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17.04 Loperamide (Imodium)

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Generic Name

loperamide

Trade Name

Imodium

Indication

acute diarrhea, decrease drainage post ileostomy

Action

inhibits peristalsis, reduces the volume of feces while increasing the bulk and viscosity

Therapeutic Class

antidiarrheal

Nursing Considerations

• may lead to constipation – insure proper use
• assess bowel function
• assess fluid and electrolyte levels

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