Detrol is used in the treatment of overactive bladder with symptoms of urinary frequency, urgency, and leakage. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
How to use
Detrol must be used exactly as directed by your doctor.
- Detrol may be taken by mouth with or without food.
- Detrol is taken with water or another nonalcoholic liquid.
- Swallow this medication as a whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
- Continue to take Detrol even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses. Taking Detrol at the same time each day will help you to remember to take it.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Detrol.
Drug Class and Mechanism
By its drug class Detrol is an antimuscarinic agent. It works by blocking a chemical that causes contractions of the bladder.
If you miss a dose of Detrol you should take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Detrol should be stored at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Detrol out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Do not use Detrol if you are:
- allergic to any ingredient in Detrol;
- aware of having urinary or gastric retention, or uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma.
See your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
- Avoid driving or performing other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Detrol should be used with extreme caution in children; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Detrol while you are pregnant. It is unknown if Detrol is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Detrol.
Possible Side Effects
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
- abnormal skin sensations; blurred vision; constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry eyes; dry mouth; feeling of a whirling motion; flu-like symptoms; headache; indigestion; joint pain; nausea; stomach pain; upper respiratory tract infection; vomiting.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:
- severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; fast heartbeat; hallucinations; pounding in the chest; severe dizziness; swelling of the arms and legs; urination problems.
Detrol is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.