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FDA Medwatch Alert: Loperamide (Imodium): Drug Safety Communication - Serious Heart Problems With High Doses From Abuse and Misuse

Posted 10 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is warning that taking higher than recommended doses of the common over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription diarrhea medicine loperamide (Imodium), including through abuse or misuse of the product, can cause serious heart problems that can lead to death. The risk of these serious heart problems, including abnormal heart rhythms, may also be increased when high doses of loperamide are taken with several kinds of medicines that interact with loperamide (see Examples of Drugs that Can Potentially Interact with Loperamide, in the FDA Drug Safety Communication). The majority of reported serious heart problems occurred in individuals who were intentionally misusing and abusing high doses of loperamide in attempts to self-treat opioid withdrawal symptoms or to achieve a feeling of euphoria. FDA continues to evaluate this safety issue and will determine if additional FDA actions are ... Read more

Related support groups: Diarrhea, Imodium, Substance Abuse, Loperamide, Anti-Diarrheal, Imodium A-D, Kao-Paverin, Kaopectate 1-D, Pepto Diarrhea Control, Diamode, Loperamide/Simethicone, Imotil, Neo-Diaral, Kaopectate Caplet, Kaopectate II, Diar-Aid

Addicts Using Diarrhea Drug Imodium to Get High

Posted 5 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 – Searching for an alternative to opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, some addicts are now turning to the diarrhea drug Imodium for a high, researchers say. This abuse of Imodium – with its key ingredient, loperamide – is a growing problem in the United States, according to the researchers. "People looking for either self-treatment of [opioid] withdrawal symptoms or euphoria are overdosing on loperamide with sometimes deadly consequences," said study author William Eggleston. "Loperamide is safe in therapeutic doses but extremely dangerous in high doses," Eggleston said in a news release from the Annals of Emergency Medicine. His team published its findings – case reports involving two patients – in the April 29 online edition of the journal. The two individuals each took massive doses of loperamide. Both overdosed and even though they received ... Read more

Related support groups: OxyContin, Vicodin, Opiate Dependence, Diarrhea, Drug Dependence, Imodium, Diarrhea, Chronic, Loperamide, Diarrhea, Acute, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Anti-Diarrheal, Imodium A-D, Neo-Diaral, Kao-Paverin, Kaopectate II, Diamode, Imotil, Kaopectate 1-D, Kaopectate Caplet, Pepto Diarrhea Control

Health Tip: Taking an Antidiarrheal Drug?

Posted 3 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

-- An over-the-counter antidiarrheal drug can help clear a bout of diarrhea, but it's important to take the medication properly. The Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Following the label's instructions on how often to take the medication, and how much to take. Calling your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or are taking other medications. Taking no more than the suggested maximum. More medication does not work more effectively or quickly. Using only one antidiarrheal medication at a time, unless directed by your doctor. Read more

Related support groups: Diarrhea, Imodium, Lomotil, Diarrhea, Chronic, Loperamide, Diarrhea, Acute, Infectious Diarrhea, Anti-Diarrheal, Lonox, Imodium A-D, Atropine/Diphenoxylate, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis, Vi-Atro, Kao-Paverin, Loperamide/Simethicone, Logen, Lomanate, Diamode, Kaopectate 1-D

Certain Meds, Driving Can Be Deadly Mix: FDA

Posted 7 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 – Thinking about taking a drive after popping some over-the-counter medications? Better check the label first, warn experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency cautions that some common nonprescription medicines can impair your ability to drive and operate other vehicles and machinery safely. Some of the most common of these drugs include certain types of nonprescription antihistamines, anti-diarrheals, and anti-nausea medications, according to the FDA. "You can feel the effects some over-the-counter medicines can have on your driving for a short time after you take them, or their effects can last for several hours," Dr. Ali Mohamadi, a medical officer at the FDA, said in an agency news release. "In some cases, a medicine can cause significant 'hangover-like' effects and affect your driving even the next day." And if you haven't had enough ... Read more

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Health Tip: Some Shouldn't Take Antidiarrheal Drugs

Posted 18 Oct 2010 by Drugs.com

-- Loperamide and bismuth subsalicylate are over-the-counter drugs designed to help people with diarrhea feel better. The American Academy of Family Physicians says while they're safe for most people, not everyone should take these medicines. Among those who should avoid the drugs: Children aged 6 or younger should avoid loperamide; 12 or younger should avoid bismuth subsalicylate. Anyone with a fever, bloody or black stools, or prior allergic reaction to the drug should avoid loperamide. Anyone who has an allergy to aspirin or salicylate medications should avoid bismuth subsalicylate. Anyone aged 12 to 18 who could have the chickenpox or flu also should avoid bismuth subsalicylate. Read more

Related support groups: Diarrhea, Imodium, Pepto-Bismol, Diarrhea, Chronic, Loperamide, Kaopectate, Diarrhea, Acute, Anti-Diarrheal, Infectious Diarrhea, Salmonella Enteric Fever, Imodium A-D, Bismuth Subsalicylate, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Kaopectate Extra Strength, Salmonella Gastroenteritis, Childrens Kaopectate, Diamode, Stress Maximum Strength, Maximum Strength Stress, Imotil

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