Bentyl Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is dicyclomine (Bentyl)?
- What are the possible side effects of dicyclomine (Bentyl)?
- What is the most important information I should know about dicyclomine (Bentyl)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking dicyclomine (Bentyl)?
- How should I take dicyclomine (Bentyl)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Bentyl)?
- What happens if I overdose (Bentyl)?
- What should I avoid while taking dicyclomine (Bentyl)?
- What other drugs will affect dicyclomine (Bentyl)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking dicyclomine (Bentyl)?
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to dicyclomine, or if you have:
- problems with urination;
- a bowel obstruction or severe constipation;
- severe ulcerative colitis or toxic megacolon;
- gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD);
- a serious heart condition or active bleeding;
- myasthenia gravis; or
- if you are breast-feeding a baby.
To make sure you can safely take dicyclomine, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- ulcerative colitis;
- an ileostomy or colostomy;
- a nerve problem (such as numbness or tingling);
- liver or kidney disease;
- heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, or a heart rhythm disorder;
- hiatal hernia; or
- an enlarged prostate.
FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Dicyclomine can pass into breast milk and can cause breathing problems or other life-threatening side effects in infants younger than 6 months of age. Do not breast feed a baby while taking this medication.
Older adults may be more likely to have side effects from this medicine.
Dicyclomine should not be given to a child younger than 6 months old.
How should I take dicyclomine (Bentyl)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Dicyclomine is usually taken 4 times each day. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water.
Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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