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 treat diarrhoea caused due to other reasons or other types of diarrhoea. You can stop taking this medicine, once you get relief from diarrhoea. Avoid taking if you have diarrhoea with blood or bacterial infection, causing diarrhoea. Inform the doctor about the other medicines you are taking before starting with the medicine. Lopamide tablets should not be used in children below 9 years of age. You should avoid excess spices, oils and sugars in the food, while on this medicine. Drink plenty of fluids and water to stay hydrated....
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.