Bentyl (Dicyclomine Hydrochloride)
Bentyl works by relaxing muscles of stomach and intestines and this way it reduces cramping.
For treatment of irritable bowel syndrome take initial dose: 20 mg orally four times a day. After a week with initial dose continue treatment with maintenance dose: up to 40 mg orally four times a day.
Inform your doctor about your allergy in history and also if you have glaucoma, enlarged prostate, problems with urination due to a blocked urinary tract, any problems with stomach/intestines (slow gut, blockage, ulcerative colitis, infection, little/no stomach acid, ileostomy/colostomy patients with diarrhea), overactive thyroid, heart problems (coronary artery disease, angina, congestive heart failure, fast/irregular heartbeat, heart problems due to severe bleeding), high blood pressure.
Bentyl cannot be prescribed to infants less than 6 months of age,nursing mothers, and in patients with:
unstable cardiovascular status in acute hemorrhage, myasthenia gravis, glaucoma, obstructive uropathy, obstructive disease of the gastrointestinal tract, severe ulcerative colitis, reflux esophagitis.
Possible side effects
Side effects of Bentyl can include severe constipation, bloating, stomach pain, worsening of diarrhea or other irritable bowel symptoms; feeling very thirsty or hot, being unable to urinate, heavy sweating, or hot and dry skin, confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior; or pounding heartbeats or fluttering.
This medication can interact with mantadine, antiarrhythmics (eg, quinidine), antihistamines (diphenhydramine), benzodiazepines (diazepam), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) (phenelzine), narcotic pain medicine (meperidine), nitrates (nitroglycerin, isosorbide), nitrites (sodium nitrite), phenothiazines (chlorpromazine), sympathomimetics (pseudoephedrine), or tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline) because of possible risk of severe side effects. Effects of metoclopramide or phenothiazines (chlorpromazine) can be decreased by Bentyl. Effects of digoxin because can be increased by Bentyl.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Symptoms of overdose include headache; nausea; vomiting; blurred vision; dilated pupils; hot, dry skin; dizziness; dryness of the mouth; difficulty in swallowing; and CNS stimulation.including convulsion. If you consider that you took too much of this medication contact your doctor immediately.
Store your medicines at room temperature between 59-77 degrees F (15-25 degrees C). Store away from moisture and light. Keep it out of the reach of children and away from pets.
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