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Responding to Opioid Crisis, FDA Puts More Restrictions on Imodium

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – Increasingly, people addicted to opioid painkillers are using dangerously high doses of the diarrhea drug Imodium (loperamide), either to get high or to help ease withdrawal. So, on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it's putting new restrictions on the packaging of the medication, dubbed by some as "the poor man's methadone." "When higher than ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Imodium (loperamide) for Over-the-Counter Use: Drug Safety Communication - FDA Limits Packaging To Encourage Safe Use

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by

ISSUE: To foster safe use of the over-the counter (OTC) anti-diarrhea drug loperamide, FDA is working with manufacturers to use blister packs or other single dose packaging and to limit the number of doses in a package. FDA continues to receive reports of serious heart problems and deaths with much higher than the recommended doses of loperamide, primarily among people who are intentionally ...

Puppy Poop Infection Tally Rises to 67 People in 15 States

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – An outbreak of a potentially deadly bacteria linked to contaminated puppy poop has spread to 15 states, a new federal report shows. These multidrug-resistant Campylobacter infections have now sickened 67 people. In the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency said cases rose from 39 in mid-September to 67 reported by Oct. 30. ...

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

Posted 10 Jun 2016 by

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 ...

Addicts Using Diarrhea Drug Imodium to Get High

Posted 5 May 2016 by

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 ...

Health Tip: Taking an Antidiarrheal Drug?

Posted 3 Feb 2016 by

-- 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 ...

Certain Meds, Driving Can Be Deadly Mix: FDA

Posted 7 Oct 2014 by

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 ...

Health Tip: Some Shouldn't Take Antidiarrheal Drugs

Posted 18 Oct 2010 by

-- 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 ...

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