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Detrol

What is Detrol

Detrol relieves spasms of the bladder.

Detrol is used to treat overactive bladder with the symptoms of urinary frequency, urinary urgency, and urinary incontinence.

Detrol may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Detrol

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Detrol may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. If you experience dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision, avoid these activities.

Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while taking Detrol.

Avoid becoming overheated in hot weather. Detrol may increase the risk of heat stroke because it may decrease sweating. Drink plenty of fluid of maintain adequate hydration.

What you should find out before taking Detrol

Do not take Detrol if you have
- a blockage of the urinary tract (difficulty urinating); or
- a blockage in the intestines.

Before taking Detrol, tell your doctor if you have:
- liver disease;
- kidney disease; or
- glaucoma.

You may not be able to take Detrol, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Detrol is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Detrol will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take Detrol without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether Detrol will harm a nursing infant. Do not take Detrol without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should take Detrol

Take Detrol exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Do not crush, chew, or open the long-acting capsules (Detrol LA). Swallow them whole. They are specially formulated to slowly release the medication in your body.

Do not take more of this medication than is prescribed for you. If your symptoms are not being treated, notify your doctor.

Store Detrol at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

If you miss a dose:

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.

What happens if you overdose:

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of an Detrol overdose are not known but might include restlessness, tremor, irritability, seizures, delirium, hallucinations, flushing, fever, nausea, vomiting, a fast heartbeat, and possibly coma.

Avoid while taking Detrol

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Detrol may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. If you experience dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision, avoid these activities.

Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while taking Detrol.

Avoid becoming overheated in hot weather. Detrol may increase the risk of heat stroke because it may decrease sweating. Drink plenty of fluid to maintain adequate hydration.

Possible side effects of Detrol

If you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives), stop taking Detrol and seek emergency medical attention.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Detrol and talk to your doctor if you experience
- dry mouth,
- dryness of the eyes,
- blurred vision or large pupils,
- upset stomach,
- headache,
- constipation,
- difficulty urinating,
- drowsiness, or
- dizziness.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Detrol

Before taking Detrol, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
- clarithromycin (Biaxin) or erythromycin (E-Mycin, Ery-Tab, E.E.S., P.C.E., others);
- ketoconazole (Nizoral), itraconazole (Sporanox), or miconazole (Monistat);
- cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune); or
- vinblastine (Velban).

You may need a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.

Detrol may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, and muscle relaxants. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine unless your doctor approves.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Detrol. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.

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