1.4.2 Antimotility drugs
1. A diagnosis of the cause of diarrhoea should be made before starting symptomatic treatment and acute prescriptions should be restricted to 12 loperamide capsules or 20 codeine tablets.
2. Diarrhoea should normally be managed with electrolyte replacement only. Anti-motility drugs should be restricted to short term use only.
3. The maximum dosage for loperamide is 16mg daily (8 capsules).
4. Codeine has addictive properties and should be reserved for short courses unless specialist involvement