diphenoxylate - atropine
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00036323 ||LOMOTIL 0.025MG ATROPIN/2.5MG DIPHENOXYLATE TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Diphenoxylate - atropine is used to treat diarrhea that is not caused by infection with bacteria. This medication works by slowing down the movement of the bowels.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The usual initial adult dose of diphenoxylate - atropine is 5 mg (2 tablets) 3 or 4 times daily to a maximum of 20 mg (8 tablets) taken in 24 hours. The children's dose is based on age and approximate body weight. This medication should not be used by children under 2 years old. As soon as symptoms are brought under control, reduce the dose or stop taking the medication as directed by your doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each round, white tablet, with "SEARLE" debossed on one side and "61" on the other side, contains diphenoxylate HCl 2.5 mg and atropine sulfate 0.025 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: acacia, cornstarch, magnesium stearate, mineral oil, sorbitol, sucrose, and talc.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Diphenoxylate - atropine should not be taken by anyone who:
- is allergic to diphenoxylate, atropine, or any of the ingredients of the medication
- is being treated for diarrhea associated with pseudomembranous enterocolitis (diarrhea caused by antibiotic treatment) or for diarrhea caused by enterotoxin-producing bacteria
- has jaundice (a liver condition causing yellowing of skin and eyes)