It is important to understand that while Loperamide can treat many different diarrhoea symptoms, it won’t actually treat the root cause. That is usually infection, and there are other medications to deal with that. Instead, Loperamide helps to get the symptoms under control, often eliminating them entirely with regular treatment.
It does this by slowing down the movement of the bowels, causing faecal matter to move more slowly through the colon. This makes diarrhoea more manageable and ensures that the patient will be able to control their bowel movement more easily.
This medication is used to treat various kinds of diarrhoea, including traveller’s diarrhoea. It is usually recommended for sudden onset diarrhoea, though it can be used for chronic bowel issues as well. Loperamide will take effect shortly after it is used, and it will often create a noticeable effect on acute diarrhoea within two days. If it does not, then you should contact a doctor rather than trying to increase your dose or take more of the medication.
In addition to diarrhoea, Loperamide can also be used to treat inflammatory bowel disease and to help people who have had an ileostomy performed. By slowing down the bowel movements, it makes their condition more tolerable and manageable.
While this drug can be purchased over the counter, without a prescription, it still needs to be used cautiously. It should only ever be given to children under 6 years old with the recommendation of a doctor, and it should never be given to children less than 2 years of age.
Some mild side effects, such as dizziness and nausea are to be expected, but if your symptoms or the side effects persist after two days of taking the drug, then you should tell the doctor. You should also report any constipation, stomach pain and fainting that occurs after you take this drug. While these side effects are rare, you do need to be aware of them and take the proper cautionary steps if they occur.