NUMARK DIARRHOEA RELIEF INSTANTS 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:
1. What this medicine is for
2. Before you take the medicine
3. How to take the medicine
4. Possible side effects
5. Storing the medicine
6. Further information
WHAT THIS MEDICINE IS FOR
Asda Anti-Diarrhoea Instants 2 mg
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 only and
should not be used as a substitute for
rehydration treatment.
BEFORE YOU TAKE THE
MEDICINE
Do not take this medicine if:
• you are allergic to loperamide or 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),

NOTE:

• 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
than 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 new
symptoms:
you are 40 years or over and it is some
time since your last IBS attack, or if
the symptoms are different this time
you have recently passed blood in
the bowel
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.
Further information overleaf ¯

HOW TO TAKE THE MEDICINE
FOR: Acute diarrhoea.
Age:

How many tablets:

Adults and
children of
12 years
and over.

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

• 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.
FOR: Diarrhoea associated with
irritable bowel syndrome, which
has been diagnosed by a doctor.
Age:

How many tablets:

Adults only
(18 years
and over).

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

• 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.
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).
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.
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, Upper Cliffe
Road, Dodworth Business Park,
Dodworth, South Yorkshire S75 3SP.
Manufacturer:
Galpharm International Ltd, Upper Cliffe
Road, Dodworth Business Park,
Dodworth, South Yorkshire S75 3SP.
Text revised: 10/2012

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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