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Lomotil

Where is Lomotil used?

Lomotil is a medicine used for the treatment of diarrhea. This medication will help you lessen the number and frequency of bowel movements. This is similar to narcotic pain relievers, but this acts mainly to slow the gut. This prescription is a man-made narcotic chemically related to meperidine or also known as co-phenotrope. Lomotil belongs to the class of medications known as anticholinergics. This helps to reduce diarrhea by slowing down the movements of the intestines. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this drug.

How does Lomotil work?

Lomotil works by slowing down the muscular contractions of the intestine. It lessens the quickness at which the gut contents are pushed through the intestines. It allows more time for water and electrolytes to be reabsorbed from the gut contents back into the body. This results in firmer stools that are passed less often and so controls diarrhea. Slowing down the muscles in the intestines also relieves painful spasms.

How is Lomotil taken?

The recommended dosage of Lomotil is based on your condition and response.

It is usually taken 4 times a day. It is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. You may take it with food especially if the drug upsets your stomach. Take it at the same time each or as directed by your doctor. Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve after 2 days. Do not change the dose or take it longer than it is prescribed.

What are the possible side effects of Lomotil?

  • Dizziness, drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Restlessness, tiredness
  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting, nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Upset stomach
  • Itching skin rash

Call your doctor if these happen:

  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach or abdominal pain or swelling
  • Mental/mood changes
  • Numbness or tingling of arms or legs

What are the precautions in taking Lomotil?

  • Avoid driving or using any machinery. This drug may make you feel dizzy or drowsy.
  • While taking this medication, avoid fried and spicy foods.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any medical history, current medications, or allergies.
  • This is not recommended for use in children younger than 2 years.
  • This may only be used when needed on pregnant women. If you are breastfeeding, consult your doctor first.
  • If you suddenly stop using this medicine, you may have withdrawal symptoms such as vomiting, stomach cramps, and nausea. To help avoid withdrawal, your doctor may lower your dosage gradually. Withdrawal is more likely if you have used this medicine for a long time or in high dosages. Tell your doctor right away if you have withdrawal.
  • If you have liver disease or alcohol dependence, caution is advised when taking this medicine. You may ask your doctor about using this medicine safely.
  • Children, particularly those with Down’s syndrome, may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medicine. Very serious effects may occur if too much of this medication is taken by children. This should only be used when needed and recommended by your doctor.