Loperamide (generic for Imodium) is an anti-diarrheal medication. It treats diarrhea by slowing movement through the gut. Loperamide can be used for the treatment of acute diarrhea, particularly from an infection.
Avoid if blood or mucous in the stool, dark stools, or abdominal pain without diarrhea. These could be signs of a more serious cause of the diarrhea that loperamide could worsen.
Loperamide can be dangerous in someone with a preexisting heart rhythm problem, like long QT syndrome. Loperamide overdose can cause heart arrhythmia and death. Do not take if you have a history of liver disease. Do not take if you have abdominal swelling or bulging, as these could be signs of a bowel obstruction that loperamide could worsen.
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Adult doses are shown, unless otherwise specified. Refer to weight-based dosing guidelines for pediatric patients.
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