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Dicyclomine Hydrochloride - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Dicyclomine Hydrochloride: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Dicyclomine Hydrochloride?

Dicyclomine Hydrochloride is a prescription drug, which belongs to a class of medication known as anticholinergics or antispasmodics. It is used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome or IBS. It works to reduce the symptoms of this intestinal problem, usually exhibited as stomach cramping. Dicyclomine Hydrochloride works by slowing the natural movements of the gut and relieving the muscle spasms in the gastrointestinal tract.

What are the uses of Dicyclomine Hydrochloride?

Dicyclomine Hydrochloride is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, slowing the natural movements of the gut and thereby helping to relieve muscle spasms in the gastrointestinal tract. Dicyclomine Hydrochloride is a prescription drug, and directions on use must be followed correctly. Consult a doctor if you face any side effects such as dizziness, abdominal bloating, hallucinations, or trouble speaking.

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What are the side effects of Dicyclomine Hydrochloride?

Some of the side effects of Dicyclomine Hydrochloride include dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, general weakness, dry eyes and mouth, abdominal bloating, constipation, and nausea. Some of these side effects, for instance, constipation can be prevented by adding fibre to the diet and drinking enough water.

Serious side effects include decreased sweating, flushed skin, irregular heartbeat, loss of coordination, eye pain or swelling, trouble speaking, mental confusion, hallucinations, agitation, difficulty urinating, and decreased sexual ability. Get medical if you have any of these side effects.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Dicyclomine Hydrochloride

1. Is dicyclomine hydrochloride a narcotic?

Dicyclomine hydrochloride is used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. It belongs to the class of drugs known as anticholinergics/antispasmodics. Anticholinergics work by blocking the action of acetylcholine, a type of neurotransmitter, thereby inhibiting involuntary muscle movements. This drug is not a controlled substance or narcotic.

2. Are dicyclomine and dicyclomine hydrochloride both the same?

Yes. Both are the same. Dicyclomine hydrochloride is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome and belongs to the class of drugs known as anticholinergics/antispasmodics.

3. Does dicyclomine hydrochloride make you sleepy?

Yes, be warned that Dicyclomine Hydrochloride may cause drowsiness as well as light-headedness, which is why driving a car or operating machinery is not recommended until you know how this medication affects you. Alcohol too can add to the drowsiness caused by Dicyclomine Hydrochloride.

4. Is Dicyclomine Hydrochloride a painkiller?

Dicyclomine Hydrochloride is a prescription drug used to alleviate colicky-type pain due to muscle spasms associated with irritable bowel syndrome. Dicyclomine HCL slows the movement of the gastrointestinal tract. However, there are side effects such as drowsiness and abdominal bloating.

5. When should you take Dicyclomine Hydrochloride?

Dicyclomine hydrochloride is used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. It is best to take this medication on an empty stomach and 30 minutes to 1 hour before a meal. One needs to take this medication as prescribed. And do consult a doctor if you face any side effects such as abdominal bloating, hallucinations, rapid heartbeat, or mental confusion.

6. Will Dicyclomine Hydrochloride help me poop?

In one study, researchers found that Dicyclomine HCL helped relieve abdominal pain and promoted better bowel movements. However, the drug is mostly used to alleviate colicky-type pain due to muscle spasms associated with irritable bowel syndrome.

7. Will Dicyclomine Hydrochloride make you sleepy?

One of the known side effects of Dicyclomine Hydrochloride is drowsiness and light-headedness. This is why it is not recommended for someone on the drug to drive cars or operate heavy machinery until they know what effect the drug has on them.

8. Can you take Dicyclomine Hydrochloride on an empty stomach?

Dicyclomine HCL should be taken on an empty stomach and 30 minutes to 1 hour before a meal. Do consult a doctor if you face any side effects such as abdominal bloating, mental confusion, or mood changes.

9. Can Dicyclomine Hydrochloride make you lose weight?

Dicyclomine Hydrochloride does not make you lose weight. Dicyclomine Hydrochloride is a prescription drug, which belongs to a class of medication known as anticholinergics or antispasmodics. It is used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome or IBS.

10. What medication should not be taken with dicyclomine?

Dicyclomine Hydrochloride can have serious interactions with medication gastrointestinal motility, opioids, growth hormone, antipsychotics, antihistamines and medications that cause sedation, muscle relaxants, some seizure medications. Consult your healthcare professional for more information.

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