Loperamide – Dependable Diarrhoea Treatment
Available to quickly and effectively stop diarrhoea, loperamide is an easy to use drug that is generally side effect free and provides reliable treatment that is proven to work in almost all cases. This diarrhoea treatment is usually offered in tablet form, designed to be take in the event that diarrhoea occurs.
For international travellers, the number one cause of diarrhoea is bacteria from undercooked food, food prepared in unhygienic conditions or unclean water supplies. The main symptom of diarrhoea is the passing of large amounts of loose stools, usually more than 300g in 24 hours. Diarrhoea in all cases presents very unwelcome symptoms and, occasionally, these symptoms can last for days or even weeks.
Loperamide provides lasting relief from the symptoms of diarrhoea.
Loperamide is a tablet that can be taken to stop diarrhoea symptoms. This helps to limit the knock-on effects of diarrhoea such as dehydration, particularly when overseas or in places with inadequate drinking water supplies.
Loperamide is clinically proven to limit bowel movements, providing welcome respite from the ongoing illness of diarrhoea, particularly where the symptoms last for several days. It also provides welcome convenience for people who are likely to be in situations where emergency toilet stops are not possible.
Does Loperamide Stop Diarrhoea?
Diarrhoea is usually caused by a virus or bacteria entering the body. In the case of bacteria, these are most often ingested by undercooked or unhygienic food, or in unclean water. Many viral illnesses that can be contracted through any number of methods include diarrhoea amongst their list of symptoms. These foreign bodies damage the lining of the digestive system, meaning that the intestines cannot absorb fluid correctly.
In addition, diarrhoea can be caused by too the release of too much fluid into the bowel, bowel contents moving too quickly for full liquid absorption to occur, or substances in food not being properly absorbed. In any of these cases, diarrhoea is the result of too much water being expelled with faecal matter.
Loperamide acts upon the opioid receptors in the lining of the intestines and, as a result, reduces the frequency of intestinal contractions. This means that food and faecal matter moves more slowly through the gut, allowing for more of the fluid to be absorbed properly back into the body.
The end result is that patients taking Loperamide do not suffer from the same frequency or consistency of bowel movements.
Who Can Use Loperamide?
Loperamide is usually supplied for use by adults and children over the age of 4 to treat a bout of diarrhoea and also occasionally to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The medicine is also popular with people who plan to travel overseas and are therefore at increased risk of suffering from diarrhoea due to improper hygiene.
Who Should Not Use Loperamide?
Loperamide is not to be used by children under the age of 4, anybody who is or may be allergic to any of the ingredients of the tablet, or by women who are pregnant or breast-feeding. If you have stools that are black, bloody or tarry, or diarrhoea that may have been caused by using an antibiotic, you should not take this medicine.
How To Use Loperamide
The dosage of loperamide that you should take will depend on your age and the specific nature of your diarrhoea. As a standard, adults should take a dose of 4mg initially, to be followed by a further 2mg after each loose bowel movement up to a maximum of 16mg a day. Adults can take the tablet for up to 5 days.
For children 4-8 years old, this should be 1mg 3-4 times a day for no more than 3 days, and for children aged 8-12 years old, this should be 2mg 4 times daily for up to five days.
If your symptoms remain the same after two days, if you develop bloody stalls, or if you develop a fever, stop taking the tablet and contact your doctor.
Loperamide Side Effects
In most cases, patients do not encounter any side effects when using loperamide as diarrhoea treatment. However, some side effects have been reported, including dizziness, vomiting, stomach pain, drowsiness and dryness of the mouth. These side effects should disappear quickly, but if you are concerned about them, contact your doctor.
More serious side effects could be symptoms of an allergic reaction to loperamide. If you experience unexplained itching, difficulty breathing, a skin rash, or wheezing whilst taking loperamide, seek medical attention.