General English name: Tolterodine
Brand: Detrusitol®; Blerone® XL; Efflosomyl® XL; Inconex® XL; Mariosea XL; Neditol® XL; Preblacon® XL; Santizor® XL
Application: Treatment of urinary frequency, urgency and urinary incontinence
Tolterodine Drug Information
Medication Information: Tolterodine is prescribed for people who have difficulty controlling urination. These problems include frequent urination and nocturia. Frequent urination occurs when you need to empty your bladder suddenly and immediately. These problems can have different causes. In some people, it is due to weakening of the pelvic muscles, and in others it is due to diseases that cause the muscles around the bladder to be faster than normal.
Tolterodine helps reduce urinary disorders by reducing muscle contraction around the bladder and increasing bladder volume. This helps the urine to flow more easily. Tolterodine is also used to reduce bladder hyperactivity in children over 5 years of age under the supervision of a specialist.
Contraindications to tolterodine
Note the expiration date of tolterodine and do not take it if your medicine has expired.
Never give the medicine to anyone else, even if you have the same symptoms.
Do not take more than the dose prescribed by your doctor with tolterodine.
Check for tolterodine drug interactions and be sure to tell your doctor what other medications you are taking.
Drug interaction of tolterodine
Drug interactions may alter drug performance and increase the risk of serious side effects. Make a list of all the medicines (including prescription / over-the-counter and herbal medicines) you use and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dose of your medicine without consulting your doctor or stop taking the medicine.
Some medications that may interact with tolterodine include: Anticholinergic drugs (eg, atropine, glycopyrrolate, scopolamine), antispasmodics (eg, clidinium), dicyclomine (dicyclomine), propantheline, some anti-Parkinson drugs (eg benztropine, trihexyphenidyl), belladonna alkaloids, potassium tablets / capsules, pramlintide.
Many drugs in addition to tolterodine may affect heart rhythm (prolongation of QT time), including: amiodarone, dofetilide, pimozide, procainamide, quinidine , Sotalol, macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin).
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking medicines that cause drowsiness, including: alcohol, marijuana, antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine), sleeping pills or anti-anxiety medications. Such as diazepam, anticonvulsants (carbamazepine), psychotropic drugs (eg, phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine), muscle relaxants, and analgesics (such as codeine).
Check the labels on all your medicines (such as cough and cold medicines). Because they may contain sleeping pills that are harmful to you. Talk to your pharmacist about taking tolterodine.
Tips to consider before taking tolterodine
Some medications are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed; Therefore, it is best for your doctor to know the following before taking tolterodine:
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding your baby.
- If you have any cardiovascular problems or heart failure.
- If you have any liver or kidney problems.
- If you have any prostate problems.
- If you have any of the following: Glaucoma; Hyperthyroidism; High blood pressure; Myasthenia gravis (a disease of muscle weakness).
- If you have a disease that can cause obstruction in the stomach, intestines or urinary tract.
- If you are taking certain medications. These medicines include all the medicines available, whether you are prescribed them or taking them without a doctor’s prescription, such as herbal medicines and complementary medicines.
- If you have a history of an allergic reaction to a drug.
Possible side effects of tolterodine
- All medications can cause side effects. But many consumers also do not experience any side effects. Some of the side effects go away after a short time of taking the medicine. In case of persistent side effects, the physician should be informed.
- Dry mouth: Use sugar-free gum.
- Headache: Ask your doctor to prescribe a suitable painkiller.
- Blurred vision, drowsiness, fatigue: Avoid driving and working with tools.
- Indigestion, abdominal pain, nausea: Eat simple foods and avoid spicy and high-fat foods.
- Constipation: Eat a balanced diet and drink several glasses of water daily.
- Diarrhea: Drink plenty of water.
- Chest infection, palpitations, dry skin, difficulty urinating, dry eyes: Talk to your doctor.
- Consult your doctor if you have any other symptoms that you feel are due to the use of tolterodine.
How to store tolterodine
- Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.
- Keep the medicine in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight.