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BOOTS DIARRHOEA RELIEF INSTANT-MELTS 2 MG ORODISPERSIBLE TABLETS

Active substance: LOPERAMIDE HYDROCHLORIDE

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Asda Anti-Diarrhoea Instants
2mg Orodispersible Tablets
Loperamide Hydrochloride
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Read this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without prescription to treat a minor condition. However, you still need to
take it carefully to get the best results from it.

Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
IN THIS LEAFLET:
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What this medicine is for
Before you take the medicine
How to take the medicine
Possible side effects
Storing the medicine
Further information

1.

WHAT THIS MEDICINE IS FOR

Asda Anti-Diarrhoea Instants 2mg Orodispersible Tablets contain Loperamide Hydrochloride which is
an anti-diarrhoeal medicine which helps to stop diarrhoea by making the stools more solid and less
frequent.
This medicine is used for the treatment of sudden short-lived (acute) attacks of diarrhoea in adults
and children of 12 years and over. It can also be used by adults of 18 years and over who have
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which has been previously diagnosed by a doctor, to relieve short
term diarrhoea associated with it.
Please note that these tablets relieve the symptoms of diarrhoea and should not be used as a
substitute for rehydration treatment.
2.

BEFORE YOU TAKE THE MEDICINE

Do not take this medicine if:
• you are allergic to loperamide or to any other ingredient in this medicine,
• you are a child under 12 years of age (or under 18 for an IBS patient),
• you have severe diarrhoea after taking antibiotics,
• you are having a flare up of an inflammatory bowel condition, such as ulcerative colitis.
• you are constipated, or your stomach appears swollen (especially in children with severe
dehydration),
• you have acute dysentery, the symptoms of which may include blood in your stools and a high
temperature,
• you are pregnant or breast-feeding, unless instructed by your doctor.
Check with your doctor before taking this medicine:
• If you have AIDS and your stomach becomes swollen. Stop taking the tablets immediately and
Talk to your doctor.
• If you have liver problems.
• If you have diarrhoea that lasts for more than 48 hours.
• If you have severe diarrhoea as your body loses more fluid, sugars and salts that normal.
• If you develop a bowel obstruction stop taking the tablets and consult your doctor.
• If you have IBS but have not had this condition previously diagnosed by a doctor.
• If you have IBS, which has previously been diagnosed by a doctor, but you notice any of the
following symptoms:
o you are 40 years or over and it is some time since your last IBS attack, or if the symptoms are
different this time
o you have recently passed blood in the bowel

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you have severe constipation
you are feeling sick or being sick
you have lost your appetite or lost weight
you have difficulty or pain passing urine
you have a fever
you have recently travelled abroad.

If you take other medicines
Talk to your pharmacist before taking this medicine if you are taking any other medicines, particularly
the following:
• ritonavir (used to treat HIV),
• quinidine (used to treat abnormal heart rhythms or malaria),
• oral desmopressin (used to treat excessive urination),
• itraconazole or ketoconazole (used to treat fungal infections),
• gemfibrozil (used to treat high cholesterol).
If you are unsure about any of the medicines you are taking, talk to your pharmacist.
3.

HOW TO TAKE THE MEDICINE

Age:
Adults and children of
12 years and over.

For:
Acute diarrhoea.

How many tablets:
2 tablets to be taken
initially, followed by 1
tablet after each loose
motion.

Adults only (18 years
and over).

Diarrhoea associated
with irritable bowel
syndrome, which has
been diagnosed by a
doctor.

2 tablets to be taken
initially, followed by 1
tablet after each loose
motion (or as advised
by your doctor).

How often to take:
Do not take more than
6 tablets in any 24
hours.
Do not take for more
than 48 hours.
If the symptoms persist
for more than 48 hours
consult your doctor.
DO NOT EXCEED
THE STATED DOSE.
Do not give to children
and young adults under
18 years of age.
Do not take more than
6 tablets in any 24
hours.
You can use this
medicine for up to 2
weeks for repeated
attacks, but do not take
for any one attack
lasting longer than 48
hours.
If you need to take this
medicine for more than
14 days, or if you
notice new symptoms,
or your symptoms get
worse, talk to your
doctor.
DO NOT EXCEED
THE STATED DOSE.

Rehydration sachets are available separately.
IF YOU TAKE TOO MUCH: If you take more tablets than you should, tell your doctor or pharmacist.
4.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS.

Most people take the tablets without any problems, but as with all medicines, side effects may occur
occasionally.

Stop taking the medicine and contact your doctor immediately if you notice:
Rare: (affects less than 1 in 1,000 but 1 or more in 10,000 people)
• Allergic reactions including unexplained wheezing, shortness of breath, or swelling of the face and
throat.
• Skin rashes, which may be severe and include blistering or peeling skin.
• Loss of consciousness or reduced level of consciousness (passing out, feeling faint or less alert),
uncoordinated movements.
If you get any of these, stop using the medicine and get medical help at once.
If you experience any of the following stop taking the medicine and talk to your doctor:
Rarely: (between 1 in 10,000 and 1 in 1000 people are affected)
• Itchiness or hives
• Constriction of the pupil
• Difficulty passing water (urine)
• A swollen stomach, a burning sensation in the mouth, lips or tongue
• Fatigue.
Uncommonly: (between 1 in 1000 and 1 in 100 people are affected)
• Tiredness, drowsiness
• Stomach pains, vomiting, indigestion and heartburn, dry mouth.
Commonly: (between 1 in 100 and 1 in 10 people are affected)
• Headache, dizziness
• Nausea (feeling sick), constipation, flatulence (wind).
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme
at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5.

STORING THE MEDICINE

Do not store above 25°C. Keep the container in the original carton in order to protect from light. Do
not use the tablets after the expiry date shown on the pack.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
6.

FURTHER INFORMATION

What is in this medicine:
The active ingredient in the tablets is: Loperamide Hydrochloride 2 mg.
The other ingredients in the tablets are: Mannitol, Pregelatinised Maize Starch, Crospovidone,
Croscarmellose Sodium, Colloidal Anhydrous Silica, Colloidal Hydrated Silica, Magnesium Stearate,
Citric Acid Anhydrous, Peppermint Flavour and Sucralose.
Contents of the pack:
This pack contains 6 or 12 Orodispersible tablets.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Galpharm Healthcare Ltd, Wrafton, Braunton, Devon, EX33 2DL, United Kingdom.
Manufacturer: Galpharm International Ltd, Elmhirst Park, Middle Field Road, Barnsley, South
Yorkshire, S75 4LS, United Kingdom.
Text Revised: June 2014.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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