An Unexpected Opioid: Loperamide Misuse
The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report, Volume 9, Number 3, May 2021
Mara Storto, MD.
Psychiatric Resident, Psychiatry Residency Training Program, New York University Langone Health, New York, NY.
Deepti Anbarasan, MD.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, New York University, New York, NY.
Dr. Storto and Dr. Anbarasan have disclosed no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
We normally think of loperamide as an over-the-counter drug with a good safety profile. And it is, but only when used as directed. Recreational misuse of loperamide is on the rise with some dangerous collateral effects.