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Detrol Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Detrol, Detrol LA

Generic Name: tolterodine

What is tolterodine (Detrol, Detrol LA)?

Tolterodine is used in adults to treat overactive bladder with symptoms of urinary frequency, urgency, and incontinence (urine leakage).

Tolterodine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of tolterodine (Detrol, Detrol LA)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using tolterodine and call your doctor at once if you have:

Common side effects may include:

  • dry mouth;
  • dizziness;
  • constipation;
  • stomach pain; or
  • headache.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about tolterodine (Detrol, Detrol LA)?

Use only as directed. Tell your doctor if you use other medicines or have other medical conditions or allergies.


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Detrol Patient Information including How Should I Take

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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking tolterodine (Detrol, Detrol LA)?

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to tolterodine or fesoterodine (Toviaz), or if you have:

  • trouble emptying your bladder;
  • a blockage in your stomach, slow digestion; or
  • uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How should I take tolterodine (Detrol, Detrol LA)?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Take with water.

Take tolterodine with or without food, at the same times each day.

Swallow the capsule whole and do not crush, chew, break, or open it.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.


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Detrol Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose

What happens if I miss a dose (Detrol, Detrol LA)?

Skip the missed dose and use your next dose at the regular time. Do not use 2 doses in one day

What happens if I overdose (Detrol, Detrol LA)?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking tolterodine (Detrol, Detrol LA)?

Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.

What other drugs will affect tolterodine (Detrol, Detrol LA)?

Tolterodine can cause a serious heart problem. Your risk may be higher if you also use certain other medicines for infections, asthma, heart problems, high blood pressure, depression, mental illness, cancer, malaria, or HIV.

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

  • cyclosporine; or
  • vinblastine.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect tolterodine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Where can I get more information (Detrol, Detrol LA)?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about tolterodine.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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