NONTERATOGENIC EFFECTS SECTION.


Non-teratogenic Effects. In peri- and post-natal reproduction study in rats, oral administration of 40 mg/kg/day produced impairment of growth and survival of offspring.

NURSING MOTHERS SECTION.


Nursing Mothers. Small amounts of loperamide may appear in human breast milk. Therefore, loperamide hydrochloride is not recommended during breast-feeding.

ABUSE SECTION.


Abuse. specific clinical study designed to assess the abuse potential of loperamide at high doses resulted in finding of extremely low abuse potential.

ADVERSE REACTIONS SECTION.


ADVERSE REACTIONS. Clinical Trial Data. The adverse effects reported during clinical investigations of loperamide hydrochloride are difficult to distinguish from symptoms associated with the diarrheal syndrome. Adverse experiences recorded during clinical studies with loperamide hydrochloride were generally of minor and self-limiting nature. They were more commonly observed during the treatment of chronic diarrhea.The adverse events reported are summarized irrespective of the causality assessment of the investigators.1) Adverse events from placebo-controlled studies in patients with acute diarrheaThe adverse events with an incidence of 1.0% or greater, which were reported at least as often in patients on loperamide hydrochloride as on placebo, are presented in the table below.Acute DiarrheaLoperamide HydrochloridePlaceboNo. of treated patients231236Gastrointestinal AE%Constipation2.6%0.8%The adverse events with an incidence of 1.0% or greater, which were more frequently reported in patients on placebo than on loperamide hydrochloride were: dry mouth, flatulence, abdominal cramp and colic.2) Adverse events from 20 placebo-controlled studies in patients with chronic diarrheaThe adverse events with an incidence of 1.0% or greater, which were reported at least as often in patients on loperamide hydrochloride as on placebo, are presented below in the table below.Chronic DiarrheaLoperamide HydrochloridePlaceboNo. of treated patients285277Gastrointestinal AE% Constipation5.3%0%Central and peripheral nervous system AE%Dizziness1.4%0.7%The adverse events with an incidence of 1.0% or greater, which were more frequently reported in patients on placebo than on loperamide hydrochloride were: nausea, vomiting, headache, meteorism, abdominal pain, abdominal cramp and colic.3) Adverse events from seventy-six controlled and uncontrolled studies in patients with acute or chronic diarrheaThe adverse events with an incidence of 1.0% or greater in patients from all studies are given in the table below.Acute DiarrheaChronic DiarrheaAll StudiesAll patients in all studies, including those in which it was not specified if the adverse events occurred in patients with acute or chronic diarrhea.No. of treated patients191313713740Gastrointestinal AE% Nausea0.7%3.2%1.8%Constipation1.6%1.9%1.7%Abdominal cramps0.5%3.0%1.4%. Postmarketing Experience. The following adverse events have been reported:. Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders. Rash, pruritus, urticaria, angioedema, and extremely rare cases of bullous eruption including erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis have been reported with use of loperamide hydrochloride.. Immune System Disorders. Isolated occurrences of allergic reactions and in some cases severe hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylactic shock and anaphylactoid reactions have been reported with the use of loperamide hydrochloride.. Gastrointestinal Disorders. Dry mouth, abdominal pain, distention or discomfort, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, dyspepsia, constipation, paralytic ileus, megacolon, including toxic megacolon (see CONTRAINDICATIONS and WARNINGS).. Renal and Urinary Disorders. Urinary retention.. Nervous System Disorders. Drowsiness, dizziness.. General Disorders and Administrative Site Conditions. Tiredness.A number of the adverse events reported during the clinical investigations and postmarketing experience with loperamide are frequent symptoms of the underlying diarrheal syndrome (abdominal pain/discomfort, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, tiredness, drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, and flatulence). These symptoms are often difficult to distinguish from undesirable drug effects.

CARCINOGENESIS & MUTAGENESIS & IMPAIRMENT OF FERTILITY SECTION.


Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility. In an 18 month rat study with oral doses up to 40 mg/kg/day (21 times the maximum human dose of 16 mg/day, based on body surface area comparison), there was no evidence of carcinogenesis.Loperamide was not genotoxic in the Ames test, the SOS chromotest in E. coli, the dominant lethal test in female mice, or the mouse embryo cell transformation assay.Fertility and reproductive performance was evaluated in rats using oral doses of 2.5, 10, and 40 mg/kg/day in one study, and 1, 5, 10, 20, and 40 mg/kg/day (females only) in second study. Oral administration of 20 mg/kg/day (approximately 11 times the human dose based on body surface area comparison) and higher produced strong impairment of female fertility. Treatment of female rats with up to 10 mg/kg/day p.o. (approximately times the human dose based on body surface area comparison) had no effect on fertility. Treatment of male rats with 40 mg/kg/day p.o. (approximately 21 times the human dose based on body surface area comparison) produced impairment of male fertility, whereas administration of up to 10 mg/kg/day (approximately times the human dose based on body surface area comparison) had no effect.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY SECTION.


CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY. In vitro and animal studies show that loperamide hydrochloride acts by slowing intestinal motility and by affecting water and electrolyte movement through the bowel. Loperamide binds to the opiate receptor in the gut wall. Consequently, it inhibits the release of acetylcholine and prostaglandins, thereby reducing peristalsis, and increasing intestinal transit time. Loperamide increases the tone of the anal sphincter, thereby reducing incontinence and urgency.In man, loperamide hydrochloride prolongs the transit time of the intestinal contents. It reduces the daily fecal volume, increases the viscosity and bulk density, and diminishes the loss of fluid and electrolytes. Tolerance to the antidiarrheal effect has not been observed. Clinical studies have indicated that the apparent elimination half-life of loperamide hydrochloride in man is 10.8 hours with range of 9.1 to 14.4 hours. Plasma levels of unchanged drug remain below nanograms per mL after the intake of 2 mg loperamide hydrochloride capsule. Plasma levels are highest approximately five hours after administration of the capsule and 2.5 hours after the liquid. The peak plasma levels of loperamide were similar for both formulations. Elimination of loperamide mainly occurs by oxidative N-demethylation. Cytochrome P450 (CYP450) isozymes, CYP2C8 and CYP3A4, are thought to play an important role in loperamide N-demethylation process since quercetin (CYP2C8 inhibitor) and ketoconazole (CYP3A4 inhibitor) significantly inhibited the N-demethylation process in vitro by 40% and 90%, respectively. In addition, CYP2B6 and CYP2D6 appear to play minor role in loperamide N-demethylation. Excretion of the unchanged loperamide and its metabolites mainly occurs through the feces. In those patients in whom biochemical and hematological parameters were monitored during clinical trials, no trends toward abnormality during loperamide hydrochloride therapy were noted. Similarly, urinalyses, EKG and clinical ophthalmological examinations did not show trends toward abnormality.

CLINICAL STUDIES SECTION.


Clinical Trial Data. The adverse effects reported during clinical investigations of loperamide hydrochloride are difficult to distinguish from symptoms associated with the diarrheal syndrome. Adverse experiences recorded during clinical studies with loperamide hydrochloride were generally of minor and self-limiting nature. They were more commonly observed during the treatment of chronic diarrhea.The adverse events reported are summarized irrespective of the causality assessment of the investigators.1) Adverse events from placebo-controlled studies in patients with acute diarrheaThe adverse events with an incidence of 1.0% or greater, which were reported at least as often in patients on loperamide hydrochloride as on placebo, are presented in the table below.Acute DiarrheaLoperamide HydrochloridePlaceboNo. of treated patients231236Gastrointestinal AE%Constipation2.6%0.8%The adverse events with an incidence of 1.0% or greater, which were more frequently reported in patients on placebo than on loperamide hydrochloride were: dry mouth, flatulence, abdominal cramp and colic.2) Adverse events from 20 placebo-controlled studies in patients with chronic diarrheaThe adverse events with an incidence of 1.0% or greater, which were reported at least as often in patients on loperamide hydrochloride as on placebo, are presented below in the table below.Chronic DiarrheaLoperamide HydrochloridePlaceboNo. of treated patients285277Gastrointestinal AE% Constipation5.3%0%Central and peripheral nervous system AE%Dizziness1.4%0.7%The adverse events with an incidence of 1.0% or greater, which were more frequently reported in patients on placebo than on loperamide hydrochloride were: nausea, vomiting, headache, meteorism, abdominal pain, abdominal cramp and colic.3) Adverse events from seventy-six controlled and uncontrolled studies in patients with acute or chronic diarrheaThe adverse events with an incidence of 1.0% or greater in patients from all studies are given in the table below.Acute DiarrheaChronic DiarrheaAll StudiesAll patients in all studies, including those in which it was not specified if the adverse events occurred in patients with acute or chronic diarrhea.No. of treated patients191313713740Gastrointestinal AE% Nausea0.7%3.2%1.8%Constipation1.6%1.9%1.7%Abdominal cramps0.5%3.0%1.4%.

CONTRAINDICATIONS SECTION.


CONTRAINDICATIONS. Loperamide hydrochloride capsules are contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to loperamide hydrochloride or to any of the excipients.Loperamide hydrochloride is contraindicated in patients with abdominal pain in the absence of diarrhea.Loperamide hydrochloride is not recommended in infants below 24 months of age.Loperamide hydrochloride should not be used as the primary therapy:in patients with acute dysentery, which is characterized by blood in stools and high fever,in patients with acute ulcerative colitis,in patients with bacterial enterocolitis caused by invasive organisms including Salmonella, Shigella, and Campylobacter,in patients with pseudomembranous colitis associated with the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics.. in patients with acute dysentery, which is characterized by blood in stools and high fever,. in patients with acute ulcerative colitis,. in patients with bacterial enterocolitis caused by invasive organisms including Salmonella, Shigella, and Campylobacter,. in patients with pseudomembranous colitis associated with the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics.

DEPENDENCE SECTION.


Dependence. Studies in morphine-dependent monkeys demonstrated that loperamide hydrochloride at doses above those recommended for humans prevented signs of morphine withdrawal. However, in humans, the naloxone challenge pupil test, which when positive indicates opiate-like effects, performed after single high dose, or after more than two years of therapeutic use of loperamide hydrochloride, was negative. Orally administered loperamide hydrochloride capsules (loperamide formulated with magnesium stearate) are both highly insoluble and penetrate the CNS poorly.

DESCRIPTION SECTION.


DESCRIPTION. Loperamide hydrochloride is white to slightly yellow powder and is freely soluble in methanol, isopropyl alcohol, chloroform and slightly soluble in water.Loperamide hydrochloride, 4-(p-chlorophenyl)-4-hydroxy-N,N-dimethyl-,-diphenyl-1-piperidinebutyramide monohydrochloride, is synthetic antidiarrheal for oral use. Its structural formula is:C29H33ClN2O2oHCl M.W. 513.51Loperamide hydrochloride is available in mg capsules.Each capsule, for oral administration, contains mg loperamide hydrochloride. Loperamide hydrochloride capsules USP also contain the inactive ingredients: dimethylpolysiloxane, gelatin, iron oxide black, iron oxide red, iron oxide yellow, lactose monohydrate, pregelatinized corn starch, magnesium stearate, shellac, and titanium dioxide.. Loperamide Chem Struct Image.

DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION SECTION.


DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION. (1 capsule 2 mg)Patients should receive appropriate fluid and electrolyte replacement as needed.. Acute Diarrhea. Adults. The recommended initial dose is mg (two capsules) followed by mg (one capsule) after each unformed stool. Daily dosage should not exceed 16 mg (eight capsules). Clinical improvement is usually observed within 48 hours.. Children. In children to years of age (20 kg or less), the non-prescription liquid formulation (loperamide hydrochloride for oral solution, mg/5 mL) should be used; for ages to 12, either loperamide hydrochloride capsules or loperamide hydrochloride for oral solution may be used. For children to 12 years of age, the following schedule for capsules or liquid will usually fulfill initial dosage requirements:Recommended First Day Dosage ScheduleTwo to five years: mg t.i.d. (3 mg daily dose) (13 to 20 kg)Six to eight years: mg b.i.d. (4 mg daily dose) (20 to 30 kg)Eight to twelve years: mg t.i.d. (6 mg daily dose) (greater than 30 kg)Recommended Subsequent Daily DosageFollowing the first treatment day, it is recommended that subsequent loperamide hydrochloride doses (1 mg/10 kg body weight) be administered only after loose stool. Total daily dosage should not exceed recommended dosages for the first day.. Chronic Diarrhea. Children. Although loperamide hydrochloride has been studied in limited number of children with chronic diarrhea; the therapeutic dose for the treatment of chronic diarrhea in pediatric population has not been established.. Adults. The recommended initial dose is mg (two capsules) followed by mg (one capsule) after each unformed stool until diarrhea is controlled, after which the dosage of loperamide hydrochloride capsules should be reduced to meet individual requirements. When the optimal daily dosage has been established, this amount may then be administered as single dose or in divided doses.The average daily maintenance dosage in clinical trials was to mg (two to four capsules). dosage of 16 mg (eight capsules) was rarely exceeded. If clinical improvement is not observed after treatment with 16 mg per day for at least 10 days, symptoms are unlikely to be controlled by further administration. Loperamide hydrochloride capsules administration may be continued if diarrhea cannot be adequately controlled with diet or specific treatment.. Children Under Years. The use of loperamide hydrochloride in children under years is not recommended. There have been rare reports of paralytic ileus associated with abdominal distention. Most of these reports occurred in the setting of acute dysentery, overdose, and with very young children less than two years of age.. Elderly. No formal pharmacokinetic studies were conducted in elderly subjects. However, there were no major differences reported in the drug disposition in elderly patients with diarrhea relative to young patients. No dosage adjustment is required for the elderly.. Renal Impairment. No pharmacokinetic data are available in patients with renal impairment. Since the metabolites and the unchanged drug are mainly excreted in the feces, no dosage adjustment is required for patients with renal impairment (see PRECAUTIONS).. Hepatic Impairment. Although no pharmacokinetic data are available in patients with hepatic impairment, loperamide hydrochloride should be used with caution in such patients because of reduced first pass metabolism (see PRECAUTIONS).

DRUG ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE SECTION.


DRUG ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE. Abuse. specific clinical study designed to assess the abuse potential of loperamide at high doses resulted in finding of extremely low abuse potential.. Dependence. Studies in morphine-dependent monkeys demonstrated that loperamide hydrochloride at doses above those recommended for humans prevented signs of morphine withdrawal. However, in humans, the naloxone challenge pupil test, which when positive indicates opiate-like effects, performed after single high dose, or after more than two years of therapeutic use of loperamide hydrochloride, was negative. Orally administered loperamide hydrochloride capsules (loperamide formulated with magnesium stearate) are both highly insoluble and penetrate the CNS poorly.

DRUG INTERACTIONS SECTION.


Drug Interactions. Nonclinical data have shown that loperamide is P-glycoprotein substrate. Concomitant administration of loperamide (16 mg single dose) with 600 mg single dose of either quinidine or ritonavir, both of which are P-glycoprotein inhibitors, resulted in 2 to fold increase in loperamide plasma levels. Due to the potential for enhanced central effects when loperamide is coadministered with quinidine and with ritonavir, caution should be exercised when loperamide is administered at the recommended dosages (2 mg, up to 16 mg maximum daily dose) with P-glycoprotein inhibitors.When single 16 mg dose of loperamide is coadministered with 600 mg single dose of saquinavir, loperamide decreased saquinavir exposure by 54%, which may be of clinical relevance due to reduction of therapeutic efficacy of saquinavir. The effect of saquinavir on loperamide is of less clinical significance. Therefore, when loperamide is given with saquinavir, the therapeutic efficacy of saquinavir should be closely monitored.

GENERAL PRECAUTIONS SECTION.


General. Extremely rare allergic reactions including anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock have been reported. In acute diarrhea, if clinical improvement is not observed in 48 hours, the administration of loperamide hydrochloride should be discontinued and patients should be advised to consult their physician. Although no pharmacokinetic data are available in patients with hepatic impairment, loperamide hydrochloride should be used with caution in such patients because of reduced first pass metabolism. Patients with hepatic dysfunction should be monitored closely for signs of CNS toxicity. No pharmacokinetic data are available in patients with renal impairment. Since it has been reported that the majority of the drug is metabolized and metabolites or the unchanged drug is excreted mainly in the feces, dosage adjustments in patients with renal impairment are not required. No formal studies have been conducted to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of loperamide in elderly subjects. However, in two studies that enrolled elderly patients, there were no major differences in the drug disposition in elderly patients with diarrhea relative to young patients.

HOW SUPPLIED SECTION.


HOW SUPPLIED. Loperamide hydrochloride capsules USP, mg are available as:A light brown opaque body and dark brown opaque capsule, imprinted TEVA on the cap and 0311 on the body and packaged in: Bottles of 10 NDC 16590-423-10Bottles of 12 NDC 16590-423-12Bottles of 20 NDC 16590-423-20Bottles of 30 NDC 16590-423-30Store at 20 to 25C (68 to 77F) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature].Dispense in well-closed container, as defined in the USP, with child-resistant closure (as required).KEEP THIS AND ALL MEDICATIONS OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS USASellersville, PA 18960Rev. 3/2011Relabeling and Repackaging by:STAT Rx USA LLCGainesville, GA 30501.

INDICATIONS & USAGE SECTION.


INDICATIONS AND USAGE. Loperamide hydrochloride capsules are indicated for the control and symptomatic relief of acute nonspecific diarrhea and of chronic diarrhea associated with inflammatory bowel disease. Loperamide hydrochloride capsules are also indicated for reducing the volume of discharge from ileostomies.

INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS SECTION.


Information for Patients. Patients should be advised to check with their physician if their diarrhea does not improve in 48 hours or if they note blood in their stools, develop fever or develop abdominal distention.Tiredness, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur in the setting of diarrheal syndromes treated with loperamide hydrochloride. Therefore, it is advisable to use caution when driving car or operating machinery. (See ADVERSE REACTIONS.).

OVERDOSAGE SECTION.


OVERDOSAGE. In cases of overdosage, (including relative overdose due to hepatic dysfunction), urinary retention, paralytic ileus and CNS depression may occur. Children may be more sensitive to CNS effects than adults. Clinical trials have demonstrated that slurry of activated charcoal administered promptly after ingestion of loperamide hydrochloride can reduce the amount of drug which is absorbed into the systemic circulation by as much as ninefold. If vomiting occurs spontaneously upon ingestion, slurry of 100 grams of activated charcoal should be administered orally as soon as fluids can be retained.If vomiting has not occurred, gastric lavage should be performed followed by administration of 100 grams of the activated charcoal slurry through the gastric tube. In the event of overdosage, patients should be monitored for signs of CNS depression for at least 24 hours.If symptoms of overdose occur, naloxone can be given as an antidote. If responsive to naloxone, vital signs must be monitored carefully for recurrence of symptoms of drug overdose for at least 24 hours after the last dose of naloxone.In view of the prolonged action of loperamide and the short duration (one to three hours) of naloxone, the patient must be monitored closely and treated repeatedly with naloxone as indicated. Since relatively little drug is excreted in the urine, forced diuresis is not expected to be effective for loperamide hydrochloride overdosage.In clinical trials an adult who took three 20 mg doses within 24 hour period was nauseated after the second dose and vomited after the third dose. In studies designed to examine the potential for side effects, intentional ingestion of up to 60 mg of loperamide hydrochloride in single dose to healthy subjects resulted in no significant adverse effects.

PACKAGE LABEL.PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL.


PACKAGE LABEL LOPERAMIDE MG CAPSULES. LOPERAMIDE HYDROCHLORIDE Capsules, USP2 mgRx only LOPERAMIDE MG LABEL 423 Image.

PEDIATRIC USE SECTION.


Pediatric Use. See the WARNINGS section for information on the greater variability of response in this age group.In case of accidental overdosage of loperamide hydrochloride by pediatric patients, see OVERDOSAGE section for suggested treatment.

PRECAUTIONS SECTION.


PRECAUTIONS. General. Extremely rare allergic reactions including anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock have been reported. In acute diarrhea, if clinical improvement is not observed in 48 hours, the administration of loperamide hydrochloride should be discontinued and patients should be advised to consult their physician. Although no pharmacokinetic data are available in patients with hepatic impairment, loperamide hydrochloride should be used with caution in such patients because of reduced first pass metabolism. Patients with hepatic dysfunction should be monitored closely for signs of CNS toxicity. No pharmacokinetic data are available in patients with renal impairment. Since it has been reported that the majority of the drug is metabolized and metabolites or the unchanged drug is excreted mainly in the feces, dosage adjustments in patients with renal impairment are not required. No formal studies have been conducted to evaluate the pharmacokinetics of loperamide in elderly subjects. However, in two studies that enrolled elderly patients, there were no major differences in the drug disposition in elderly patients with diarrhea relative to young patients.. Information for Patients. Patients should be advised to check with their physician if their diarrhea does not improve in 48 hours or if they note blood in their stools, develop fever or develop abdominal distention.Tiredness, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur in the setting of diarrheal syndromes treated with loperamide hydrochloride. Therefore, it is advisable to use caution when driving car or operating machinery. (See ADVERSE REACTIONS.). Drug Interactions. Nonclinical data have shown that loperamide is P-glycoprotein substrate. Concomitant administration of loperamide (16 mg single dose) with 600 mg single dose of either quinidine or ritonavir, both of which are P-glycoprotein inhibitors, resulted in 2 to fold increase in loperamide plasma levels. Due to the potential for enhanced central effects when loperamide is coadministered with quinidine and with ritonavir, caution should be exercised when loperamide is administered at the recommended dosages (2 mg, up to 16 mg maximum daily dose) with P-glycoprotein inhibitors.When single 16 mg dose of loperamide is coadministered with 600 mg single dose of saquinavir, loperamide decreased saquinavir exposure by 54%, which may be of clinical relevance due to reduction of therapeutic efficacy of saquinavir. The effect of saquinavir on loperamide is of less clinical significance. Therefore, when loperamide is given with saquinavir, the therapeutic efficacy of saquinavir should be closely monitored.. Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility. In an 18 month rat study with oral doses up to 40 mg/kg/day (21 times the maximum human dose of 16 mg/day, based on body surface area comparison), there was no evidence of carcinogenesis.Loperamide was not genotoxic in the Ames test, the SOS chromotest in E. coli, the dominant lethal test in female mice, or the mouse embryo cell transformation assay.Fertility and reproductive performance was evaluated in rats using oral doses of 2.5, 10, and 40 mg/kg/day in one study, and 1, 5, 10, 20, and 40 mg/kg/day (females only) in second study. Oral administration of 20 mg/kg/day (approximately 11 times the human dose based on body surface area comparison) and higher produced strong impairment of female fertility. Treatment of female rats with up to 10 mg/kg/day p.o. (approximately times the human dose based on body surface area comparison) had no effect on fertility. Treatment of male rats with 40 mg/kg/day p.o. (approximately 21 times the human dose based on body surface area comparison) produced impairment of male fertility, whereas administration of up to 10 mg/kg/day (approximately times the human dose based on body surface area comparison) had no effect.. Pregnancy. Teratogenic Effects. Pregnancy category C. Teratology studies have been performed in rats using oral doses of 2.5, 10, and 40 mg/kg/day, and in rabbits using oral doses of 5, 20, and 40 mg/kg/day. These studies have revealed no evidence of impaired fertility or harm to the fetus at doses up to 10 mg/kg/day in rats (5 times the human dose based on body surface area comparison) and 40 mg/kg/day in rabbits (43 times the human dose based on body surface area comparison). Treatment of rats with 40 mg/kg/day p.o. (21 times the human dose based on body surface area comparison) produced marked impairment of fertility. The studies produced no evidence of teratogenic activity. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Loperamide should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.. Non-teratogenic Effects. In peri- and post-natal reproduction study in rats, oral administration of 40 mg/kg/day produced impairment of growth and survival of offspring.. Nursing Mothers. Small amounts of loperamide may appear in human breast milk. Therefore, loperamide hydrochloride is not recommended during breast-feeding.. Pediatric Use. See the WARNINGS section for information on the greater variability of response in this age group.In case of accidental overdosage of loperamide hydrochloride by pediatric patients, see OVERDOSAGE section for suggested treatment.

PREGNANCY SECTION.


Pregnancy. Teratogenic Effects. Pregnancy category C. Teratology studies have been performed in rats using oral doses of 2.5, 10, and 40 mg/kg/day, and in rabbits using oral doses of 5, 20, and 40 mg/kg/day. These studies have revealed no evidence of impaired fertility or harm to the fetus at doses up to 10 mg/kg/day in rats (5 times the human dose based on body surface area comparison) and 40 mg/kg/day in rabbits (43 times the human dose based on body surface area comparison). Treatment of rats with 40 mg/kg/day p.o. (21 times the human dose based on body surface area comparison) produced marked impairment of fertility. The studies produced no evidence of teratogenic activity. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Loperamide should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.. Non-teratogenic Effects. In peri- and post-natal reproduction study in rats, oral administration of 40 mg/kg/day produced impairment of growth and survival of offspring.

SPL UNCLASSIFIED SECTION.


Pregnancy category C. Teratology studies have been performed in rats using oral doses of 2.5, 10, and 40 mg/kg/day, and in rabbits using oral doses of 5, 20, and 40 mg/kg/day. These studies have revealed no evidence of impaired fertility or harm to the fetus at doses up to 10 mg/kg/day in rats (5 times the human dose based on body surface area comparison) and 40 mg/kg/day in rabbits (43 times the human dose based on body surface area comparison). Treatment of rats with 40 mg/kg/day p.o. (21 times the human dose based on body surface area comparison) produced marked impairment of fertility. The studies produced no evidence of teratogenic activity. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Loperamide should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

TERATOGENIC EFFECTS SECTION.


Teratogenic Effects. Pregnancy category C. Teratology studies have been performed in rats using oral doses of 2.5, 10, and 40 mg/kg/day, and in rabbits using oral doses of 5, 20, and 40 mg/kg/day. These studies have revealed no evidence of impaired fertility or harm to the fetus at doses up to 10 mg/kg/day in rats (5 times the human dose based on body surface area comparison) and 40 mg/kg/day in rabbits (43 times the human dose based on body surface area comparison). Treatment of rats with 40 mg/kg/day p.o. (21 times the human dose based on body surface area comparison) produced marked impairment of fertility. The studies produced no evidence of teratogenic activity. There are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Loperamide should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

WARNINGS SECTION.


WARNINGS. Fluid and electrolyte depletion often occur in patients who have diarrhea. In such cases, administration of appropriate fluid and electrolytes is very important. The use of loperamide hydrochloride does not preclude the need for appropriate fluid and electrolyte therapy.In general, loperamide hydrochloride should not be used when inhibition of peristalsis is to be avoided due to the possible risk of significant sequelae including ileus, megacolon and toxic megacolon. Loperamide hydrochloride must be discontinued promptly when constipation, abdominal distention or ileus develop.Treatment of diarrhea with loperamide hydrochloride is only symptomatic. Whenever an underlying etiology can be determined, specific treatment should be given when appropriate (or when indicated).Patients with AIDS treated with loperamide hydrochloride for diarrhea should have therapy stopped at the earliest signs of abdominal distention. There have been isolated reports of toxic megacolon in AIDS patients with infectious colitis from both viral and bacterial pathogens treated with loperamide hydrochloride. ref EDMS-PSDB-2564186, p. 12Loperamide hydrochloride should be used with special caution in young children because of the greater variability of response in this age group. Dehydration, particularly in younger children, may further influence the variability of response to loperamide hydrochloride.