Doctors warn against deadly trend of using anti-diarrhoea drugs like Imodium to get high Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3573116/Doctors-wean-against-deadly-trend-using-anti-diarrhoea-drugs-high.html#ixzz47kUKxVnV Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

From the Daily Mail:

Doctors have warned of an alarming new trend of people using anti-diarrhoea drugs such as Imodium to ‘get high’ – with fatal sometimes consequences.

Medics say the over-the-counter medication – which contains the active ingredient is loperamide – is being used recreationally and drug addicts are taking it to manage their addictions.

While loperamide works by reducing the movement in the intestinal wall – to prevent diarrhoea – some medical literature suggests at high doses it can cause euphoria.

But it is also extremely toxic to the heart – and the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine has documented the case of two people died of an overdose as a result of taking the drugs.

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