How Effective is Detrol & What are Its Side Effects?
Do not use detrol or tolterodine if your body reacts with fesoterodine or Tolterodine or when you have the following conditions;
- Difficulty in urinating.
- Intestine and stomach blockage.
- Uncontrolled and untreated glaucoma.
Inform your doctor if you are suffering from the following conditions;
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Myasthenia gravis
- If you have past record of long QT syndrome.
It is not yet confirmed if detrol or tolterodine will affect unborn babies or whether tolterodine will pass into breast milk and harm a nursing baby. Make sure you inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or planning to conceive while on Detrol medication.
How Effective is Detrol or Tolterodine?
Detrol or tolterodine is used to effectively reduce spasms of human bladder muscles. Detrol or tolterodine is also utilized in treatment of overactive bladder along with signs of urinary urgency, frequency & incontinence.
- One should not use detrol or tolterodine if one has blocked intestine, stomach or urinary tract, uncontrolled or untreated glaucoma of narrow angle or you are allergic to fesoterodine (Toviaz) and tolterodine.
- You should inform the physician if you are suffering from glaucoma, liver and kidney diseases, myasthenia gravis, family or personal record of Long QT syndrome.
- Do not open, break, chew or crash detrol or tolterodine LA controlled (CR) release capsule. Always take it whole. Opening or breaking of the pill can make too much amount of that medicine to be discharged at once.
- Detrol or tolterodine intake can interfere with your thinking capacity. Be careful when using detrol or tolterodine and driving or doing a type of work that needs alertness.
- Alcohol intake can also increase side effects related to Detrol.
- Detrol or tolterodine can interact with a number of drugs. Make sure that you inform the physician about other medications that you are using. Such medications include herbal products and OTC prescriptions. Do not take any new drug while using Detrol before informing your physician. Maintain a list of the medicines you are using and present it to your doctor.
How Should I take Detrol?
Take detrol or tolterodine exactly as recommended by the physician/doctor. Do not consume in smaller or larger quantity or for longer than suggested. Follow the suggestions on the prescription label.
- Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to get the best results.
- Take detrol or tolterodine with water. Do not chew, crush, break, or open a controlled (CR) release capsule. Take it whole.
- Store detrol or tolterodine at room temp. and away from heat & moisture.
What are the Side Effects of Detrol or Tolterodine?
Detrol or tolterodine side effects can include:
- Diarrhea and constipation
- Dry mouth and eyes
- Blurred vision
- Stomach pain
- Dizziness and drowsiness
- Joint pain.
Seek immediate medical attention if you will experience allergic reactions such as face swelling, difficulty in breathing, reduced heart beat or the following symptoms when using detrol or tolterodine.
- Chest pain
- Confusion and hallucinations;
- Less urination than usual
- Difficult or painful urination.
What Other Drugs May Interact with or Affect Detrol or Tolterodine?
Detrol or tolterodine may interact with other drugs. Inform your physician if you are taking the following drugs:
- Narcotic medicines such as Orlaam /levomethadyl or methadone (Methadose, Dolophine)
- Arsenic trioxide or trisenox
- Halofantrine (Halfan) or Chloroquine (Arelan)
- Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral, Gengraf)
- Pentamidine (Pentam, nebupent)
- Inapsine or Droperidol
- Vinblastine /Velban
- Heart rhythm medications like dofetilide (Tikosyn), amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone), procainamide (Pronestyl, Procan), disopyramide (Norpace), sotalol (Betapace) or quinidine (Quin-G).
- Pills to treat psychiatric illnesses like haloperidol /haldol, chlorpromazine /thorazine, mesoridazine (Serentil) pimozide (Orap), or thioridazine (Mellaril)
- Antibiotics like clarithromycin (Biaxin), azithromycin (Zithromax), erythromycin (Ery-Tab, eryped, E.E.S, Pediazole, Erythrocin), pentamidine (Pentam, nebupent), or Ketek (telithromycin).