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Anti- Diarrheals:

Kaopectate® Lomotil® (diphenoxylate + atropine)
Loperamide ( Imodium® ) Pepto-Bismol® (bismuth subsalicylate):
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Kaopectate® top of page

IMPORTANT:
In 2003, the active ingredient in Kaopectate was reformulated to contain bismuth subsalicylate, replacing attapulgite as the active ingredient. The FDA found attapulgite efficacy data to be inadequate.

INDICATIONS:
Symptomatic treatment of mild, nonspecific diarrhea; control of traveler's diarrhea (enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli ); as part of a multidrug regimen for H. pylori eradication to reduce the risk of duodenal ulcer recurrence

Mechanism of Action:  not completely understood. Antimicrobial and antisecretory action.


DOSING:
Oral:
Treatment of nonspecific diarrhea, control/relieve traveler's diarrhea: Subsalicylate (doses based on 262 mg/15 mL liquid or 262 mg tablets):

Children >12 years and Adults: 2 tablets or 30 mL every 30 minutes to 1 hour as needed up to 8 doses/24 hours


SUPPLIED:
Caplet, as subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol®): 262 mg [sugar free; contains sodium 2 mg]

Liquid, as subsalicylate: 262 mg/15 mL (240 mL, 360 mL, 480 mL); 525 mg/15 mL (240 mL, 360 mL)

Lomotil® (diphenoxylate + atropine): top of page

Adults: DOSING: Diarrhea: Oral: The initial oral dose of diphenoxylate is 2 tablets (5 mg) or (10 ml) 4 times daily. Most patients will require this dosage until control has been attained, after which the dose may be adjusted according to the individual response. Control may be maintained with 2 tablets or 10 mL daily

Diphenoxylate:
Onset of action: Antidiarrheal: 45-60 minutes
Peak effect: Antidiarrheal: ~2 hours
Duration: Antidiarrheal: 3-4 hours.
Half-life: 2.5 hours.

If there is no response with 48 hours, the drug is unlikely to be effective and should be discontinued; if chronic diarrhea is not improved symptomatically within 10 days at maximum dosage of 20 mg/day, control is unlikely with further use.

Supplied
Solution, oral: Diphenoxylate hydrochloride 2.5 mg and atropine sulfate 0.025 mg per 5 mL. Tablet (Lomotil®, Lonox®): Diphenoxylate hydrochloride 2.5 mg and atropine sulfate 0.025 mg.

Loperamide ( Imodium® ):  top of page

Adults: DOSING: [2 mg capsule /tablet]
Acute diarrhea: Oral: Initial: 4 mg, followed by 2 mg after each loose stool, up to 16 mg/day

Chronic diarrhea: Oral: Initial: Follow acute diarrhea; maintenance dose should be slowly titrated downward to minimum required to control symptoms (typically, 4-8 mg/day in divided doses)

Traveler's diarrhea: Oral: Initial: 4 mg after first loose stool, followed by 2 mg after each subsequent stool (maximum dose: 8 mg/day)

Pepto-Bismol® (bismuth subsalicylate):  top of page

DOSING: ADULTS
Treatment of nonspecific diarrhea, control/relieve traveler's diarrhea: Oral: Subsalicylate (doses based on 262 mg/15 mL liquid or 262 mg tablets): 2 tablets or 30 mL every 30 minutes to 1 hour as needed up to 8 doses/24 hours.

Helicobacter pylori eradication: Oral: 524 mg 4 times/day with meals and at bedtime; requires combination therapy.

Control of fecal odor in ileostomy or colostomy: Oral: Subgallate: 200-400 mg up to 4 times/day.
 

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David F. McAuley, Pharm.D., R.Ph.  GlobalRPh Inc.
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