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 202 69
Diarrhea 91 38
Bowel problems 11 11
Microscopic colitis 11 5
Bowel irritability 6 3
Chronic diarrhea 5 4

Show all 22 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
Severe 4
Moderate 9
Mild 19
None 84

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Loperamide

Side effect Patients
Constipation 12
Abdominal bloating 2
Abdominal cramps 1
Abdominal pain 1
Alternating constipation and diarrhea 1
Bad taste in mouth 1

Show all 19 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Loperamide

Dosage Patients
2mg as needed 24
2 mg daily 8
2 2mg as needed 3
4 mg daily 2
2 mg weekly 1
2 mg twice daily 1
2 mg three times daily 1
6 mg daily 1
4 mg three times daily 1
16 mg daily 1

See all 13 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Loperamide

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 39
Course of treatment ended 34
Did not seem to work 24
Doctor's advice 15
Side effects too severe 12
Personal research 4
Expense 3
See all 109 patients who've stopped taking Loperamide

Duration

Currently taking Loperamide

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 16

Stopped taking Loperamide

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 32
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 83
Usually 23
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 94
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 71
Not specified 40
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6 patient evaluations for Loperamide

Jul 1, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fear of constipation (coprastasophobia))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Seems like this is better for people whose IBS goes from constipation to diarrhea, but for me it was mostly diarrhea and I'd prefer that over constipation

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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

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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
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