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- What is loperamide, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for loperamide?
- Is loperamide available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for loperamide?
- What are the side effects of loperamide?
- What is the dosage for loperamide?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with loperamide?
- Is loperamide safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about loperamide?
What is loperamide, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Loperamide is a medication that is used for the relief of acute diarrhea and the management of chronic diarrhea in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis). The effectiveness of loperamide is comparable to another anti-diarrheal, diphenoxylate (Lomotil). Loperamide reduces diarrhea by slowing the forward propulsion of intestinal contents by the intestinal muscles. Although loperamide is related chemically to narcotics such as morphine, it does not have any of narcotics' pain- relieving effects even at high doses. Loperamide was approved by the FDA in 1976.
What brand names are available for loperamide?
Imodium A-D, Anti-Diarrheal, TH Anti-Diarrheal, Diamode
Is loperamide available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for loperamide?
Yes, but also OTC
What are the side effects of loperamide?
Loperamide is generally well-tolerated. The side effects that have been reported during loperamide treatment include:
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