Loperamide (Imodium) Pharmacology Podcast

In this episode, I discuss loperamide (Imodium) pharmacology, adverse effects, and drug interactions.

Loperamide has opioid-type activity in the gut but has extremely low oral bioavailability. This allows it to be used for diarrhea but at lower doses won’t cause systemic opioid-like effects.

Loperamide abuse has been reported. Excessive dosages can increase the risk of cardiac arrest and other cardiovascular concerns.

Medication causes of diarrhea should be ruled out prior to starting a medication like loperamide. I discuss numerous medications that can cause diarrhea in this podcast.

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Colestipol Pharmacology

Colestipol is a bile acid sequestrant that can be used in the management of hyperlipidemia.

By binding bile acid in the gut, colestipol can lower LDL that is bound to bile acid by eliminating it through the feces.

Numerous drug interactions existed as colestipol can bind many drugs. This is a downside to its use and why it isn’t a preferred hyperlipidemia agent.

In patients with elevated triglycerides, colestipol should be avoided.

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