Meds and you

27 September 2013

Attapulgite

Attapulgite is an adsorbent. Adsorbents are materials with a capacity or tendency to adsorb other substances including water and toxins.

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Attapulgite is not available as a free-standing product. It is one of the active ingredients found in Kantrexil (Kantrexil tablets (Nappi code: 734810-008/016) & Kantrexil suspension (Nappi code: 734802-005)).

General information

Attapulgite is an adsorbent. Adsorbents are materials with a capacity or tendency to adsorb other substances including water and toxins.

In South Africa attapulgite is registered for the treatment of the symptomatic treatment of diarrhoea.

This medication does not cure the underlying condition causing diarrhoea, but simply keeps the symptoms under control.

An additional electrolyte supplement and plenty of fluids are recommended when treating diarrhoea.

How does attapulgite work?

It is believed that this medication binds and removes bacteria and toxins in the digestive tract, while also making the stools associated with diarrhoea less liquid.

Fast facts

Drug schedule: unscheduled

What does it do? Attapulgite reduces the fluidity of diarrhoea.

Overdose risk: low

Dependence risk: low

Is attapulgite available on prescription only? no

User information

Dietary advice: an additional electrolyte supplement and plenty of fluids are recommended when treating diarrhoea.

Special precautions

Consult your doctor before using this drug if:

  • you or your doctor suspects an intestinal obstruction
  • you have blood or mucus in your stool
  • you are dehydrated

Pregnancy: avoid. Potential risk to the foetus has been reported. Consult your doctor before use, or if you are planning to fall pregnant.

Breastfeeding: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before use.

Elderly: caution is advised in the elderly as side effects are more likely to occur.

Possible side effects

 

Side effects Frequency   Consult your doctor  
  Common Rare Only if severe In all cases
constipation   x x  
nausea   x x  

 

Interactions

Drug interactions

 

digoxin the absorption of digoxin is decreased
clindamycin the absorption of clindamycin is decreased
tetracyclines the absorption of tetracyclines is decreased

 

Interesting fact

The name attapulgite is derived from the US town of Attapulgus, Georgia, in the extreme southwest corner of the state, where the mineral is abundant.

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This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for informational purposes only.

               Please consult a physician for specific treatment and recommendations.

 

 

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