When you first take Motofen, you should take 2 tablets. You should take 1 tablet of Motofen after each loose stool or 1 tablet of Motofen every 3 to 4 hours as needed. Please do not exceed 8 tablets in 24 hours. If your diarrhea doesn’t improve in 48 hours, consult your physician.
What to Expect
After you take Motofen, you should expect rapid relief of your diarrhea.3 Relief with Motofen most commonly occurs in 4 hours or less.4 And almost 80% of patients get relief from acute diarrhea in the first day.4
If you are experiencing acute exacerbations of chronic functional diarrhea, Motofen provides continual relief of diarrhea, as measured in a study tracking participants over a 4-day period.4
Important Safety Information
- INDICATIONS AND USAGE
Motofen® (difenoxin and atropine sulfate tablets) is indicated as adjunctive therapy in the
management of acute nonspecific diarrhea and acute exacerbations of chronic functional diarrhea.
Motofen® is contraindicated in patients with diarrhea associated with organisms that penetrate
the intestinal mucosa (toxigenic E. coli, Salmonella species, Shigella) and pseudomembranous
colitis associated with broad spectrum antibiotics.
Motofen® is also contraindicated in children under 2 years of age, in patients with known
hypersensitivity to difenoxin, atropine, or any of the inactive ingredients, and in patients who are
- WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
Motofen® is not an innocuous drug and dosage recommendations should be strictly adhered to.
Overdose may result in severe respiratory depression and coma, possibly leading to permanent
brain damage or death.
The use of Motofen® does not preclude the administration of appropriate fluid and electrolyte therapy.
Dehydration, particularly in children, may further influence the variability of response to Motofen®
and may predispose to delayed difenoxin intoxication. Drug-induced inhibition of peristalsis may result
in fluid retention in the colon, and this may further aggravate dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
Use with caution in patients with ulcerative colitis or liver or kidney disease.
Motofen® may produce drowsiness or dizziness. Use caution when engaging in activities
requiring mental alertness, such as driving or operating dangerous machinery.
Safety and effectiveness in children below the age of 12 have not been established.
Keep out of reach of children.
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REFERENCES: 1. Mayo Clinic. Diarrhea causes. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diarrhea/basics/causes/con-20014025. Accessed July 8, 2016.
2. Rome Foundation. Appendix A. Rome III Diagnostic Criteria for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. http://www.romecriteria.org/assets/pdf/19_RomeIII_apA_885-898.pdf. Accessed July 8, 2016.
3. Motofen [package insert]. Roswell, GA: Sebela Pharmaceuticals; August 2018.
4. Data on file, Sebela Pharmaceuticals.
5. Lomotil Tablets [package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer Inc.; 2018.
Lomotil is a registered trademark of Pfizer Inc.
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