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What is Loperamide?
Loperamide belongs to the kind of drug known as an anti-diarrhoeal agent. It can be a prescription or over the counter remedy that is used to treat acute diarrhoea, IBD or inflammatory bowel disease, and traveller’s diarrhoea that lasts for a maximum of two weeks.
How does Loperamide work?
As an anti-diarrheal agent, loperamide is used for control and management of acute to chronic diarrhoea associated with the IBD or inflammatory bowel disease ailment. It works by simply reducing the flow of electrolytes and bodily fluids into the bowel as it inhibits the bowel movement to decrease the number of bowel movements. The medication likewise decreases the discharge volume of ileostomies.
In certain studies, it has been shown that Loperamide can slow down intestinal motility and it impacts the movement of water and electrolytes in the bowel. It further inhibits the peristaltic movement along the longitudinal and circular muscles inside the intestinal walls of patients. It blocks calcium and binds it to become opioid mu-receptors.
What are the benefits of Loperamide?
Loperamide is a fast acting and long acting synthetic anti-diarrheal medicine that is not absorbed within the gut, and has no impact on one’s adrenergic system or the central nervous system; however, it may alienate histamine and interact with acetylcholine release in the intestine. It inhibits the discharge of liquid and electrolytes in the body thus decreasing the number of bowel movements. Patients prefer using this medicine in managing their moderate to acute diarrhoea.
How do I use Loperamide?
Loperamide is available in capsule, tablet, and liquid suspension that are taken by mouth. It is also a prescription and non-prescription (over the counter) drug that is taken after every loose bowel discharge but to be taken no more than the maximum within the 24-hour period. The prescription loperamide is taken one or two times a day as advised by your doctor. Always take this medication exactly as directed by your doctor.
When administering loperamide to pediatric patients, carefully read the package label and ensure that it is a suitable product for your child. This medicine should never be given to a child aged 2 years old and younger. Always give the dosage that closely matches your kid’s age and weight. Ask your doctor if you do not know the exact medication to give your child.
Loperamide is often given immediately after each movement of loose bowel, but it can also be taken on a given schedule for symptoms of chronic diarrhoea.
The dosage is based on the health condition, age, and response to treatment. The dosage may likewise be based on weight and age. Take loperamide exactly as directed on the product label information or by your physician.
Adult patients must not use over 8 mg of loperamide in a 24 hour time interval if self-medicating or 16 mg if taken under medical expert’s supervision.
When taking the chewable variant, take it on an empty stomach and the tablet should be chewed entirely before swallowing. For dissolving tablets, dry your hands before prying open the tablet from the blister pack. Place the tablet on your tongue and allow for it to dissolve entirely and then swallow it. Never gnaw, crush, or break the tablet. Avoid taking the medicine from the pack until such time you are ready to take it. Water is optional when taking this drug.
When taking the liquid suspension loperamide, shake it thoroughly before you try a dose. Use the right liquid measuring tool or medicine cup before taking a dose.
If you are taking the oral suspension (liquid) form of Imodium, shake it well before you measure a dose. You should measure the liquid with a special dose measuring spoon or medicine cup. The liquid suspension can come with a small hint of alcohol.
If you are unsure how to take loperamide for your diarrhoea, we strongly recommend you consult with your physician, nurse, or pharmacist first. Some ingredients of loperamide can cause an allergic reaction or may interact with other drugs. Ask your doctor about it to know more about loperamide.
Side effects and precautions
Like any other medicines, Loperamide can come with some side effects, but not everyone is able to experience them.
Here are the most common side effects of Loperamide:
- Stomach pain
- Stomach discomfort
- Stomach enlargement
- Dry mouth
Inform your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.
Contact your doctor if you have had any of these side effects from taking Loperamide:
- Swollen lips, face, tongue, throat
- Skin rash or allergies
- Difficulty breathing
Do not drink alcohol when taking loperamide as it can heighten the drowsy after effects of the medication.
Driving and Operating Machineries
Do not take loperamide if you are to drive or operate machinery that require focus and alertness as the medicine can cause drowsiness.
Inform your doctor if you are taking other prescription, nonprescription, herbal, and other supplementary drugs particularly pramlintide, or saquinavir.
Avoid becoming dehydrated or overheated on summer or hot weather or attempt to exercise while taking this medicine.
How do I buy Loperamide online?
You can safely buy Loperamide online at UK Meds. You will need first to have an online consultation with a medical doctor before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Loperamide is the right medication for your medical condition.