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Diphenoxylate

Information

Uses

Diphenoxylate is used in the treatment of diarrhoea
It should not be used in patients with dysentery (diarrhea with blood).

How it works

Diphenoxylate is an anti-diarrhoeal medicine. It works by decreasing contraction of the intestines which makes stools more solid and less frequent.

Common side effects

Headache, Nausea, Constipation, Flatulence

Available Medicine

No medicine available

Expert advice

  • Appropriate fluid and electrolyte therapy should be given to protect against dehydration. If severe dehydration or electrolyte imbalance is present medication should be discontinued.
  • Consult your doctor before taking diphenoxylate, if you have heart, liver or kidney problems; Down syndrome (an inherited condition causing a range of developmental and physical problems);prostate problems (enlarged prostate); blockage of the bladder, trouble urinating, hiatal hernia, asthma, open-angle glaucoma, or risk factors for glaucoma.
  • Avoid exposure to hot weather or become over heated while you are being active; heatstroke may occur.

Frequently asked questions

Diphenoxylate

Q. What is diphenoxylate hydrochloride and atropine sulfate?
Diphenoxylate and atropine combination medication is a combination medicine used for treatment of diarrhea.

Content on this page was last updated on 31 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)