Diphenoxylate is an opioid used for the treatment of diarrhea that works to decrease muscle movement in the intestines, lengthening the time it takes for materials to pass through the body. When used in its purest form, diphenoxylate is classified as a Schedule II drug. This medication is often mixed with other drugs to lower the risk of abuse. Brand name medications containing diphenoxylate include Lomotil, Nisentil and Dipidolor. Common side effects of diphenoxylate are similar to those of other opioids and include nausea, vomiting, headache, restlessness, confusion and changes in mood.
Signs of Diphenoxylate Abuse
When prescribed in high doses, diphenoxylate can cause a sense of false euphoria in the user. Continued use often requires the user to take more of the drug in order to achieve this mood elevating affect. Signs of diphenoxylate abuse often include:
- Decreased appetite
- Muscle weakness
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Living in a constant state of confusion
Treatment for Lomotil Addiction
Excessive use of drugs that contain diphenoxylate, such as diphenoxylate can lead to a dependency on the medication. If you or a loved one shows signs of diphenoxylate addiction, it’s important to consult a physician, as stopping the use of this drug suddenly can cause harmful withdrawal effects, including tremors, nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps.
It’s also important that those who are faced with a diphenoxylate addiction seek professional treatment to understand the root cause of their abuse. At Talbott Recovery, our day treatment and intensive outpatient programs are designed to help those who are abusing drugs such as Lomotil. With three convenient locations in Atlanta, Dunwoody, and Columbus, GA, the treatment you need to heal your addiction is never far from home. Contact Talbott Recovery today to learn more about our programs and treatment options.