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What is this medicine?

ATROPINE; DIPHENOXYLATE (A troe peen dye fen OX i late) is used to treat diarrhea.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • bacterial food poisoning
  • colitis
  • dehydration
  • Down's syndrome
  • jaundice or liver disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to atropine, diphenoxylate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take the tablets with food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Once your diarrhea has been brought under control your doctor or health care professional may reduce your doses.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • alcohol
  • antihistamines for allergy, cough and cold
  • barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures
  • certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • certain medicines for sleep
  • medicines for movement abnormalities as in Parkinson's disease, or for gastrointestinal problems
  • muscle relaxants
  • narcotic medicines (opiates) for pain

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

If your symptoms do not start to get better after taking this medicine for two days, check with your doctor or health care professional, you may have a problem that needs further evaluation. Check with your doctor or health care professional right away if you develop a fever or bloody diarrhea.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Alcohol can increase possible drowsiness and dizziness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe. Drinking plenty of water can also help prevent dehydration that can occur with diarrhea.

               
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