Flavoxate review

Flavoxate is an anticholinergic drug that causes antimuscarinic effects in the body. The muscle relaxant properties of Flavoxate have a direct action on the smooth muscles rather than giving an antagonizing effect on muscarinic receptors. Put simply, the drug works by relaxing the muscles involved in normal urination. Flavoxate should not be mistaken to be an antibiotic; it does not have the power to cure infections.

Flavoxate is primarily used to medicate spasms in the urinary bladder. The drug is used to alleviate painful and frequent nighttime urination that may occur with infections of the bladder, kidneys and prostate. The drug is available under the trade name Uritac by El Saad company in Syria and Urispas (Paladin).

Flavoxate comes in tablet form and is usually taken three to four times a day, depending on the doctor’s prescription. The drug may be taken on a full or empty stomach but it is still advisable to drink medicines on a full stomach for it to be absrobed more quickly in the body.

Just like any other drug, Flavoxate should not be taken more or less than the prescribed dosage. If you have some queries about the drug, it is best to consult a physician before taking it.

Before taking Flavoxate, you should tell your pharmacist and/or doctor if you have a history of being allergic to Flavoxate or any other existing drugs. It is also good to inform your doctor and pharmacist about any other medication and maintenance that you have such as vitamin, supplements, herbal medicines, etc.

Inform your doctor if you have ever had or have glaucoma, paralytic ileus, ulcers and obstructive disease of the stomach, intestines or kidneys so that the he or she can assess whether you are fit to take Flavoxate or not. There may be cases when the dosage is adjusted especially for the tolerance of the body towards the medicine. If you are about to undergo surgery (including dental surgery), don’t hesitate to inform the doctor or dentist that you are taking Flavoxate.

Flavoxate may make people drowsy that’s why one should be careful in driving cars or operating machinery while under the influence of Flavoxate. Alcohol intake should also be reduced or stopped while under Flavoxate medication because alcohol can intensify the feeling of drowsiness brought about by the drug.

Just like any other drug in the market, Flavoxate also has its own set of side effects which include vomiting, increased sensitivity of eyes to light, upset stomach, eye pain, dry throat/mouth, and blurred vision. These symptoms may be quite annoying and may urge an individual to visit the doctor immediately after experiencing the mentioned aversive symptoms.

More serious side effects of Flavoxate include confusion (occurs usually in eldelrly people), sore throat with high fever, skin rashes, severe drowsiness or dizziness (up to the point of not being able to function daily tasks properly) and irregular or fast heartbeat. If untreated or ignored, these symptoms may become fatal and dangerous to one’s health; a visit to the hospital or to a doctor’s clinic is the best solution to quickly treat the symptoms.

Flavoxate has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of flavoxate

• Molecular formula of flavoxate is C24H25NO4
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-(1-piperidyl)ethyl 3-methyl-4-oxo-2-phenyl-chromene-8-carboxylate
• Molecular weight is 391.46 g/mol
Flavoxate available : 200mg tablets

Brand name(s): Urispas

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