This medication is used to treat an overactive bladder. By relaxing the muscles in the bladder, trospium improves your ability to control your urination. It helps to reduce leaking of urine, feelings of needing to urinate right away, and frequent trips to the bathroom. Trospium belongs to a class of drugs known as antispasmodics. It is also known as an antimuscarinic.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using trospium and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Swallow the capsule whole. Do not crush or chew the capsule. Also avoid drinking alcohol or taking any product containing alcohol for 2 hours before and after taking this medication. Alcohol can destroy the long action of the drug and may increase side effects.
If you cannot swallow the capsule, you may open the capsule and place the beads in a small amount of water or directly onto the tongue. Do not crush or chew the beads because doing so may cause the drug to be released too quickly, increasing side effects. Swallow all of the beads right away.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before taking trospium, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a certain type of glaucoma (uncontrolled narrow-angle type), inability to urinate (urinary retention), delayed or slow emptying of your stomach.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, constipation, other stomach conditions (such as ulcerative colitis, intestinal atony), myasthenia gravis.
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
This medication may make you sweat less, making you more likely to get heat stroke. Avoid doing things that may cause you to overheat, such as hard work or exercise in hot weather, or using hot tubs. When the weather is hot, drink a lot of fluids and dress lightly. If you overheat, quickly look for a place to cool down and rest. Get medical help right away if you have a fever that does not go away, mental/mood changes, headache, or dizziness.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially constipation, dry mouth, drowsiness, confusion, or trouble urinating. Drowsiness and confusion can increase the risk of falling.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: other drugs that are also removed by the kidneys (such as metformin, tenofovir, vancomycin), certain anti-Parkinson's drugs (such as benztropine, trihexyphenidyl), other antimuscarinic drugs (such as dicyclomine, oxybutynin, scopolamine, tolterodine), potassium tablets/capsules, pramlintide.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness, including alcohol, certain antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine), anti-seizure drugs (such as carbamazepine), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, and narcotic pain relievers (such as codeine).
Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough-and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: fast heartbeat, widened pupils.
Do not share this medication with others.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember, at least 2 hours after a meal or 1 hour before your next meal. If it is near the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Information last revised October 2015. Copyright(c) 2015 First Databank, Inc.
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