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Generic Name: Loperamide Hydrochloride

What is this medicine?

LOPERAMIDE; SIMETHICONE (loe PER a mide; sye METH i kone) is a combination product used to treat diarrhea and to decrease the discomfort caused by gas.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

-blood or mucus in your stools
-food poisoning
-currently taking an antibiotic for an infection
-fever
-liver disease
-stomach or intestine problems
-an unusual or allergic reaction to loperamide, simethicone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
-breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the label. Do not take it more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply. This medicine is not for regular use. Only take this medicine while you continue to have loose bowel movements. Do not take more medicine than recommended by the packaging label or by your healthcare professional.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

-alosetron
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

-quinidine
-ritonavir
-saquinavir

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-bloating
-stomach pain
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

-constipation
-dizziness
-dry mouth
-nausea, vomiting
-tiredness

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


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