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
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