Examples of anticholinergics includes: Ditropan, Oxbutinin, Levsin, Levsinex, Urispas, Bentyl, Cystospaz, Probanthine, Banthineurised, Pyridium Plus, Hyoscyamine
Why are these drugs prescribed?
Anticholinergics are a class of medications that are used in urology principally to relieve bladder symptoms, especially urgency (to urinate) and/or frequent urination, getting up at night to urinate, and sometimes bladder pain or spasms. These drugs also have other uses in medicine.
How do I take the medication?
The directions will be on the prescription bottle or container. You should follow the directions as written. Many times with the use of these drugs, we will have to use higher or lower doses depending upon your tolerance to the medication and the symptom relief you receive from the medication. If we need to change the dose we will discuss this with you based on your special situation.
What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it and take any remaining doses for that day at evenly spaced intervals. Do not take more than one dose at a time.
What are the side effects of using this type of medication?
All these drugs have somewhat similar side effects, usually a drying effect of the mouth and skin. Some people will experience a little blurred vision. All these side effects are related to the dosage of the drug and will usually subside with lowering of the dosage or with discontinuance of the medication. The side effects will usually go away in a day or two when you stop taking the medication. Symptoms to watch for include:
Who should not take this medication?
People with closed angle glaucoma should not take anticholinergic medication.