Many addicts get high from diarrhea drug Imodium

So many opioid addicts are getting high from the anti-diarrhea drug Imodium that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is asking the manufacturer to change its packaging to make it harder to abuse.

Imodium’s active ingredient, loperamide, is safe in normal doses, but in large quantities it can produce a mild high and relieve opioid withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, it can also cause irregular heartbeats and other problems, and can potentially be fatal.

Some addicts have begun abusing Imodium because prescription pills and heroin can be expensive and difficult to obtain. Loperamide has sometimes been referred to as “the poor man’s methadone.”

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