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Bentyl

Bentyl (dicyclomine) is used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Dicyclomine is in a class of medications called anticholinergics. It relieves muscle spasms in the gastrointestinal tract by blocking the activity of a certain natural substance in the body.

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Dicyclomine is used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Dicyclomine is in a class of medications called anticholinergics. It relieves muscle spasms in the gastrointestinal tract by blocking the activity of a certain natural substance in the body.
 
How should I take Bentyl?
 
Take dicyclomine exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
 
Consume a glass of water each time you take this medication.
 
To achieve the appropriate dose, be sure to measure the liquid form of dicyclomine with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular tablespoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device at home, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.
 
Store Bentyl at room temperature. Avoid exposure to excessive moisture or heat.
 
What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking Bentyl,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to dicyclomine or any other medications.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking. Be sure to mention any of the following: amantadine (Symmetrel); antacids; antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil), amoxapine (Asendin), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Adapin, Sinequan), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor), protriptyline (Vivactil), and trimipramine (Surmontil); antihistamines; diet pills; digoxin (Lanoxin); ipratropium (Atrovent); isosorbide (Imdur, Ismo, Isordil, others); medications for anxiety, asthma, glaucoma, irregular heartbeat, mental illness, motion sickness, Parkinson's disease, seizures, ulcers, or urinary problems; metoclopramide (Reglan); monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, including phenelzine (Nardil) and tranylcypromine (Parnate); narcotic pain relievers such as meperidine (Demerol); nitroglycerin (Nitro-Bid, Nitrostat, others); sedatives; sleeping pills; and tranquilizers. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had glaucoma; ulcerative colitis; an enlarged prostate (prostatic hyperplasia); difficulty urinating; esophageal reflux (heartburn); a blockage in the gastrointestinal tract; myasthenia gravis; high blood pressure; an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism); disease of the nerves (various types of neuropathy); heart failure; rapid or pounding heartbeat; hiatal hernia; or liver, kidney, or heart disease.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking dicyclomine, call your doctor. Do not breast-feed while taking this medication.
  • if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking dicyclomine.
  • you should know that dicyclomine may make you drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
  • remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this medication.
  • dicyclomine may impair the body's ability to cool off through sweating. In very high temperatures, dicyclomine can cause fever and heat stroke.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?

None. Unless your physician suggests otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

The medication can cause the following side effects:

Dicyclomine may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • dry mouth
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • stomach pain
  • gas or bloating
  • loss of appetite
  • dizziness
  • tingling
  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • weakness
  • blurred vision
  • double vision
  • difficulty urinating

Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:

  • hot, flushed, dry skin
  • confusion
  • forgetfulness
  • seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist (hallucinating)
  • unsteadiness
  • coma
  • anxiety
  • excessive tiredness
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • excitement
  • inappropriate mood
  • muscle weakness
  • a racing or pounding heartbeat
  • fainting
  • hives
  • skin rash
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing

Bentyl may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and outside a child's reach. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Dispose of medications that are outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

  • headache
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • blurred vision
  • dilated pupils
  • hot, dry skin
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • difficulty swallowing
  • nervousness
  • excitement
  • seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist (hallucinating)
What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

Brand names
  • Antispas
  • Bentyl
  • Byclomine
  • Dibent
  • Dilomine
  • Di-Spaz
  • Or-Tyl
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