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What is diphenoxylate-atropine?

Diphenoxylate-atropine is a generic prescription medication; the brand name versions are Lonox and Lomotil. It's used for the treatment of diarrhea and helps to decrease the number and frequency of bowel movements. It works by slowing the movement of the intestines.

Diphenoxylate, related to meperidine, decreases motility of the gastrointestinal tract. Atropine discourages the deliberate overdose of diphenoxylate, and also helps to dry up body fluids and slow gut movement.

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