“Some addicts are chasing their high using an easier, legal but still dangerous method: by ingesting large amounts of an anti-diarrhea drug, loperamide. Some addicts are taking as many as 500 pills a day of the medication, which is also widely known by its brand name, Imodium. An alert posted in 2016 by the Food and Drug Administration warns that taking higher than recommended doses of the over-the-counter medication “can cause serious heart problems that can lead to death.
Economics is driving loperamide misuse, says William Eggleston, a clinical toxicologist at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. Loperamide is relatively inexpensive, he notes.”
Read more at: http://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2017-04-26/some-opioid-addicts-are-using-an-anti-diarrhea-drug-to-get-their-fix
Source: USNews.com – April 26, 2017