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Acanol (Loperamide)

Active Ingredient: Loperamide
Dosage: 2 mg
Route of Administration: Oral
Dosage Form: Tablets
Quantity per package: 12 tablets per pack

Acanol (loperamide) is used to treat diarrhea in adult patients, mainly, that is caused by gastrointestinal disorders by parasites, viruses, bacteria and other reasons. It is used to control diarrhea caused by various types of bacteria and viruses and, even, by some intestinal parasites. It is also used in surgical operations of the intestine, rectum or colon, to control traveler’s diarrhea.

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Acanol is used to treat and control both acute diarrheal symptoms (as in cases of traveler’s diarrhea, acute infectious diarrhea or enterotoxigenic diarrhea) and chronic ones (such as those observed in the irritable colon and intestinal malabsorption. It is also used to regulate the intestinal transit in patients with colostomy or ileostomy. It is also used to improve the consistency of bowel movements.

Dosage and administration

Tablets are taken orally. Adults and children over 12 years: Start the treatment by taking 2 tablets. If diarrhea persists, take one tablet after each bowel movement without exceeding 8 tablets in one day. As soon as diarrhea stops, stop treatment. If diarrhea persists for more than 2 days, consult your doctor. During treatment with Acanol, it is recommended to drink plenty of fluids (preferably oral serum or boiled water) to prevent dehydration as a result of diarrhea.


  • Hypersensitivity to any of the components of the formula;
  • Constipation, atony or intestinal obstruction;
  • Children under 6 years of age;
  • Severe bacterial infections that occur with dysentery because it can mask the clinical picture, prolong the disease and in extreme cases intestinal perforation may occur;
  • Ulcerative colitis or pseudomembranous colitis.

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Side effects

In some cases, Acanol tablets can cause bloating and abdominal pain, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dryness of the oral mucosa, fever, constipation and / or abdominal distension. Side effects are usually due to hypersensitivity or overdose. Adverse effects are temporary. If they occur, stop taking the drug or reduce its dosage.


Antidote: naloxone. Repetitive treatment with naloxone may be indicated. Monitor 48 hours.


  • Avoid taking Acanol with quinidine, ritonavir, gemfibrozil, itraconazole, ketoconazole, desmopressin, saquinavir, St. John’s wort and valerian.
  • The drug increases the plasma concentration of desmopressin, increases the risk of severe constipation and CNS depression when taken with other opioid analgesics.
  • The drug enhances the action of anticholinergics, intestinal peristalsis inhibitors.
  • It can also worsen or prolong diarrhea caused by broad-spectrum antibiotics.