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Motofen

Generic Name: atropine/difenoxin (AT-row-peen/dye-fen-OX-in)
Brand Name: Motofen

Motofen is used for:

Treating diarrhea in combination with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Motofen is an antidiarrheal and anticholinergic combination. It works by decreasing the motion of muscles in the intestines and prolonging the time it takes to move the contents through the body.

Do NOT use Motofen if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Motofen
  • you have diarrhea caused by certain conditions (eg, pseudomembranous colitis, enterotoxin-producing bacteria, food poisoning)
  • you have jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin)
  • you have a blockage of the stomach or bowel, angle-closure glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, urinary blockage, excess acid in the stomach or throat, esophagus problems (eg, difficulty swallowing, inflammation), bowel muscle weakness, or heart problems with severe bleeding
  • you are taking sodium oxybate (GHB)
  • the patient is a child younger than 2 years of age

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Motofen:

Some medical conditions may interact with Motofen. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a history of jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin) or megacolon
  • if you have abnormal blood levels of electrolytes (eg, potassium, sodium), ulcerative colitis, liver or kidney problems, Down syndrome, numbness due to nerve damage, prostate problems (enlarged prostate), a blockage of the bladder, trouble urinating, heart problems (eg, congestive heart failure, irregular heartbeat), hiatal hernia, asthma, open-angle glaucoma, or risk factors for glaucoma
  • if you are dehydrated

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Motofen. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Antihistamines (eg, diphenhydramine), medicine for Parkinson disease (eg, benztropine), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because they may increase the risk of Motofen's side effects
  • Barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital) or sodium oxybate (GHB) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Motofen
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) (eg, phenelzine) because the risk of serious side effects, including severe high blood pressure, may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Motofen may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Motofen:

Use Motofen as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Motofen by mouth with or without food.
  • If you miss a dose of Motofen and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Motofen.

Important safety information:

  • Motofen may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Motofen with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using Motofen; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor. This could increase the risk of serious side effects.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 2 days or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Do not become overheated in hot weather or while you are being active; heatstroke may occur.
  • Report any symptoms of fluid or electrolyte loss to your doctor: dry mouth; thirst; weakness; lethargy; drowsiness; restlessness; muscle pain or cramps; muscle weakness; low blood pressure; infrequent urination; rapid heartbeat; stomach disorders such as nausea and vomiting.
  • Motofen may make your eyes more sensitive to sunlight. It may help to wear sunglasses.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Motofen before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Use Motofen with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially excitement, agitation, or drowsiness.
  • Motofen should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • Motofen should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Motofen while you are pregnant. Motofen is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while you are taking Motofen.

When used for longer than a few weeks or at high doses, some people develop a need to continue taking Motofen. This is known as DEPENDENCE or addiction. Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.

Possible side effects of Motofen:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Blurred vision; constipation; decreased sweating; difficulty sleeping; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth, nose, or skin; headache; loss of appetite; loss of taste; nausea; nervousness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); abdominal bloating or swelling; agitation; changes in heartbeat; confusion; continued or severe diarrhea; delirium; difficulty focusing your eyes; difficulty urinating; exaggerated sense of well-being; excitement; fast/irregular heartbeat; fever; hallucinations; numbness of the hands or feet; severely enlarged pupils; severe or prolonged restlessness; speech disturbance; unusual weakness; vomiting.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include coma; difficulty breathing; dilated or constricted pupils; disorientation; fever; flushing; hallucinations; hyperactivity; muscle weakness; restlessness; seizures; severe dizziness; unusual eye movements; urinary retention; vomiting.

Proper storage of Motofen:

Store Motofen at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Motofen out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Motofen, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Motofen is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Motofen or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Motofen. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Motofen. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Motofen.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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