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LoModine 2mg Capsules
Loperamide Hydrochloride

Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains
important information for you.
Keep this leaflet, you may need to read it again.
Ask your pharmacist if you need more information
or advice.

1. What the medicine is for

This medicine is used to treat two different types of
diarrhoea. The two types have different age limits.
Short-term diarrhoea
• For adults and children aged 12 and over
• To treat attacks that last up to 48 hours
• If your attack lasts longer than 48 hours talk
to your doctor
IBS diarrhoea
• For adults and young people aged 18 and
over who have been diagnosed with IBS
(Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
• You can use this medicine for up to 2 weeks
for repeated attacks, but if any one attack
lasts continuously for longer than 48 hours,
talk to your doctor
The capsules contain the active substance
Loperamide hydrochloride which helps reduce
diarrhoea by slowing down an overactive bowel.

Do not take this medicine if you are aged
under 18.
Talk to your doctor first:
• If you are aged 40 or over and it is some time
since your last IBS attack
• If you are aged 40 or over and your IBS
symptoms are different this time
• If you have recently passed blood from the
• If you suffer from severe constipation
• If you are feeling sick or vomiting
• If you have lost your appetite or lost weight
• If you have difficulty or pain passing urine
• If you have a fever
• If you have recently travelled abroad.
If any of these applies to you talk to your doctor
before taking this medicine.
Other medicines and LoModine
Talk to your doctor first if you are taking any other
medicines including:
• Quinidine – used to treat heart conditions or
• Ritonavir – used to treat HIV
• Desmopressin – used to treat bed wetting
• Itraconazole or ketoconazole – used to treat
fungal infections
• Gemfibrozil – used to treat high cholesterol.
Pregnancy or breast feeding

This medicine is suitable for most people but a few
people should not use it:

• If you are pregnant, think you are pregnant
or planning a pregnancy, ask your doctor
or pharmacist for advice before taking this
• If you are breast-feeding do not take this
medicine. Small amounts may get into your
milk. Talk to your doctor about a suitable

Do not take this medicine:

Driving and using machines

• If you are allergic to loperamide or any of the
ingredients in this medicine
• If it is for a child under 12 (or under 18 for an
IBS patient)
• If you are having a flare up of an inflammatory
bowel condition like ulcerative colitis
• If you are constipated or your stomach appears
swollen (especially in children with severe
• If you have acute dysentery (the symptoms of
which may include blood in your stools and a
high temperature).
If any of the above applies to you talk to your doctor
or pharmacist before taking this medicine.

This medicine can make you feel dizzy, tired or
sleepy. If you think you are affected do not drive
or operate machinery.

2. Before taking this medicine
Warnings for everyone

Do not take this product for anything other than its
intended use (see section 1) and never take more
than the recommended amount (see section 3).
Serious heart problems (symptoms of which include
fast or irregular heartbeat) have been reported in
patients who have taken too much loperamide, the
active ingredient in LoModine.
Talk to your doctor first:
• If you suffer from liver disease
• If you have diarrhoea that lasts more than
48 hours
• If you have severe diarrhoea as your body loses
more fluid, sugars and salts than normal
• If you have been told by your doctor that you
have an intolerance to some sugars.

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Special warnings about this medicine
Your body can lose large amounts of fluids and
salts when you have diarrhoea. You need to replace
the fluid by drinking more liquid than normal.
This is especially important for children and
frail or older people. Ask your pharmacist about
rehydration therapy to replace lost salts.
Some of the ingredients can cause problems
This medicine contains lactose. If you have been
told by your doctor that you have an intolerance
to some sugars contact your doctor before taking
this medicine.

3. How to take this medicine
Check the tables below to see how much
medicine to take.
Swallow the correct number of capsules whole with
a drink of water. For oral use only.
Do not use more than the dose shown in the tables.
If you have taken too many LoModine,
immediately contact a doctor or hospital for
advice. Symptoms may include: increased heart
rate, irregular heartbeat, changes to your heartbeat

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• To treat attacks that last up to 48 hours

Extra warnings for IBS patients

The capsules are not for long-term treatment.
Short-term diarrhoea

Take two capsules to start
Adults and
children aged 12 Take one capsule
and over
after each loose bowel
• Do not take more than six capsules in a
24-hour period.
• Do not take for attacks lasting longer than
48 hours.
• If your attack lasts longer than 48 hours,
stop taking LoModine and talk to your

IBS diarrhoea


Adults aged 18
and over

Take two capsules to start
Take one or two capsules
after each loose bowel
movement depending on
severity of symptoms.

• Do not take more than six capsules in a
24-hour period.
• You can take this medicine for up to 2 weeks
for repeated attacks but do not take for any
one attack lasting longer than 48 hours.
• If any attack lasts longer than 48 hours, stop
taking LoModine and talk to your doctor.

You should only take this medicine as you need it,
following the dosage instructions carefully.
If you forget to take a dose, take a dose after the
next loose stool (bowel movement). Do not take a
double dose.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines LoModine can have side effects
although these don’t affect everyone.
If you experience any of the following STOP
TAKING this medicine and get medical help at
Rare (may affect less than 1 in 1,000 but 1 or
more in 10,000 people)
• Allergic reactions including unexplained
wheeziness, shortness of breath, passing out,
skin rashes or swelling of the face and throat
• Skin rashes, which may be severe and include
blistering or peeling skin
• A swollen stomach, severe constipation or
difficulty passing water
• Severe stomach pain or bloating with a fast
heart rate, low blood pressure,(dizziness on
standing) and high fever

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Uncommon (may affect less than 1 in 100 people
but less than 1 in 1,000 people)
• Drowsiness
• Dry mouth
• Abdominal pain, indigestion or discomfort
• Skin rash
• Dizziness
• Being sick.
Rare (may affect less than 1 in 1,000 but 1 or
more in 10,000 people)
• Miosis (narrowing of the pupils of the eye)
• Tiredness
• Itchiness or hives.
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:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5. Storing this medicine
Keep the product out of the sight and reach of
Do not store above 25˚C. Store your medicine in its
original container.
Do not use your medicine after the expiry date
shown on the packaging.

6. Further information
What’s in this medicine
The active ingredient in LoModine Capsules is
loperamide hydrochloride.
Other ingredients are: lactose monohydrate, maize
starch, magnesium stearate, quinolone yellow oxide
(E104), indigo carmine (E132), titanium dioxide
(E171), gelatin, erythrosine (E127) and black iron
oxide (E172).
What the medicine looks like
LoModine are purple and green capsules printed
with the name LOMODINE 2.
They are available in packs of 4, 6, 8, 10, 16 and
18 capsules. Not all pack sizes may be sold.
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Unit 4, Tolpits Lane,
Watford, WD18 9SS, UK.
This leaflet was revised in June 2017.

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If you forget to take this medicine

Common (may affect less than 1 in 10 people but
more than 1 in 100 people)
• Headache
• Feeling sick, constipation, wind


Children react more strongly to large amounts of
LoModine than adults. If a child takes too much
or shows any of the above symptoms, call a doctor

• Loss of consciousness or reduced level of
consciousness (feeling faint or less alert),
uncoordinated movements.
• Talk to a doctor as soon as possible if you
experience any of the following:


(these symptoms can have potentially serious,
life-threatening consequences), muscle stiffness,
uncoordinated movements, drowsiness, difficulty
urinating, or weak breathing.

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