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FDA Looks At OTC Loperamide Packaging To Curb Opioid-Related Abuse

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Ingredient in J&J's Imodium and numerous OTC generics acts on opioid receptors in the gut to slow movement in the intestines and decrease bowel movements, but dosing at much higher than recommended amounts can lead to serious problems including severe heart rhythm problems and death.

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