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Generic Name: LOPERAMIDE/SIMETHICONE - ORAL Pronounced: (low-PAIR-uh-mide/sye-METH-ih-cone) Anti-Diarrheal (Lope)-Anti-Gas Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to treat diarrhea and
symptoms of gas (e.g., cramps, bloating, pressure). Loperamide works by slowing
down the movement of the gut. This decreases the number of bowel movements and
makes the stool less watery. Simethicone helps break up gas bubbles in the
This product treats only the symptoms, not the cause of
the diarrhea (e.g., infection). Treatment of other symptoms and the cause of
the diarrhea should be determined by your doctor.
Do not use in children younger than 6 years unless
directed by your doctor. This medication should not be used in infants younger
than 24 months.
How To Use Anti-Diarrheal (Lope)-Anti-Gas Oral
If you are using the over-the-counter product to
self-treat, read all the directions on the product package before taking this
Diarrhea is a condition where you have loose, watery stools more than 3 times in 1 day. You may also have cramps, bloating, and nausea, and feel like you urgently need to have a bowel movement. Diarrhea happens when the water in your intestine is not being absorbed back into your body.
Several breast cancer treatments can cause diarrhea:
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant), a hormonal therapy
Avastin (chemical name: bevacizumab) and Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib), targeted therapies
Bisphosphonates, medicines taken by some women to strengthen their bones during and after breast cancer treatment, also can cause diarrhea. The most common bisphosphonates are:
Fosamax (chemical name: alendronate sodium)
Actonel (chemical name: risedronate)
Boniva (chemical name: ibandronate)
Aredia (chemical name: pamidronate disodium)
Zometa (chemical name: zoledronic acid)
Bonefos (chemical name: clodronate)
Diarrhea is also a common side effect of many pain medicines, including ib...
Changes in bowel movements can be concerning, but how do you know when and if you need to seek help?
A change in bowel movements can be a difficult problem to figure out. Everybody's gastrointestinal tract functions differently. While most people move their bowels one to two times a day, some people go three to four times a day, while others only once or twice a week. A change in the number or consistency of stool should alert you to see your physician.
Depending on your age, and other associated symptoms, a gastrointestinal evaluation may be warranted. If there is associated weight loss, abdominal pain or bleeding, an urgent evaluation with your physician is imperative. If not, you can attempt to see if the diarrhea resolves on its own. Over the counter antidiarrheals such as immodium or kaopectate can be taken to try to stop the diarrhea. If you are experiencing pain, or bleeding, check with your physician prior to taking any medications to stop diarrhea. You might hav...
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