Loperamide Diarrhoea Relief Capsules Pack of 12(Packaging May Vary)
What is Loperamide Hydrochloride?
Loperamide Hydrochloride Diarrhoea Capsules relieve the symptoms of diarrhoea by making your stool in your bowels become firmer, thereby restoring the bowel movement back to normal. The medicine treats diarrhoea by slowing down the muscle movement and thus easing absorption of fluids into your body. The active ingredient in these capsules is Loperamide (2mg).
What causes Diarrhoea?
Diarrhoea is generally caused by a bowel infection known as gastroenteritis. However, other causes may include;
If you’re currently taking any other medicine, check the side effects. Diarrhoea might be one of them. Chronic or long-term diarrhoea may be a symptom of a more serious condition, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Most are usually mild. These include:
Itchiness or hives
Stomach pain or swollen stomach
Difficulties passing water
Narrowing the pupils of the eye (Miosis)
Feeling sick, constipation, or wind
Dizziness or drowsiness
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the patient information leaflet. You can also report any side effect using the Yellow Card scheme from the MHRA. To do this, go to the website.
What is the recommended dosage of this treatment?
For oral administration only, swallow whole with a drink. Adults are recommended to take two capsules followed by one capsule after each period of diarrhoea, for up to 24 hours. Do not take more than six capsules in any 24 hours. Children aged 12-17 years are recommended to take one capsule initially followed by one capsule after each period of diarrhoea, for up to 24 hours. For treating IBS related diarrhoea, adults aged 18 and over can use this treatment for up to 2 weeks, taking two capsules to start the treatment, and one capsule after each bowel movement. When using these capsules, drink more liquids than usual.
Do not take more than 3 capsules per 20kg of the child’s body weight, up to a maximum of six capsules in any 24 hours. You can take this medicine for up to 48 hours. If your symptoms last longer than 48 hours, stop taking his medicine and talk to your doctor or a Prime Health pharmacist.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children. Store in the original container to protect from moisture. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the outside packaging.
Why do I need to fill in an online questionnaire to buy this product?
Some over the counter medicines are only allowed to be sold under the supervision of a pharmacist. Loperamide in a pack of 30 is one of these medicines.
It is a legal requirement for our pharmacists to ask you a few questions before selling this medication to check whether it is suitable or not.
When should Loperamide not be used?
Loperamide is not suitable for use by children under the age of 12 for short-term treatment, or adults aged 18 and over for IBS diarrhoea. Do not take this product if you are allergic to loperamide or any of the other listed ingredients. Do not take this product if you:
Have severe diarrhoea after taking antibiotics
Are having a flare-up of an inflammatory bowel condition, e.g. ulcerative colitis
Are constipated or your stomach appears swollen
Have acute dysentery, showing symptoms such as blood in your stools or a high temperature
Speak to your doctor or a Prime Health pharmacist before using this product if you:
Have AIDS and your stomach becomes swollen, stop taking these capsules immediately
Suffer from a liver disease
Have had diarrhoea that lasts for more than 24 hours
Have been told by your doctor that you have intolerance to some sugars
Have severe diarrhoea
Are pregnant or may become pregnant