Detrol
DESCRIPTION

Detrol is a medication used to treat overactive bladders. It is highly useful in treating the leaking of urine. This medication is also known as tolterodine.

How it works

Detrol belongs to a class of medications known as antispasmodics. This medication works by relaxing the muscles in the bladder. This way, the medication reduces your need to urinate frequently.

Uses

The medication is mainly used to treat an overactive bladder. This medication will improve your ability to control your urination. It will reduce the leakage of urine and will decrease the need to urinate frequently.

Dosage

You should take this medication by mouth, with or without food. Usually, this medication is taken twice a day. However, your physician might prescribe you a different dosage that suits your medical condition.

If you wish to experience the best results of this medication, you need to take it as regularly as possible. So, if you accidently miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is time for the next dose, forget about the missed one. You should not consume two dosages together in order to compensate for one that you missed. If you keep forgetting your doses, taking it at the same time every day might be of help.

You must make sure that this medication will not interact negatively with any of the other medications you might be taking. Therefore, make sure to brief your physician about all the drugs that you are taking well ahead. This includes prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products.

Do not increase the dosage without consulting your doctor. You need to remember that increasing the number of drugs will not improve the effectiveness of the medicine. It will only make you more susceptible towards the side effects of the medication. You should not take this medication for longer than recommended either. If you are making any changes to the dosage or dose schedule, it is important for you to inform the healthcare provider first.

Side effects

Despite the usefulness of this medication, it is possible for you to experience certain unpleasant effects during the course of treatment. These include:

Headaches
Constipation
Dry mouth
Dry eyes
Drowsiness
Dizziness
Stomach upset
Tiredness
Blurred vision

Generally, these side effects only last for a day or two. However, if they persist for longer, you need to contact your physician immediately.
It is also possible for you to experience some severe side effects such as:

Fainting
Severe dizziness
Irregular heartbeat
Severe abdominal pain
Vision changes

You might also notice symptoms of a kidney infection, which include fever, painful urination, burning and lower back pain.
If you do experience any of the above, inform your doctor immediately.

Precautions

The following precautionary methods must be adhered to at all times during the treatment period.

Inform your physician if you have any allergies.
If you have suffered from a kidney or liver disease in the past, inform your doctor beforehand.
Do not drive or operate machinery as this medication can cause blurred vision.

Self-care

If you are planning to continue the treatment during the period of pregnancy, discuss the risks and benefits of doing so with your physician.

If you wish to nurse your baby during the treatment period, consult your physician first as it is unknown whether this drug can be passed on through breast milk.

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