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What are the risks of taking loperamide?

There are a number of risks associated with taking loperamide. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in loperamide, you should not take it. You should not take loperamide if you have black, bloody or tarry stools or if your diarrhea has been caused by an antibiotic. If you are taking any other medications, ask your doctor about interactions before using loperamide. Make sure he knows if you are also taking an antibiotic. Let him know if you have mucus in your stools, a fever or if you have a history of liver disease. While it is not certain that loperamide is dangerous to a fetus or nursing infant, you should tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding so that he can advise you concerning the use of loperamide. This medication should not be given to children or to the elderly without the permission of a doctor. You should also know that some loperamide solution products contain alcohol. If your diarrhea persists for two days following the use of this medication, call your physician.

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