Which medications in the drug class Antidiarrheals are used in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Antidiarrheals

Diarrhea, if it occurs, typically is not related to MS per se; it is more likely due to fecal impaction, diet, irritation of the bowel, or overuse of laxatives or stool softeners, or it is an adverse effect of medications. Diphenoxylate and atropine (Lomotil) is an antidiarrheal that helps slow the muscles of the bowel.

Diphenoxylate and atropine (Lomotil)

Diphenoxylate appears to exert its effect locally and centrally on the smooth muscle cells of the GI tract to inhibit GI motility and slow excess GI propulsion. A subtherapeutic dose of anticholinergic atropine sulfate is added to discourage overdosage, in which case diphenoxylate may clinically mimic the effects of codeine.


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