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Dycyclomine Side Effects and Uses

written by: AlyssaAst•edited by: Emma Lloyd•updated: 3/30/2011

Dicyclomine is a very beneficial medication that is used to treat a number of health conditions. The dycyclomine side effects can be difficult to cope with. This medication can impair mental alertness; therefore, it should be used with caution.

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    Dicyclomine

    Dicyclomine is a medication used to treat many medical conditions, including muscle spasms in the stomach and intestines. This is done by blocking certain chemicals in the body that cause the spasms. It is also prescribed to treat irritable bowel syndrome .

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    Precautions

    There are many precautions that must be taken into consideration while using this medication. This medication has shown to impair mental thinking and mental alertness. It is important you are cautious while performing hazardous tasks, such as driving. Alcohol should be avoided while taking this medication because it can cause the side effects to intensify. This medication is known to decrease sweating, causing the risk for dehydration to increase. Very rare and severe dycyclomine side effects include confusion, unusual thoughts and behaviors, and hallucinations. It can alter the heart rate and decrease urination.

    If you have prior health conditions this medication may not be right for you. If you have experienced problems with urination or a blockage in the digestive tract, you may not be able to take this medication. Certain intestinal disorders, heart conditions, and glaucoma may not react well with the use of this medication. You should not use this medication while breast feeding. Visit Drugs.com to view a full list of health conditions that may not react well with this medication.

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    Usage

    This medication should not be taken in large quantities or for a prolonged period of time. It is best to take this medication with a glass of water. Make sure you take the proper dosage and measure correctly.

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    Side Effects

    There are many dycyclomine side effects that can occur. If you experience severe side effects you must seek medical treatment. Sever side effect include difficulty breathing, hives, and swelling of the face, lips, mouth, and throat. Other severe side effects include hallucinations, unusual behavior and thoughts, and confusion. A rapid or irregular heart beat is a severe side effect of this medication. Decreased urination is also a severe side effect.

    Less serious side effects can occur. These side effects usually take the form of dizziness, drowsiness, and headaches. Your vision can become blurred with use of the medication. Stomach upset, bloating, and constipation have been reported with use of this medication. Nausea and vomiting are likely to occur. Appetite can become decreased. The skin can become irritated and you may develop a rash or itching with use of this medication. Dry mouth and nasal congestion are common side effects.

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    References:

    “Bentyl” RXList.com