Uses of Amufast

Amufast has the main active ingredient, Loperamide, which is commonly used to relieve symptoms of acute nonspecific diarrhea and chronic diarrhea caused by inflammatory bowel disease. The following article will provide readers with information about the drug Amufast.

1. What does Amufast do?

Amufast has the main active ingredient, Loperamide (in the form of Loperamide HCL), which works to relieve symptoms of acute non-specific diarrhea, chronic diarrhea caused by intestinal inflammation. Amufast reduces intestinal motility, reduces gastrointestinal secretions, and increases anal sphincter tone. In addition, the drug also has the effect of prolonging the transit time of food through the intestine, increasing the transport of fluids and electrolytes, and reducing the amount of stool in the intestine.

2. Indications of the drug Amufast

Amufast is used in the following cases:
Symptomatic treatment of acute nonspecific diarrhea, chronic diarrhea caused by inflammatory bowel disease. Decreasing stool volume for patients undergoing ileostomy or colostomy. Symptomatic treatment of acute episodes of diarrhea in adults >18 years of age with a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome.

3. Contraindications of the drug Amufast

Amufast is contraindicated for use in the following cases:
Not for use in children under 12 years of age. Should not be used in patients with acute ulcerative colitis or pseudomembranous colitis who are receiving broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy. Patients with acute dysentery, characterized by blood in the stool, high fever. Patients with ulcerative colitis bleeding. In patients with recent surgery, it is important to avoid intestinal inhibition. Patients with intestinal obstruction, constipation, abdominal distension. The patient has a history of allergy to any of the ingredients in Amufast. Patients with acute diarrhea, chronic diarrhea, infection caused by bacteria capable of penetrating deep into the intestinal mucosa such as E. coli infection, dysentery, typhoid. Patients with severe liver failure.

4. Usage and dosage of Amufast

Amufast is made in the form of tablets, 2mg each, for oral use. When taking, swallow the tablet whole, do not crush it. If there are any questions about how to use the drug, the patient should talk to the doctor or pharmacist for more information, do not self-medicate, because it may cause unwanted effects.
Drug dosage:
Patients use the drug dose as prescribed by the doctor, do not arbitrarily increase or decrease the dose of the drug. Below are the recommended doses:
Acute diarrhea: 4mg at first, then 2mg after each loose stool, up to 16mg/day; Chronic diarrhea: Dose 4 - 8 mg/day, orally once a day or in divided doses Children:
Amufast is not recommended for routine use in children in acute diarrhea. Children under 6 years: The use of Amufast is not recommended. Children from 6-8 years old: The first day take 2mg / time, take 2 times a day. From the second day: Take 1mg/10kg of body weight, after each loose stool, the total dose/day should not exceed the dose of the first day. Children from 8 to 12 years old: the first day take 2 mg / time, 3 times a day. From the second day: take 1mg/10kg of body weight, after each loose stool, the total dose of the day should not exceed the dose of the first day. . Chronic Diarrhea: There are no dose studies in children with chronic diarrhea.

5. Undesirable effects when using Amufast

The following are the side effects of Amufast:
Common side effects: Constipation, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting. Uncommon side effects: Fatigue, dizziness, headache, bloating, dry mouth Rare side effects: Paralytic ileus, hypersensitivity reactions (mild: rash, maculopapular rash, severe: difficulty breathing, tachycardia, facial edema, throat edema, ..) Patients need to inform their doctor about the unwanted effects encountered when using Amufast for appropriate management.

6. Be careful when using Amufast

In patients with diarrhea, symptoms of dehydration and electrolyte loss may occur, in this case, in addition to using Amufast, the patient is rehydrated, appropriate electrolytes are the preferred and most important measure. In patients with acute diarrhea, if after taking Amufast, diarrhea symptoms do not improve within 48 hours, Amufast should not be continued but the cause of diarrhea must be re-evaluated. Pregnancy: There are not enough studies on the use of Amufast in pregnant women. Pregnant women should not use Amufast. Women who are breastfeeding: Amufast is excreted in breast milk very little. Women who are breastfeeding need to use Amufast, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice on the appropriate dose. For people who are driving and operating machinery: Because Amufast can cause side effects such as fatigue, dizziness, headache. Therefore, people who are driving and operating machinery should be cautious when using Amufast. Amufast is highly effective in treating symptoms of acute diarrhea and chronic diarrhea, but it is necessary to use the drug in the correct dose and as prescribed by a specialist. The wrong information about the safe use of drugs can cause unwanted consequences to the patient's health.

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