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Diphenoxylate and Atropine
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Diphenoxylate and Atropine Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

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U.S. Brand Names

Lomotil®; Lonox®

Canadian Brand Names

Lomotil®

Pharmacologic Category

Antidiarrheal

Reasons not to take this medicine

• Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 2 years of age.

• If you have an allergy to diphenoxylate, atropine, or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Diarrhea caused by infection, liver disease, or yellowing of the skin or eyes.

How does it work?

• Diphenoxylate slows movement through the gastrointestinal tract allowing more water to be reabsorbed.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

• Follow directions given by healthcare provider. Do not use more than the maximum recommended daily dose.

• A liquid (solution) is available if you cannot swallow pills.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

• Use the dropper provided to measure the medicine.

• Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• This medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from light.

• Protect tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 12:02:25.0

Modified: 2010-03-19 13:46:20.0

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