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Diphenoxylate HCl and Atropine sulfate oral
DIPHENOXYLATE W/ATROPINE - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

DIPHENOXYLATE W/ATROPINE - ORAL

(dye-fen-OX-ill-ate WITH AT-trow-peen)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Lomotil

Uses

This medication is used to relieve diarrhea.

How To Use

Take this medication as prescribed. Do not increase your dose or take it more often than prescribed. Shake liquid preparations well before using. If diarrhea is not relieved in a few days, notify your doctor.

Side Effects

Dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, bloating or loss of appetite may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. Inform your doctor if you experience: abdominal pain, skin rash. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history especially of: chronic lung disease, colitis, liver disease, alcohol use, any drug allergies. Use caution when performing tasks requiring mental alertness such as driving or using machinery. Limit alcohol use because it may intensify the drowsiness and dizziness effects of this drug. Before surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor that you are taking this drug. Diphenoxylate can be habit-forming. Stopping the medication suddenly after taking high doses or after taking it over a long time may cause withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal include muscle and stomach cramps, unusual sweating, nausea and vomiting, and shaking or trembling. This drug should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This drug is excreted into breast milk. Though, to date, no problems have been noted in nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding,

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of: MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, linezolid, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine), narcotic cough or pain relievers (e.g., codeine), sleeping pills, tranquilizers, muscle relaxants. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include initially dryness of skin and mucous membranes, restlessness, flushing, rapid heart, followed by lethargy, coma, pinpoint pupils, and slowed breathing.

Notes

Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not freeze liquid forms of this medication. Follow label warnings regarding whether or not to refrigerate. Keep out of reach of children.