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BENTYL DRUG INFORMATION, ABOUT BENTYL
WHAT IS BENTYL?
Bentyl medication is used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Bentyl is in a class of medications called anticholinergics. They relieve muscle spasms in the gastrointestinal tract. This is accomplished by blocking the activity of a certain natural substance found in the body.
HOW TO USE
Bentyl comes as a capsule, a tablet, and a syrup to take orally.
The usual dose is four times a day. Take it around the same time every day.
Always follow the directions on your prescription label carefully for all medications. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain.
Take Bentyl exactly as directed. Do not take more or less or take more often than prescribed.
Your medical care provider will probably start you on a low dose of Bentyl then increase the dose gradually.
Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you what other conditions Bentyl is used for.
PRECAUTIONS and BENTYL DRUG INTERACTIONS
Before taking Bentyl, tell your doctor about any of the following. Your dose may need to be changed or you may need to be monitored closely for side effects:
- you are allergic to Bentyl or any other medications
- what prescription and nonprescription medicines, nutritional supplements, vitamins, and herbal products you are taking. Make sure you mention any of the following:
- amantadine (Symmetrel)
- antidepressants, for example:
- amitriptyline (Elavil)
- nortriptyline (Pamelor, Aventyl)
- clomipramine (Anafranil)
- amoxapine (Asendin)
- protriptyline (Vivactil)
- desipramine (Norpramin)
- doxepin (Sinequan, Adapin)
- trimipramine (Surmontil)
- imipramine (Tofranil)
- diet pills
- digoxin (Lanoxin)
- ipratropium (Atrovent)
- isosorbide (Imdur, Isordil, Ismo, etc.)
- medications for:
- irregular heartbeat
- motion sickness
- mental illness
- Parkinson's disease
- urinary tract problems
This information is intended to be supplemental only and not a substitute for
the expertise and judgment of your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional.
It should not be construed to indicate that use of the medication is appropriate, effective or safe for you.
Consult your healthcare provider before this medication is used
- metoclopramide (Reglan)
- monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, for example, tranylcypromine (Parnate) and phenelzine (Nardil)
- narcotic pain relievers, meperidine (Demerol), for example
- nitroglycerin (Nitro-Bid, Nitrostat, etc.)
- sleeping pills
- if you have or have ever had:
- ulcerative colitis
- enlarged prostate (prostatic hyperplasia)
- difficulty whe urinating
- esophageal reflux (heartburn)
- gastrointestinal tract blockage
- myasthenia gravis
- high blood pressure
- overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
- nerve disease (autonomic neuropathy)
- heart failure
- rapid or pounding heartbeat
- hiatal hernia
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- heart disease
- if you are having surgery, including dental surgery
BENTYL and PREGNANCY
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Should you become pregnant while taking Bentyl, call your health care provider.
BENTYL and BREAST FEEDING
Do not breast-feed while taking Bentyl.
Bentyl may make you drowsy or cause blurry vision. Therefore, do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how it will affect you.
Alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by Bentyl.
Bentyl reduces your body's ability to cool itself off by sweating. Caution must be taken in very high temperatures, as Bentyl can cause fever and heat stroke.
SPECIAL DIET INSTRUCTIONS
None unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Take your missed Bentyl dose as soon as remembered. But if it is almost time for your next dose, skip it and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take double doses.
BENTYL SIDE EFFECTS
The following Bentyl side effects are not common, but can be serious. Call your medical care provider immediately if you experience any of them:
- breathing difficulty
- excessive fatigue
- hallucinating (seeing things or hearing voices that are not there)
- inappropriate mood
- muscle weakness
- rapid or pounding heartbeat
- skin problems (rash, hives, itching, hot, flushed, dry)
- sleeping problems (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep)
- swallowing difficulty
Tell your medical care provider if any of these Bentyl side affects are severe or do not go away:
- blurry vision
- double vision
- decreased appetite
- dry mouth
- gas pain or bloating
- stomach pain
- urination difficulty
There may be other side effects. Call your medical care provider if you have any unusual problems while taking Bentyl.
Call your local poison control center (1-800-222-1222). If collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services (911).
Possible overdose symptoms:
- blurry vision
- dilated pupils
- dry mouth
- difficulty swallowing
- hallucinating (hearing voices or seeing things that are not there)
- hot, dry skin
Keep all doctor appointments.
Do not give your medication to anyone.
Ask your pharmacist any questions regarding refilling your prescription.
Keep Bentyl in its original container, tightly closed.
Keep out of reach of children.
Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and excessive moisture. Do not store Bentyl in the bathroom.
Throw away if outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal.
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