I everyone, and thanks to all who replies. I have heard or read somewhere where the RX-Lomotil can be used during CT-WD off opiates. I'm thinking i heard that it's an opiate? I have some here, so just curious to see if this would help me. Any sugg.,info, or comments welcome.
20 Jun 2006
Well, the Meperidine that I mentioned above is what is the active ingredient in Demerol. So they are related, and act in similar ways, but the Lomitol is not a narcotic, so while it can act similarly and help alleviate withdrawals, it does not do all of the same things, this is similar to the way Suboxone acts for recovering addicts that use it, it acts on those same receptors, to help with withdrawal symptoms so they aren't so severe, but it doesn't cause the high feeling or euphoria that is what most addicts are looking for, so they don't enjoy it like they would the other drugs, so it gets them out of that habit. And since it can help stop the withdrawals, this can be used to slowly taper off of narcotics.
20 Jun 2006
Actually, Lomotil is considered to be a narcotic and is a controlled substance. It is only a controlled IV or V (I dont remember which), it can become very addictive. People ingest six or eight at a time and unfortunately, get high from them, and get addicted. I have seen it happen. Also, people who used them a lot had severe problems with diarrhea and dehydration. I dont want to give any advice regarding using it to help with withdrawal though. I am not a physician.
I am a licensed pharmacist who has not practiced for more than a year now, so my identification skills may be rusty. Also, I make mistakes too!
23 Jun 2006
When I said non-narcotic, I was basing it on the monographs that I read online. The ones I saw all say it isn't, but it is related to narcotics, they list it as an antidiarrheal med, with some other uses.
Ah well. Such is life. One again, nenene, you and I must agree to disagree! LOL!
Anyway for more information, side effects, dangers etc. here are some links:
"Diphenoxylate and atropine (dye-fen-OX-i-late and A-troe-peen) is a combination medicine used along with other measures to treat severe diarrhea in adults. Diphenoxylate helps stop diarrhea by slowing down the movements of the intestines.
Since diphenoxylate is chemically related to some narcotics, it may be habit-forming if taken in doses that are larger than prescribed. To help prevent possible abuse, atropine (an anticholinergic) has been added. If higher than normal doses of the combination are taken, the atropine will cause unpleasant effects, making it unlikely that such doses will be taken again."
"This drug is a mixture of two medications, each of which can slow the bowel action. It has been around a long time and has a good safety record. However, diphenoxylate is derived from narcotics and, while it does not have any pain relieving or addiction problems, it is not recommended for chronic use."
25 Jun 2006
Lomotil Is a scheduled V substance.
Diphenoxylate alone is a Scheduled II narcotic.
Diphenoxxylate is an opiate agonist (works just like all other opiates).
Atropine is added to make lomotil bc you cannot take high doses of atropine without terrible side effects. if diphenoxylate was used alone it could be abused like any other narcotic by taking high doses. the addition of atropine makes it less addictive bc of the potenial side effects.
lomotil can be used in withdrawal bc the opiate actions of diphenoxylate.
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