Prescription and over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medications could cause serious heart issues and drug interactions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released warning information about these drugs and has ordered changes to the drug labels and packaging because of the risks of serious injuries.
Loperamide is an active ingredient in Imodium and other anti-diarrhea medications. Loperamide works by binding with the opioid receptors in the gastrointestinal track and slowing down the colon's peristaltic activity. This can stop or slow down any diarrhea, but it also can lower blood pressure and heart rate which can lead to serious injuries including death.
The FDA warns that loperamide should not be taken by people who have slowed heart rate or low blood pressure. It should also not be given to those who have breathing, liver, kidney and muscle diseases or to those who take certain medications which are designed to slow down the heart rate or stop blood flow. The FDA is also warning that Imodium is not safe for people who have a history of drug abuse or alcoholism.
Medications such as Imodium shouldn't be taken with certain medications including over-the-counter cold and allergy medications like decongestants, antihistamines and anti-depressants. Taking these drugs could lead to serious heart issues including low blood pressure and slowed heart rate.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered changes to packaging and labeling. The labels will include information about serious heart issues associated with the drug and new warnings will appear on the packaging.
If you have experienced a serious injury caused by Imodium, you may want to speak with a personal injury attorney. An attorney can help you determine if you have a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the drug or any other parties who may be at fault for your injuries. A lawyer can review your claim and help you file a personal injury claim against those at fault for your injuries if warranted.
Imodium/Loperamide Medications & Variations
Imodium is a synthetic anti-diarrheal intended for the control of the symptoms of diarrhea, The medicine is used to control periodic episodes of diarrhea, not chronic diarrhea, which can occurs under different medical circumstances. Imodium is not intended for long-term use or to be used to treat chronic or recurring bouts of diarrhea.
Imodium works by binding to opioid receptors in the digestive tract. This slows down the digestion process. When food moves slowly through the intestines and colon, patients' stools will be more solid, which is one of the reasons many patients experience constipation when taking prescription opioids. Imodium acts similarly to the effects of opioids on the digestive system. Imodium is used to provide rapid relief from diarrhea.
Imodium, or loperamide is available over the counter, or it can be prescribed by a doctor. There are variations of the Imodium product line, including:
- Imodium A-D
- Imodium A-D EZ Chews
- Imodium Multi-Symptom Relief
Imodium products are manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Johnson and Johnson Consumer Inc.
Imodium Side Effects
Imodium is known to cause some serious side effects. Some of these side effects are serious, life-threatening, and possibly even fatal. It is important that if you experience any of these side effects that you seek medical attention immediately. Always consult your physician before taking any medications, especially if you are already taking prescription medications.
Patients taking prescription or over-the-counter loperamide can experience the following cardiac issues:
Arrhythmias - irregular heartbeat)
QT Interval Prolongation - rapid heartbeats
Torsades de Pointes - This is when your heartbeat is rapid specifically in the lower heart chambers
Syncope - fainting
Cardiac Arrest - Potentially fatal
Conflicts with other Drugs
When mixed with other medications, Imodium can cause serious side effects. Here is a list of some of the medications known to cause a reaction when mixed with Imodium:
- Zantac (ranitidine)
- Tagamet HB (cimetidine)
- Lopid (gemfibrozil)
- Prevpac (lansoprazole)
- Kaletra/Norvir/Technivie (ritonavir)
- Biaxin (clarithromycin)
- Omnel/Sporanox (itraconazole)
- Qualaquin (quinine)
- Nuedextra (quinidine)
Have you experienced side effects from taking Imodium? You may be entitled to compensation
If you or someone you know has experienced side effects after taking Imodium products, you may be entitled to compensation. If a loved one has passed away from cardiac issues after taking Imodium you may also be entitled to compensation.
What type of compensation can I Receive?
If you are entitled to compensation from the side effects of taking Imodium, you may receive compensation for different types of damages incurred. Those damages may include:
- Lost wages from missing work
- Medical expenses (Including treatment, hospital stays, surgeries)
- Mental and physical pain and suffering
You will want to have an experienced attorney in your corner who will fight for you. It is important to have a knowledgeable attorney who can help prove your claims and help you to receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to get started with your case.