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Old 05-20-2004, 08:13 PM   #1
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Does Lomotil cause addiction even with atropine?

Just got my prescription today for diphenoxylate w/atropine (Lomotil). Has anyone experienced euphoria or other mood disorders with this med at typical doses?
I've read that it can be habit-forming but the atropine is supposed to stop this. I'm confused. Can anyone help me out?



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Old 05-26-2004, 10:45 AM   #2
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Re: Does Lomotil cause addiction even with atropine?

Hi Sunny
I've been taking Lomotil for years for my IBS and have not had a problem with addiction. Mine is prescribed two every four hours as needed. Some days I have to take it all day and some days I don't need any. I should tell you though, even taking the Lomotil, I also have to take pain medication for the IBS and pain from a lung surgery I had. So being on Methadone for the chronic pain does change the situation a little, but I wouldn't worry about becoming addicated to the Lomotil or have any feelings of eurphoria.

Old 05-29-2004, 07:48 AM   #3
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Re: Does Lomotil cause addiction even with atropine?

I was just diagnoses with IBS-D also, in fact I just did the dance with the black snake (colonoscopy) on Thursday. I have been taking lomotil for a while before the diagnosis and it seems to help my symptoms a lot. The only thing I was told is that it may stop working eventually but never said anything about being addictive. Right now if it just stops the diareah I am a happy camper Also they prescribed Hyoscyamine to help with the IBS but I still need the lomotil for the diareah.

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