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
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) 197 57
Diarrhea 87 33
Bowel problems 11 10
Microscopic Colitis 10 4
Diarrhea chronic 5 3
Bowel irritability 4 1

Show all 24 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 3
Moderate 6
Mild 16
None 73

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Loperamide

Side effect Patients
Constipation 9
Abdominal bloating 1
Abdominal cramps 1
Abdominal pain 1
Alternating constipation and diarrhea 1
Bloating 1

Show all 16 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Loperamide

Dosage Patients
2mg as needed 27
2 2mg as needed 5
2 mg daily 4
4 mg daily 3
2 mg twice daily 2
4 mg four times daily 2
6 mg daily 1
4 mg three times daily 1
16 mg daily 1
8 mg twice daily 1

See all 13 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Loperamide

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 38
Course of treatment ended 32
Did not seem to work 21
Doctor's advice 15
Side effects too severe 10
Personal research 4
Expense 2
See all 103 patients who’ve stopped taking Loperamide

Duration

Currently taking Loperamide

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 15

Stopped taking Loperamide

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 27
1 - 6 months 12
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 67
Usually 23
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 12
Not at all hard to take 78
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 56
Not specified 38
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5 patient evaluations for Loperamide

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whatacall
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whatacall
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Little
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: Little
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: little
Description:F55y
FM:4y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See whatacall's full Loperamide history

Jun 30, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 1990)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Rabid Rabbit
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Rabid Rabbit
Gender: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Mental Symptoms : moderate
Physical Symptoms : mild
571
VL 20
I am: vg
I have:
HIV

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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
jaydub26
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jaydub26
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 53
Condition: Breast Cancer 1 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Breast Cancer

See jaydub26's full Loperamide history

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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