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    Information about Loperamide

    Loperamide uses

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

    How loperamide works

    Loperamide is an anti-diarrhoeal medication. It works by slowing down the contraction of the intestines thereby decreasing the speed at which the contents pass through it. This allows more time for reabsorption of fluids and nutrients, making the stools more solid and less frequent.

    Common side effects of loperamide

    Nausea, Constipation, Stomach cramp
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    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
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    Expert advice for Loperamide

    • You have been prescribed Loperamide for the treatment of diarrhea.
    • Diarrhea can cause water loss and electrolyte imbalance. Drink plenty of fluids to help keep you hydrated.
    • Consult your doctor if your diarrhea lasts for more than 48 hours.
    • Do not use Loperamide if you have blood in your stool or if you are severely constipated.
    • Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as Loperamide can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
    • Stop taking the medication as soon as your symptoms are relieved.

    Frequently asked questions for Loperamide


    Q. Is Loperamide safe?

    Loperamide is relatively safe if used as recommended. In case of any side effects, consult your doctor.

    Q. What is Loperamide used for?

    Loperamide is used for treating short-term or long-term diarrhea, with or without any associated disease.

    Q. Can Loperamide be used for IBS?

    Loperamide may be used in few cases of IBS but please consult your doctor before its use.

    Q. Can I take Loperamide with antibiotics, paracetamol, ibuprofen, omeprazole, ciprofloxacin, desmopressin, ritonavir, quinidine or cotrimoxazole?

    Loperamide may be taken simultaneously with antibiotics, paracetamol, ibuprofen, omiprazole or ciprofloxacin. Loperamide might interact with desmopressin, ritonavir, quinidine or cotrimoxazole. Please consult your doctor before use

    Q. Does Loperamide help in opiate withdrawal?

    Loperamide is used in higher doses as a part of opiate withdrawal process. However, do consult your doctor regarding the same.

    Q. Is Loperamide addictive?

    No, Loperamide is a safe and non-addictive anti-diarrheal drug.

    Q. Can Loperamide be used for stomach cramps, nausea, stomach flu, rota virus diarrhea and gas?

    Loperamide may benefit few cases of stomach cramps or nausea associated with diarrhea. It is sometimes used for stomach flu, rota virus diarrhea. It is not used for gas. Please consult your doctor before taking the drug.

    Q. Can I take Loperamide with cimetidine?

    Cimetidine can decrease the metabolism of Loperamide, increase its blood levels and hence, increase its effects and side effects. Your dose of Loperamide may needs to be decreased. Consult your doctor prior to taking both the drugs together.

    Content on this page was last updated on 16 October, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)