FDA cracks down on abuse of anti-diarrhea medication

Source: CBS News

Experts say some opioid addicts are taking huge doses of Imodium A-D in search of a heroin-like high.

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As part of its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is asking manufacturers of over-the-counter anti-diarrhea treatments to change the way they package their products. The FDA says the voluntary measures are needed to curb the growing abuse of loperamide – sold under the brand name Imodium A-D, as well as store brands and generics – which is used by some suffering from opioid addiction as a potential way to manage withdrawal or maintain a high.

Loperamide is safe at approved doses, up to a maximum of four 2-milligram tablets per day. “But when higher than recommended doses are taken we’ve received reports of serious heart problems and deaths with loperamide,

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