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Drotaverine

Drotaverine

What is Drotaverine?

Drotaverine is an effective medicine to treat twitches or spasm of the smooth muscles usually in the stomach and heart. It is used to relieve pain caused due to headache, irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual periods, and is also used to relieve cervical spasm during labor. Drotaverine is also used for chest pain, abdominal pain, gallstones pain in the kidneys, pain in renal colic and other conditions.

Uses of Drotaverine

Smooth muscle spasm - This medicine is used to relieve smooth muscle spasms of the gastrointestinal tract, heart, and other organs associated with various diseases.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Drotaverine

  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Change in pulse rate
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Allergic skin reaction
  • Swelling of face, lips, eyelids, tongue, hands and feet RARE
  • Fall in blood pressure

Dosage

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose then the missed dose can be skipped.

Overdose

Contact your doctor if an overdose with this medicine is suspected. Symptoms of an overdose may include nausea, vomiting, stomach discomfort, increased heart rate, fall in blood pressure etc.

General Instructions

Take Drotaverine as instructed by the doctor. Follow all the instructions mentioned on the label. Do not take in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. This medicine can be taken with or without food. An adequate amount of water should be consumed while taking this medicine.

Warnings

Pregnancy - This medicine is not recommended for use by pregnant women unless necessary and the benefits outweigh the risks. Consult your doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding - This medicine is not recommended for use if you are breastfeeding as the risks of adverse effects on the infant are significantly high. Consult your doctor and discuss the risks associated with the use of this medicine.

Liver disease - This medicine should be used with caution in patients having a liver function impairment. Appropriate dose adjustments and safety monitoring are advised if the impairment is severe.

Kidney disease - This medicine should be used with caution in patients having a kidney function impairment. Appropriate dose adjustments and safety monitoring are advised if the impairment is severe.

Hypotension - Use of this medicine can cause a fall in blood pressure levels and hence should be used with caution in patients having a disease of the heart and blood vessels.

Other medicines - This medicine is known to interact with many other medicines that you might be consuming. Report the use of all medicines including herbs and supplements to the doctor.

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