Bentyl (Dicyclomine Hydrochloride)

What is Bentyl?

Bentyl is a medication that works relieving muscle spasms of intestines and stomach. As a result, the medication is often used to improve irritable bowel syndrome or eliminate the symptoms of functional bowel. Additionally, Dicyclomine, as an active ingredient of the treatment, can be administered in other instances not listed in the safety guide. Talk to your doctor before off-label use.


Recommendations for Use

Consult a doctor before Bentyl treatment course and get proper dose adjustment, as well as recommendations for the drug use. Follow the instructions without any changes. Never use the drug in higher or lower doses or longer than necessary. Bentyl can be taken with or without food, though with a full glass of water. The medication should be administered averagely 4 times a day to achieve the wanted effects. Your physician may change the dose for better results. Contact your doctor if the symptoms do not get any better after two weeks of intensive Bentyl treatment course.

Once you have missed a dose, you can either take it as soon as possible or skip it till the next scheduled dose. Never increase or double the following dose to avoi Bentyl overuse with related consequences. Keep in mind that the medication can impair your vision, reaction and thinking. Alcohol consumption will increase the risks of side effects occurrence.

Precautions and Contraindications

The medication produces a drastic impact on essential body functions, thus, it should be used with ultimate caution. Consult your medical specialist primarily to the drug use. Do not launch the treatment in case you have allergic reactions to Dicyclomine or other ingredients of the remedy. Additionally, certain other health disorders will interact with Bentyl treatment, including urination disorders, toxic megacolon, glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, constipation, gastroesophageal reflux disease and others. Pregnancy and lactation are also contraindicated for the use of this pharmaceutical. Besides, inform the doctor about other health problems you have to adjust correct intake recommendations. Pay exceptional attention to heart disorders, colostomy, ulcerative colitis, hiatal hernia, kidney or liver problems, enlarged prostate, nerve impairments, etc. Never share Bentyl with other patients, even if you have similar symptoms. Do not give the treatment to anyone above 6 months old.

Drug Interactions

Bentyl belongs to medications ultimately sensitive to other pharmaceuticals. The drug interacts with a great number of other prescription and generic remedies, herbal products, vitamins and other pharmaceutical supplements. Striving to avoid possible complications and side effects from the treatment course, avoid the combination of Bentyl with ulcer drugs, nitrate medications, bronchodilators, metoclopramides, amantadines, atropines, irritable bowel treatments, digoxin, heart rhythm remedies, phenothiazines, steroid medications, MAO inhibitors and others.

Side Effects

Bentyl misuse and overuse can trigger dangerous side effects. Take the treatment as recommended to avoid dangerous and harmful side effects. Seek emergency medical help and contact your doctor immediately if you have experienced allergic reactions, bloating, constipation, hallucinations, confusion, irritation, lightheadedness, uneven heartbeat, urination disorders, chest fluttering, severe diarrhea and other symptoms after Bentyl use. Common side effects, such as stuffy nose, changed vision, irritability, drowsiness, dry mouth and a range of others will disappear after a few drug intakes.