Drotin - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Drotin: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Drotin?

Drotin (drotaverine) is an antispasmodic medicine. It is prescribed for relieving the pain caused by dysfunctional smooth muscle fibers.

Antispasmodics is a class of medicine used to relieve spasms of involuntary muscles. Drotin helps relax the muscles and gives effective relief from pain, cramps, spasms, and twitches by soothing these sudden contractions.

Drotin can be taken with or without food. It’s advisable to take it at the same time every day. Its dosage and frequency depend on what you are taking it for. This will be best advised by your doctor.

What are the uses of Drotin?

Drotin is used to treat painful conditions like:

  • Dysmenorrhea (extreme and frequent menstrual cramps)
  • Gallstone disease
  • Nephrolithiasis (kidney stones), ureterolithiasis (stones in the ureter), and spasm of the urinary bladder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, enteritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, and spastic colitis with constipation
  • Tension-type headache
  • Cervical spasm during labor
  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscular pain with spasm
  • Muscular dystrophy

Although used for all the above indications, Drotin is predominantly prescribed to alleviate menstrual and abdominal cramps and pain due to gallbladder and kidney stones.

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What are the side effects of Drotin?

Some common side effects of Drotin can be:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness, fainting, or light-headedness
  • Weakness and tiredness
  • Headache
  • Allergic skin reaction
  • Hypoesthesia (decreased sense of sensation or touch)
  • Anemia
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Decreased urinary output
  • Sleep disorders

Some rare side effects of Drotin can be:

  • Dryness in mouth
  • Fluctuation in pulse rate
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Swelling of eyelids, lips, face, tongue, hands, and feet
  • Sudden fall in blood pressure


Frequently Asked Questions about Drotin

1. Is Drotin a painkiller?

Yes, Drotin is a pain killer. It contains drotaverine, a category of medicine that helps in relieving pain caused due to spasms. It is widely used to alleviate abdominal pain, cramping in periods, muscular spasms, colic due to stones in the kidney and gallbladder, or pain in smooth muscles of other organs.

2. Is Drotin DS safe in pregnancy?

It is not advisable to consume Drotin DS during pregnancy or if you are breastfeeding. There is limited information and clinical data available on the effect of this drug on the fetus when it crosses the placental barrier. Hence, Drotin DS should not be used if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor to get a safer alternative as per your clinical condition.

3. Can Drotin and diclofenac be taken together?

Drotaverine is an antispasmodic medicine that relieves contractions of smooth muscles. Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). You can combine them to effectively alleviate pain and inflammation caused by various conditions. This salt combination helps to treat, control, and relieve menstrual cramps, joint stiffness, back and dental pain, pain and swelling, gout attacks, sports injuries, muscle aches, functional bowel disorders, and pain in renal colic.

4. Can Drotin be given in CLD patients?

Drotin is to be used with caution in patients having chronic liver disease (CLD). If at all given, the doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose and advise safety monitoring. Drotin has shown harmful side effects in patients suffering from liver-related ailments. Under no circumstances should Drotin be consumed indiscriminately by patients suffering from liver conditions.

5. Can Drotin be taken during chickenpox?

Drotin or drotaverine in combination with any other drug should not be used in patients having chickenpox or other viral infections. Do not use antispasmodics like drotin and aspirin-based drugs to treat chickenpox. Usually, drugs like acetaminophen are recommended instead. Always consult a doctor before starting medication for chickenpox.

6. Can Drotin be taken on an empty stomach?

Drotin can be taken with or without food. However, to avoid any adverse gastric consequences, it is advisable to take Drotin after meals. Taking it along with food will prevent gastric irritation. It does not exhibit any particular food interaction either. Simply ensure to take Drotin at the same time every day.

7. How many times can Drotin be taken per day?

The recommended dose of Drotin is 40–80 mg for adults thrice a day. For children up to 6 years of age, the recommended dose is 20 mg 2–3 times a day. The dose can vary depending on the severity of the condition. To avoid toxicity or overdose, maintain a time gap between two Drotin doses of 6–8 hours.

8. Is Drotin an antibiotic?

Drotin is not an antibiotic. It has no antibacterial properties as it is an antispasmodic drug. It can only be used to treat pain due to dysmenorrhea, kidney and gallbladder stones, IBS, gastritis, and other spasmodic pain of smooth muscles. If you suspect you're having a bacterial infection, take appropriate medical advice from a physician or our specialists at Yashoda Hospitals instead.

9. Is Drotin DS safe for the kidney?

Drotin shows potential side effects in patients suffering from kidney disease. It is advisable not to take Drotin without consulting your doctor if you have a history of renal impairment. If at all you need it, your doctor will adjust your dose accordingly and closely monitor your kidney function as well.

10. Is Drotin safe in liver disease?

Drotin should be used with caution in patients with a history of liver dysfunction. If your physician prescribes it, appropriate dose adjustments need to be done. You must closely monitor your pre-existing liver conditions as well. Drotin should never be consumed indiscriminately by patients suffering from liver function impairment.

The information in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Refer to our experts at Yashoda Hospitals to seek proper medical assistance.

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