderate

    CodeineParacetamol,Chlorpheniramine,Dextromethorphan


      Lopamide Contraindications

      If you are suffering from any of the following diseases, you should not take Lopamide unless your doctor advises you to do so -



      Frequently asked Questions about Lopamide

      • Is this Lopamide habit forming or addictive?


        Lopamide is not addictive in nature.

        No
      • Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?


        No, you should not drive or operate heavy machinery after taking Lopamide as you may feel sleepy.

        Dangerous
      • Is it safe?


        Lopamide should be used only after doctor's advice.

        Safe, but take only on Doctor's advise
      • Is it able to treat mental disorders?


        Lopamide is unable to treat or cure mental disorders.

        No

      Lopamide Interactions with Food and Alcohol

      • Interaction between Food and Lopamide


        Due to a lack of research, nothing can be said about the consequences of taking Lopamide together with food.

        Unknown
      • Interaction between Alcohol and Lopamide


        No research has been done on this till date. Therefore, it is not known what the effect of taking Lopamide with alcohol will be.

        Unknown


      Frequently asked Questions about Lopamide

      Question almost 5 years ago

      Does Lopamide treat stomach cramp?

      Dr. Yogesh Kumar MBBS , General Physician

      No, Lopamide does not treat stomach cramps. It is only used for the short-term treatment of diarrhoea.

      Question over 5 years ago

      Can I discontinue Lopamide on my own without doctors advice?

      Dr. Rahul Poddar MBBS, DNB, MBBS, DNB , General Surgery

      No, Lopamide should not be discontinued without doctors advice if it has been prescribed by your doctor. If you are taking this drug by yourself then it can be discontinued.

      Question over 5 years ago

      What is Lopamide?

      Dr. Braj Bhushan Ojha BAMS , Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Psychiatry, Ayurveda, Sexology, Diabetology

      Lopamide is a brand name of loperamide and it is available in the form of a tablet, capsule, and suspension. It belongs to the class of drug known as antidiarrheal agents. It is mainly used for the preventive (prophylactic) and treatment of acute diarrhea. It is also used in the management of IBS diarrhea.

      Question over 4 years ago

      Can I take Lopamide with paracetamol?

      Dr. Vedprakash Verma MBBS, MD , Cardiology

      Yes, Lopamide can be taken with paracetamol. No clinically significant drug interaction has been reported between them. However, if you feel any discomfort after taking Lopamide along with paracetamol then do not hesitate to inform your doctor.

      Question about 5 years ago

      Does Lopamide cause drowsiness?

      Dr. Yogesh Kumar MBBS , General Physician

      Yes, Lopamide may cause drowsiness (sleepiness). It is an uncommon side effect of this drug. However, f you experience drowsiness after taking this drug, then you are advised not to drive any vehicle or operate any machinery to avoid accidental injury.



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      This medicine data has been created by -

      Vikas Chauhan

      B.Pharma, Pharmacy
      5 Years of Experience


      References

      US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [Internet]. Maryland. USA; Package leaflet information for the user; Imodium® (loperamide hydrochloride)

      KD Tripathi. [link]. Seventh Edition. New Delhi, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers; 2013: Page No 686-687

      April Hazard Vallerand, Cynthia A. Sanoski. [link]. Sixteenth Edition. Philadelphia, China: F. A. Davis Company; 2019: Page No 45-46

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