attapulgite, Rheaban; Kaopectate Advanced Formula; Parepectolin; Diasorb; Diatrol; Donnagel
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
Brand name and generic formulations of attapulgite products have been discontinued in the United States
GENERIC NAME: attapulgite
DISCONTINUED BRANDS: Rheaban, Kaopectate Advanced Formula, Parepectolin, Diasorb, Diatrol, Donnagel
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Attapulgite is an oral, nonabsorbed medication that is used in the management of diarrhea. It works by adsorbing (binding) large numbers of bacteria and toxins and reducing the loss of water. Attapulgite reduces the number of bowel movements, improves the consistency of loose or watery stools, and relieves the gastrointestinal cramping that often is associated with diarrhea.
PRESCRIBED FOR: Attapulgite is used for the short-term treatment of diarrhea.
SIDE EFFECTS: Constipation is the main side effect of attapulgite. It can also cause:
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Suspension: 600 mg/15ml or 750 mg/ml
STORAGE: Preparations should be stored at room temperature, 15 C - 30 C (59 F - 86 F).
DOSING: Attapulgite is taken after each loose bowel movement.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/27/2015
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