Attapulgite is a drug to relieve diarrhea. This drug is available in tablet form . Even though it is included in over-the-counter drugs that can be purchased without a doctor's prescription , attapulgite should not be consumed carelessly .

Attapulgite works by absorbing bacteria or toxins that cause diarrhea and expelling them with feces. This medicine also helps make stools denser when they come out and reduces the frequency of bowel movements.

Attapulgite can also help reduce fluid loss from diarrhea and relieve stomach cramps in people with diarrhea. Keep in mind that this medication is only used to relieve symptoms of diarrhea and cannot cure the disease that causes diarrhea.

Attapulgite cannot be used for all cases of diarrhea. This drug is known to be less effective in treating diarrhea caused by infections, such as rotavirus infection , dysentery, or amebiasis , so it is not used as the main therapy.

Attapulgite trademarks: Akita, Arcapec, Atagip, Attapulgite, Coro-Sorb, Diagit, Diapet NR , Diapecta, Diarrstop SP, Entrostop , Licopec, Lidiastop, Molagit, New Antides, Neo Diastop, New Diatabs , Neo Diagon, Neo Enterodine, Pularex , Salfaplas, Selediar, Teradi, and Tagyt.

What is Attapulgite

group Free medicine
Category Antidiarrheal
Benefit Relieves diarrhea
Consumed by Adults and children aged ≥6 years
Attapulgite for pregnant and lactating women Category N: Not yet categorized. Attapulgite is not absorbed into the body so it is unlikely that this drug will cause side effects to the fetus if taken during pregnancy. However, there are no adequate data regarding the use of attapulgite in pregnant women.

If you are pregnant, you should consult your doctor before taking attapulgite.

In addition, the possibility of attapulgite being absorbed into breast milk is also very small. Therefore, nursing mothers can take this medicine if they have diarrhea.

Drug form Tablet

Precautions Before Consuming Attapulgite

Before consuming attapulgite, you need to pay attention to the following things:

  • Do not take attapulgite if you are allergic to this drug.
  • Consult a doctor before giving attapulgite to the elderly and children under 12 years of age.
  • Talk to your doctor about using attapulgite if you have asthma , enlarged prostate, intestinal obstruction , liver disease, or kidney disease.
  • Consult your doctor if you have diarrhea accompanied by fever, severe stomach cramps, or blood in the stool, before using attapulgite.
  • Talk to your doctor about taking attapulgite if you are taking other medications, including supplements and herbal products, to anticipate drug interactions.
  • Consult your doctor regarding the use of attapulgite if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • Immediately see a doctor if you have an allergic reaction to the drug , serious side effects, or an overdose after taking attapulgite.

Dosage and Instructions for Use of Attapulgite

In general, the following are the doses of attapulgite for diarrhea relief based on the patient's age:

  • Adults and children > 12 years: 2 tablets after each bowel movement. The maximum dose is 12 tablets a day.
  • Children aged 6-12 years: 1 tablet after each bowel movement. The maximum dose is 6 tablets a day.

How to Take Attapulgite Correctly

Read the information listed on the attapulgite package label before starting to take it or follow the doctor 's advice . Do not increase your dose or use this medicine for more than the recommended time.

This drug can be consumed after diarrhea, both before and after meals. Swallow attapulgite tablets with plain water.

When you have diarrhea, drink plenty of water or drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration . In addition, also pay attention to diet during diarrhea, for example by not eating foods rich in fiber, such as fruits and vegetables, or caffeinated drinks.

Attapulgite is only used to treat diarrhea in the short term. Consult a doctor if the diarrhea does not stop, lasts up to 2 weeks ( chronic diarrhea ), or signs and symptoms of dehydration develop.

Store attapulgite in a closed container in a cool place away from sunlight, and keep this drug out of reach of children.

Attapulgite Interactions with Other Drugs

The following are a number of interactions that can occur when using attapulgite together with other drugs:

  • Decreased effectiveness of the drug dolutegravir to treat HIV infection
  • Decreased effectiveness of the drug trihexyphenidyl
  • Increased risk of severe constipation when used with opioid pain relievers, such as morphine , codeine, oxycodone

Attapulgite Side Effects and Dangers

Some of the common side effects that may arise after consuming attapulgite are:

  • Constipation
  • Nauseous
  • Bloated
  • Frequent urination
  • Stomach ache

Check with your doctor if the side effects mentioned above do not go away or get worse. Immediately see a doctor if you experience a drug allergic reaction which can be characterized by certain symptoms, such as an itchy skin rash, swelling of the lips and eyelids, or difficulty breathing.

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