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Propantheline

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Notes

    Related terms

      Uses
      • It is used to treat GI (gastrointestinal) ulcers.
      • Propantheline lowers acid secretion in the stomach.
      • It slows movement in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, lowering the number of spasms.

      Dosing

      How to take

      • Take 30 minutes before meals.
      • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.

      Missed Dose

      • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
      • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
      • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
      • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis.

      Storage

      • Store at room temperature.
      • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

      Safety



      Avoid

      • If you have an allergy to propantheline or any other part of this drug.
      • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
      • If you have any of these health problems: Enlarged colon, glaucoma, bowel block, myasthenia gravis, ulcerative colitis, or trouble passing urine.

      Precautions

      • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
      • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
      • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
      • Avoid beer, wine, or mixed drinks.
      • You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
      • Be careful in hot weather. Drink lots of fluids to stop fluid loss.
      • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
      • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

      Side Effects

      • Hard stools (constipation). Drinking more liquids, working out, or adding fiber to your diet may help. Talk with your doctor about a stool softener or laxative.
      • Dry mouth. Good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. See a dentist often.

      Monitoring

      • Change in the health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
      • Dry mouth may cause more cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.
      • Follow up with the doctor.

      Contact a healthcare provider

      • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
      • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
      • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
      • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
      • Not able to pass urine.
      • Any rash.
      • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

      General Statements

      • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
      • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
      • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
      • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
      • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
      • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
      • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
      • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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      The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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