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Lopamide 2mg Tablet

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Loperamide(2.0 Mg)
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Medical Description

Lopamide 2mg tablet contains loperamide, an antidiarrhoeal medicine as its active ingredient. Lopamide 2 mg is used to treat diarrhoea and acts by decreasing the frequency of stools. It is not used to...
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    Side effects
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Uses of Lopamide 2mg Tablet

Lopamide 2mg tablet is used in the treatment of acute diarrhoea due to food poisoning. It is also used in the treatment of acute diarrhoea due to viral infections.

Contraindications of Lopamide 2mg Tablet

  • If you are allergic to loperamide or any other ingredients of Lopamide tablet.
  • If you suffer from constipation or develop it during treatment with the medicine.
  • If you suffer from swelling of the stomach during or before treatment which does not get relieved on its own.
  • If you suffer from diarrhoea with blood in stools or high fever.
  • If you have or appears to have symptoms of ulcerative colitis (like stomach pain or cramps, weight loss, fatigue) which is a chronic disease of the gut.
  • If you develop diarrhoea due to infection caused by bacterial like Salmonella, Shigella or Campylobacter.
  • If you develop diarrhoea due to the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics like Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Cephalosporins like Cefixime, Clindamycin, etc.
  • It should not be used in patients less than 9 years old.

Side effects of Lopamide 2mg Tablet

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Flatulence (gas)

Precautions and Warnings of Lopamide 2mg Tablet



Can I take the Lopamide 2mg tablet during pregnancy?
There is limited information about the effects of the Lopamide tablet in human pregnancy. However, it is advised not to take this medicine during pregnancy, especially during the first 3 months. Consult the doctor if you are pregnant or you may be pregnant or are planning for a baby before starting the medicine.

Breast Feeding

Can I take the Lopamide 2mg tablet while breastfeeding?
Lopamide passes into the breastmilk. Hence, this medicine is not recommended during breastfeeding. You should consult your doctor before using this medicine during breastfeeding.


Can I drive if I have consumed the Lopamide 2mg tablet?
Lopamide tablet is used for diarrhoea, which itself can cause weakness and dizziness. You may experience unconsciousness or reduced levels of consciousness, tiredness, dizziness or drowsiness when diarrhoea is treated with this medicine. Therefore, it is advisable to use caution when driving a car or you should avoid driving if you do not feel well or are unable to be alert.


Can I consume alcohol with the Lopamide 2mg tablet?
There are no known interactions of the Lopamide tablets with Alcohol. However, it is advised not to consume alcohol as this itself can lead to abdominal discomfort.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You are suffering from acute diarrhoea, you must pay keen attention to appropriate fluid and electrolyte replacement from time to time.
  • You are suffering from diarrhoea for many days, do not keep taking the Lopamide endlessly. Instead, get yourself checked as long-term diarrhoea may be a symptom of some serious underlying disease.
  • You are suffering from diarrhoea for more than 48 hours and Lopamide does not control it, please consult a doctor for further treatment.
  • You are an AIDS patient suffering from diarrhoea, you must stop taking tablets at the first sign of stomach distension (bloating and swelling of the belly). The chances of painful constipation and int...
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  • You are suffering from liver disease, Lopamide should be used with caution. It is important to watch out for dizziness, drowsiness and mental confusion.
  • You are suffering from rare hereditary conditions in which your body cannot handle certain sugars (galactose intolerance, lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption).
  • This medicine should be used cautiously in children and patients on a low sodium diet.
  • This medicine should be discontinued promptly if signs of constipation, stomach distension or stomach pain develop.
  • You should not exceed the recommended dose or duration of treatment as it is associated with increased heart disorders.

Mode of Action of Lopamide 2mg Tablet

How Does It Work?

Lopamide tablet acts on the internal intestinal lining (layer) and reduces intestinal movement. Due to this, the movement of food along the intestine is slowed down. This makes way for more water and ...
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Directions for Use of Lopamide 2mg Tablet

  • Lopamide 2mg tablet should be taken as directed by your doctor.
  • Swallow it as a whole with a glass of water. Do not cut, break or chew the medicine.
  • It would be best if you took it at a fixed time for optimal results.
  • Do not consume it more than that prescribed by your doctor.

Interactions of Lopamide 2mg Tablet

Interactions with other medicines

  • Certain medicines can interfere with the action of the Lopamide tablet if, taken at the same time. Always inform your doctor about all the medicine you are taking, that includes all prescribed or non-...
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  • In particular, if you are taking medicines for high cholesterol levels, fungal infection like ketoconazole, anti- HIV medicines, desmopressin which is a medicine given for excessive urination, as it i...
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  • Other medicines that should be used with caution are pain killers like hydrocodone, certain anti-asthma medicines like oral preparations of Ipratropium, anti-allergy medicines like hydroxyzine, etc.

Interactions with food items

It is advised to avoid excessive spices, oils and sugars in the food consumed until your condition is better.

Storage and disposal of Lopamide 2mg Tablet

  • Store the Lopamide tablet in a cool and dry place.
  • Keep it away from children and pets.
  • Discard appropriately unused medicine after expiry.

Dosage of Lopamide 2mg Tablet


Symptoms of an overdose are palpitations, difficulty breathing, choking or vomiting while not being fully conscious, coordination abnormality, sleepiness, constipation, etc. If you experience any of t...
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Missed a Dose

If you have missed any dose of medicine take it as soon as you remember, if it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dose schedule. Do not take a double dose ...
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Content Details


Dr. Abhishek B L

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What is Diarrhoea? What causes it?

A: Diarrhoea is a change in consistency and increases in the frequency of stools as compared to normal days. It is an indication of some underlying disease generally. It needs urgent management as there is a loss of excess fluids and salts with each episode of loose stools. It is generally caused as a result of microorganisms that act on the inner lining of the intestines and produce substances that affect the movement and reduce the absorption of water and salts from the intestine. Sometimes it may also happen due to a defective immune system where the body acts against its own organs or due to excessive use of antimicrobial agents which may even kill the good bacteria present in the gut.

Q: Is the Lopamide 2mg tablet an antibiotic?

A: No, the Lopamide 2mg tablet is not an antibiotic. It is an anti-diarrhoeal medicine. It is used to control diarrhoea which has too much fluid in stools or diarrhoea, which takes time to respond. However, it should never be used without consulting a registered medical practitioner.

Q: How much time does it take for the Lopamide 2 tablet to work?

A: It takes one hour for the first dose of Lopamide tablet to act on the inner lining of the intestine. Many patients respond to a single dose, sometimes may have to take more doses to get relief. The effect of the medicine varies in each individual due to the difference in severity and physiology.

Q: For how long should I take the Lopamide 2mg tablet?

A: Lopamide tablets should be taken only for the duration as prescribed by a registered medical practitioner. In any case, it should not be used for more than 5 days. If there is no relief even after 5 days it is advised to consult your treating physician who will attempt to find other causes of your diarrhoea using specific tests.

Q: Is the Lopamide habit forming?

A: Generally, the habit-forming tendency is not observed with the Lopamide.

Q: Can I take the Lopamide tablets with painkillers?

A: Yes, the Lopamide tablets can be taken with pain killers. However, it is advised to take an antacid along with pain killers to avoid abdominal discomfort caused by pain killers.

Q: Can probiotics be taken along with the Lopamide medicine?

A: Probiotics contain microorganisms that are naturally present in our gut. An episode of diarrhoea leads to the destruction of the natural microbial flora by the invading organism or by antibiotics that destroy them. Probiotics help to restore this damaged microbial flora and help in quick healing. Probiotics can be taken along the Lopamide in specific types of diarrhoea only. So it is advisable to consult your treating physician before starting probiotics along with the Lopamide.

Q: Is Lopamide tablet used for loose motion?

A: Yes, Lopamide 2mg tablet is used for treating loose motion. However, it is advised not to self medicate with this medicine and consult your doctor if you have diarrhoea.

Q: Is Lopamide tablet used for vomiting?

A: No, Lopamide tablet is used for the treatment of diarrhoea. It does not help control vomiting or the feeling of nausea.

Q: Can probiotics be taken along with Lopamide?

A: Probiotics can be taken along with Lopamide as there is no interaction known between Lopamide and probiotics. Taking probiotics may also help stop diarrhoea or shorten the duration of diarrhoea.


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Side effectsHeadach, nausea, constipation, flatulence (gas)
Last Updated on: 11 Oct 2021 | 03:07 PM (IST)
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