Risk of Overdose from Loperamide
What is Loperamide?
Loperamide hydrochloride, otherwise known and sold under the brand name Imodium, is an opioid medication used to treat diarrhea. Unlike other opioids that are designed to treat pain, loperamide is not designed to pass the blood-brain barrier and has no effect on opioid receptors in the brain. Instead, it acts on the various opioid receptors in the digestive system, causing the intestines to have slower contractions and eases different types of diarrhea. With the ever-worsening opioid crisis that is happening in the United States, people who are struggling with opioid addiction have discovered that, when taken in massive doses, loperamide can provide similar effects to the opioids that they have become addicted to.
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