A 29-year-old man died at his home in Pittsburgh last year after taking diarrhea more than the recommended dose of an OTC drug.
Increasing Cases of Loperamide Poisoning
The coroner's office said Arjun Patel died as a result of loperamide poisoning. Officials said it was the first death of its kind in the region.
Michael Lynch of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said that between 201
Poor man methadone
Loperamide is the active ingredient present in anti-diarrheal medications such as Imodium AD, but this drug is abused
People who suffer from the addiction use Imodium without prescription to help them with the withdrawal or to reach the euphoric state. Loperamide has been referred to as the "poor man's methadone" because it can cause similar effects as methadone or oxycontin in high doses.
Many drug addicts are also resorting to the drugs as it becomes harder for them to become prone to opioids. Imodium can be easily bought in drugstores and it is cheap.
Risks of taking high doses of loperamide
Imodium can be used safely if it is taken as directed. His maximum recommended daily dose is 16 milligrams, which equates to eight tablets.
However, toxicological tests revealed that Patel, who had an opiate withdrawal, had more than 25 times the normal dose of the drug in his blood.
Drug addicts take 200 tablets daily to get high. Some put up to a hundred pills in the blender to make a smoothie they can drink, allowing their body to ingest the drug very quickly.
Taking high doses of the drug can be very dangerous and even death. Drug safety experts said the perpetrators can not show symptoms for weeks or months, but they can suddenly fall dead.
"Using intentionally or unintentionally much more than the recommended dose of loperamide can result in serious cardiac side effects, including QT interval prolongation, torsades de pointes or other ventricular arrhythmias, syncope and cardiac arrest," warns the FDA.
Health authorities have already asked over-the-counter antidiarrhoeal manufacturers to change their packaging Abuse prevention The FDA has requested that these packs contain only enough medicines for short-term use.
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