Attapulgite


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Desc:

Attapulgite is an oral, nonabsorbed medication that is used in the management of diarrhea. It works by adsorbing (binding) large numbers of bacteria and toxins and reducing the loss of water. Attapulgite reduces the number of bowel movements, improves the consistency of loose or watery stools, and relieves the gastrointestinal cramping that often is associated with diarrhea. ...

Side Effect:

Seek medical attention right away if any of these side effects occur when using Attapulgite:severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue). Gastrointestinal side effects include constipation, dyspepsia, flatulence, and nausea. Nervous system side effects have been reported rarely, such as headache and dizziness. ...

Precaution:

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if:you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding; you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement, you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances; you have Alzheimer disease or inflammation of the appendix (appendicitis).

Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:Penicillamine or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine) because the effectiveness of these medicines may be decreased; citrate salts because the risk of toxic effects from Attapulgite may be increased. ...