Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Dehydration: Diarrhea may cause dehydration due to the amount of fluid lost from the body in watery bowel movements. Make sure to drink plenty of clear fluids while you are taking loperamide - simethicone to replace the water your body is losing in the diarrhea. If you experience symptoms of dehydration such as thirst, a dry, sticky mouth, tiredness, headache or reduced urine output, increase the amount of fluid you are drinking. If you experience symptoms of severe dehydration, such as irritability, confusion, lack of sweating, or very little urine production seek medical attention, as this is considered a medical emergency.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Loperamide - simethicone may cause drowsiness or dizziness, affecting your ability to drive or operate machinery. Avoid these and other hazardous tasks until you have determined how this medication affects you.
Liver function: Loperamide is broken down by the liver. Liver disease or reduced liver function may cause this medication to build up in the body, causing side effects. If you have liver problems, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed. Your doctor may want to test your liver function regularly with blood tests while you are taking this medication.
This medication may also cause a decrease in liver function. If you experience symptoms of liver problems such as fatigue, feeling unwell, loss of appetite, nausea, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, dark urine, pale stools, abdominal pain or swelling, and itchy skin, contact your doctor immediately.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: This medication may pass into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking loperamide - simethicone, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children:Although dosing recommendations are available for children, loperamide - simethicone should not be used by children under 12 years of age without the advice of a doctor. Do not give this medication to children less than 2 years old.