Indications for: Loperamide


Adult Dosage:

Acute: Initially 4mg, then 2mg after each loose stool; max 16mg/day. Stop after 48 hours if ineffective. Chronic: initially 4mg; maintenance 4–8mg/day. Reevaluate if no improvement after 10 days at 16mg/day.

Children Dosage:

<2yrs: not recommended. 24–47lbs (2–5yrs): 1mg up to 3 times daily for 2 days (use liq). 48–59lbs (6–8yrs): initially 2mg, then 1mg after each loose stool; max 4mg/day for 2 days. 60–95lbs (9–11yrs): initially 2mg, then 1mg after each loose stool; max 6mg/day for 2 days.

Loperamide Contraindications:

If constipation must be avoided. Acute dysentery.

Loperamide Warnings/Precautions:

Acute ulcerative colitis and antibiotic induced pseudomembranous colitis; discontinue if abdominal distention occurs. In dehydration, use fluid and electrolyte replacement. Serious cardiac effects or death if taking more than directed. History of abnormal heart rhythm. Hepatic dysfunction; monitor for CNS toxicity. Pregnancy (Cat.B). Nursing mothers.

Loperamide Classification:


Adverse Reactions:

Abdominal pain, distention, constipation, dry mouth, nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, rash.


Formerly known under the brand name Imodium.

How Supplied:

Caps—contact supplier; A-D Caplets—6, 12, 18, 24; A-D Liq—2oz, 4oz; Caplets, Chew tabs—contact supplier

Pricing for Loperamide

2mg capsule (Qty: 120)
Appx. price $24