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Dangerous Effects of Loperamide in OTC Medication
We are that family that is always on the go. Every season I think, “Wow, this season is the busiest,” but this year every season truly is getting busier and busier simply because our youngest daughter is getting older and has her own schedule of activities to add to the growing list. Every weekend this season it’s family activities, t-ball games and rock climbing competitions. Our busy schedule this season is adding to the many reasons our family isn’t eating as well as we probably should be every meal. It goes without saying at some point stomach issues arise and while I’d normally treat that with over the counter diarrhea medication to not skip a beat in our busy schedule, I recently learned about the potential abuse of any over the counter products containing loperamide. In fact, there’s actually even an FDA warning letter encouraging retailers to limit large count Loperamide items. As our daughters are growing it’s important to pay closer attention to over the counter medications we bring into our home.
We have two healthy daughters but also have encountered all the not so fun joys of parenting when your children aren’t feeling well. Generally speaking 70% of travelers experience diarrhea with most adults choosing not to treat the symptoms. But when your children have upset tummies, you want to do all you can to make them feel better. On average, children experience 5-7 diarrhea episodes per year with the most common treatment being over the counter medication containing loperamide. While use of over the counter diarrhea medication containing loperamide might stop the diarrhea, it will not address the underlying cause. If anything, the medication will simply mask the symptoms making it even more challenging for a proper diagnosis if your child is ill.
Loperamide is completely safe when used in recommended doses but if taken in large doses, mimics the effects of opioids. With children in our home, we have a responsibility to know about the dangers presented by products on our medicine cabinet shelves. There are obvious risks associated with prescription drugs but many over the counter medications are now being sought out specifically with the intention for abuse because of the growing opiad crisis.
Learn more about now Loperamide effects the body and make sure to share this information with your parenting friends so they can make sure their home is safe for children too.
As with any medication consideration, consult your physician for any further medical advice. Were you aware of the potential for abuse of over the counter products containing loperamide?