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Racetril (Racecadotril)
Therapeutic Group: Gastro Intestinal Disorders » Antidiarrheal drug » Antisecretory drug
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Racetril

Racetril Capsule: Each capsule contains Racecadotril BP 100 mg.

Descriptions
Racecadotril is a pure intestinal antisecretory active substance. It decreases the intestinal hypersecretion of water and electrolytes induced by cholera toxin or inflammation and does not have effects on basal secretory activity.

Following oral administration, Racecadotril is rapidly absorbed and then hydrolysed to thiorphan, which is an inhibitor of enkephalinase, a cell membrane peptidase located in various tissues, notably the epithelium of the small intestine. This enzyme contributes both to the hydrolysis of exogenous peptides and to the breakdown of endogenous peptides such as enkephalins. Racecadotril protects enkephalins from enzymatic degradation thereby prolonging their action at enkephalinergic synapses in the small intestine and reducing hypersecretion. Racecadotril exerts rapid antidiarrhoeal action, without modifying the duration of intestinal transit.
Indications
Racecadotril is indicated for the symptomatic treatment of acute diarrhea.
Dosage & Administration
Adults: One capsule initially, regardless of the time of day. Then one capsule three times daily preferably before the main meals.
Children: The recommended dose is determined according to body weight: 1.5 mg/kg per administration, three times daily.
Side Effects
Headache, erythema multiforme, urticaria, angioedema may be seen.
Precautions
The administration of Racecadotril does not modify the usual rehydration regimens. The presence of bloody stools and fever may indicate the presence of invasive bacteria as a reason for diarrhea or the presence of other severe disease. Racecadotril has not been tested in antibiotic-associated diarrhea and should therefore not be administered under these conditions. Caution should be taken in patients with renal or liver impairment.
Contraindications
Hypersensitivity to Racecadotril, or to any of the excipients.
Use in Pregnancy & Lactation
Due to a lack of clinical data, Racecadotril should not be administered to pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Drug Interaction
No drug interactions found. Joint treatment with Racecadotril and Loperamide or Nifuroxazide does not modify the kinetics of Racecadotril.
Overdose
No cases of overdose have been reported. In adults, single doses above 2 g which is equivalent to 20 times the therapeutic dose, have been administered, and no harmful effects have been described.
Commercial Packaging
Racetril Capsule: Each box contains 3 Alu-PVDC blister strips of 10 capsules.
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