Kaptin- Antidiarrheal Suspension


Each 15ml (tablespoonful) contains the following active ingredients: 

  • 2.9 gram  Light kaolin.
  • 65 gram Pectin.


Kaptin suspension is an adsorbent antidiarrheal that is composed of light kaolin and pectin. Kaolin is a natural hydrated aluminium silicate that is believed to adsorb large numbers of bacteria and toxins, and to reduce water loss. Pectin is a polyuronic polymer that consists of purified carbohydrate extracted from citrus fruit or apple pomace but its mechanism of action is still unknown. 

Studies have shown no decrease in stool frequency or fecal weight and water content with this preparation even though stools appeared more formed. This preparation is not absorbed and up to 90% of pectin is decomposed in the gastrointestinal tract.

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Kaptin is indicated for the symptomatic treatment of mild to moderately acute diarrhea. It is recommended also for the temporary symptomatic treatment of chronic diarrhea until the etiology is determined.


Dose is to be taken after each loose bowel movement.

  • Adults: 60 to 120ml (4 to 8 tablespoonfuls).
  • Children 12 years of age and over:45 to 60ml (3 to 4 tablespoonfuls).
  • Children from 6 to  12 years of age:30 to  60ml (2 to 4 tablespoonfuls).
  • Children from 3 to  6 years of age: 15 to  30ml (1 to 2 tablespoonfuls).
  • Children Up to 3 years of age: Use is not recommended unless directed by a physician.


This preparation should be avoided by patients who are hypersensitive to kaolin or pectin, as well as in patients suffering from diarrhea secondary to pseudomembranous enterocolitis or toxigenic bacteria.


  • This preparation is better to be avoided in suspected parasite-associated diarrhea as it may make the recognition of the parasitic causes more difficult. In addition, it is better to be avoided in acute dysentery characterized by bloody stools and elevated temperature, in such a case an antibiotic therapy may be required.
  • Caution is required in patients suffering from dehydration as adsorbent antidiarrheals may mask its extent.
  • Consult the doctor if diarrhea is not controlled in 48 hours or if fever developed.

Pregnancy and lactation

This medicine is considered safe as it is not absorbed into the body and is not likely to cause problems.

Side Effects

No serious side effects have been reported with the use of Kaptin. However, mild and transient constipation may occur in some patients, especially those who take a lot of it.

Drug Interactions

  • When taken together, Kaptin may possibly reduce the absorption of aspirin, chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine,  phenothiazines, quinidine, digoxin, lincomycin, clindamycin, and tetracyclines.
  • It is recommended that Kaptin be administered not less than 2 hours before or 3 to 4 hours after lincomycin and clindamycin.
  • Patients receiving digoxin should be monitored closely for evidence of altered effect.
  • If you are taking any other medicine, do not take it within 2 to 3 hours of taking Kaptin. Concurrent administration may prevent the other medicine from being absorbed by your body.

Kaptin produced by Julphar pharmaceuticals.

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