Loperamide is an antidiarrhoeal (antidiarrheal) medication used to control acute (sudden) diarrhoea it works by slowing the movement of bowel content so you can get on with your day. Diarrhoea can start quite suddenly but doesn’t usually last for many days. Diarrhoea is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection, food poisoning or foreign travel.
How to use
Do not take this medicine if:
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if:
If you have AIDS and your stomach becomes swollen, stop taking the capsules immediately and contact your doctor.
Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist have told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years
How to take: The capsules should be swallowed whole with a drink of water.
Dose and how often to take:
After the first loose stool (bowel motion) take 2 capsules with water. After each further loose stool, take 1 capsule.
If you take more medicine than you should, contact your doctor or nearest Accident
and Emergency department taking this leaflet with you.
If you forget to take this medicine
You should only take this medicine as you need it, following the dosage instructions above carefully. If you forget to take a dose, take a dose after the next loose stool (bowel movement).
Do not take a double dose.
Swallow each tablet with plenty of water.
What Loperamide Capsules contain:
Loperamide Hydrochloride 2mg
Lactose, Maize Starch, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Gelatin, Quinoline Yellow (E104), Erythrosine
(E127), Patent Blue (E131) and Titanium Dioxide (E171).
Other medicines and this medicine
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken or might take any other medicines including medicines obtained without prescription and especially:
Ritonavir (used to treat HIV)
Quinidine (used to treat abnormal heart rhythms or malaria)
Oral desmopressin (used to treat excessive urination)
Itraconazole or ketoconazole (used to treat fungal infections)
Gemfibrozil (used to treat high cholesterol).
Pregnancy or breast-feeding
Driving and using machines
This medicine may make you feel dizzy, tired or sleepy. You may feel less alert, feel faint or pass out. If you are affected do not drive or use machines.
This medicine contains lactose
The capsules contain lactose; if you have been told by your doctor that you have
an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Serious side effects
Rare: (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
Stop taking this medicine and see your doctor immediately if you experience any of these serious
Other side effects
Common: (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Uncommon: (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Rare: (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
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 here You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side affects you can help provide more information on the safety of this product.
If you need more advice consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
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