Motofen is the brand name and the generic ingredients are difenoxin and atropine sulfate. It is used for acute and chronic diarrhea that does not respond to other treatments.
Motofen and other antidiarrheals should be used only short periods, as they relieve diarrhea but do nothing for the underlying cause. Some people should not use this drug even if diarrhea is present. People with some types of stomach, bowel or other conditions may be harmed by antidiarrheal drugs.Do not use unless under the care of a physician.
Do not take Motofen if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, including atropine, or to Lomotil. Avoid Motofen if you have advanced liver disease or if you have jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes or if your diarrhea was caused by taking clindamycin or another antibiotic.
It is suggested no alcohol not even moderate drinking while using this drug as the drug’s effectiveness may be decreased and the side effects may be increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When Motofen alcohol interacts with prescription or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have liver disease, heart disease, high or low blood pressure, low white blood cell counts, high cholesterol or triglycerides, history of heart failure, heart attack, stroke, history of breast cancer, seizures or epilepsy, diabetes, enlarged prostate, difficult urination, bowel problems or narrow angle glaucoma.
Be careful when driving or performing complex tasks because this drug can make you tired, dizzy or light headed.
Alcohol, tranquilizers or other nervous system depressants will increase the depressant effect of this drug.
Call your Dr if you develop heart palpitations or if your symptoms do not clear up in two days. You may need a different dose or a different drug.
If these occur get emergency medical help.
If pregnant do not use this drug.
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