Brand Name(s): Bentyl
Drug Class: anticholinergic
Treats: irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colon and colitis
Dicyclomine is a medication that is used to treat symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, relieves muscle spasms and is available as a syrup, tablet, capsules and injections. A prescription is required for this medication. A generic version is available.
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Dicyclomine treats symptoms for individuals experiencing irritable bowel syndrome, spastic colon and colitis. This medication works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, a chemical that is responsible for causing muscle spasms.
- Muscle spasms in stomach or intestines
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Spastic colon and colitis
Dicyclomine dosage is completely dependent on the individual who takes it as it can be used for a variety of different treatments, including varying. Note that the amount of Dicyclomine, you take, depends on the brand on the market, strength of each pill and the amount of times you plan on taking each day.
- Adults: at first, 20mg to be taken four times a day.
- Thereafter, dosage should be increased to 40 mg four times a day.
- Individuals should see some relief after two weeks.
- Maximum dosage not to exceed 80 mg daily.
Dicyclomine Side Effects
Individuals who have had a history of glaucoma, difficulty urinating, heartburn, high blood pressure, overactive thyroid gland or a history of liver, kidney or heart disease should notify their doctor before taking this medication. Studies have not shown that this medication taken up to 40 mg/day, presents any dangers to developing fetus in pregnant women.
Dicyclomine, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each who uses it. This medication may cause blurred vision in certain individuals. Other individuals have reported fever and heat strokes with use of this medication. Common side effects include:
- upset stomach
- dry mouth
- stomach pain
- loss of appetite
- vomiting and light headedness.
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- confusion, forgetfulness
- muscle weakness
- euphoria or excitement
- Visual disturbances or hallucinations
- Itching, hives, skin rash
As with any medications Dicyclomine should not be combined with other medications unless approved by a physician. Consult with your doctor before taking any new medication. Note that this list does not include a variety of over the counter drugs and vitamins that could also counteract and alter Dicyclomine. Drugs that interact with Dicyclomine: