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FDA Warns of Fatal Imodium (loperamide) Related Heart Problems

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Washington, DC: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that taking higher than recommended doses of the common over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription diarrhea medicine loperamide (Imodium), including through abuse or misuse of the product, can cause serious heart problems that can lead to death.

Additionally, the risk of these serious heart problems, including abnormal heart rhythms, may also be increased when high doses of loperamide are taken with several kinds of medicines that interact with loperamide.

The majority of reported serious heart problems occurred in individuals who were intentionally misusing and abusing high doses of loperamide in attempts to self-treat opioid withdrawal symptoms or to achieve a feeling of euphoria.

The FDA is warning health care professionals to be aware that use of higher than recommended doses of loperamide can result in serious cardiac adverse events. Specifically, it states that physicians should consider loperamide as a possible cause of unexplained cardiac events including QT interval prolongation, Torsades de Pointes or other ventricular arrhythmias, syncope, and cardiac arrest.

Loperamide is approved to help control symptoms of diarrhea, including Travelers' Diarrhea. The maximum approved daily dose for adults is 8 mg per day for OTC use and 16 mg per day for prescription use. It is sold under the OTC brand name Imodium A-D, as store brands, and as generics.



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My husband collapsed Nov 6, 2016 and died Nov 8, 2016. He suffered a cardiac arrest, and died of multiple organ failures. His doctors had never heard of loperamide overdose and were confused when I told him how many imodium he took daily for about a year. This drug is dangerous and needs to be pulled from the shelves!

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A dear friend died on Saturday 8-18-2018 from long term immodium use. There are no warnings on the bottles and he believed it was perfectly safe to take. He stopped taking it for a week and had horrible cramps so we went back to taking it daily. within a week, he was dead. We are devastated. What are our options?

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My son died from loperamide poisoning as well on November 26, 2017. Even the doctor who recommended he take it never told him about the hazards associated with this drug that could and did lead to his death.

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My nephew died feb 2018..,taking mass amounts of Imodium to get high....company has known about this since before 2015

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My 23 year old son died of loperamide toxicity July 18, 2017. The ER doctor had never heard of it being abused and the medical examiner would not have discovered his cause of death had I not asked him to check for it. Something needs to be done to get the word out and there needs to be proper warning on the packaging.

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My son died Oct 25, 2016 of loperamide poisoning. I'm inquiring to learn if anything can be done. To date, there is no warning on Imodium.

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I suffer from ulcerative colitis.to help with the diarrhea my doctor prescribed IMODIUM. I Had rapid heart beats. I want to know if I qualify for this lawsuit. Please let me know

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My son died on February 17, 2015 from loperamide poisoning. I'm inquiring if there is anything that can be done. To date, there is no warning on packing of Imodium.

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