Detrol

Generic Name: Tolterodine

  • What is Detrol?

    Detrol treats symptoms of overactive bladder, including frequent urination, urgency (increased need to urinate), and urge incontinence (inability to control urination).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Detrol?

    In a limited number of people, Detrol causes blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how the drug affects you.

  • Who should not take Detrol?

    Do not take Detrol if you suffer from urinary retention (inability to urinate normally), gastric retention (a blockage in the digestive system), or uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma (high pressure in the eyes). You should also avoid this drug if it gives you an allergic reaction.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Detrol?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Detrol. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any of the following: a bladder obstruction or digestive disorder that could lead to a complete blockage, glaucoma, myasthenia gravis (a disease that results in loss of muscular control), or problems with your heart, liver, or kidneys.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual starting dose is 2 milligrams (mg) twice a day. Some patients may need a lower dose of 1 mg twice a day.

  • How should I take Detrol?

    Detrol can be taken with or without food. Swallow Detrol capsules whole at the same time each day.

  • What should I avoid while taking Detrol?

    Do not operate heavy machinery, drive, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Detrol affects you.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Detrol?

    If you take Detrol with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Detrol with any of the following: clarithromycin, cyclosporine, erythromycin, itraconazole, ketoconazole, miconazole, and vinblastine.

  • What are the possible side effects of Detrol?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: stomach pain, blurred vision, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry eyes, dry mouth, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, headache, indigestion

  • Can I receive Detrol if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Detrol during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Detrol?

    If you miss a dose of Detrol, skip it. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Detrol?

    Store at room temperature.

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