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- What is attapulgite, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- Is attapulgite available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for attapulgite?
- What are the side effects of attapulgite?
- What is the dosage for attapulgite?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with attapulgite?
- Is attapulgite safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about attapulgite?
What is attapulgite, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
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.
Is attapulgite available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for attapulgite?
What are the side effects of attapulgite?
Constipation is the main side effect of attapulgite. It can also cause:
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