Flavoxate

Generic Name: flavoxate (fla-VOX-ate)
Brand Name: Urispas

Flavoxate is used for:

Relieving pain, frequency, and urgency of urination as well as nighttime urination associated with certain medical conditions. It may be used in combination with other medicines to treat ulcers. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Flavoxate is an anticholinergic. It works by decreasing muscle spasms of the bladder.

Do NOT use flavoxate if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in flavoxate
  • you have stomach bleeding, difficulty swallowing due to esophagus problems, urinary blockage, a bowel obstruction, or rectal bleeding

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using flavoxate:

Some medical conditions may interact with flavoxate. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have an enlarged prostate or urinary problems
  • if you have glaucoma

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with flavoxate. However, no specific interactions with flavoxate are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if flavoxate may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use flavoxate:

Use flavoxate as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Flavoxate may be taken with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • If you miss a dose of flavoxate, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use flavoxate.

Important safety information:

  • Flavoxate may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to flavoxate. Using flavoxate alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or taking other medicines that cause drowsiness (eg, sedatives, tranquilizers) while taking flavoxate. Flavoxate will add to the effects of alcohol and other depressants. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines are depressants.
  • Do not become overheated in hot weather or during exercise or other activities; heatstroke may occur.
  • Flavoxate may cause your eyes to become sensitive to sunlight. Wearing sunglasses may help.
  • Flavoxate is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 12 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking flavoxate, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using flavoxate during pregnancy. It is unknown if flavoxate is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using flavoxate, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of flavoxate:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Blurred vision; constipation; decreased sweating; difficulty sleeping; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; headache; loss of taste; nausea; nervousness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); diarrhea; difficulty focusing your eyes; difficulty urinating; rapid heart rate; unusual weakness; vomiting.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include blurred vision; difficulty breathing; dilated pupils; disorientation; excessive thirst; flushed, hot, dry skin; muscle weakness; nausea; restlessness; seizures; unusual dizziness or drowsiness; unusually dry mouth; vomiting.

Proper storage of flavoxate:

Store flavoxate at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep flavoxate out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about flavoxate, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Flavoxate is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take flavoxate or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about flavoxate. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to flavoxate. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using flavoxate.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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