Detrol is useful in the treatment of an overactive bladder with signs of urinary frequency, leakage and also urgency. It can also be used for a number of other conditions as and when prescribed by your medical practitioner.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Detrol may be taken with a meal or without a meal to prevent stomach problems.
A full glass of water or any non alcoholic drink when taken with Detrol always ensures better absorption. Just swallow the dosage and avoid chewing or crushing the medication.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Detrol ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Detrol each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Detrol being an antimuscarinic agent mainly works by causing a blockage for the chemical which is known to cause contractions of the bladder.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Detrol must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature preferably between 15 to 30 degrees C.
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Detrol (you may check medicine label) or have been suffering from urinary and gastric retention, and also uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma, then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
Detrol is known to make some people dizzy or drowsy. And if you consume alcoholic beverages, then the chances of this happening increase greatly. Hence, alcohol and alcoholic beverages must be strictly avoided while taking Detrol. If you have experienced drowsiness after taking Detrol, then avoid tasks that require mental alertness for example, driving, handling heavy equipment or machinery etc.
Special care and precautions must be taken if prescribed to children.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Detrol. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Detrol usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Detrol. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.