Loperamide review

Discovered in 1969, Loperamide is a popular drug prescribed for diarrhea. This diarrhea is typically related to cases of gastroenteritis or inflammatory bowel disease. It works by reducing the movement in the intestinal wall. This allows the body to absorb more blood, preventing loose movement of the bowel.

Loperamide is often sold under brand names like Imodium, Lopex, Dimor and Pepto Diarrhea control.

Loperamide is available in a variety of forms. It can be taken as a capsule, a tablet and a liquid. All of these are taken orally. Loperamide can be obtained without prescription. Oftentimes, it is taken immediately after symptoms of diarrhea or loose bowel movement are felt. It is simple to take. The person only has to follow the directions on the package.

Before taking Loperamide, the patient must assess his situation first. Loperamide is discouraged when the person has fever. If blood is present in the stool, the patient must have a consultation with his doctor first. More importantly, if the person thinks that the diarrhea is because of a certain bacterial infection, it would be wise to the get the infection addressed first. This is especially true for people who suspect that they have bacteria that can attack the walls of their intestines. Usual examples include E.Coli and Salmonella infections.

As Loperamide is often taken without the need for a consultation with a doctor, the people taking it must be very careful. They must observe their situation for two to ten days. If they do not see improvements with their diarrhea, they must see a doctor immediately. Also, they must remember to keep themselves well hydrated since diarrhea will cause their bodies to lose too much liquid.

Loperamide can also cause a few side effects. Normally, these side effects may include dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth and stomach pain. Patients may also feel a general sense of fatigue along with feelings of constipation and stomach pain. In some cases, vomiting may occur.

Once Loperamide is taken, the person must be on alert for signs of an allergic reaction. If rashes appear or if the person breaks out in hives, it is a sign that the body may not be receiving Loperamide well. The person may also display difficulties in breathing. He may be wheezing and gasping for breath. If these things are observed, the person must stop taking Loperamide and call his doctor.

At high doses, Loperamide can cause a certain level of euphoria. Also, if Loperamide is used for extended periods of time, the person may develop a form of dependence on it. In this case, it would be better if the person stops the medication gradually. Abruptly quitting on Loperamide can cause certain withdrawal symptoms.

If you are pregnant, you must take extra precaution. Consult your doctor about whether Loperamide would be a safe mode of treatment for you and your baby. Also, if you are breastfeeding, you and your doctor should discuss how Loperamide will affect the breast milk.

In taking Loperamide, remember to take only the exact amount you need as indicated by the package instructions or by your doctor.

Loperamide has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of loperamide

• Molecular formula of loperamide is C29H33ClN2O2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 4-[4-(4-chlorophenyl)-4-hydroxy-1-piperidyl]-N,N-dimethyl- 2,2-diphenyl-butanamide
• Molecular weight is 477.037 g/mol
Loperamide available : 2mg tablets

Brand name(s): Imodium, Ioperamide, Kaopectate, Loperacap, Loperamida, Loperamide HCL, Loperamidum

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