What is Loperamide?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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Loperamide is an antidiarrheal drug used to treat chronic diarrhea associated with inflammatory bowel disease; acute nonspecific diarrhea; increased volume of ileostomy discharge, traveler’s diarrhea.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Irritable bowel syndrome 206 75
Diarrhea 100 46
Microscopic colitis 13 7
Bowel problems 12 11
Bowel irritability 6 7
Chronic diarrhea 6 4

Show all 23 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 3
Moderate 10
Mild 19
None 95

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Loperamide

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 13
Abdominal bloating 1
Abdominal cramps 1
Abdominal pain 1
Bad taste in mouth 1
Chronic diarrhea 1

Show all 19 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Loperamide

Dosage Patients Percentage
2mg as needed 17
2 2mg as needed 5
4 mg daily 4
2 mg daily 3
2 mg three times daily 2
4 2mg as needed 2
2 mg twice daily 1
4 mg three times daily 1
16 mg daily 1
8 mg twice daily 1

See all 11 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Loperamide

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 38
Course of treatment ended 36
Did not seem to work 23
Doctor's advice 17
Side effects too severe 14
Expense 3
Personal research 3
See all 113 patients who've stopped taking Loperamide

Duration

Currently taking Loperamide

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Loperamide

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 35
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 93
Usually 22
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 105
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 79
Not specified 42

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Loperamide and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Diosmectite 1
Diphenoxylate and Atropine (Lomotil) 1
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5 patient evaluations for Loperamide

Jun 30, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 1990)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 15, 2011 (Started Dec 10, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diarrhea)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This stuff really works and you can eat anything, and work anywhere if you take it. I phased it out because the L-Glutamine powder seems to have rebalanced my digestive tract.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 30, 2010 (Started Dec 10, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diarrhea)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This stuff really works. You can eat anything. Chili dogs? take an extra one. Work on an assembly line? Take one to work just in case.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 13, 2011 (Started Aug 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat side effects of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 13, 2009 (Started Aug 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat side effects of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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