May 9, 2008

Dicyclomine for IBS

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwatson @ 9:58 am

Dicyclomine is used for treating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (abdominal pain, accompanied by diarrhea and constipation associated with stress.) It works by blocking a chemical in the smooth muscle of the stomach and intestines, causing them to relax, which helps reduce cramping.

Important Information about Dicyclomine

Use caution while driving or operating any machinery as Dicyclomine may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or lightheadedness. Use with extreme caution if you have have autonomic neuropathy (a nerve disorder); liver or kidney disease; hyperthyroidism; high blood pressure; coronary heart disease; congestive heart failure; rapid, irregular heartbeat; hiatal hernia (protrusion of part of the stomach through the diaphragm); or enlargement of the prostate gland.

Do not use Dicyclomine if

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in this medication
  • you have blockage of the esophagus, stomach, intestine, or urinary tract
  • you have heart problems due to severe bleeding
  • you have glaucoma
  • you have inflammation of the esophagus due to acid reflux, loss of strength in the intestinal muscles, or chronic inflammation and ulceration of the bowel
  • you have myasthenia gravis (a condition in which the muscles become progressively paralyzed)

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding.

Dicyclomine Side Effects

Common side effects – Blurred vision; constipation; decreased sweating; difficulty sleeping; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; headache; lightheadedness; loss of taste; nausea; nervousness.

Severe side effects – Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); agitation; confusion; diarrhea; difficulty focusing your eyes; difficulty moving; difficulty speaking; difficulty urinating; disorientation; exaggerated sense of well-being; fainting; hallucinations; pounding in the chest; rapid heartbeat; short-term memory loss; unusual weakness; vomiting.

This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this medication. If you have any questions about Dicyclomine, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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