Ditropan is an effective medication taken by patients to treat specific urinary and bladder diseases, such as overactive bladder. It works by relaxing muscles in the bladder, thus, helping users solve the problems of their frequent urination and urgency. Basically, it belongs to a group of meds called antispasmodics, and Ditropan is not indicated to be used by children who are less than 5 years old.
Patients need to take this medicine orally, either 2 or 3 times a day, with and without food. Their regular doses must be based on their medical conditions and individual tolerance. Some doctors suggest people periodic trials off Ditropan to determine if its intake is still needed.
Possible Mild and Serious Adverse Effects
This medication causes specific side effects, just like other drugs in the market, and the mild ones include:
Dizziness and drowsiness;
Dry mouth and blurred vision;
Vomiting and nausea;
Dry eyes and constipation;
Upset stomach and stomach pain;
Headaches and diarrhea;
Flushed or dry skin;
Unusual taste changes and weakness.
These symptoms are usually not serious, but if you experience any of them, inform doctors at once. To relieve dry mouth, it’s advisable to chew special gums, drink enough water and use other similar tips. To relieve dry eyes, you should use artificial tears and other lubricants. To prevent constipation, stick to a fiber-rich diet, exercise and drink enough water. In very rare cases, some patients may end up with the following serious side effects caused by Ditropan that require emergency medical help:
Difficulty urination and reduced sexual activity;
Pounding and fast heartbeats;
Signs of kidney problems and allergic reactions;
Sudden mood and mental changes;
Vision problems and seizures;
Swelling of ankles, feet, legs and arms;
Intestinal and stomach blockage.
General Ditropan Precautions
Before you start taking this medicine, visit your doctor to discuss other serious health conditions that you have, including allergies, certain bladder and muscle diseases, heart problems, uncontrolled or untreated glaucoma, active internal bleeding, kidney and liver complications, hypertension, loss of mental abilities, urinary retention, some nervous system disorders, BPH, intestinal or stomach ailments, overactive thyroid and stomach blockage.
In addition, the use of Ditropan shouldn’t be combined with alcoholic beverages, and patients need to avoid becoming overheated. Older adults are more sensitive to the side effects of this treatment, especially trouble urinating and drowsiness. All users shouldn’t combine this medication with such drugs as antispasmodics, anticholinergics, anti-Parkinson’s meds, bisphosphonates, belladonna alkaloids, azole antifungals, antihistamines, anti-seizure and anti-anxiety pills, tranquillizers, rifamicyns, muscle relaxants, psychiatric drugs and some others.