Hyoscyamine review

Hyoscyamine is used to treat a wide variety of bladder, stomach and intestinal problems by acting on the wall of the stomach and also the bladder. Some of the conditions wherein this drug can be used to treat would include diverticulitis, peptic ulcers, pancreatitis, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis and diarrhea.

Other than that, hyoscyamine has also been popularly used to prevent motion sickness or to control bed-wetting. This can also be used for the treatment of rhinitis and to relieve some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Hyoscyamine can also be used for a lot of other conditions aside from the ones stated above.

For a doctor to give a patient a prescription for hyoscyamine, the doctor has to know if the patient has glaucoma, heart disease, a history of a heart attack, ulcerative colitis, any allergies particularly to hyoscyamine, stomach obstruction, pregnant, lactating or having prostate problems.

If this medicine should be used on children, make sure to ask a pediatrician as special caution may be needed. While hyoscyamine may be prescribed for children less than 12 years of age, there may be additional precautions that will be specified by the doctor.

The right dosage for any specific condition will be specified by the doctor. After taking the dose, make sure to follow it with one glass of water and follow further instructions from the prescription label. Doses should be taken at regular intervals and not more than what the doctor has indicated. If overdose for this medicine is suspected, seek medical help immediately.

If a dose should be missed, it should be taken as soon as remembered. If it is close to the schedule for the next dose, forfeit the missed dose and take the next dose instead. Never take double doses or more than what the doctor has instructed.

Some mild side effects that hyoscyamine can bring about would be nausea, altered taste and constipation. Though these side effects basically do not need any medical attention, if they do not disappear in time, make sure to seek medical help.

Other side effects of this drug that would require medical attention immediately would be palpitations, difficulty in urinating, vomiting, anxiety, nervousness, dizziness, fever and fatigue.

This may not be a complete list of all the side effects that hyoscyamine would bring about. Considering that, make sure to report to a doctor whenever any discomfort or any suspected side effects would come out while taking this drug.

Hyoscyamine may interact with medicines such as antacids, donepezil, amantadine, benztropine, galantamine, medicines for allergies, medicines for hay fever, medicines for mental conditions, medicines for depression, tacrine, and rivastigmine.

There are many other drugs and food that may interact with hyoscyamine. With this, the doctor should know what the patient is ingesting. Thus, the doctor should have a list of whatever the patient takes whether it would be vitamins, minerals, supplements or any herbal products. The doctor should also be aware of a patient’s smoking and drinking habits.

As this drug may cause dizziness, anyone taking it should avoid driving or operating heavy machinery after taking it. To avoid dizziness, do not stand up or sit immediately. This side effect may affect older adults more. As the dizziness can also be caused by exposure to light, wearing of sunglasses is also advised.

Hyoscyamine has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of hyoscyamine

• Molecular formula of hyoscyamine is C17H23NO3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is (8-methyl-8-azabicyclo[3.2.1]oct-3-yl)3-hydroxy-2-phenyl-propanoate
• Molecular weight is 289.369 g/mol
Hyoscyamine available : 0,125mg tablets

Generic name: Atropine

Brand name(s): Atnaa, Atropair, Atropen, Atropin, Atropina, Atropinol, Atropisol, Atrosulf, Equipin, Eyesules, I-Tropine, Isopto atropine, Minims atropine, Ocu-Tropine, Tropine tropate, Troyl tropate

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