Dicycloverine is used to treat stomach and intestinal disorders, including Irritable Bowl Syndrome colic spasms, diverticulosis and bladder spasms. It reduces the contractions of the muscles in the gastrointestinal tract and the stomach acid being produced to relieve stress from the gastrointestinal tract.
Medications interact in different ways. Sometimes when two medications are taken together they counteract each other or produce negative effects. Before taking Dicycloverine, tell your doctor if you are taking any of these medications: antacids, antidepressants, antihistamines, diet pills, asthma medicine, pain relievers (such as Demerol), monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, amitriptyline also known as Elavil, and doxepin more commonly known as Adapin or Sinequan. Disclose all the medication that you are taking to your treating physician. Some medications counter the effects of Dicycloverine. Medications like Propulsid or Reglan can reverse the effects of Dicycloverine. When these are taken together the body is actually stimulated to be more active and the stomach is tenser and tighter.
Another precaution that affected roles should take before taking a new medication is to disclose all previous illnesses to their doctor. This medication affects the stomach so affected roles should tell the doctor about any recent operations or problems with the stomach. Also tell your doctor if you have had glaucoma, have severey urinating, an enlarged prostate, hyperthyroidism, liver or kidney illness, and heart illness. All this information will help your doctor make the best decisions for your unique case.
Remember that this medication causes drowsiness, so affected roles being treated by it should not operate heavy machinery or drive as it can be dangerous for them and for others. Taking this medication and other medications that cause sleepiness, like anti histamines or anti-anxiety medications (Valium, Ativan, Xanax) can increase the level of sleepiness. Patients taking both medications should watch out for that double effect. Dicylomine prevents the body from cooling off by sweating, so in various hot temperatures people might be more prone to heat stroke and fever if they are taking this medication.
Some side effects are: stomach ache, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, weakness, vision problems, loss of appetite, bloating, urination problems and gas problems. These side effects are harmless and easily manageable. However, there are some side effects that are early warning signs for an allergic reaction to the medication. These are: confusion, hallucination (very rare cases), unexplained and radical mood swings, fainting, rashes, skin edema, and pruritus. If any of these symptoms arise, go to the doctor immediately.
Dicycloverine is usually marketed under the name Bentyl and it comes as a pill and syrup. The pills range from 10mg – 20mg. Patients usually start out taking 20mg four times a day but the doctor might increase the dose as time goes by. This medication works best when it is taken at the same time everyday.
Dicycloverine has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of Dicycloverine is C19H35NO2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-diethylaminoethyl1-cyclohexylcyclohexane-1-carboxylate
• Molecular weight is 309.487 g/mol
• Dicycloverine available : 10mg capsules, 20mg tablets
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