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Loperamide Capsules and Tablets

Generic name: Loperamide Capsules and Tablets [ loe-PER-a-mide ]
Brand name: Imodium
Drug class: Antidiarrheals

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Mar 27, 2024.


  • Do not take more than the package label says or your doctor told you to take. Taking more than you were told can cause very bad heart problems, including an abnormal heartbeat. Sometimes, these heart problems can lead to death. Taking this medicine (loperamide capsules and tablets) with certain other drugs may also raise the chance of heart problems. Talk with your doctor.
  • Do not give to a child younger than 2 years of age.

Uses of Loperamide Capsules and Tablets:

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Loperamide Capsules and Tablets?

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (loperamide capsules and tablets).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine (loperamide capsules and tablets) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Loperamide Capsules and Tablets?

How is this medicine (Loperamide Capsules and Tablets) best taken?

Use this medicine (loperamide capsules and tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

What are some other side effects of Loperamide Capsules and Tablets?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Loperamide Capsules and Tablets?

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